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Top 25 best simulation games for Android phones & tablets

Top 25 best simulation games for Android phones & tablets

The best Android simulation games in 2022

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Updated on November 8, 2022 - re-checked the list

Simulation is such a large category - there are so many different types of simulation games for Android that you can play. Most of them allow you to take part in real-world events, becoming a farmer, creating a theme park and taking on jobs that you may have only dreamed of having. Simulation games are a great break from reality, where you can easily dive into a world and take on jobs that don’t have any real repercussions if you mess them up.

Some of these games are very realistic while others bring you into cartoon worlds, showcasing somewhere cute and beautiful. There are so many different activities to explore and games to play, it may be hard to find the best of the best. So we have put together a list of the top 25 best simulation games for Android to save you some time looking.

Let’s dive into it.

Original post by Jupiter Hadley, updated by Pocket Gamer staff 
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1
BitLife - Life Simulator

Available on: iOS + Android
Genre: Simulation
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BitLife - Life Simulator

BitLife is a life simulator, where you can take on a new player, creating a person who has just been born. You then get to decide how to interact with the world - making friends with people, asking your parents for money, studying hard, taking piloting lessons and more. There are lots of random ways to end up dying, so it’s up to you to decide how to spend your days. If you end up living a long life and having children, you can become one of them and continue on for another life.

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2
Stardew Valley

Publisher: Chucklefish
Available on: iOS + Android + Switch
Genre: Multiplayer, Simulation
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Stardew Valley

Stardew Valley has you looking after a farm, with very little experience and without knowing anything about the small town you have moved to. You can spend your days farming, making repairs, interacting with the town, fishing and mining! There are lots to discover in this game, especially as time moves forward and you can partake in events or find cutscenes that reveal personalities and interactions within the local town. Stardew Valley is one of the best simulation games on Android, but it's probably true for other platforms too.

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3
Rollercoaster Tycoon Touch

Publisher: Atari
Available on: iOS + Android
Genre: Simulation
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Rollercoaster Tycoon Touch

I swear, everyone’s dream as a kid is to run a theme park at some point. In Rollercoaster Tycoon, you can live this dream, by managing your own roller coaster park. You can customise your park - changing around the various pre-built rides or creating a rollercoaster piece by piece that people would love to ride. Along with the actual rides, you can place down restaurants, shops, decorations, and tweak various settings so that you can make the most money!

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4
The Sims Mobile

Publisher: Electronic Arts
Available on: iOS + Android
Genre: Simulation
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The Sims Mobile

I feel like everyone has heard of The Sims. The Sims Mobile takes the sandbox world of The Sims and brings it to your mobile phone. There are a bunch of possibilities within this game - you can create your own Sim, customise them to look however you want, give them a job and help them meet their needs and goals. The world is quite vast, with other Sims to talk to and tons of ways to customise your home and your life. If you've already played it, and you'd like to try out something similar, check the list of mobile games like The Sims.

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5
Plague Inc.

Developer: Ndemic Creations
Available on: iOS + Android + Steam
Genre: Simulation, Strategy
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Plague Inc.

Plague Inc. is a pretty interesting and uh, topical Android simulation game where you are able to become a deadly virus, working its way through the entire human population and eliminating all of them. You need to wipe everyone out, so you are able to create different types of viruses, mutate them to keep things interesting and ensure they are still infecting people, and adapt as humans take drugs and try to get rid of the disease.

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6
Game Dev Tycoon

Available on: iOS + Android
Genre: Simulation
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Game Dev Tycoon

Playing games is fun, but have you ever considered becoming a game developer yourself? In Game Dev Tycoon, you are able to manage a startup, looking to become a successful game development company. You can hire employees, take on freelance contracts to make ends meet, and continue to work on and improve your own game.

There is a lot of management in Game Dev Tycoon, as events pop up, patches need to be released and you need to continue to update your own games. It's a brilliant game, and you should read our Game Dev Tycoon review if you're curious about our experience playing it.

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7
Home Street

Publisher: Supersolid
Available on: iOS + Android
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Home Street

Home Street is a little like The Sims, but players can focus more on accessorising and decorating their houses. After creating your own character and building your own house, you can spend your days hanging out with friends, selling your house to purchase bigger ones, or becoming a TV star. You can even start a business if you’d like. There is less of a grind than there is in the Sims and it makes for a neat game.

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8
Pocket City

Available on: iOS + Android
Genre: Simulation
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Pocket City

Pocket City is a city building game, where you want to construct up a city! You are in charge of planning permissions, so you will need to decide where to put various types of buildings, making a satisfying town that people would like to actually live in. There are lots of buildings and lands to unlock as you continue to grow your city and adapt, along with events like block parties and weather storms! You will need to plan ahead and think things through.

