Simulation games are one of the most expansive and popular game genres the world over. It’s also one of the most popular on mobile because the controls work very well on touch screens. They’re easy to play, fun to engage with, and some of them can last for years. If you want the best bang for your buck, here are the best simulation games for Android!


Episode - Choose Your Story

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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Episode - Choose Your Story is a unique simulation game. It won an award in the 2017 Google Play Awards as well. Essentially, you get to live out famous movie scenes. The difference being that you can decide the path you take. It boasts over 50,000 scenarios to play through. That includes some famous ones like Mean Girls, Pretty Little Liars, and many others. It is a freemium game like most sims these days. However, it's still one of the more unique simulation games out there.
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Episode - Choose Your Story

Fallout Shelter

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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Fallout Shelter dominated headlines back in 2015 when it came out. It's lauded for its fun game play, classic Fallout quirkiness, and excellent freemium strategy. In this one, you build a fallout shelter (roll credits) and populate it with dwellers. The dwellers do various jobs to keep the vault going. They also interact with each other in a variety of interesting ways. The idea is to create the best vault ever, explore the wasteland, and create a thriving community of living people. Even in 2017, it's one of the best simulation games there is.
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Egg, Inc

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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Egg, Inc is a business simulator. Your job will be to produce eggs. It takes a more laid back approach. Players can hatch chickens, build hen houses, and hire employees. You can even make robots and fly drones to keep things moving. It's a clicker style simulation game. You'll click a bunch of times to earn money. You then use that money to build your farm to a point where clicking is no longer necessary. Plus, it's one of only a few simulation games that feature that many chickens.
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Egg, Inc

Flight Pilot Simulator 3D

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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Flight simulation games are wildly popular on Android. However, there aren't a ton of really good ones. Thankfully, Flight Pilot Simulator 3D seems to fit the bill. It features a variety of planes in different configurations along with excellent graphics, partially realistic physics, and more. You can play in open flight mode and just cruise the breeze, participate in timed races, put out forest fires, and, of course, there is the obligatory perfect landing task. The in-app purchases can get a little expensive, but the game is pretty good overall.
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Flight Pilot Simulator 3D

Goat Simulator series

Price: $4.99 each
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Goat Simulator is a series of simulation games. You play as a goat in a world where physics don't really apply. The original game just lets you fling a goat around the world. As the series progresses, you'll fight off zombies, play an MMO, and then eventually colonize space. They aren't overly serious games. They're also a little expensive for what you get. However, there is no in-app purchases and they're good for some laughs.
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Godus

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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Godus is one of the more active simulation games available. You are in charge of building a new civilization. Except you also play God. You can move landscapes around to fit your needs. You'll also be responsible for the well-being of your inhabitants. However, you can also throw meteors and cause natural disasters if you want to. It's almost like a light version of the popular PC series Black and White. It is a freemium title, though, and has many of the same pitfalls as other freemium simulation games.
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Kairosoft games

Price: Varies
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Kairosoft is a developer on Google Play. They have a number of very good simulation games. The most popular is Game Dev Story. You'll manage a game development office and try to make the ultimate hit game. Other titles in their Story series include Pocket Arcade Story, World Cruise Story, Grand Prix Story, and others. Additionally, they have The Manga Works (manage your own manga studio). Perhaps their best overall title is Ninja Village. You build a village, fight against other villages, and try to unite the region within a certain time limit. All of the simulation games they make are pay-once games with no in-app purchases.
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Kairosoft games

Infinite Flight Simulator

Price: $4.99 with in-app purchases
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Infinite Flight Simulator is another excellent flight sim. It features 35 total aircraft (18 available as in-app purchases) along with 14 regions to fly through. You can customize your conditions by changing the time of day and the weather. You can also have online multiplayer as a paid add-on. There is also a logbook, achievements, and more. It's a fairly extensive and good looking flight sim. However, it's also one of the more expensive simulation games.
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Plague Inc

Price: Free / Up to $14.99
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Plague Inc has been around for a long time but remains one of the best and most in-depth simulation games available. In this one, you’ll be in charge of creating a disease and then orchestrating its spread in order to wipe out humanity. You’ll have access to 12 disease types, an AI that makes it challenging to infect everyone, and you’ll have 50 countries to infect. It also comes with leaderboards, achievements, and the developers have added some expansions over the years. Most of the in-app purchases just unlock more content to play with.
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Rollercoaster Tycoon Classic

Price: $5.99 / Up to $5.99
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Rollercoaster Tycoon Classic is a port of two very popular simulation games. This title includes Rollercoaster Tycoon 1 and 2 in their entirety. In addition, you can purchase DLC as in-app purchases. The game is easy enough to pick up and play. You start a scenario and then build a theme park that fits the restrictions of that scenario. That includes designing your own rollercoasters. One of the expansions also comes with a level editor where you can make your own parks and scenarios to play through. There is a freemium version of Rollercoaster Tycoon on Google Play. However, we're confident saying that this version is way better.
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SimCity BuildIt

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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SimCity BuidIt is about the best SimCity experience you can get without an emulator. It plays like the old games. You'll build a city, deal with acts of God, and solve problems like brown outs and fires. The game includes decent graphics, a social element with a gift system, and various rewards. The developers also hold contests and events to help keep things interesting. The freemium strategy on this one is a bit heavier than most. However, you can still enjoy this one for a while before they get really annoying.
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The Sims FreePlay

