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Way back in the late 80s there was a game that centered around maintaining and running a power station for the local town. It wasnt particually complex or graphic.. just fun. On the lhs of the screen was some text about what was happening and the required power output the town needed, whilst on the RHS was an internal view of the power station (might have been nuclear). From there you could control the output, rods, pumps etc.

Game I think was on Apple II (but may have actually been on an Apple clone... like Cat Computer from Dick Smith).

Anyone know what this game might be?

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    Is it this one? – Nick Westgate Mar 18 at 23:46
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    Scram was also a nuclear power plant simulator, but for the Atari 800. – Jim Nelson Mar 18 at 23:55
  • I have a memory of such an simulator for the swedish ABC800 computer -- i in fact had a go in the simulator the same day num 4 reactor in Chernobyl exploded (i should have worked with the basic program i had as a laboration..) – Stefan Skoglund Mar 19 at 9:44
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    There was, as I recall, a game on the A][ called Three Mile Island that was more-or-less a simulation of a nuke plant. – Jeff Zeitlin Mar 19 at 10:59
  • Its not "Nuclear Power Plant" NickWestgate... thought it looks familar. :-) Scram is very close JimNelson :-) Think its most likely Three Mile Island .. JeffZeitlin. :-) – SarahJ Mar 20 at 0:01
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Muse's 1979 classic Three Mile Island might be it. It was text and lo-res graphics; there are a bunch of screen shots on MobyGames.

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    Whoa. They sure didn't waste any time. I guess sensitivities were different back then. I can't imagine "Corona: The Game" being released in 2020. – Jörg W Mittag Mar 19 at 19:48
  • @JörgWMittag: according to wikipedia, there was little provable harm to humans from the accident. To your other point, consider this. – fadden Mar 19 at 20:30
  • @JörgWMittag No? socialdistancegame.com – Retrograde Mar 19 at 23:53
  • I think its Three Mile Island @fadden and JeffZeitlin :-) – SarahJ Mar 20 at 0:05
  • There was also one of my all-time favorite SNL skits, "you can never put too much water in a nuclear reactor". All the fun stuff was because Three Mile Island was not (thankfully) Chernobyl or Fukushima (or Coronavirus). You didn't have direct injuries & deaths (arguable cancer later on, but the delay softens the blow, for better or worse). Very different from today's situation. – manassehkatz-Moving 2 Codidact Mar 22 at 15:08
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Creative Computing Magazine printed Stephen R. Berggren's Apple Nuclear Power Plant simulator in December 1980. There were many variants/developments on this for different platforms, and some added graphics.

There's a playable version of the original at kevinr/apple-nuclear-power-plant-sim: Stephen R. Berggren's 1980 Apple Nuclear Power Plant sim.

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