So you got a job at a dance studio. But by the time you reached the mall on your first day, the studio had mysteriously closed, and a strange man in a chef's hat was offering you a job in his restaurant. You accepted, perhaps rather naively. And voila, welcome to Papa's Bakeria! Serve scrumptious pies to happy customers, unlock furniture and outfits, and decorate your restaurant on your way to becoming the best pie monger in town!
You've just inherited your grandfather's run-down farm... it'll take a lot to get it running again, but locals and a whole lot of elbow grease just may help you reach your dreams. A massive and engrossing indie simulation made by a single person, Stardew Valley is packed with farming, relationships, dungeons, crafting, and much, much more.
Now is your fulfill your dream of being the owner of the best bakery in town! In this cute simulation game, discover new recipes and ingredients, then combine them to make the tastiest sweets possible. Train your staff, promote your store, and even manage a food truck while satisfying your customers and hopefully bringing in the dough.
From mining basic raw resources to producing sci-fi hardware, this elaborate indie strategy sim with sandbox crafting and action elements has you single-handedly advancing an entire planet just to get home!
Mine ore. Turn it into weapons and armor. Sell it for a profit, then upgrade. AumGames delivers a simple but stylish clicker game with a medieval theme that's available in your browser, or free for iOS and Android.
Remember wildly addictive incremental idle game Cookie Clicker? Version 2.0 has just hit, bringing with it new buildings, a retooled ascension tree, special features, and much, much more. Get baking, but don't make the grannies angry...
Available free to play on iOS and Android, or for a flat fee on Steam, this adorable indie casual island sim gives you a place to kick back with as you help the town grow around you. Perform quests. Catch bugs. Build a museum. Plant crops and flowers. All this and more await you in a cheery little Animal Crossing-alike that's fun for all ages.
Harvest resources and build an expansive array of facilities — starting with basic raw materials and finishing with high-tech goods — in this streamlined, conceptual retro resource management strategy incremental!
Made in just three days for a Ludum Dare competition, is this cute and retro papercraft game merely an innocent sim where you care for a virtual pet and help it grow up big and strong? Mmmmaaaaaaaybe... or maybe not.
Running a kingdom isn't as complicated as you think in this super cute and super simple sim made in just three days... all you have to do as the king is say yes or no to the decisions presented by your subjects. With 37 different characters and over 150 decisions, can you raise your population to greatness?
Once thought to be all but a myth Vikings have cropped up once again and this time they are under your command. The Last Viking has you building boats, gaining recruits, grooming your heroes, and of course crushing village walls, raiding their homes and marking your empire to be the strongest vikings around in this free strategic and adventurous sim for iOS and Android!
The cats are back, and this time they're in need of your help to train them to claw their way to the very top of the arena league! Spend your days directing them to increase their skills or nurse their injuries, and outfit them in powerful enhancing costumes for battle!
Hark, citizens! Our fair city is being menaced by cosplaying marauders! How better to stop them than battling them with other cosplaying marauders! Train your heroes and send them out to battle for the sake of city, reputation and cash in LitleGiantWorld's caped crusader simulator.
Build a civilization on your Android and carefully manage resource flows to earn a spot on the leaderboard in androdan's no-frills, geek-friendly free simulation.
Do you like cats? Do you wish you could take them everywhere? Now you can, in this simple, addictive sim, free for iOS and Android, where you place food and toys outside for cats to come and play with, and then take photos of them and buy more toys. Unlock all the rare cats and befriend them for special achievements!
Praise Chernobog! He keeps our island running, and, in return, asks so precious little... You'll be the one making the hard choices in The Sacrifice, an island management simulation game developed for Ludum Dare 33 by foxboard. While its simulation mechanics are a little shaky, The Sacrifice hits hard with its banal evil, and one hopes for a refined post-comp version.
Dracula's been poking around dating sites, but when the ghoul of his dreams turns out to be a human, which vampires have never trusted, he's got 45 days to go on the run and escape her in this silly, fast-paced casual time management game that comes with a healthy dose of humour and charm.
Darwin must have been a heavy sleeper on Galapagos Island when he discovered evolution. How else could he have missed the alien abductions? Confused? Well don't be. Clearly evolution was caused by an Alien race wanting to help humanity along but having to be quiet about it, so they just cleverly altered the animals around them to help the people grow in the right direction... or at least, that's the case according to this simulation strategy game.
