Farming Simulator 16 (AND)
Simulation 06 August 2015
Another installment of the farming simulation game series from GIANTS software. Contrary to most of the major entries in the franchise, Farming Simulator 16 was created solely with the PS Vita handheld console and mobile devices in mind. In the game, we traditionally assume the role of farm owner, and our task is to turn his possessions into a true agricultural empire. Achieving this requires us to sow and harvest, and then invest the money we’ve earned into the farm’s development as well as new vehicles and devices. The title features over 50 fully licensed agricultural machines of various type that we can personally drive while working in the field. Compared to its predecessor, the game offers new sorts of crops, but the biggest novelty is the introduction of forests, along with a pretty big set of hardware for felling and processing trees.
The Sims 3 (AND)
Simulation 18 December 2010
The third major installment in a life simulation game series, The Sims. The title was developed by The Sims Studio in cooperation with Maxis and Electronic Arts. As per usual, The Sims 3 lets you take control of a life of a virtual character from the cradle to the grave. Your job is to provide for the needs of your family of Sims when it comes to their social interactions, family matters, and career. The Sims 3 introduces two significant novelties to the game: lifetime wishes and a personality system that attributes 5 dominant character features to each Sim. As compared with previous installments in the franchise, the game’s 3D visuals were significantly improved.
The Sims FreePlay (AND)
Simulation 15 February 2012
A spin-off of the bestselling series The Sims. It is available as a free-to-play title. The Sims FreePlay was developed by Firemonkeys, a studio that specializes in mobile games. Similarly as in the main installments of the series, the main objective is to control the life of virtual characters and decide what they will do, where they will live and who will they befriend. The gameplay is based on sandbox rules, allowing the player to freely control the fate of his Sims – he can send them to work, take them to interesting places in the city, help them make friends and even make them marry someone and give birth to children. In addition to controlling the life of the Sims, the player can design their house or take care of their garden. The game is played in real-time and the only limitation of freedom is time needed to complete various actions – however, it can be shortened by using the microtransactions. Real currency can be also used for buying exclusive items and decorations.
TruckSimulation 16 (AND)
Simulation 25 November 2015
Developed by experts at the truck simulation genre, British studio Astragon Software, TruckSim is a truck simulator that bears heavy resemblance to such PC hit series as Euro Truck Simulator or 18 Wheels of Steel. TruckSim lets you become a truck driver and own a transit company, whose job is to accept contracts and transport merchandise using company's trucks. The game is set in the Western and Central Europe. Its map covers network of actual roads and 20 well-known cities with their characteristic landmarks. On top of that, there is strategic layer that lets you set up new company branches, hire drivers, and mange your budget. The game offers elegant 3D graphics and several camera options (including inside the vehicle camera), as well as quite realistic physics, making driving each vehicle a different experience.
I Am Bread (AND)
Simulation 10 October 2016
Yet another joke simulation game, a genre which, contrary to any logical reasoning, keeps gaining crowds of fans. The hero of this game, developed by an independent team at Bossa Studios, is a slice of bread, and the player’s job is to take it all the way to a toaster. Gameplay mechanics in I Am Bread are pretty complex, the biggest difficulty being controlling all four corners of the toast separately. With these mechanics the “hero” can perform simple moves on any flat surface. The game is played in various rooms, and in order to get the toast to its ultimate destination you can make use of various types of house equipment, e.g. a fan, which makes for an excellent catapult. While playing, you must also supervise two essential statistics of the bread: its edibility and deliciousness. Too much dirt can make the toast completely inedible.
Simulation October 2017
A sandbox space simulator developed by a lone designer, Damiano Vitulli. The action of NovaVoyager is set in a distant future, when humanity colonizes new planetary systems. Starting out, we receive our first ship and then decide whether we want to pursue a career of a mercenary, a pirate, a pioneer, or a miner. We can also combine all of these to create our own path. The fun takes place in a galaxy that teems with life, recreated in 1:1 scale on the basis of genuine astronomical data. The universe is densely filled with space bases and colonies where there is a myriad of varied quests and business opportunities. The game is characterized by impressive realism of the behavior of our ship, which can be controlled from the cockpit or in the third-person perspective. The extensive controls system also allows for manipulation of numerous onboard systems.
Battlestation: Harbinger (AND)
Simulation 12 August 2015
A turn-based exploration game with rougelike elements, created by Bugbyte, an independent Finnish studio. The player is cast into the role of a commander of a space fleet. His task is to enter an uncharted enemy star systems to investigate the situation. As the galaxy is randomly generated during each playthrough, each game offers a different experience. Battlestation: Harbinger focuses on exploration of an open world, interactions with alien races, and completing various task – from escorting duties up to clashes with enemy ships. Along with our progress in the game, we receive access to new modifications and technologies allowing us to not only upgrade our ship, but also create a small fleet. The game employs decent two-dimensional visuals.