Price: Free with in-app purchases
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The Sims FreePlay is the best mobile experience for fans of the series. It follows the same central premise as most Sims games. You create a life. Your job is to feed, clothe, entertain, and otherwise take care of your Sim. Like the normal games, you can have relationships, kids, and even pets. On top of that, the game has quests to play through, a civilization to play in, and more. There is a real Sims game on Google Play (The Sims 3), but it's not very good. Until they try again, this is the best Sims experience on mobile.
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Star Traders

Price: Free / $2.99
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Star Traders is technically a strategy game. However, we included it here for the same reason we included Godus. You are essentially simulating the career of a space inhabitant. You’ll explore new planets and new sectors while you form alliances with various factions or go at it as an independent contractor. The game is very deep and allows you to play in a variety of ways. You can be a pirate, a military combatant, or even just trade stuff if you want to. It’s wide open and a really fun world to be a part of. The game has a free version and a paid version. Neither of them have in-app purchases or advertising.
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Surgeon Simulator

Price: $4.99
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Surgeon Simulator is one of the most ridiculous simulation games on the list. In this one, you act as a surgeon and you must fix what ails your patient by whatever means possible. If that means beating them over the head with an EKG machine or hacking away like a butcher gone mad, then so be it. Much like Goat Simulator, this game is really about seeing just how far you can go before the game stops you and, as it turns out, the game lets you go pretty far. You may want to skip this one if you have a weaker stomach.
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Transport Tycoon

Price: $6.99
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Transport Tycoon is another of the original PC simulation games. The premise is that you must build modes of transportation, dictate their routes, and get your cargo and passengers to their destinations. It follows the PC version rather faithfully. However, the game includes added features, larger worlds, and more vehicles. It’s a tad expensive, but there are no in-app purchases. If you’re low on cash and don’t mind a slightly lesser experience, OpenTTD is an open source version of the game that’s free.
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If we missed any of the best simulation games for Android, tell us about them in the comments! You can also click here to check out our latest app and game lists!

Joe Hindy
Hi everyone! I'm Joe Hindy the Android Authority app guy!
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    d you know some offline sports management games?
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  • alex

    On my smartphone (samsung galaxy chat) sims free play are not suppoted. Sad, I like the sims series.

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  • Mur

    No X-Plane, are you kidding? Hands down the MOST realistic flight sim, period.

    • Jayfeather787

      It’s good but hasn’t been updated in a long time.

      • JosephHindy

        Yeah, hasn’t been updated since September 2012. Devs abandoned it so I can’t put it on here. Sorry bud.

        • Jayfeather787

          It’s still good, but I wish they would update it. Needs some scenery and more planes!

        • Mur

          The iPad version got updated several times recently though, and they said they were now allocating half the team to the mobile apps, so there is hope!

          • JosephHindy

            If they update it, I’ll add it but not until then.

  • Root Beer

    Pretty spot on. My favorites on android are gamedev story, transport tycoons, and Sims 3 (not sims freeplay). Also Anno 1701 ds (using emu).
    Don’t forget there’s also racing sim and dating sim (gran turismo, loveplus anyone?). Simulation games is pretty broad.

    • JosephHindy

      I was considering putting Sims 3 on this list but sooooo many people have problems with that game that it’s clear EA doesn’t have it all together yet with that title. Maybe next year ^_^

  • Jayfeather787

    Thanks for this list! Been looking for a good flight simulation app for a while. Wish X-plane 10 would come to phones. Might need a Tegra K1 to push it, but that would be cool.

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  • BB

    You seriously need to check out the Space Shuttle Landing sim “F-Sim.” One of the best sims available and incredibly realistic. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.ledinsky.fsim

  • monkey god

    What about Star Command? It’s kindve an alternative to FTL since that game’s not on Android yet.

  • Balraj

    What about clash of clans!!!

    • JosephHindy

      That’s a strategy not a sim ;)

  • Will S.

    I love F18 Carrier Landing!

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  • illregal

    Leo’s RC simulator, and little crane are both BOSS.

  • prakhar

    GAURDIANS OF THE SKIES IS A GREAT SIMULATIOM GAME..give it a try

  • Knch

    Galaxy on Fire 2! Space combat Sim with excellent graphics, addictive game play, complete base game is free.

  • Somepotato

    OpenTTD anyone? Is a direct port that plays rather nicely

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  • skull131

    You know you really ought to put surgeon simulator up there

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  • Ansh

    Where is Plague Inc.????

  • Androgamer

    angry shark simulator

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  • Swamp Fox

    Hey Joseph, from a 51 year old man, I want to say that you made some excellent suggestions and gave great decision-making descriptions. Thanks! Keep up the good work. ^5

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  • franklai

    half of these are freemiums.

  • Kaleb “big_K” Hunter

    I think TheoTown would have a home on this list.

  • MathewSullivan

    And then obviously there are all of the GTA games ^.^

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    List needs more TheoTown.

  • Kitty K

    ah game dev is such a good lil game… i think i got addicted to that one.
    fallout shelter was great, i spend about £15 on in app purchases but then after a month my vault was full and started a new one but had to buy everything again… got annoyed and deleted… im sure now all my dwellers are dead and cannibals and my Mr.Handy is now running the underworld

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  • Da Fuq

    Most of these aren’t even simulations…

  • HiddenKnowledge

    “Slightly lesser experience”? I like OpenTTD far better than the original, myself.