Aside from being downright fun, did you know that playing simulation games also provides various benefits? Some of these include sharpening your memory, honing your reasoning or logic, increasing motivation for learning, speeding up the process of understanding the gaming material, and improving your gaming performance. Fascinating, isn’t it? 

Nothing could be more perfect than being able to explore and play with real-life through games. No wonder many gamers are hooked up to real-life simulation games. You won’t be saving your realm, dimension, world, or universe here. Instead, these games focus on the ordinary experience. Are you wondering about the best real-life simulation games around? Here’s a rundown. 

9 Of The Best Real-Life Simulation Games

1. Reigning Supreme: ‘The Sims’

You would have guessed it right. Reigning supreme and topping the list of the best real-life simulation games is “The Sims,” may it be the first-ever game, “The Sims 2,” “The Sims 3,” or “The Sims 4.” It seems that everybody is familiar with this game.

For those who, well, do not know, “The Sims” is a game where you can simulate real-life in various aspects, from dressing up your character called “Sim” to giving them a career, and so much more.

This franchise is said to have sold almost 200 million copies globally and is among the best-selling video game series of all time. 

2. ‘Epic Astro Story’

Bagging the first runner-up title is “Epic Astro Story.” It may not be as popular as “The Sims,” but it makes sure to offer something different. 

Developed and published by Kairosoft for Android and iOS, this is also a simulation game but with a focus on science fiction. “Epic Astro Story” has players tasked with managing and expanding their colony in a science fiction setting while also exploring other planets and more. If you are a science fiction geek, you will love this game.

3. ‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’

Developed and published by Nintendo, “Animal Crossing: New Horizons,” on the other hand, is also a simulation game but categorized as a social simulation game.

Part of a series, this game has players controlling a character who moves to a deserted island after buying a getaway package from Tom Nook. Tom is also one of the characters in this game who operates the village store.

Players accomplish assigned tasks, develop the island as they choose, gather and craft items, and run the island with a community of anthropomorphic animals. Looks fun? It really is. 

4. ‘Stardew Valley’

We’ve written about “Stardew Valley” previously here on PVP Live. It’s pretty loud since it is also one of the best real-life simulation games around. 

Unlike “The Sims,” which mimics the general aspects of real life, “Stardew Valley” focuses on being able to run a farm. Players assume the role of a character who inherits their deceased grandfather’s shabby farm in Stardew Valley. 

But like “The Sims,” players of this game can cook, socialize with the townspeople, marry, and have children. They may also grow crops, raise livestock, fish, mine, and forage. You better be trying this game.

5. ‘Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator’

It’s raining men – or dads – in “Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator.” Presented to you by Game Grumps, this game is where players portray the role of, who else, a Dad, but somebody with the goal to meet and romance other hot dads.

In “Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator,” you and your daughter have just moved into the sleepy seaside town known as Maple Bay only to find out that everybody in your neighborhood is a single, eligible, and dateable Dad! 

The game is filled with side quests, minigames, and endings, making it one of the most fun games of this kind right now.

6. ‘Reigns’

Also on this list of the best real-life simulation games is “Reigns.” In this game, you sit on the throne of and portray a benevolent – or malevolent, if you like playing as the bad guy – Medieval monarch of the modern age, and like Tinder, swipe your royal controller either left or right to impose your will for the kingdom.

You will indeed play this for hours. It’s filled with fun characters like Brohnwist the Stormbearer, the Archbishop of Valambun, Miss Birmin, Queen Joan, and so much more. And did you know “Reigns” has a “Game of Thrones” version, too?

7. ‘Two Point Campus’

If you like playing games like “Diner Dash,” where you manage a food business, you will also love “Two Point Campus” too. This is also categorized as a business simulation game published by Sega. 

Here, players must build and manage a university campus. They can build rooms, organize extra-curricular activities, and more.

8. ‘Game Dev Story’

From the makers of “Epic Astro Story” is another simulation video game called “Game Dev Story.” Players take control of a startup video game developer in this game to make titles and consoles a hit to generate income. As the player earns more money, they can develop the business and thus be able to create better games. 

9. ‘Cook-Out: A Sandwich Tale’

“Cook-Out: A Sandwich Tale” is like “Diner Dash” – you keep the orders coming and serve food. But this game makes it different because you serve a hungry cast of enchanted creatures instead of people. 

Set within the cook’s cabin in a fairy tale forest, this game is a wacky and whimsical adventure that challenges up to four gamers working together for the orders of these creatures. What’s more, it is a multiplayer virtual reality (VR) title. 

Play The Good Life

You have just learned about nine of the best real-life simulation games you must try today. From simulating life on a  farm like in “Stardew Valley” to simulating life as a whole in “The Sims,” your options in this category would be plentiful and vast. Aside from those, you have other games like “My Time at Portia,” “Not Tonight,” “Littlewood,” and more. But if you just need the best of the best, this list by PVP Live should suffice.

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