20 Best Simulation Games for Android (2018)

Simulation Games are called so because they simulate real-world activities. It might be driving a vehicle or running a business, or even living another life on-screen. Gamers love it because these games let us do things that we won’t do in real-life. I mean, it’s only in a simulation game that you drive a truck at 150MPH an hour and still be alive. Thankfully, simulation games are available for almost every platform, including Android.

Some Android simulation games are so great that they provide a console-like experience. And, you can find games from different categories too. I personally am a big fan of simulation games on Android. And, the last week, we spent our time checking out the popular simulation games for Android. After checking out more than 50 titles, we’ve come down to the 20 best Simulation Games for Android.

Most of these games work smoothly on mid-end devices, but you can expect better performance if you have a flagship.

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Life Simulation Games for Android

These games let you simulate a life that you cannot possibly experience. Sometimes, it’s about running in an apocalypse world, and sometimes, it’s the simple, mundane life.

#1 This War of Mine

One of the most popular simulation games for Android, This War of Mine is available for PC, Mac, PlayStation and iOS. At its core, This War of Mine is a thrilling survival game, where you have to protect yourself as well as co-survivors. Don’t think that you have guns or other weapons. In this simulation game, you are a civilian, who is threatened by looming wars, food deficit and snipers aiming at your head. You have to manage the shelter and take decisions that can help you rescue — or die. It’s not fun, it’s great.

This War of Mine

Pricing: This War of Mine is premium, priced at $13.99, offers in-app purchases

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#2 Game Dev Tycoon

Do you want to know how gaming companies are born? Don’t just know it: you can experience the same via Game Dev Tycoon. This Android game takes you through the life of a game developer, who starts his journey back in the 80s. From then, you have to take care of the research, design and development. Each of decisions you take will have an overwhelming impact. You can also create a game development team and become the market leader — only if you make great games.

Game Dev Tycoon

Pricing: Game Dev Tycoon comes with a price tag of $4.99

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#3 Fallout Shelter

Yet another popular simulation game, Fallout Shelter is about building a new world underground. To do it, you have to equip the right people with the right stuff, and you need a better plan. The game also adds one amazing part for exploring and survival. It has one of the best graphics we have seen in this kind of simulation games. Last but not the least, Fallout Shelter does not have any ads. You can have a seamless experience — even if you have a low-end device.

Fallout Shelter

Pricing: Fallout Shelter is free to play, offers in-app purchases

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#4 InstLife

InstLife is basically a life simulator, which is not about high-end graphics or storyline. As you keep ageing, take decisions in a life that’s unpredictable. It lets you buy cars and take driving tests. You can meet people and even have a life together. InstLife is also a life, but one that you have some control over. So, when you start the game, it will tell your name, where you are born and your gender. As you grow older, you have to go through a bunch of challenges, depending on where you were born. The story goes on, folks.

InstLife

Pricing: InstLife is free to play, doesn’t have in-app purchases

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Business Simulation Games for Android

Business simulation games are great. You can launch new shops, upgrade products and keep earning. And, you’d probably love to see the amount of money skyrocketing.

#5 AdVenture Capitalist

AdVenture Capitalist belongs to a sub-genre called idle clickers, because all you do is clicking. While starting the game, you have a single lemonade stand, but you can explore things on the way. There are a lot of jokes in the game, and it’s incredibly addictive. Once your capitalist company is popular, you start getting investor angels, who in turn increases the profit. You can even expand your empire to other places like the Moon and Mars. There are online events too.

AdVenture Capitalist

Pricing: AdVenture Capitalist is free to play, comes with in-app purchases

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#6 Idle Factory Tycoon

Idle Factory Tycoon is yet another business simulation game with some cool graphics. Of course, it’s another idle clicker, but you have more things to do. After opening up a factory, you can add employees and start a lot of new projects. This game does not require an internet connection unless you want to double the money you got. The best part is, you can automate the entire workflow of the factory and keep upgrading the stuff. It’s like running a factory, quite mechanical, but fun.

