Honorable Mention: Planet Coaster
It’s award season here at Twinfinite! Starting with a few runner ups, let’s look back at the best Strategy and Simulation games from this year and our 2016 winner!
You’ll find so many great strategy/simulation games this year, but if we’re going to keep this list short, we better kick it off with one of the absolute best. Planet Coaster came in like a flailing hammer ride to break all of our pre-conceived notions of theme park tycoons. Many fans of the sim management genre might have thought it was all over for the subgenre. There would never be another Rollercoaster Tycoon that mattered. But in came Planet Coaster, like Cities Skylines did for SimCity.
It’s gorgeous, it’s intuitive, it’s challenging yet easy to pick up, and it has a whole lot of heart. You have a massive amount of options, too. Not only are there plenty of developer-made items for you to place around your park, but you’re also given so many shapes for your own custom builds. There have even been exact replicas of Disney World popping up online from creative fans.
You’ll spend hours upon hours playing Planet Coaster, and that’s precisely one of the pre-requisites for landing among the greatest in this genre.