5 Sim Spinoffs That Should be Revived

By: 03.09.12  •  3 Comments

So, after nearly a decade on ice, SimCity is coming back in a big way in 2013, which got me thinking about the SimMania that gripped the world in the early-to-mid-90s. Back then half the PC games on the shelf had to be SimSomethingorothers.

Now that the granddaddy of all Sim games is returning, I think Maxis should look into reviving some of SimCity’s strange grandchildren…

SimAnt

This was probably the most popular SimSpinoff because, come on, running an ant colony is just cool. There’s a reason every kid on the planet tries (and usually fails) to make themselves an ant farm at some point.

Next-gen graphics could really give this one new life — tearing apart the evil red ants would be all the more satisfying in HD.

 

SimHealth

So, back in the early 90s a Democratic President was trying to reform U.S. Healthcare much to the Right’s chagrin — hmmm, sounds somewhat familiar. Back then Maxis waded into the debate creating SimHealth, which gave players the power to decide how to run the U.S. Healthcare system. It’s a super dense, complex game that very few people actually played, but you still kind of have to admire Maxis for tackling the subject.

I’d love to see them try it again, if only for the incredibly douchey Fox News segments it would inspire.

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