They are a great way to get away from your real-life responsibilities. Instead, they give you a wide range of virtual tasks that range from real to weird. Sometimes they are attached to huge computer systems that have joysticks, steering wheels, and a lot of monitors so that they can have the most realistic experience possible. But simulation games don’t have to be very realistic to be fun. In this post, we’ve put together eight of the best Android games in the genre that you can play.
1. Stardew Valley
Stardew Valley is a hugely popular game that blends elements from old farming games like Harvest Moon into a new, modern game. On the surface, it looks like a simple farming game. It starts you off by telling you to plant and water a few parsnips. As a community simulator, Stardew Valley would be better called a game. Weave together the relationships, dreams, and challenges of the people in the valley as you do your work and meet them.
Stardew Valley, which has magic, monsters, and plants that are very strong, is a great game. It might sound weird to say, but the people in Stardew Valley feel real.
2. Game Dev Tycoon
There is a lot of hard work that goes into making video games. When it comes to critiquing your games, Game Dev Tycoon isn’t afraid to tell you how bad they are. It doesn’t hold back.
This game lets you choose which features your game should have, and how much time each one should take away from your development time. After you make your choices, your minions will work for you as you nervously watch your money run out. After your game is released, you’ll get brutally honest reviews from people who don’t like it. You’ll learn the most important thing about creative projects: sometimes people just don’t like them. It’s the most realistic game on this list, at least in that way.
3. Goat Simulator
The game Goat Simulator is a “simulator” in the loosest sense possible. Not including it on this list would be wrong. It’s really more of an RPG, but not including it would be a mistake.
In a different world, goats have the power of gods and the desire to destroy. Goat Simulator lets you bounce, tumble, and headbutt your way through a wide range of both living and nonliving things. Smashing things in the game and finding all the bugs that were deliberately left out earns you in-game points. It’s just a lot of fun.
4. Pocket City
If you want to build a city on Android, Pocket City is the best game. If you don’t want to spend a lot of time in front of a big screen, its developers don’t bother you with a lot of complicated things. Instead, Pocket City is a city-building game that is very easy to play. It has just the right amount of incentive to keep you building. While you can build at your own pace, you’ll get extra quests that can be done with a little work. These quests give you money and buildings that can help you grow your city to new heights (and widths).
5. Rollercoaster Tycoon Classic
In Rollercoaster Tycoon Classic, the first two games in the Rollercoaster Tycoon series are made for Android and can be played there. Released in 1999 and 2002, respectively, these games are complex simulators in which you have to build a rollercoaster park that will be a hit with people. Not only will you be building safe and fun rollercoasters, but you’ll also be in charge of making sure your guests are happy so that the park can make money.
This Android port is a great way to get started with the series because it makes the old interface much easier to use. As for old-school players, they won’t be let down either.
6. My Time at Portia
My Time at Portia is like Stardew Valley in that it has a lot of different things. To become the best builder in your town, you’ll have to build things in your workshop and romance NPCs and fight enemies at the same time. Unlike Stardew Valley, this is a fully 3D world that has a lot more space to explore. A lot of people like community-based games, and this one is another good choice for those people.
AltLife is a text-based life game. It starts out the same as most life simulators do. You are born, grow up, make decisions about your life, and die one day. In the game, you can make different choices and the game will keep track of your life stats like happiness and health. When you play the game, you can choose what to do, and it then changes. It’s a very simple game with no visual appeal at all. The Sims: Mobile and The Sims: FreePlay are two life simulation games that aren’t as old as The Sims, but are still fun to play.
8. Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp
People play Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp as a social game. A lot of people agree that it does simulate things. Make friends with the animals and build a camp on the island while you’re there. You can explore the area, make things and do more things while you’re on the island. The Nintendo Switch version is a lot more in-depth, but the mobile version will also help you get that itch to play again. This version has more than 1000 furniture, 300 clothes and over 100 animal friends for you to play with when you’re on the go! People love this even though it’s a free-to-play game.
9. The Escapists 2
In The Escapists 2, you play as a strategy and a simulation game at the same time. You live in prison, and you want to get out of it. As a player, you can go to the exercise yard, eat food, and all that other stuff. However, in the background, you’re planning your escape. You can get out of a lot of prisons in the game. You can also get out by using a lot of different things to get out of them. Good things are happening in the first game, but it’s a little rougher than the second one. We think either one is good. They’re both free if you have the Google Play Pass.
10. Fallout Shelter
When Fallout Shelter came out in 2015, it was all over the news. It’s been praised for its fun gameplay, classic Fallout quirkiness, and good freemium strategy. In this game, you build a fallout shelter and put people in it to live there. It takes a lot of work to keep the vault running. They also interact with each other in a lot of different ways. Make them have babies too if you want. The goal is to build the best vault ever, explore the wasteland, and build a community of living people. This is one of the oldest simulation games on the list, but it’s still the best example of its unique play style in the genre, so it stays on the list.