Simulation Games and Apps

Simulation games can provide hours of deep, complex play. Some sim games are more educational than others, but each requires thinking, planning, and organizing skills. Make sure kids know what kinds of time limits they have when playing these kinds of games, and give them plenty of warning before asking them to sign off.

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You play as the hand of nature in this fabulous forest sim.
Platforms: Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS
(2009)
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Free download teaches kids about world hunger.
Platforms: Windows, Mac
(2005)
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Sustainable-community sim teaches kids to help and conserve.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Mac, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire, Windows Phone
(2016)
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Shelter puppies thrive under kind virtual care.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2010)
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In-depth farm sim is great entry in popular series.
Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
(2010)
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Revived version of classic amusement park sim is still fun.
Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
(2012)
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Game makes a splash with RCT3 fans.
Platforms: Windows
(2005)
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An outstanding zoo simulation game!
Platforms: Windows
(2004)
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Ambitious app lets you run a virtual planet as its deity.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2010)
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City building at its complicated best; worth the effort.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2010)
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Better than similar fashion games found on consoles.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2010)
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City building sim offers great entertainment & education.
Platforms: Windows
(2003)
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This exceptional evolution sim is a masterpiece.
Platforms: Mac, Windows
(2008)
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Wacky fairytale biz sim lets kids conjure riches.
Platforms: Windows
(2007)
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Landing planes is fun but harder than it looks.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2010)
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In-depth colonization sim offers deep, engrossing play.
Devices: iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
(2010)
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Tweens experience high school in an age-appropriate way.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2010)
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Facebook game takes FarmVille concept to a new level.
Platforms: Facebook
(2010)
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Riveting, complicated simulation game reflects life.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
(2010)
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World geography and culture are by-products of this sim.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2010)
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Emergency room spoof has gore and crude sexual humor.
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
(2010)
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