Satellite Command (AND)
Simulation 22 June 2016
A mobile strategy simulation game and the first production by Stromtide Limited, created with the help of astronautics experts. In Satellite Command your task is to oversee a satellite network orbiting the Earth. There are 150 mission in the game, featuring various goals, and your main obstacles are your limited resources and the permadeath system, severely punishing you for even the smallest of mistakes. You have to e.g. manage the parameters of particular satellites, their applications and names, as well as purchase the necessary upgrades and set the satellites' orbits. You have to carefully plan all your actions from the very beginning, so you can avoid creating a space collision, which would mean starting the game from scratch. Satellite Command utilizes the advanced Unreal Engine 4.
Wake The Dreamer (AND)
An unusual action adventure game developed for mobile devices. Wake The Dreamer tells a story of a low-level corporate employee who gets teleported to a dream world when sleeping. The game begins with the creation of our character using an extensive editor. The gameplay itself is divided into two separate sections. During the day, we take part in our hero’s daily life, which means working, taking trips around town, and buying new clothes and furniture. Wake The Dreamer has an interesting feature – our character lives his life according to a real clock, and proceeds with his duties even when the game is turned off. However, once the hero falls asleep, we switch to a dream world, in which we use a spaceship to travel between planets, take part in a galactic conflict between alien races, or even try to find love. Both worlds constantly force us to make important decisions that influence the plot as well as the future of our protagonist. Wake The Dreamer employs pixel-art visuals, fitting the theme of the game.
Kim Kardashian: Hollywood (AND)
Simulation 05 September 2014
A simple simulator of celebrity’s life developed for mobile platforms and social networking services by the American company Glu Mobile. In the game the player assumes the role of a common saleswoman working in a clothes shop who one day suddenly meets Kim Kardashian. This becomes an opportunity for a great career for her. The future celebrity created by the player can follow one of three alternative routes: an actress, model or fashion designer and the player must take care of all aspects of her celebrity life. In Kim Kardashian: Hollywood one can encounter many more or less famous people with whom one can interact in various ways. As the popularity of the protagonist rises, she must deal with desperate fans and paparazzi. The game uses free-to-play model in which all actions cost a specific number of energy. The energy can be obtained by completing various activities in-game or by paying with real money.
Take Off: The Flight Simulator (AND)
Simulation 09 June 2016
Take Off: The Flight Simulator is a mobile flight simulator developed by Jujubee. The game is incredibly complex for a mobile production - the mechanics aren't much less rich than those available on stationary systems. The players become a beginner pilot, who slowly but steadily gathers experience and new licenses. The players have 14 planes at their disposal - each with a detailed 3D cockpit, where the game takes place. The flight mechanics are very realistic and require taking care of such factors as proper take-off and landing, or the right adjustment of height and flight direction. In Take Off: The Flight Simulator, the players can visit airports at Hawaii, Los Angeles, New York, Sydney, London, and many other places. The core of the game is the campaign, consisting of a set of tasks - from simple commercial flights, to rescue missions. Additionally, there is a free mode. Take Off: The Flight Simulator has very good 3D graphics.
The Westport Independent (AND)
Simulation 21 January 2016
Developed by Double Zero One Zero studio, The Westport Independent is a censorship simulation video game in which we assume the role of the executive director, who runs a newspaper in a fictional, authoritarian country. Our mission is to influence the public and its attitude towards the government. While playing we are in control of every aspect concerning work in an editor’s office – starting with hiring journalists, through selecting materials for publication, ending with altering the meaning and contents of those materials. The key element of gameplay is to retain healthy relations with our co-workers and decide whether to side with the authorities or the opposition. Each of the journalists has a unique personality, so you need to keep in mind that not all of them will follow your decisions and views, which in practice may lead to protests or dismissals. The game features a simple, monochrome graphics with a gloomy atmosphere reflecting the vibe of a totalitarian country.
Britney Spears: American Dream (AND)
Simulation 18 May 2016
A celebrity life simulator developed by Glu Mobile, the creators of similar games: Katy Perry Pop and Kim Kardashian: Hollywood. Britney Spears: American Dream is a mobile game based on free-to-play model with optional microtransactions. The player assumes the role of a young person – a man or a woman – who dreams of a career of a pop music idol. The titular singer helps the protagonist in getting to the top. Britney Spears: American Dream features a story campaign for one player during which one speaks to NPCs, participates in social meetings and reacts to unforeseen circumstances. The character created by the player must also make sure it has proper image – select fashion clothes, accessories, instruments etc. In order to gain money to buy these items, one must record songs, music videos and promote them so that they get to the toplists. Similarly as other games developed by Glu Mobile, Britney Spears: American Dream features two-dimensional graphics featuring comic book-like visual style.