What are the best simulation games?

Hey guys! Help sallycane12 as she searches for simulation games that she can play by herself or even with her friends. You can suggest mobile games or even PC games. You guys may find these games interesting as well, you can also check them out.

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  1. 33

    #1Fallout Shelter

    Fallout Shelter

    Fallout Shelter is a simulation game for both mobile and PC developed by Bethesda. Players have to create a nice and safe vault in the underground after a nuclear war.

    Games

    Windows, Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Charles Rios
    Written on June 13, 2019
    "This could have been easily one of the best simulation apps if they just took back the difficulty a couple of notches. I really liked the game, but I mad one mistake and now about half my people are dead."
  2. 32

    #2Second Life

    Second Life

    Second Life is a multiplayer MMORPG simulation game that you can play with your friends. This game is developed and owned by the firm Laden Lab and was launched on June 2003.

    Games

    Windows, Mac

    Free

    Amalia Escobedo
    Written on June 3, 2018
    "This is a super fun game , and you can do lots of things in this simulation game, Second Life. You really can accomplish having a second life with a second job and hobbies!"
  3. 31

    #3iRacing

    iRacing

    iRacing is a cross-platform online racer simulation game. It features open-ended gameplay where players can choose to play whatever races they want by themselves or against live opponents.

    Games

    Windows

    $12.99- Varies by plan

    Wei Lai
    Written on June 13, 2019
    "the most serious recreation of motorsport you'll find. It has probably the most accurate circuits I've ever seen on PC. I love playing this!"

DID YOU KNOW?

Simulation games are a big sub-genre of the video game industry. It has various types like famous games where players can experience racing, flying or shooting. There are even animal simulator games where you can be a cat or a goat. Some games even allow players to experience different occupations since there are farming, driving, and tycoon games. These games make up about a third of the gaming market. The popular everyday-life simulation game, The Sims, alone has evolved into a franchise with at least 10 games since the first game was released in 2000. Based on Maxis’ top-selling SimCity game, the Sims was created by designer Will Wright to simulate what it felt like to rebuild his life after he lost his home in the Oakland firestorm in 1991. Two years after its release, The Sims became one of the best selling simulation games for PC, and in 2005, had sold more than 16 million copies worldwide. In 2018, a mobile version of the well-loved simulation game was released.

Titles like the Sims, Farming Simulator and X-Plane continue to carry the simulation games flag in an era where most players choose to spend time on mobile online battle arena games. Luckily so. But did you know that one of the most famous simulators in the world, the Advanced Lawnmower Simulator game, was released only as an April Fool’s Joke in 1988? LOL. It’s true. Your Sinclair, a British game review magazine for Sinclair computers, released ALS as a parody to the rising industry of simulator games. The writers thought it would be funny to have such a dreaded chore-based game but instead, they gave birth to one of the most well-loved games in history. ALS even had rip-offs like Advanced Lawnmower Simulator: The Trilogy, and Football Junior. In 2015, the game was re-released with better graphics, audio, and gameplay. 

  1. 27

    #4SimCity

    SimCity

    SimCity is a city building and simulation game for everyone. It is an open-ended video game series originally designed by Will Wright and was first released on February 1989.

    Games

    Android, iOS, Windows, Mac

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Ruth Jordan
    Written on June 13, 2019
    "This version of simcity has killed my desire to play simcity ever again. The maps are TINY!!! Resources are eradicated quickly once you start mining/drilling. "
  2. 27

    #5rFactor 2

    rFactor 2

    rFactor2 is a simulation racing game developed by Image Space Incorporated for PCs. It is designed to be modified and is used by professional racing teams for driver training and race car development.

    Games

    Windows

    $31.99

    Manuel Cortés
    Written on June 13, 2019
    "The physics of this one is just unbelievable. It is also pretty cheap, one of the best racing simulation games that I've tried."
  3. 26

    #6The 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.

