The Sims 3 (iOS)
Simulation 02 June 2009
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 Escapists (iOS)
Simulation 02 March 2017
A prisoner simulator that combines features of many genres. It was developed by Mouldy Toof in cooperation with Team 17 Software. The player assumes the role of a prisoner who leads a “normal” life in one of several available penitentiary facilities. The main objective of the game is to plan a way of escaping from the prison. In addition to participating in a series of daily activities like various works, workouts, meals, walks and interactions with other prisoners, the player is also gathering seemingly useless items, looking for allies and observing his surroundings in order to find weak points of security systems. The final phase is to use the previously prepared plan and escape. The Escapist offers great freedom of acting and many ways of escaping depending on prison style (among which there is for example a military prison camp). The game offers retro pixel-art two-dimensional graphics presented from a top-down perspective.
The Sims Mobile (iOS)
Another mobile installment in the life simulation game series by Electronic Arts. As per tradition, The Sims Mobile focuses on simulating and shaping the lives of your virtual characters. You can choose their appearance, personality, and life goals, from career paths to hobbies. During the game, the Sims' living quarters can be modified by choosing from a wide range of furniture, decorations and accessories, as the game progresses, you unlock additional activities and locations. A certain novelty is the ability to shape the history of whole families. When your character achieves their goals and retires, you can unlock new interests and career paths for next generations. Thus e.g. the grandfather's achievements can inspire his children or grandchildren to choose a similar career path.
Farming Simulator 18 (iOS)
Simulation 06 June 2017
Another installment of an annually released farming simulator series developed by GIANTS Software. This time, however, the creators decided to develop a game exclusively for handheld devices like PS Vita or Nintendo 3DS. In terms of mechanics, Farming Simulator 18 highly resembles the previous installments of the series, in particular, the handheld version of Farming Simulator 16. The game sees the players running their farms in an attempt to make a profitable business out of it. To achieve this, players have to take care of a number of things, such as soil and plant cultivation, harvesting and selling the crops, and finally the successive development of the farm. Farming Simulator 18 does not lack the series’ representative feature, namely a wide range of licensed agricultural machinery of the world’s top makes, which are available for the players to utilize while working in the field.
The Sims: Medieval (iOS)
Simulation 22 September 2011
The Sims: Medieval is a spin-off installment of the popular life simulator The Sims. The title was developed by Maxis. As the title suggests, the game takes place during the Middle Ages, albeit with a humorous spin. Similarly as in the other Sims games, the player must take care of the needs of the virtual characters. Depending on selected profession (for example king, knight, wizard, bard, blacksmith), the events are shown from different perspective and the available missions vary. The creators of The Sims: Medieval focused on immersion and allowed the players to have strong impact on the shape of the game world, including the looks of the characters.
I Am Bread (iOS)
Simulation 03 September 2015
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.
Construction Simulator 2 (iOS)
Simulation 22 March 2017
A continuation of the mobile construction simulator with strategy elements, developed by weltenbauer studio from Germany. Construction Simulator 2 takes place in a fictional state in the USA, Westside Plains. In this game we play as an owner of a company that builds roads and buildings. The game is set in an open world in which you can find 60 different errands. In the beginning of the game we start with simple tasks but as we develop our company and increase its reputation we can get more complicated but much better paid contracts. The game allows us to manually control 36 fully licensed and recreated with intricate details machines among which we can find those that are produced by such companies as Caterpillar, Liebherr, Palfinger, Bell, STILL or ATLAS. The economic aspect, that requires players to manage their company and budget, complements the simulation elements.
Farming Simulator 16 (iOS)
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: World Adventures (iOS)
Simulation 02 April 2010
The first large expansion for the third installment in the bestselling The Sims series by EA Maxis. The expansion titled World Adventures allows your Sims to leave the noisy city for a while and relax in several fictional locations — although all of them were based on real-life places. During their exotic voyages, your Sims can make new friends and try a variety of previously unavailable activities, such as learning martial arts in a Chinese monastery, exploring Egyptian tombs, or taking a romantic walk in the French Champs Les Sims. Your Sims can also bring movies, photos, and souvenirs from their journeys. For the players who'd rather like to stay at home, there are new wallpapers, carpets and other furnishing elements, which bring a breath of fresh air to your Sims' lives.
TruckSimulation 16 (iOS)
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.
The Sims FreePlay (iOS)
Simulation 15 December 2011
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.
Battlestation: Harbinger (iOS)
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.
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.
Take Off: The Flight Simulator (iOS)
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.
Kim Kardashian: Hollywood (iOS)
Simulation 24 June 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.