Who hasn’t dreamed of seeing their vegetable garden grow after a day spent destroying pirate galactic ships with plasma bombs? That’s the kind of life simulation games offer, an escape from a reality that is sometimes not very exciting! So, which ones are made for you? Discover the best simulation games of 2022:
- Animal Crossing: New Horizons
- The sims 4
- Stardew Valley
- Coffee Talk
6. My Time At Portia
On the outside, My Time At Portia looks like a 3D clone of Stardew Valley. You take over a farm, which you have to rebuild by accumulating resources, and rebuild a society by building relationships with the locals.
But Pathea’s game has more than one trick up its sleeve. First of all, it is set in a post-apocalyptic universe (which is not easy to guess from the pictures). It is not only about recreating a community, but also about perpetuating humanity. Otherwise more motivating to put heart to work.
Besides, My Time At Portia offers more or less the same gameplay variety as Stardew Valley. Culture, planning, social relations, and even combat in some well-defined parts of the game.
Again, if you like the game, you should know that a sequel is in preparation. My Time At Sandrock is expected in early access later this year.
My Time At Portia does not revolutionize the formula introduced by Stardew Valley and, before it, Harvest Moon. But it offers a delightful setting, all in 3D, which allows you to consider your life simulation in a different way.
7. Story of Seasons : Pioneers of Olive Town
Animal Crossing and Stardew Valley are emulated. But at the root of all these games is another: Harvest Moon.
Having become Story of Seasons in 2014 thanks to an episode on Nintendo 3DS, Marvelous Inc’s game has been instrumental in the development of much of the aforementioned games. Released in 2021, Pioneers of Olive Town is the latest installment in the franchise.
Here again, we find a game structure that we have already detailed in the previous entries of this selection. As a farmer, you will have to roll up your sleeves to develop your business and make Olive Town shine.
The social dimension is obviously preponderant, and many local events allow you to give life to the community and escape the monotony of plowing.
The latest addition to a legendary license, Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town acts as an excellent gateway to the genre. But regulars might feel a bit cramped, with not much new to offer.
8. Graveyard Keeper
Graveyard Keeper lives up to its name, and is a creepy alternative to Stardew Valley.
You play as a graveyard keeper in a medieval town. But there’s a twist: you’re actually a man from the 21st century who’s trying to find his way back to his time. And, to do so, you’ll have to complete many quests and restore the said cemetery and its adjacent church.
Without being morbid, the game developed in Russia by Lazy Bear Games is on the edge between fantasy and good-natured horror à la Tim Burton.
Complete with three paid DLC, Graveyard Keeper offers a substantial lifespan. But like the aforementioned Spiritfarer, the replayability is inevitably less. It will nevertheless allow you to change the atmosphere a bit, if the too nice side of the other games presented here repels you.
Graveyard Keeper caught our attention for its tone and its offbeat approach. A life simulation where you play as a guardian of the dead, that’s not so common! So, like in Stardew Valley, you will have to restore the reputation of the medieval town where you found yourself. But this will only be done with the sweat of your brow as the quests require a big investment.