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. I certainly do!
"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 you way to two tank fulls. The real-time play and puzzle aspect are two reasons not to miss this title.
"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" 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 rollercoasters. The Platinum version includes the "Soaked" and "Wild" expansion packs.