While out traveling through the barren deserts of Utah a flash flood hits. Your jeep doesn't make it and a split second decision decides if live or follow your jeep into a watery grave. But making that choice is just the start of your adventure as you search the desert for sanctuary in this free interactive fiction adventure.
Who says you need to be a hero to get treasure? In this addictive, simple RPG/sim-lite iOS game, heroes flock to your tavern as long as you have their favourite soda on tap, and then can be sent into the nearby dungeon to farm treasure and gold for upgrades. With completely free gameplay and endless battles with the dimension mechanic, Soda Dungeon is a streamlined RPG experience for your pocket.
Branwen has a plan to marry a prince in 30 days to keep her friend Isador, who's accused of being a killer, safe. But all is not as it seems in this deceptively sweet visual novel simulation, with multiple characters to unlock and endings to discover.
Script Welder hands you a shovel and tells you to get to work, and you in turn hand that shovel off to your team and make THEM do it in this simple but clever simulation/puzzle where you have 14 days to explore, excavate, and catalog a sprawling dig site with your team.
Fill out and mail form letters quickly and accurately in Lucas Pope's time management simulation to gain clients and become the world's premiere provider of heaps of unwanted junk mail select mass-marketing mail services, all made in just three days for Ludum Dare!
In response to heroes always raiding their loot, the monster world learns corporate management practices and it's up to you to investigate their facilities for some monster stock picks in this free indie point-and-click adventure game with 13 endings!
Grow your army, one click at a time, in this incremental idle game from Deqaf Studio. Though perhaps a little too simple for some, a great visual style and casual pick-up-and-dominate gameplay may make it a good choice to fill your spare time.
Lost on a foreign planet it doesn't seem like you have much choice but to survive by gathering food by hand. This is a very slow way to do so, so soon you plant a trap to try and gain something yummy to eat. Instead of finding some fluffy and delicious beast you find an odd looking imp like creature who then follows your every command. You decided to lovingly call it a Trimp and when you catch another and another you realize you could have a small army. So why not make one and try to conquer the world in this idle incremental game?
TIS-100 is a difficult indie puzzle game from Zachtronics made with computer programmers in mind. The player will enter instructions in a low-level assembly language to produce programs that move numbers between registers in order to transform inputs into outputs, all in a retro ASCII atmosphere.
A woman sits in front of a camera in a police station, interviewed seven different times about the disappearance of her husband. In front of you, you have access to the full archive of clips, searchable with keywords, and it's up to you to discover the whole truth in this inventive and engrossing indie interactive mystery narrative, also available on iOS!
Hello, chiiiiiiiiiiilllllldren! Bethesda serves up a free simplified simulation for iOS (coming soon to Android) of their wildly popular Fallout game universe, where you are the Overseer charged with handling the running of an enormous Vault by ordering your Dwellers around and keeping them happy and healthy.
When your instruments are stolen, you've got to become a wage slave like everyone else to earn cash for new ones... lucky for you this gourmet grilled cheese joint is hiring! Build and create food to customers' exacting orders, unlock secret recipes and daily species, decorate for holidays and much more in this fast-paced cooking simulation.
Enjoy a high sea adventure in indie action adventure RPG Windward. Explore, conquer, plunder and more in this single or multi-player open-ended game. Complete tasks and hunt down pirates to increase your reputation as you level yourself up while running the pirates out of town.
At prestigious all girls school St Claudine's, reputation is everything, and the school's, and yours, are on the line! As head of student council, you and your minions must investigate and solve all the randomly generated cases before the school's reputation is harmed, and without losing karma. The potential for close friendships or even romance with some of your allies exists as the weeks go on, but with one of them a traitor trying to bring you down, who can you trust in this intriguing blend of indie strategy and all-girl otome visual novel?
Asher Vollmer delivers a surprisingly addictive indie game of strategy, simulation, and even survival as you play a lowly serf with dreams of becoming royalty. Spend your years traveling, converting, exploring, and building the land, but watch your health, and don't run afoul of the local king or queen, who might not appreciate your dreams and actions.
Alone at the end of the world... or are you? How long can your survival in this clunky but surreal horror simulation, when food and water are in limited supplies and the shadows and snow work against you?