Did you know we've also got a Pocket City review? Don't forget to check it out and find out why we included this one on the list of best simulation games for Android!

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9
Cooking Simulator Mobile

Available on: iOS + Android
Genre: Simulation
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Cooking Simulator Mobile

Cooking Simulator Mobile is a realistic cooking game, where a chef can guide you on how to cook in a surprisingly empty restaurant. As you hone your skill and learn about your kitchen’s tools, you will unlock more food and become a better chef. There are a lot of tools, ingredients and techniques to learn, as well as time to manage as customers don’t like waiting too long for their food.

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10
RFS - Real Flight Simulator

Available on: iOS + Android
Genre: Simulation
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RFS - Real Flight Simulator

Real Flight Simulator is a flying simulator, as you might have guessed from the name. But, this simulator is quite realistic, with lots to control and simulate. You can fly a plane in various conditions, dealing with a night and day cycle as well as changes in weather. Flight plans need to be booked, the plan needs to be controlled and you will need to master a very realistic HUD! It’s very well made.

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11
Doctor 911 Hospital Simulator

Available on: Android
Genre: Simulation
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Doctor 911 Hospital Simulator

Reanimation Inc is a realistic ambulance worker simulator. The player will have to prove or strengthen their knowledge in the field of medicine, saving patients on the way to the hospital. The abundance of incomprehensible equipment, various diagnoses, the difficult process of treatment, and other interesting mechanics will not let you get bored.

First of all, Reanimation Inc is an educational game. First, the player will pass a knowledge test. Playing this game, you can learn skills that will be useful in real life.

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12
SimCity Buildit

Publisher: EA Mobile
Available on: iOS + Android
Genre: Casual, Simulation, Strategy
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SimCity Buildit

Mobile version of the famous city-building simulation game for Android from Electronic Arts. You have to turn a small town into a big metropolis with bright skyscrapers, resort hotels, and giant shopping malls. You will be engaged in the construction of buildings, trade, optimization of transport links, and other interesting things. However, a good mayor is one who cares about his citizens as well. You will regulate their level of happiness and solve various problems, and as a result, people will love or hate you. In SimCity BuildIt you can even cooperate with other players or start a war.

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13
Raft Survival

Developer: io games
Publisher: io games
Available on: iOS + Android + Smartphone + Switch
Genre: Simulation
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Raft Survival

Survival on Raft embodies one of the fears of any person. The protagonist manages to become the only survivor of a plane crash. However, luck ends there, because now he finds himself in the middle of an endless ocean, the marine inhabitants of which want to it him.

The player will have to survive on a raft and collect resources, craft, and build. Survival on Raft offers an unusual gaming experience because surviving in such conditions is much more difficult than on land. For example, you need to find clean water, catch fish, grow food (yes, right on the raft), and also drive sharks away from your home.

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14
Prison Empire Tycoon

Available on: iOS + Android
Genre: Simulation
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Prison Empire Tycoon

In Prison Empire Tycoon, you take on the role of a prison owner and develop a difficult business. You will have to take care of the prisoners who always plan to organize a riot and escape. You have to equip cells, hire and manage employees, as well as develop technologies to make this place cozy and reliable. And if you manage to rehabilitate the prisoners and help the state and society in this way, consider that you have achieved success.

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15
TAP! DIG! MY MUSEUM!

Developer: oridio
Publisher: oridio
Available on: iOS + Android
Genre: Simulation
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TAP! DIG! MY MUSEUM!

A colorful simulator with pixel graphics that offers you to take on the role of the owner of an abandoned museum. You have to take care of the place, as well as go to distant places for excavations to search for rare exhibits. The gameplay of Dig! my museum! can be conditionally divided into two parts. The player will have to manage his museum, that is to serve visitors, create exhibition stands and collect money that will be used to further develop the business. But besides this, you will also go on excavations and collect the bones of extinct dinosaurs.

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16
Farming Simulator 20

Available on: iOS + Android
Genre: Simulation
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Farming Simulator 20

Farming Simulator is one of the best farming simulators on both Android and PC. The player will have to take care of his economy and engage in crops, animal husbandry, and other things.

The games in this series differ from others in realism. There is a first-person view, and you cannot dig up the beds with one tap on the screen. To do this, the player will have to use various techniques and equipment. Trade is also realistically implemented. The market is changing dynamically, and the direction of the economy should be changed according to consumer demand.