    Games

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Kathryn Foster
    Written on February 2, 2018
    "This is okay to play. It is slow to progress through the game and you pretty much have to buy stuff to make it interesting at all."
  4. 25

    #7Flight Pilot Simulator

    Flight Pilot Simulator

    Flight Pilot Simulator is a flight simulator mobile game application with 3D graphics and animations. The game also offers different mission types such as emergencies, rescue missions, rough landings, fires, and races.

    Games

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Muhammad Mittal
    Written on June 13, 2019
    "not very realistc but the levels are fun to play. unlike it says in the description it isn't the best simulation for android and it only has three commands. to get the better and funnier versions of the planes you have to play, a LOT"
  5. 24

    #8Race Room

    Race Room
    Race Room is a free to play racing game that is based on the official championships of racing series like DTM, WTCC, and ADAC GT Masters. Enter RaceRoom and enter the world of a professional race car driver.  
    Games

    Windows

    Free

    Charlie Tian
    Written on June 13, 2019
    "AI and graphics are really good. The controls are easy to set up and the engine sounds are really amazing 👌👌 Recommending this to anyone who is interested in simulation racing."
  6. 20

    #9Kerbal Space Program

    Kerbal Space Program

    Kerbal Space Program is a sandbox science and space simulation video game developed by Squad and published by Private Division. It can be played on Microsoft Windows and macOS computers, and on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One gaming consoles.

    Games

    Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Mac

    $39.99

    Deborah George
    Written on March 17, 2018
    "Not a simulation game "
  7. 20

    #10Plague Inc.

    Plague Inc.

    Plague Inc. is a simulation game that requires strategic skills and revolves around the idea of survival of the fittest. Player's aim is to put an end to human history by infecting a disease and eventually make it a plague.

    Games

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Ma Shi
    Written on June 13, 2019
    "A very addictive and fun game! Probably one of the best simulation games for iPhone that I've tried. The level of difficulty is also nice. However I noticed that the PC version is much better than the mobile version, I hope that they will update the mobile version too."
  8. 19

    #11Bus Simulator 2015

    Bus Simulator 2015

    Bus Simulator 2015 is a free game for Android and iOS that simulate a real bus experience with realistic (and real) cities and landscapes, multiple models of vehicles and all the weather situations.

    Games

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    James Spencer
    Written on February 4, 2018
    "Bus Simulator 2015 is a free game for smartphones that allow you to mimic being a bus driver. For the most part, it's a pretty entertaining game, however the in-game physics can get a little janky and completely ruin the experience. I don't think it's the best simulator available, but if you're craving an itch, it might do the job."
  9. 15

    #12Spintires: MudRunner

    Spintires: MudRunner

    Spintires: MudRunner is an off-road truck simulation video game developed by Saber Interactive and published by Focus. This game puts players in the driver seat of incredible all-terrain vehicles to drive in the vast regions of Siberia.

    Games

    Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

    $24.99

    James Ward
    Written on March 13, 2018
    "You can explore a sandbox environment, enhanced by fascinating graphics. You can overcome muddy terrain, raging rivers and other obstacles that all react to the weight and movement of your vehicle powered by the game's physics engine."
  10. 14

    #13EVEREST VR

    EVEREST VR

    EVEREST VR is a simulation game and a 3D Virtual reality amazing and immersive experience. You can experience the journey of climbing one of the highest mountains in the world.

    Games

    Windows, Windows, PlayStation 4

    $9.99- Needs HTC Vive

    Melissa Hicks
    Written on March 6, 2018
    "This game sounds enticing, but in reality it is VERY limited. There are only a few things you can do, and only so much area you can actually explore."
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    #14Euro Fishing

    Euro Fishing

    Euro Fishing is a sports fishing simulation video game developed and published by Dovetail Games. Players will take the role of a fisherman and will live a whole fishing experience, from finding the ideal location to preparing the equipment.

