What are the best life simulation games for Android?

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    SimCity is a city building and simulation game where you can create and customize the city of your dreams. The game is available for Windows and Mac, plus the BuildIt version for mobile devices.

    Android, iOS, Windows, Mac

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Billy Day
    Written on December 2, 2017
    "This is a great game but things can get a little strange. I felt myself playing this game and playing it as if it were real life and that my real life was the simulation. Perhaps I have control issues and want to control all aspects of things. The game is fun and widely available in many options. My favorite is SimCity BuildIt. I can also play it in my desktop and tablet."
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    #2The Sims FreePlay

    The Sims FreePlay

    Play the most popular life simulation game on your mobile device with The Sims FreePlay. Create unique Sims, have them fall in love, build dream homes and take care of children and pets.


    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Amanda Harper
    Written on November 27, 2017
    "If you enjoy any of the other SIMS games, you'll like this one too. There's lots to do in this game, and it will keep your attention for a long time. This game would get a perfect rating from me, except I wish the graphics we're just a little better and less "stiff". Otherwise this game is a lot of fun, and will keep you playing it."
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    #3Paradise Island

    Paradise Island

    Paradise Island is a game in which you have to create and manage your own paradise. Build hotels, restaurants and discos, buy pieces of land and areas of sea to expand your property and set up your tourism business.


    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Ruth Thomas
    Written on November 30, 2017
    "This is a great solution to the topic since it is exactly what they are looking for in the topic. As the name of the game mentions, you own an island and build it to your own desire and discretion. One aspect is boosting your economy and gaining rofit. However, I think this game requires too much thinking and stratgey, I like a more relaxing game."


A life simulation game is a sub-genre of simulation games. Its defining characteristic is gameplay that involves controlling virtual lifeforms. The player gets to play “god” over a group of people, pets, or other creatures. Another term for life simulation games is “A-life games". A-life stands for artificial life. A-life games are close simulations of real-world events. They often feature concepts such as aging and death.


The Sims, which released in 2000, was the first game of its kind. The game initially planned to be a building game and architecture simulator. Yet, the game’s developer Will Wright saw the potential for a life simulation game. This is when he added a virtual person to interact with the objects in the house. Thus, The Sims was born. The simulation for the characters in the game is two-pronged. They are biologically and socially "simulated". They grow, age, die and reproduce. They speak a language. They establish relationships between other Sims characters in the game. A Sims’ needs in the game are from the Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Like a real person, a Sims character act upon their needs. These include his physiological needs, needs for safety, for belonging, and for self-actualization. The Sims now has four installations and has sold over 200 million copies worldwide. The game lands on the eighth spot on the list of best-selling video game franchises of all time.

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    #4Fallout Shelter

    Fallout Shelter

    Fallout Shelter is a free management game by Bethesda wherein you will have to create a nice and safe vault in the underground, after a nuclear war. You will pick some dwellers and then provide them with a good life.


    Windows, Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Henry Chapman
    Written on November 26, 2017
    "Fallout Shelter is a wonderful mobile game. You become sort of a rescuer of citizens or dwellers and lead them to 'vaults'. In this game, my skill to balance and sustain my resources of water, electricity has been tested. It is definitely a must play, the freemium aspects are entirely optional and there are dozens of hours of content."
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    #5Virtual Families 2

    Virtual Families 2

    Virtual Families 2 is the sequel of the popular mobile game Virtual Families where you design the house of your dreams, adopt a family and take care of them. This app features an unpredictable gameplay with different stories and unexpected elements.


    iOS, Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Lu Gong
    Written on July 2, 2018
    "I don't know if it's only me and my device bnut i think the game is a little problematic as it won't load or open up when I click it. I have read similar reviews and it says the same thing. I think it is an OS problem or what? Pls devs notice me."
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    #6Tiny Tower

    Tiny Tower
    Tiny Tower is a game in which you have to manage the businesses and bitizens of your own city. Make money and attract bitizens to live and work inside your tower. Organize special events and attract VIP visitor to earn extra perks.

    iOS, Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Ralph Lynch
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "Tiny Tower is less a life simulator and more a business sim, but I'm not really sure if the difference matters as I'm really enjoying this game. Its been really cool seeing my business grow into what it is today. It's a game that makes me feel productive and makes me want to be productive. "
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    Choices: Stories You Play is a life simulation game where you get to choose between a wide variety of settings, from fantasy to university and everything in between. Create your character and start making choices! 


    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Susan Pevensie
    Written on January 30, 2018
    "Choices Game is one of the best with its wonderful and interesting, original stories which are being developed always.... And oh, it's soundtracks are the best! If you really enjoy reading stories actually, this would make it more interesting. Just give it a try and you will know what I mean😃😊💕"
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    #8Virtual City Playground: Building Tycoon

    Virtual City Playground: Building Tycoon

    Virtual City Playground is a free-to-play city builder where you not only have to create your city but run it properly. You will need to keep an eye on such things as the transport system or the happiness of your population.


    iOS, Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Brian Reyes
    Written on November 24, 2017
    "I love sim games. Virtual City Playground. IF you are into planning events, this could help you hone your skills for it allows you to mount events for your satisfied citizens or dwellers as they call it in the game. However, it find it tiring sometimes because there are a lot of quests. "
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    Episode is a story-maker game where you are able either to live a story where all your decisions change your path, or you can even create your own story. The game lets you to be the main character over more than 50k stories.


    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Ben Cheng
    Written on November 30, 2017
    "When I have time I play games on my Android. I got this life simulation game called Episode - Choose Your Story. I think it is fun living a story. The best part for me is I can actually manipulate and build relationships between my characters. I like the graphics and the pace of game play. I can pick it up whenever and start playing where I left off."
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    #10Family House

    Family House

    Family House is a virtual family simulator with a lot of features. Build and design a home for your family, create and customize characters, nurture your garden and build fun activity rooms. Visit your neighbors to gain extra rewards and discover mysterious luxury features.


    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Kenneth Stone
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "I found this sims-clone a bit boring and too kiddie friendly for my tastes. Family House is a good game if you have a five year old in your life but for grownups there is way better fare. "


Best What are the best life simulation games for Android
1SimCityGames 15 Free
2The Sims FreePlayGames 14 Free
3Paradise IslandGames 11 Free
4Fallout ShelterGames 8 Free
5Virtual Families 2Games 7 Free
6Tiny TowerGames 6 Free
7ChoicesGames 5 Free
8Virtual City Playground: Building TycoonApps 4 Free
9EpisodeGames 3 Free
10Family HouseGames -8 Free

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