Cameras, computers, e-mails, and passwords await in the belly of the Mu Complex, and in this continuation to the wildly popular hacking simulation/puzzle game, you'll need to use your wits to make it through each challenge in a game that challenges you to think outside the box and offers little hand-holding.
Top Chef is based on Bravo Channel's reality program of the same name, which takes a batch of fifteen confident up-and-coming chefs and eliminates them through a series of culinary challenges each week until only one remains. The game puts you in the shoes of one such aspiring chef and, with your help, she's going to chop, saute, and julienne her way to the top through fifteen episodes and a whopping forty-five challenges.
Registration has been closed. This free online multiplayer RPG/sim may require an account (which isn't always available to register), but offers a remarkably robust system for you to breed different varieties of dragons, unlocking new genes and expanding your lair.
Naquatic delivers a strange lovechild of casual simulation, incremental clicker gameplay, and the multiplayer PVP of Clash of Clans in this free kingdom building game for iOS and Android!
Build the city of your dreams in this simulation game. Decide on zoning, taxes, education and more as you strive to keep your residents happy and healthy. Coal power or wind? How high can you let the crime rate get before spending hard earned cash on another police station? All this and more is up to you as head of an ever expanding city.
Have you ever imagined what it would be like to colonize a distant planet? Jump into the shoes of a space pioneer in this sci-fi interactive fiction. The decisions you make effect not just your relationship with your new husband, but potentially the whole planet. What will you choose?
You are a kitten in a catnip forest, and you're alone... at least, for now. Though slow to start, this incremental idle simulation gradually opens up to an impressive degree as you grow and upgrade your tiny kitten settlement into an advanced civilization.
Sneak around, craft tools, dig tunnels, and slyly hatch your bid for freedom in this quirky indie off-color action-loaded 8-bit prison escape simulation originally made for the XBOX One, now breaking onto your PC!
What can you do in sixty seconds? Well, you'd better hope it's long enough to raise an army in this simple but cute simulation/action game, where you lead your tiny tribe against seemingly impossible odds, while managing their cash and soldiers each day.
Funny, smart, and unexpectedly deep, this matchmaking simulation for iOS and Android starring real life drag queen Kitty Powers has all the right sass and charm, celebrating the wonderful weirdness of life. You'll need to be attentive and perceptive to match your eccentric clients to likely romantic partners and follow them on dates to try to make magic happen, with a ton of unlockable content and no in-app purchases whatsoever!
Set forth across the vast and unknowable Unterzee in this engrossing blend of Choose Your Own Adventure style storytelling and naval seafaring and combat from the creators of Fallen London... and set in the same world to boot! Create your captain and forge a great legacy, dealing with undying colonists, cannibalism, giant tentacles, and much, much more as you explore a nightmarishly entrancing world.
Explore strange new worlds in this space adventure simulation. Try your best to get to the end of the Orion Trail with your ship and crew intact. You'll be faced with choices during random encounters which can help or hinder your voyage. Will you make it or turn to space dust?
Created in 48 hours for Global Game Jam, this wonderfully daft physics puzzle game/simulator has you assembling furniture. Yes, that's right. Use the mouse to snap each peg into each hole and watch your mangled lamps and coffee tables gradually take up your room.
Running a shopping mall is all fine and good, but don't you wish it was a little more... forsooth-ish? Little Giant World returns with another cute and addictive simulation game, and this time, they're getting Medieval up in here!
Send your heroes on bold quests to reap crafting materials for you... and then sell them in your shop in this mercantile mélange of elements from several different genres, free for Android and still being added to with new content!
Available as a paid browser game, a download, or in your pocket for your mobile device, this meaty, smart text adventure takes you through thirty years of your own life as a fledgling roboticist, where your every decision can drastically change the world around you. Both philosophical and funny when it needs to be, Choice of Robots offers a massive amount of replay value, and a whole lot of food for thought.
In Bloons Monkey City you go behind the scenes to train, upgrade, and build a city for your monkey army to inhabit all while working toward one goal: Retake your land from the evil Bloons. Use your tower defense skills to fight back the enemy all while managing your town in order to grow your forces.