Idle Factory Tycoon

Pricing: Idle Factory Tycoon is free, offers in-app purchases

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#7 Motorsport Manager Mobile

We don’t think this is exactly a business, but it’s about teamwork and dedication, you know. In this game, it is all about having the best racing team with the best drivers. You have to train your drivers and take major decisions that affect the game. It also simulates actual racing and watch it for yourself. Instead of putting you behind the wheels, Motorsport Manager Mobile lets you feel the real spirit. Compared to most of the other simulator games, Motorsport Manager Mobile has better graphics too.

Motorsport Manager Mobile

Pricing: Motorsport Manager Mobile is free, comes with in-app purchases

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#8 Cook, Serve, Delicious

Cook, Serve, Delicious is a multi-purpose business simulation game. Thankfully, its Android port is working a lot satisfactorily. When the story starts, you have one old restaurant and a cook. It’s up to you to bring the organization back to the old five-star glory. You can keep experimenting with food, enhancing the service as well as other upgrades. The game offers a decent amount of gameplay time, with a lot of stuff that you can unlock on the way. It’s addictive, you’ve been warned.

Cook, Serve, Delicious

Pricing: Cook, Serve, Delicious is priced at $3.99

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City Building Simulation Games for Android

Once you are done building individual lives and businesses, give cities a try. In these games, you have to build a new city, include elements like people, buildings, services and more. Awesome, isn’t it?

#9 SimCity BuildIt

SimCity BuildIt from Electronic Arts is as good a city-building simulation game can get. As the mayor of a new city, you have to take care of many things. Apart from the great graphics, the game gives enough room for your imagination as well. You can keep bringing new stuff to the place, such as buildings and upgrades. Once you are set up, you can go for an online competition too. Compared to others, SimCity BuildIt has a larger user-base, which is incredible for online gaming.

SimCity BuildIt

Pricing: SimCity BuildIt is free, offers in-app purchases

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#10 Construction Simulator 2 Lite

Construction Simulator 2 Lite isn’t the typical city-building simulation game for Android. However, it plays a superb part — using construction vehicles to build and modify constructions. It involves an open world where you can train, drive and seek jobs. It consists of original vehicles from popular construction brands, which is more fun. For each vehicle, there is a unique working method. You have to learn all of them and unlock the missions on the way.

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Construction Simulator 2 Lite

Pricing: Construction Simulator 2 Lite is free to play, but there are in-app purchases

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#11 Township

Township is one of the best city and farming games for Android. As the manager of your townships, you’d have to take care of the supplies and keep producing. As the population goes higher, more houses and food would be needed. It has a lot of unlockable stuff, in terms of features and in-game elements. Apart from people, it lets you manage animals like cows and chicken as well. As the player, you have to oversee the development of your town. It also has multiplayer support.

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Township

Pricing: Township is free to play, and offers in-app purchases

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#12 Bit City

If you don’t want a feature-rich city builder like SimCity BuildIt, you should check out Bit City. Basically one of the idle clicker games, it gives a unique experience. You have to not only make buildings and stuff but also manage aspects like taxes. As the city grows up, you can unlock more devices and loans. Despite the minimal and retro-like graphics, Bit City offers a unique gameplay experience. As you keep going ahead, you will be able to upgrade the city like never before.

Bit City

Pricing: Bit City is free to play, comes with in-app purchases

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Best Flight Simulator Games

Not everyone can become a pilot, you know. There aren’t many aircrafts either. Well, you can play some of the wonderful aircraft simulation games listed below to get the feel.

#13 Fight Pilot Simulator 3D Free

If you want to get started, Fight Pilot Simulator 3D Free is one of the best flight simulator games for Android. Apart from predefined missions, the game offers a free-roaming system as well. You would not have to stay rested. Although not the best, you would also love the 3D graphics being offered in the game. The game can be played without an internet connection, regardless whether you are going for free roaming or some rescue mission.

