In a single life, there are only so many jobs and other training that we can undergo. The place we live and the money we have limits us from a lot of different careers. This is why simulation and tycoon games are so popular. People love to create worlds and showcase their power in playing “owner” or God through these games.
Many of the PC titles are still playable today. The graphics may be a little dated, but you can still live out your dream of owning a business, creating products or even having your own amusement park.
Who knew building your own theme park could be so fun?! In the Rollercoaster Tycoon series, players were given parks with multiple challenges. This included getting the most guests, increasing park ratings and building up a large amount of money. The best part of the game was building custom rollercoasters.
So much could be changed in the Rollercoaster Tycoon games. The third game in the series really hit its stride. You could build your own coaster and then ride on it in the first person view. Name guests in the park, pick every single color and operate it the way you like.
Fast Food Tycoon
It was an odd name for the game, but Fast Food Tycoon was really about building a thriving pizza restaurant. In the game, you would design your restaurant, hire staff and then set your custom menu. Creating custom pizzas was one of the best parts of the game.
Along with traditional toppings, you could add extras like ants, rare meats and more. Competition with other restaurants and criminal activity only added to the excitement in the game.
Mall Tycoon 2
It’s easy to browse through a mall everyday, but after a few hours of playing Mall Tycoon 2, you realize how hard it is to run one. Make the mall of your dreams. No longer will your fantasy store have the shops that you cringe to even walk by. Add extras like restaurants and then deal with problems like theft, fires and more.
Jurassic Park: Project Genesis
So many people that saw Jurassic Park wished the theme attraction was the real thing. This tycoon game is one step closer. You get to build your own custom dinosaur park and deal with all the obvious problems that come with it. Driving around and exploring the different dinosaur pens in first-person is really the true highlight.
Zoo Tycoon 2
Everyone loves pets and you can own a whole digital zoo of them in Zoo Tycoon 2. The sequel provides even more animals, a lot more goals to achieve and you can customize your park better than before. This game is great for children too because it involves a large educational aspect.