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Simulation Games for Kids

Simulation games are one of the most expansive and popular game genres. It’s also one of the most popular on mobile because the tap-and-swipe controls translate well on touch screens. They’re easy to play, fun to engage with, and some of them can last for years. Some simulation games are more educational than others, but each requires thinking, planning, and organizing skills. 

The challenge is the expansiveness of the simulation genre. You can simulate virtually anything and thus you have tons of subgenres such as flight sims, life sims, city builder sims, survival sims, farming sims, sports sims, and all kinds of other sims. That makes a best list difficult to compile because there are so many choices across so many topics. Still, we’ll try our best. Here are the best simulation games.

    The Sims FreePlay is a casual life-simulation game with elements of quest-and-timer city building. The objectives of the game are to create numerous Sim characters, formulate a realistic world around them and foster relationships between various Sims. There are no significant skills required for this game. The Sims FreePlay is available for free download in both the App Store and the Google Play Store.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    My Town: School is a free-play app for children to play and explore in a school building. My Town: School gives children the opportunity to explore places around the town through play exercise their imaginations in this open-ended app. Wander through the My Town school, check out the different classrooms and play with everything you can find.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    Toca Town is an open-play environment designed for little kids to explore six town-related areas that include open-ended gameplay. Kids create their own games with its inhabitants, visit six locations, and discover hidden treasures nestled in unlikely places.  It provides a framework where characters can be moved in and around a town that has a store, a police station, a park, a restaurant, and houses and apartments.The dozen characters are diverse, and the detail throughout is really impressive and makes the learning even more fun.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    The sequel to BridgeBasher is finally here! SimplePhysics lets you design complex structures for everything from tree houses to ferris wheels and then simulates your design with a sophisticated physics engine.

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    Game Dev Tycoon is a management game where you create a game development studio starting in the 80’s, and working your way through gaming’s major milestones - even creating those milestones yourself. The game is available for iOS, Android, PC, Mac, Nintendo Switch and mobile platforms. 

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad


    Airport City is a fine city building game. As usual, these games are not everybody’s cup of tea. You can never really win; just check in every day and watch your city grow over time. But that’s pretty fun, especially when you throw airplanes into the mix. 

    Devices: iPhone, iPad


    My PlayHome isn't a traditional learning app with math, reading, or science activities. But it's a great tool for helping kids tell stories, express themselves, use their imaginations, and explore.  If you value a dress-up area, dollhouse, or similar items in your classroom, this will meet a similar need with easier clean up. 

    Devices: Android, iPhone, iPad