The Best Simulation Games on Android

LAST UPDATED: March 9, 2018

Simulation game apps are massively popular and will keep you entertained for hours!

Best simulation games for android

Gaming on Android smartphones and tablets is now a massive pastime and there are many different genres to choose from. Among the most popular are simulation games that allow you to immerse yourself in another world and give you an opportunity to get a taste of what it would be like to live another kind of life.

These types of games offer an expansive experience and can be extremely challenging and entertaining at the same time. As well as this, the controls of simulation games lend themselves very well to the touch screens on Android devices.

Whether you’re already into simulation games or want to dip your toes into the water for the first time, you will find a huge amount of simulation gaming apps available on the Google Play Store. With this in mind, we’ve whittled them down to our selection of the best simulation games on Android. The following apps are likely to appeal to many different tastes, so if you fancy trying your hand at running a hotel or facing challenging situations as a pilot, why not take a look at our top picks and give them a go. The majority of the apps below are free although they also offer in-app purchases.

Top 10 simulation Games for Android

Hotel Story: Resort Simulation


Price: Free with Ads/ Offers IAP

We checked out a huge amount of simulation games for Android and found the idea of running a hotel particularly alluring. Therefore this app stood out and didn’t disappoint, as it has a huge amount to offer, works smoothly, and has good graphics. You not only design and build your own resort, but also get to be a hotelier and operate it exactly as you like. There’s a multiplayer aspect that means you get to visit other hoteliers to learn more about the industry too.

This game will get your creative juices flowing and you can develop the décor and amenities of the hotel and unlock guests that you’ll want to keep pleased. The app is free to download but in-game currency can be purchased with real money. However, you have the option to disable this in the Settings menu.

SimCity BuildIt


Price: Free with Ads/ Offers IAP

SimCity BuildIt is a classic EA game that is extremely engaging. You’ll become a Mayor and the aim is to create your metropolis and keep the population of the city satisfied. You can do this by introducing landmarks, building skyscrapers, and developing parks for your citizens to enjoy, and you’ll need to juggle this with gathering taxes, providing services, and keeping the city running smoothly.

There’s huge potential for expanding your city further over time, and numerous possibilities that make this game one of the most captivating. You can also interact with other Mayors, compete in real-time PvP to battle against other cities, and advance through the ranks to make it as a top Mayor and reap rewards.

Flight Pilot Simulator 3D Free


Price: Free with Ads/ Offers IAP

This highly rated app has a user rating of 4.6 stars on the Play Store, a testament to its popularity. It has excellent graphics and smooth intuitive controls, so it’s easy to get lost in the game, as it’s so realistic. As a pilot, you’ll have the option to fly in various planes, from humble single engine props right through to military aircraft and supersonic jets. Different missions will challenge your responses, as you’ll come across emergencies, fires, rough landings and other dodgy situations, and it will be up to you to solve the dilemmas.

The only drawback is that similar to some other games of this genre, it leans a little heavily on in-app purchases.

Farming Simulator 18


Price: $4.99 / Offers IAP

Who knew farming could be so engrossing! Taking on the role of a modern farmer didn’t immediately make us sit up and take notice, but there’s much more to it than you might imagine. Unlike, the other apps on our list you have to pay upfront for this one, but we feel it’s worth it as the game has a lot to offer. Gamers who fancy a life in the great indoors of the southern US will enjoy this game that involves harvesting crops and tending livestock, while those who simply want to operate big machinery will love the choice of over 50 machines and farm vehicles. As well as the heavy work involved in farming you’ll also need to manage the market to expand your farm further.

Operate Now: Hospital


Price: Free with Ads/ Offers IAP

If you’ve always thought you could have become a doctor or would look good in scrubs, this is the game for you. It allows you to indulge in the experience of surgery without the risks that are usually attached, from very realistic tracheotomies to removing foreign bodies that require a steady hand! As well as operating on patients, the game involves managing a hospital and the various departments such as ICUs, Emergency Rooms, and others. You’ll also need to lead your medical team of surgeons, nurses, and paramedics, and just as you might expect there’s plenty of hospital drama, with storylines about the medical world that unfold as you play.

Bridge Construction Simulator


Price: Free with Ads/ Offers IAP

This is one of the most challenging simulation games on Android. It really makes you use your brain and you’ll need to become an engineer and use your intelligence and logic to design and construct bridges in normal or hard modes. You’ll develop your skills as you go, so don’t expect to become a master bridge builder straight away, and the clever thing about this app is the use of realistic physics that bring the game to life.

The easier bridges are set in the city but the tasks become increasingly difficult and once you’re fully skilled you’ll be creating bridges to span canyons and mountains. Beware of your bridges collapsing though, as you’ll see the effects! This game is really absorbing with excellent graphics so do take a look.

Plague Inc.


Price: Free with Ads/ Offers IAP

Back to the world of medicine and science, Plague Inc. has a more sinister feel than most other simulation games. You’ll need all your strategic skills to release a plague across the globe after infecting ‘Patient Zero” with your pathogen. It’s a rather scary but compelling simulation game with an impressive interface, amazing graphics, scoreboard and achievement support, different disease types, and much more, so if you like your games on the dark side, this would be a good choice. As usual, there are in-app purchases available, but then destroying the world would always involve some cost!

RollerCoaster Tycoon Touch


Price: Free with Ads/ Offers IAP

Theme park games are among the earliest simulation games we can remember and this is based on a classic PC simulator game. It’s a real cracker that can be very addictive, and it features high-quality 3D graphics. If you imagined it was easy to run a theme park, think again as there’s a whole lot to do. You can create your own theme park to be just as you’d like it, with more than 200 different attractions to choose from.

These include rollercoasters (of course), which you can acquire pre-made or customize and design yourself with the use of the Coaster Editor. There are also other rides, restaurants, fences, paths, and much more to establish. However, as well as creating your theme park you’ll need to keep your guests happy so you’ll want to think hard about pricing, revenue, and marketing. You can earn rewards for further improvements with weekly challenges and the missions are engaging and fun. Card packs can also be acquired with in-app purchases and can be traded with friends in other parks.

Home Street – Design Your Dream Home


Price: Free with Ads/ Offers IAP

Do you think you should be living a different life, or perhaps you have often imagined your ideal home? With the help of Home Street, you can simulate all that and a whole lot more, even down to making new friends. You can create a whole new character that can look like you (or how you’d like to look) and then design, build, decorate, and furnish a new house that sits in the sort of town we’d all desire to be in. Your neighbors are an awesome and eclectic bunch, so it’s easy to build new relationships and friendships. There are also fun stories and neighborhood competitions and events to take part in, and you can even develop new talents and skills to become whatever you want to be.

Fallout Shelter


Price: Free/ Offers IAP

An impressive 4.6-star rating on the Google Play Store makes this one a must to check out. Again, in-app purchases are offered, but that’s pretty much the case with many simulation games, and this one has a great reputation that withstood our scrutiny well. The idea behind the gameplay is nicely unique as your task is to build a vault underground a post-nuclear world, and lead your dwellers in a flourishing community, providing training, clothing, and weapons.

It’s not all pleasant though as the wasteland above ground that was left behind needs to be explored, and that can be dangerous thanks to the likes of zombies and aliens. Impressive graphics make this game really pleasurable to play, and we can’t recommend it highly enough.


The time spent coming up with our choice of the best simulation games on Android was much longer than we imagined. This was simply because many of them offered such an immersive experience that the hours flew by before we knew it, so do be warned this could happen to you too! Do let us know if you enjoy any of the above games. Alternatively, you can mention one that we haven’t included in this article if you want to recommend it.


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