    Games

    Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

    $19.99

    Justin West
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "The best simulation game is Euro Fishing. The game immerses players in the many beautiful lakes in Europe and brings nature to your living room so that players can catch all the fish they want without getting up early or getting wet. "
  12. 10

    #15Beast Battle Simulator

    Beast Battle Simulator

    Beast Battle Simulator is a battle-simulation game featuring beasts fighting one another. The player customizes the beasts' weapons, health and damage depending on the game modes: Beast Soccer, Challenge, or Sandbox.

    Games

    Windows

    $9.99

    Jonathan Young
    Written on March 14, 2018
    "Looks fun. Looks like its for kids. Maybe hold off on the blood till its for older children. Then, ok. Just sort of normal game."
  13. 9

    #16Cities: Skylines

    Cities: Skylines
    Cities: Skylines engage the player in one of the most realistic urban planning simulation games available by controlling zoning, taxation, public services, city's budget, population, health, employment, pollution, traffic flow and many other factors.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, Xbox One, PlayStation 4

    $29.99

    Amber Adams
    Written on March 7, 2018
    "I love to play video games and love simulation games, like Sim City. I was looking for another good simulation game and found Cities: Skylines. This is similar to Sim City, but more complex and in-depth. The graphics are amazing! I frequently play this game for hours; it's just that fun. I highly recommend this game if you love games like Sim City and sim games in general."
  14. 6

    #17Forza Motorsport 6

    Forza Motorsport 6

    Forza Motorsport 6 is a racing simulation video game developed by Turn 10 Studios and published by Microsoft Studios exclusively for Xbox One. Compete in major championships such as Daytona or LeMans and collect up to 450 fully customizable vehicles.

    Games

    Xbox One

    $29.99

    Jerry Lee
    Written on March 27, 2018
    "Forza is a big name in racing gaming. This edition brings a lot to the table and looks amazing. Many of the cars in this game feels like you are actually in the car racing down the street."
  15. 2

    #18Prominence Poker

    Prominence Poker

    Prominence Poker is a poker card video game developed by Pipeworks Studio and published by 505 games. Set in the city of Prominence, a gambling paradise founded by crooked folks looking to go straight.

    Games

    Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Windows

    Free

    Julie Chapman
    Written on April 8, 2018
    "I feel like I'm in an actual poker tournament with this game. It grabs your attention quickly with it's smooth graphics. I easily become enmeshed with it. The ability to play live multiplayer is a great added bonus. "
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    #19The Sims 4

    The Sims 4

    The Sims 4 is a life simulator game. You control the Sims, smarter and complex characters, that try to fulfill their dreams and ambitions. It was created by the Sims Studio and was released on May 6, 2013.

    Games

    PlayStation 4, Windows, Mac

    $39.99

    Johnny Griffin
    Written on March 16, 2018
    "I've been playing The Sims for many years now. This game is one of the best to date. "
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    #20Tropico 6

    Tropico 6

    Tropico 6 is an immersive city-building simulation game that enables users to explore large archipelagos, raid foreign lands to acquire world wonders, experience new transportation means, and build infrastructures virtually.

    Games

    Windows, PS4, Xbox One, Mac

    $49.99

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    #21VRChat

    VRChat

    VRChat is a free-to-play multiplayer online virtual reality video game designed and created by Graham Gaylor and Jesse Joudrey from VRChat Inc. where players can interact with others as 3D character models.

    Games

    Windows

    Free

    Mark Collins
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "Amazing! Such an interesting game! This is a game where you can play with other plays in 3D characters but at the same time it's VR! So cool!"

Summary

Best What are the best simulation games
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Fallout ShelterGames 33 Free
2Second LifeGames 32 Free
3iRacingGames 31 Paid
4SimCityGames 27 Free
5rFactor 2Games 27 Paid
6The Sims FreePlayGames 26 Free
7Flight Pilot SimulatorGames 25 Free
8Race RoomGames 24 Free
9Kerbal Space ProgramGames 20 Paid
10Plague Inc.Games 20 Free
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