Life can be pretty great, but even so, don’t you sometimes just look around and think, “Man, I wish I were doing something else?” Well, that's where simulation games come in. While arguably the most famous game in the genre is The Sims, simulation games encapsulate a wide breadth of subject matter, but the through-line is that all games in this genre simulate an aspect of everyday life. Fortunately, there are plenty of great Nintendo Switch simulation games that are just ripe for playing.
As one of the more expansive video game genres, simulation games can feature tasks as unique as flying a plane or cooking, and can be as complex as planning a city or getting to know a community full of people. There's a lot to unpack within the simulation category, but the diversity it offers means that there's something out there for everyone, regardless of their particular interests or play styles.
With the Nintendo Switch, these types of games are more accessible than ever. You can get your simulation fix at home and on the go. And if you're in the market for a new game, check out our list of the best simulation titles for the console below. From farming favorites like Farming Simulator to uber-popular Nintendo exclusives like Animal Crossing: New Horizons, vote up all your favorite Switch simulation games.
Bee SimulatorPhoto: Varsav Game Studios
Ever thought about what it might be like to be a bee? Well, now's your chance with Bee Simulator. As one might guess, players will collect pollen, evade dangerous wasps, and help their hive not only stay alive, but thrive.
Not only is it fun to play, but the game also has educational aspects to it as well, as players learn more about how bees work to help our ecosystems, which is an added bonus. Bee Simulator also offers co-op and multiplayer modes, so you can get your friends in on the fun too.
- Release: 2019
- Developer: Varsav Game Studios
Do Not Feed the MonkeysPhoto: Fictiorama Studios
One of the most creative titles on this list Do Not Feed the Monkeys is a game with life and file simulation elements where the player is tasked with spying on various people using video feeds on an in-game laptop. Players essentially gather information on various strangers while managing their own lives, and can even have opportunities to interact with those strangers, but at a cost.
The game was received well by critics and was said to be inspired by the concept of voyeurism, as well as the famous film by Alfred Hitchcock, Rear Window. It's a bit out there as far as game concepts go, but it definitely has some interesting things to say about mass surveillance and social media.
- Release: 2018
- Developer: Fictiorama Studios
Farming SimulatorPhoto: GIANTS Software
Farming Simulator is exactly what the name suggests: a farm simulator. It may sound simple, but the game has a certain charm that has caused it to sell over 25 million copies. Players will partake in the expected tasks of growing crops, raising livestock, and generating a profit from their farming endeavors, but many players also make their own fun given the mechanics of the game, which often includes playing around with the heavy-duty farming equipment.
If you're looking for a taste of the simple life, this is probably as close as us city folk will get.
- Release: 2016
- Developer: GIANTS Software
House FlipperPhoto: Empyrean
This game's a real fixer-upper, if you catch our drift. Released in 2018, House Flipper is all about fixing up your properties in order to make an epic virtual profit. At its crux, the game is all about demolishing, renovating, remodeling, and selling. Gamers need to clean the installations, rip out and add new tile, paint the walls, and more in order to make a buck.
What's more, players have a ton of different interior design options to experiment with, making it easier to add your own personal touch to your home(s). There's also a surprising amount of flexibility in how you play, which definitely adds to the replay value.
- Release: 2018
- Developer: Empyrean