Fantasy farming meets Minecraft-style building and action RPG in this rough but promising game made in just two months. Plant crops, care for livestock, fight monsters, and build your home block by block!
After nearly seven years, the beloved post-apocalyptic RPG trading simulation returns! You've grown up in an underground bunker all your life, but when your mentor goes missing, you're told to go bring him home... by any means necessary. Travel a dangerous wasteland, hire mercenaries, help people, and of course, make a mint buying low and selling high.
Sugar Blossom Villages looks to be a little slice of paradise, but it's missing something. Could it be you? Find out in World's Dawn, an RPG-Farming Simulation hybrid by Wayward Prophet. Those not already fans of its Harvest Moon-esque gameplay may not be won over by its slow pace, but genre-lovers with a yen for strong character interaction and game mechanics will find it right up their alley.
In this compelling and grim indie simulation, you control a group of survivors struggling to get by day to day in an increasingly dangerous city that's turned into a war zone. As the days pass, you're forced to push the limits of what you're comfortable with in order to survive, and rather than glorifying war for heroics, This War of Mine humanizes it for its people.
**11/13/2014: New version, NO ADS** Catch, breed and sell diverse species of fish and make your tourist attraction all it can be in this cheerful tycoon-upgrade-avoidance-minigame extravaganza!
Shimage, creator of Megami Quest, asks you to test your RPG strategy in this simple little game where you must defend a village for thirty days against increasingly powerful monsters. The catch? No grinding, and it's game over if you fail... unless you saved!
When your kingdom is destroyed by a dragon, it's up to you to rebuild it and train an army in this gorgeous free-to-play iOS fantasy RPG/simulation that calls Tiny Tower to mind. With a light, unobtrusive in-app purchase system and a generous amount of in-game rewards, it keeps players coming back for its simple, fun gameplay without ever putting the squeeze on their wallet.
Debt has pilled high and Debtor's Prison is calling. Better toss yourself in the Colosseum and earn money by killing foes and winning over the crowd. Save up to increase your skills and unlock powers, but remember, you owe someone else money and better have some when they want it, and they want it now.
Currently available in sandbox early access, this cold and lonely survival simulation puts you in the Canadian wilderness with only the clothes off your back after a geomagnetic storm brings about the end of the world. The Long Dark has the potential to be amazing, but some players may find the way it sacrifices realism for video game difficulty too much to ignore.
Tongue firmly planted in cheek and, um, assets spilling out all over the place, this dungeoncrawling RPG translated by vgperson and created by Tachi follows Ralph, a hero busted back down to level one, as he summons powerful female companions to help defeat the Dark Lord.
A little city-building simulation with your incremental gaming? Build a 3D village from the ground up, from potatoes to rugmaking to jewelry in this new offering from Supercluster. All this and more, from a title still very actively being developed, has put Idle Village firmly on the map.
Nimblebit is back for more as you build a tower to the sky filled with Stormtroopers, Elvis impersonators, zombies, and other tourists in this free sim/idle game for iOS and Android! Unlock and build new rooms and play Poker, slots, or more to win big!
Scarlett has just moved into an old, decrepit manor, looking for inspiration for her new book. But who can write in a house that's falling apart? That's where you come in. As a seasoned interior decorator/garage sale organiser, you will do your best to raise money to renovate the old place. Manor Memoirs is a wonderfully sweet hidden-object/time management hybrid that's guaranteed to make you smile.
From the creators of A Dark Room comes a match-3 puzzle game with a twist. Combine and collect resources to build, but what happens when the sun goes down is another matter.
Ready to take a dive into the wild and woolly world of particle physics? In this clicktoy, you're the head of a research laboratory and you're looking to make your mark on the world! You'll start off with just yourself, but as you do new research and the grant money comes in, you'll be able to hire new staff, grow your laboratory, and make world-shattering discoveries! Hopefully not literally, because this equipment is expensive...
Phileas Fogg has made a bet that he can travel around the world in 80 days, and as his faithful valet Passepartout, it's your job to see that he succeeds, be it by airship, train, automobile, or... mechanical horse? A rollicking alternative history simulation adventure with deep lore and tons of replay value for your iOS.
