If you think you can do a better job running a nuclear power plant than the folks at Three Mile Island did, this game will make you prove it. Your goal in this Flash-based simulation application is simple: output the maximum amount of nuclear power while preventing the reactor from melting down. To play, you use sliders to adjust the control rod and the three coolant systems. Once you click the button for the next day, the various gauges will move, and you'll see statistics on generated power and earned money as well as warning lights if your reactor is overheating or in danger. It's nice that the app provides a detailed diagram of a nuclear reactor and explains in-depth what all the parts do, but unless you're already very knowledgeable on the subject, playing the game will most likely be a trial-and-error affair. Along with the repetitive play, our other main complaint has to do with this game's total lack of customization options and absence of any kind of sound effects. All told, Nuclear Power Plant Simulator best suits students who want to brush up on the brass tacks of nuclear physics while having a bit of fun.
What's new in version 1.3
Version 1.3 has Vista support and some graphical improvements, clearer text, better instructions. Demo version now allows 40 turns instead of 30. Future improvements including sound and score-saving are planned.
ReleaseNovember 7, 2008
Date AddedApril 12, 2007
Operating SystemsWindows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows, Windows XP
Nuclear Power Plant Simulator is a simulation game of nuclear power generation - see how much electricity you can generate without causing a meltdown. You will run the plant to it's limits but do not to push it too hard or warning lights will appear. Many things can go wrong if you are not careful. If you don't push the plant too hard it will not break down but your energy output and rating will be lower. Addictive and educational.