Fight Pilot Simulator 3D Free

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#14 Extreme Landings

Extreme Landings is the best choice if you are looking for a professional-like flight simulation. In this game, you get complete control when you want to land the aircraft without crashing. The problem is, there’s only a bunch of available games. Others need to be purchased in the long run. I personally love Extreme Landings, since it gives the real feel and corresponds to physics. Different views and customization options make this game one of the best in town.

Extreme Landings

Pricing: Extreme Landings is free, but most of the content is available via in-app purchases

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#15 Infinite Flight – Flight Simulator

Infinite Flight – Flight Simulator is the perfect choice when you need a comprehensive flight simulator game for Android. Along with realistic graphics, the game offers better selection of scenarios, aircrafts and airports that you can choose. Although not the greatest manual controls, you can have the realistic feel of flying on the air. There is also a Pro subscription that gives you additional gameplay options. If you are ready to pay for some great features, go for it.

Infinite Flight – Flight Simulator

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#16 AirFighters

Last in this category, AirFighters brings another scenario to flight simulation. Instead of commercial aircrafts, you will be checking out fighter planes. In this game, you have multiple modes to check out, including those individual ones and World Supremacy mode. Accuracy and graphics quality are best two things that we loved in this title. You can keep unlocking newer titles and aircrafts as you go along. It comes from the developers who made Extreme Landings.

AirFighters

Pricing: AirFighters is free to play, offers in-app purchases

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Driving and Parking Simulator Games for Android

Games in this category are often seen as educational, you know. You would understand how you park a car perfectly or how you’d roam around the streets without breaking rules.

#17 Bus Simulator 17

Ovidiu Pop is one of the best developers when it comes to simulation genre. And, Bus Simulator 17 is one of the best games that let you become a professional bus driver. The graphics and physics are realistic, and you can explore different maps in different countries. There is also a highway mode, in case you are interested. There are also additional modes like Free Ride and Multiplayer gaming. Even on low-end devices, this game offers standard performance.

Bus Simulator 17

Pricing: Bus Simulator 17 is free to play, but there are in-app purchases

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#18 Real Driver: Parking Simulator

If you are looking for an addictive yet decent parking simulation game, Real Driver: Parking Simulator is one of the nice choices. The gameplay gets tougher and tougher as you move on, thanks to the various ways and options. In addition to that, you get accurate control of the vehicle as well. If you ask us, it offers one of the most realistic parking simulation. In case you are wondering, there are 240 levels — that’s enough to keep yourself in the game.

Real Driver- Parking Simulator

Pricing: Real Driver: Parking Simulator is free and has in-app purchases

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#19 Ultimate Car Driving Simulator

Ultimate Car Driving Simulator is one of the very few car simulator game that complies with realistic physics and animation. You can roam around the streets, and customize the ride. Unlike many of the other games, it has an open-world system. You can roam around the city and engage in challenges. Sometimes, it’s about simply driving the vehicle without harming others. Compared to other titles, Ultimate Car Driving Simulator has one of the best graphics and sound quality department.

Ultimate Car Driving Simulator

Pricing: Ultimate Car Driving Simulator is free to play, offers in-app purchases

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#20 Real Car Parking 2: Driving School 2018

We’d end this article with one of the realistic and graphics-rich parking simulation games for Android. You’ll surely love the visual impact that Real Car Parking 2: Driving School 2018 offers, even on low-end devices. It packs almost every real feature from cars, like the realistic rear-view mirrors and the parking sensors. Just so you know, it is going to teach you how to park a vehicle perfectly. You can also get used to traffic signs, in addition to customization options.

Real Car Parking 2- Driving School 2018

Pricing: Real Car Parking 2: Driving School 2018 is free to play, offers in-app purchases too

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Wrapping Up

We love all of the Android simulation games we’ve listed above, and we hope you’d too. Apart from being excellent time-killers, some of them are educational in nature too. For me, personally, Extreme Landings and Bit City are the favourite choices. Just so you know, the aircraft simulation games are the BEST. Make sure you check them out.

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About Abhijith N Arjunan

Abhijith N Arjunan is a Freelance Content Writer from Kerala. But when he's not writing about technology, he is interested in Food and pop culture.