This 80s text-based game driving sim is as detailed as it is intermittently dull. That’s no coincidence.
Biosys is an environmental simulation in the form of an adventure game, a bold combination that stretches both parts.
Big on profits, light on ethics, and lavishly excessive in detail, the business simulator Capitalism is, for better or worse, an accurate look at what it’s like to run a big corporation.
Combining first-person shooters and strategic simulation around a specific location is a brilliant concept. Defcon 5 implements it in an extremely flawed way, though enough that you can see what works.
To excel in Executive Suite‘s cutthroat business satire, you have to act like a cutthroat businessperson. Getting into that role is a different kind of challenge.
If you can handle it, the chaotic factory management in Factory gets funnier when it goes wrong.
With the closing of Sim developer Maxis, take a look back at a few of Maxis’s least-known games that aren’t available to play.
John Hiles, unapologetic, reflects on SimHealth, what games can learn about cognition, and where Will Wright was wrong
John Hiles, head of Maxis Business Simulations and Thinking Tools, shares his perspective on the foundational theories of the simulation genre and responds to criticism of the value of predictive simulation games.
Life & Death accurately simulates the stress and challenge of hospital work. Not for the faint of heart or those easily deterred by a steep challenge.
A clever scenario mode guarantees that anyone can jump into QuarterPole and have fun watching a horse race, though its depth might confuse those who aren’t fans of the real thing.