Available free or pay-what-you-want, this gorgeous indie visual novel dating sim starts you off in a new city filled with a wide variety of people. Shy Conor resists the efforts of outgoing Oli to get him to date, flighty Lily is desperate to save the family business, and more. Though on the short side, it's a fun, smile-inducing romance game with a ton of charm.
Forget the Planeteers... you've got way more than those piddly elements at your command! In this sequel to the popular Android sandbox simulation, twelve new elements have been added for a total of 54 that you can draw and manipulate any way you please to discover reactions when they interact and even create and share.
You are just one human in a race against eight aliens for monetary dominance. The Ferengi game, Tongo? Or just RokSoft's mobile game of turn-based strategy in the trading of goods (and services)? In Space Trading Profiteer, it's your job to trade and transport your way to the number one spot as you fight to earn 1 million Chings. Only the best can survive with the losers forever in debt to the nasty loan sharks.
SimCity meets Scribblenauts in the unique strategy building sim Lexicopolis: A-B-City! From "apartment" to "zoo," design your perfect town while literally earning points for originality. With over 300 words programmed into the game, there's plenty of fun to be had!
It's good to be bad in this silly, snarky, and addictively simple sim from Chickadee Games. Buy low and sell hell in black markets over the world, building up your secret base to unlock more content, but beware... someone's always out to get you! Also available for iOS and Android.
Flipline serves up something sweet in their latest challenging addition to their addictive simulation series. Fry up donuts to exacting specifications for a variety of customers, and then decorate them to order! You'll need a steady hand and wings on your feet, because this might be one of the trickier games in the Papa's series!
What goes into running a farm? A lot more than you'd expect in Kairosoft's latest addictive sim for iOS and Android! You'll need to enter contests, complete missions, train your workers, invest in tourism, and engineer your crops if you want to take the coveted top spot in the yearly rankings!
Our favorite mustachioed laborers are back in the next installment of the Royal Envoy series. In this popular time management sim, expand your empire by sailing to new islands, helping the natives build houses, and collecting treasure. Because if there's one thing we know that gets the king's attention, it's treasure.
Ever dream of making your fortune in California during the gold rush? Try it out in this excellent simulation game. Grow your fortune by populating cities with workers and putting them to work mining, farming, or making wine. Mange the town resources and set up profitable trading routes to earn your way to a life of luxury.
You know what's cool? Science. You know what's cooler? Science games that can help save people's lives. That's what NOVA and the team behind Foldit decided when they created the RNA VirtuaLab. First, you get to play the game and learn how RNA works, and then you get to build your own RNA strands and maybe see them created in an actual, real-life lab. In short, it's an engaging way to do science and be still alive, and maybe save the world.
Feel the need to be a little bit villainous? Sabotage the stores to close down the mall you were carelessly fired from. Watch out for security guards and use your limited number of vandalizers wisely to pass off all the goals.
You've gotta start somewhere, and in this cute and casual simulation game, if you want to make it to the top of the company, that means with a single stand in a park. You'll need to advertise, tinker with stock and prices, figure out what people want, and more, as you unlock new items and locations on your way to making the big bucks!
Pick up your gun and stand against oncoming waves on zombies in this realistic shooter, then manage your group of survivors to scavenge and help defend in between, holding out as long as you can!
When her father is swallowed whole by the kraken, our heroine vows to get him back in this cute but simple arcade style fishing simulator! Travel the seas, catching different fish and selling them for the upgrades you need to take you farther.
Peter's town is destroyed, and it's totally not his fault! Blame the giant chicken. But whatever the reason, it's up to you to rebuild it, unlocking tons of characters, items, and hilarious animations along the way. Just keep one hand on your wallet, because this game has its eye on it.
Finally, a game which answers the age-old question, "what would it be like to be a goat?" This is Goat Simulator, the action sandbox game which parodies infamously "realistic" simulation games. Headbutt cars, do flips on trampolines or bleat at unsuspecting pedestrians... you can do it all!
Duuuude. Have you ever really looked at your hands? Or dismantled them, added in a scanner, blowtorch and transmitter, and put them back together? That's just what you'll be doing for your clients in this Papers Please-inspired cyberpunk time management game by talented musician and game developer Rezoner of QbQbQb fame.
Explore the story of a god's eye view of the universe with the clicktoy Idle God 3. Upgrade and gather resources to further the storyline, which is fraught with uncomfortable choices to make. Though not whimsical like many of the idle games, it still manages to be compelling while tackling some of the grimmer aspects of godhood, and will keep you playing for days to come.
