As the name implies, simulation games aim to imitate aspects of real life into the gameplay. While many simulation games act as an escape from real life and into one that is a more ideal image, simulation games also have some serious application. They can be used for training and updating skills, predicting the possible outcome of a scenario or analyzing certain actions and decisions. Many law enforcement agencies, businesses and even airlines use simulation games to prepare for real life.
But for most people, simulation games for Mac are a way to have fun with characters and with situations. It can a relaxing way to spend the afternoon.
Here are some great simulation games that run on the Apple OS X platform:
The Sims is a much beloved game with fans from around the world. There is something addicted about creating Sims and controlling them as they go their daily lives. Sort of like those Polly Pocket toys on steroids. Now on its latest incarnation, The Sims 3 is more popular than ever. The gameplay and graphics are much smoother. For great value, get the deluxe version, which comes with the Sims 3 Ambitions expansion pack. Well, with the economy tanking, the best way to get out of that funk is to give your Sims great careers.
Zoo Tycoon 2
Zoo Tycoon is a great simulation games that immerses players in the world of zoo keeping. Players get to build their own zoos. You need to complete challenges and what’s great about this game is that you can play it from the point of view of different characters: zoo keeper, guest and photo safari. You can build as big as an exhibit as you want and bring in all sorts of animals. It’s a great game for animal lovers.
X-Plane 10 Global Flight Simulator
This is hands down the best flight simulator for OS X Lion! It is a serious piece of software. Wannabe jet jockeys who gave it bad review were looking for a fun game to play. While it can certainly be used for gaming, X-Plane is definitely more than that. The graphics maybe a little clunky compared to other simulator games, but the plane modeling is spot –on. Because it is made by a company that actually makes those big simulators that pilots actually train on, this has the most accurate feel to it.
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Platinum
RollerCoaster Tycoon is a much beloved game. For the first time, it comes to the Mac OS X platform. Those who switch from Windows to Mac are usually sad that they won’t get to play this game anymore but are now overjoyed that it is available for Mac users. The graphics in the latest version is amazing! You can even download new rides. Turn off shadows in the setting so that the gameplay will be much smoother. It’s a feature that you won’t really miss out on.
No, this is not a The Sims 3 expansion ack. It is a whole new different game that is set in the medieval times. The goal is to build you kingdom. Unlike other simulation games that’s more of a free play, this is more of a task or quest based game. The costumes are pretty cool looking too!