Top 5 Simulation PC Games for Preteens

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There are lots of simulation games out there. Kids may hear about a game from other kids and ask for it. Parents, be sure to check the rating on the game and read reviews to understand the content. The simulation games listed are good for older kids (about 10 to 12), although many (if not most) of the games listed adults and teens will enjoy.

"Fish Tycoon"

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What We Like

  • Looks great with nice images of aquariums.

  • Game progresses even while not playing.

What We Don't Like

  • Game mechanics are more complicated than expected.

  • Selling fish is a necessary but boring aspect of the game.

"Fish Tycoon" gives you the goal of finding the 7 magic fish of Isola. You breed the fish, buy supplies, and sell the fish in a fish store. You start off with just a few fish and work your way to two tank fulls. The real-time play and puzzle aspect are two reasons not to miss this title.

"Zoo Tycoon 2: Zookeeper's Collection"

Zoo Tycoon 2 Zookeeper's Collection Box Cover
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What We Like

  • Animals are detailed and look great.

  • Educational.

What We Don't Like

  • Accessing menus is tedious.

  • Levels are too similar to one another.

"Zoo Tycoon 2" is a great game for children, but it is fun, but also teaches about the animals. Gamers have to create an individual environment for each animal, so knowledge of the animal's natural habitat has to be known or searched out using the knowledge files within the game. The collection pack comes with 2 expansions.

"RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Platinum"

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 Platinum Box Cover
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What We Like

  • Graphics are more advanced than previous games in the series.

  • Fun to design and run parks.

What We Don't Like

  • Requires more system resources to run well.

  • Sudden disinterest in rides by park-goers seems buggy.

"RollerCoaster Tycoon 3" is the long leader and most popular choice when it comes to rollercoaster and theme park games. You'll ride the coasters, customize the food stalls and shops, create your own family of visitors, and build water slides and roller coasters. The Platinum version includes the "Soaked" and "Wild" expansion packs.

"SimCity 4"

Sim City 4
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What We Like

  • Graphics look great.

  • Pop-up tooltips make learning to play easier.

  • User interface is slick and simple.

What We Don't Like

  • Game graphics slow down at times.

  • Bugs interfere with play.

The object is to build a thriving city. "SimCity 4" is a challenging game, because kids will have to take into account the many aspects of managing a city.

"Lemonade Tycoon 2"

Lemonade Tycoon
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What We Like

  • Different from other sim-style games.

  • Easy to learn and the interface is uncomplicated.

  • Gameplay is simpler than others in the genre.

What We Don't Like

  • Music quickly becomes tiresome as the same tune loops.

  • Not as involving and challenging as other sim games.

The objective is to run a successful lemonade stand in New York City. The gamer is responsible for setting the recipe, prices, and buying accessories to make the lemonade making the process faster and keep the customers happy


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