Thinking Particles is described as 'thinkingParticles™ 5 packs more than 10 years of product development and engineering into one massive procedural dynamics effects system for 3ds Max and 3ds Max Design' and is an app in the Education & Reference category. There are eight alternatives to Thinking Particles for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Autodesk 3ds Max, Autodesk Maya, Mac and Linux. The best alternative is Autodesk 3ds Max. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try Demolition Master or Vaffle. Other great apps like Thinking Particles are 3DSimED (Paid), RayFire (Paid), Pulldownit Pro (Paid) and FumeFX (Paid).
3DSimED is a Windows DirectX application allowing the creation and visualization of models from many racing sim formats. Models can be exported to Assetto Corsa, Automobilista, rFactor 2 (and 1), GTR2, Race 07, GTL, N2003 and many other games.
Demolition Master is a 3dsmax tool based on Thinking Particles for make quick, and easy destructions. I provide a 3dsmax scene, with Demolition Master on it, all debries already connected and FumeFx setup.