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17
WildCraft: Wild Sim Online

Available on: iOS + Android
Genre: Adventure, Multiplayer, Simulation
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WildCraft: Wild Sim Online

WildCraft sends the player into the harsh wilderness and offers to live the life of one of the animals: fox, lynx, wolf, and others. Like people, they take care of their families, raise offspring and try to protect themselves from the threats of the outside world. Animals can be customized by setting the name, coat color, gender, eyes, and other parameters.

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18
Hotel Empire Tycoon

Available on: iOS + Android
Genre: Simulation
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Hotel Empire Tycoon

In Hotel Empire Tycoon, you will be ruling an entire hotel empire and trying to create the best hotel in town. The gameplay is impressive in its diversity. In addition to building various rooms, you personally need to equip them, hire staff, keep everything clean, organize entertainment and solve various problems. If visitors are satisfied, you will earn money that can be used to grow your business.

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19
Idle Supermarket Tycoon

Developer: Codigames
Publisher: Codigames
Available on: iOS + Android
Genre: Simulation
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Idle Supermarket Tycoon

Idle Supermarket Tycoon is a simple but addictive supermarket owner simulator. Various tasks are the responsibility of the player: arranging the premises, opening new departments (not only with products, but also with equipment and perfumes), working with staff and, of course, taking care of customers.

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20
The Trail

Publisher: Kongregate
Available on: iOS + Android
Genre: Simulation
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The Trail

The Trail is a colorful pioneer simulator. Visiting the distant past, when America was not yet discovered, the player will aimlessly travel around the world and enjoy fantastic views. The gameplay also includes the development of your own town in the New World. You will be engaged in trade, production, and colonization. Note that the game was created by Peter Molyneux, who gave the world Black & White, Godus, Theme Park, and other projects with an unusual idea.

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21
This War of Mine

Publisher: 11 bit studios
Available on: iOS + Android + Steam
Genre: Action, Simulation
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This War of Mine

This simulator is not as fun and easy as the previous games in the collection. The player will plunge into a dark world tormented by the Civil War and will control a small group of civilians whose goal is simply to survive. However, food shortages, disease, and marauders will be serious obstacles to this goal. This War of Mine is quite brutal and shows the horrors of war that innocent citizens experience to the fullest. But we definitely recommend playing it because, despite the fact that the game is not free, it has a big number of positive reviews.

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22
Smartphone Tycoon 2

Available on: iOS + Android
Genre: Simulation
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Smartphone Tycoon 2

We all love smartphones and follow the new products that are regularly released by well-known manufacturers. But how about feeling like a businessman yourself and driving a company that creates new mobile phones? You will have such an opportunity in the game Smartphone Tycoon 2. This is an Android simulation game with interesting gameplay that allows you to develop advanced smartphones and sell them, developing your own brand from scratch to leadership in the global market. Moreover, the Smartphone Tycoon 2 simulator allows you to compete with Samsung and Apple.

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23
Epic Battle Simulator 2

Developer: Rappid Studios
Available on: iOS + Android + Smartphone
Genre: Simulation
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Epic Battle Simulator 2

Epic Battle Simulator 2 is the sequel to the game, which is considered one of the most realistic battle simulators on Android. Here you can form your own troops, upgrade units, strategize and manage your army to win epic battles against bots or other users online. The advantages of this game include very realistic physics and an excellent algorithm for selecting opponents. Thanks to this, each battle will become a real test for you, which is difficult to win, but very interesting. In the second part of the game, the graphics have been significantly improved, and the battles have become even more spectacular than before.

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24
Taxi Sim 2022

Developer: OviLex Software
Publisher: OviLex Software
Available on: iOS + Android + Switch
Genre: Simulation
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Taxi Sim 2022

The game called Taxi Sim 2020 continues the rating of simulators on Android. It will make you feel like a taxi driver performing various tasks in the metropolis. More than three dozen different cars will be available to you, and new cars are added to the game regularly. You will drive around New York, Miami, Rome, and other major world capitals. You will have to constantly adapt your driving style because customers are different. Some will care about their safety and begin to resent when the driver runs a red light, while some will just need to get to their destination as quickly as possible.

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25
Euro Truck Driver

Developer: Ovidiu Pop
Publisher: Ovidiu Pop
Available on: Android
Genre: Simulation
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Euro Truck Driver

There are many different driving simulators, but Euro Truck Driver invites you to become a truck driver and master the profession of a trucker. A truly immersive driving experience awaits you with a huge vehicle and views of European cities, from Madrid to Prague. There are more than 20 different European cities in the game, but you will travel not only through them. On your way, you will meet country roads and huge tracks, which you will have to overcome on iconic trucks of different brands. The developers complicated your task with realistic weather conditions, so be ready for difficulties.

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