Friday Favorites: Simulation Games

Double Jump Kris MiiHappy Friday!
One of the last few game reviews Rachel and I did was for Game Dev Tycoon, and it reminded me of how much fun I have with games in the simulation genre. This Friday celebrates some of my favorite simulation games and franchises.
Harvest Moon
The Harvest Moon franchise was probably my first foray into the simulation genre. Valuing hard work and fostering healthy relationships with the community are key aspects in the game, and I enjoyed the virtual farm life with the animals. I definitely prefer some of the older games to the newer games, but the Switch’s Light of Hope seems to cater to some of the more nostalgic story and controls from the older titles.
Stardew Valley
Another farming simulation game, Stardew Valley is similar to Harvest Moon but with a few fantasy twists, such as defeating monsters in the mines, along with the ability to date whoever you want regardless of gender. The co-op mode is another plus to this game! Rachel and I are looking forward to giving it a go!
Game Dev Tycoon
Game Dev Tycoon is so much fun! The strategy needed to develop good games against the clock with the story events constantly evolving makes the game addicting. It’s a game I’ll keep going back to, and I’m on the hunt for more business-like tycoon games, if anyone has any suggestions!
The Sims
The Sims franchise is horribly addicting. Every time I turn the game on, it’s hard to want to do anything else in my free time. Recently, I’ve been testing the newer Sims 4 Seasons expansion pack, and I’ve been having a good time. With the expansions and free reign to act out whatever kind of stories you want, the Sims probably won’t be getting deleted from my computer anytime soon.

What are your favorite simulation games?

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Readers Comments (6)

  1. Definitely love farming games (haven’t tried Farming Simulator yet, though). My husband was really into Euro Truck Simulator for while. He’d just sit in the office driving his truck around listening to podcasts. Haha!

    • I’ve seen/heard other people streaming Truck Simulator games — it is very relaxing to listen and work to! Maybe I’ll try one of those sometime. 🙂

  2. I love Stardew Valley so much! I’m not sure I could ever go back to Harvest Moon with all of the awesome features Stardew Valley adds to the mix.

    • I hear many people say the same thing about Stardew Valley and Harvest Moon! I don’t think I’ve played enough of Stardew Valley to feel the same way just yet, but who knows? 😉

  3. Game dev tycoon was an absolutely solid game!! One of my favourites is Crusader Kings 2 – a bit of a different genre but kinda still simulation haha

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