Get set to make tiny pixel civilizations thrive again! You'll not only be growing flourishing civilizations, you'll also be fending off wave upon wave of natural disasters that only seem to become more frequent the more progress you make — because creating a utopia wouldn't be nearly as much fun without the challenge of warding off a string of atrocities, now would it?
Think you can make the trains run on time? Well, Mini Metro, a strategy simulation from Dino Polo Club gives you the chance to do just that! While missing most of the features promised for the eventual complete version, one gets the feeling that they're getting in on the ground floor of something special as they play through a round of this hectic but relaxing title.
Max and Anne are two very different young people, but they've both found themselves at the same college in the same student housing. Your choices will determine their lives, grades, and even their love-life in this funny, light-hearted, and addictive visual novel simulation!
Life is slow in Banished, the civilization-building simulation from one-man indie studio Shining Rock Software, but it's anything but easy. It's up to you to take your tiny settlement of cast-out villagers and slowly build up their home in the wilderness into a sprawling civilization. Just watch out for winter. And typhoons. And famine. And cholera. And your own impatience and lack of planning.
Ever wanted your own zoo but were concerned it didn't have enough swanky funk style? NimbleBit, the creators of Pocket Planes, along with Milkbag Games (featuring Matt Rix of Trainyard fame) know that feeling all too well. Disco Zoo is a casual puzzle and simulation game that combines simple logic diversions with too-cute visuals that's perfect for mobile devices. Pick up and play, put it down and party.
Nevosoft comes roaring back with My Kingdom for the Princess IV, a fun and frantic time management game that is faster, more furious, and more rescue-y, with 50% more dragons! My Kingdom for the Princess IV retains all of the fun of the first three games with the exciting new additions that keep the gameplay fresh.
Improving its UI and crafting system while adding new worlds and creatures to contend with, this sequel to 2012's hit Motherload-esque mining simulation takes you to all new alien planets as you control a lost robot scrounging for supplies to repair and upgrade himself in a wide variety of ways.
To stop an evil deity, you'll have to empower your own and hold off swarms of increasingly powerful enemies in this real-time strategy defense from Little Giant World. Scores of upgrades and abilities plus some clever ideas make for fun and help smooth out the rougher of the rough edges.
Louissi's latest real-time strategy sim strikes a balance between casual and complex. As the last of a powerful nation, it's up to you to ensure you bloodline and build an empire to stand against the dark force. Gather resources, hire and train soldiers, and build a sprawling territory of farms, houses, and more.
Raise a great empire in CivClicker! You start with a single farmer living in a tent, but will soon be dealing with hundreds of different workers living in mansions. Though you can leave the clicktoy open in your browser to gain the resources you need to survive and multiply, you'll want to check back often to manage your resources and send your soldiers out to raid.
The sun hangs unmoving in the sky, and the threat of the creatures known as the dredge puts even more strain on an uneasy truce between the humans and the giants known as varl. In this stunning and challenging turn-based strategic RPG/visual novel, the choices you make determines who lives and dies as you take an epic journey that will change the face of the world and the people who live in it.
Little Giant World delivers a simple but dangerously addictive little simulation in the vein of Mega Mall Story as you build a chain of towering shopping centers that span the globe. Hire and train staff, deal with celebrities and burglars alike, and unlike everything from supermarkets to tattoo parlors to keep your customers happy and your pockets full.
Your kingdom needs you! In this unexpected follow-up to Lucidrine's 2010 game, you take control of a new academy created to develop and train students into the heroes the land needs. Though perhaps too simple and repetitive for some, a stunning visual style and casually engaging gameplay make it well worth checking out.
Choice of the Deathless combines the rich, imaginative gameplay of the classic all text adventures of yesteryear and fuses them with the evocative and fully-realized world of Max Gladstone's novels.
When you're related to the King of All Cosmos, you might expect some preferential treatment, but acting out (even accidentally) still lands you in detention in this bizarre visual novel dating simulation chock full of strange characters from Namco Bandai and Homestock! With six free characters to interact with and twelve more available via microtransaction if you wish, it's funny, clever, and unexpectedly touching.