It’s time for another list, folks. This time I’ve decided to go with a weird theme just to see what we can do with it. You see a lot of games nowadays with the word ‘Simulator’ in their titles. Some of them are realistic simulators. Some of them are crazy, to say the least. What I’ve chosen to do is take my top ten favorite Nintendo Switch games with that word in the title and put them in a list for you. These are just my personal picks, and the games are not in any particular order. If you have any suggestions, be sure to comment below. Let’s go!
Goat Simulator: GOATY ($29.99)
No list of games with ‘Simulator’ in the title would be complete without goat simulator, possibly one of the games that popularized the idea of stupid simulators. Be a goat! Do a lot of annoying things! Check things off the lists! Explore a wealth of content thanks to all the included expansions! Is this an accurate description of the life of a goat? Probably not. Real goats aren’t so… durable like these guys. But it’s an absurdly good time that parodies reality and video games in equal measure, and a very hard game to dislike.
Kitchen Simulator ($19.99)
a bit more realistic than goat simulator, but there are certainly plenty of opportunities here for stupid things to happen. Look, we all know how to cook, although for some it is just a little. But given some clumsy arms and a bit of awkward movement, even making toast and eggs can lead to disaster in this game. While it doesn’t exactly lend itself well to marathon sessions, this is a fun game to play from time to time. It’s also hilarious for other people to watch you play, so it’s there too.
Farming Simulator: Nintendo Switch Edition ($19.99)
While the theme isn’t going to be for everyone, this is a very well done farming simulator that offers a lot of depth and realism while still being quite fun to play. It sounds a lot like a proper simulation game, and this list could certainly use a bit of that. Explore a huge terrain, drive tons of authentic farming vehicles, grow crops, take care of your livestock and do your best to keep your farming business running smoothly. While there is a newer version of the game on the eShop, I think the price of this one makes it an easier starting point for newcomers.
Cultist Simulator: Starter Edition ($19.99)
There’s no doubt about it: this is a game that requires a bit of investment to warm up to. It’s a card game with a rich narrative and a Lovecraftian twist, and it seems to believe that the best way to learn is through the school of hard knocks. The patient player will eventually figure out the rules of this opaque game, bit by bit, and as he does, he will find richer rewards. Just keep in mind that he’s not afraid to get into his horror elements.
DEEEER Simulator – Your Average Everyday Deer Game ($19.99)
You know, it takes a batch be the rarest game in a list that includes goat simulatorbut here we are. DEEEER simulator choose stupid at every possible twist, and the end result is something you’ll either hate to bits or find oddly charming. Whether you just want to relax or launch the destructive kaiju deer into the city, you can be sure that things will unfold in totally unexpected ways. I’m not even sure what this one is simulating. A bad trip, maybe?
Thief Simulator ($19.99)
This robbery simulation game is very, very crude. I would say that its interface is practically a nightmare, and nothing works in the ideal way that you would like. You will come across countless bugs while playing the game. And yet, there is something compelling here. The premise is solid as you have to inspect the houses and take a variety of approaches to abscond with the loot in each of them. You unlock a bunch of nifty gadgets that help keep the heist fresh as you play through the story. If you need to polish your games, this one will not make you happy. But if you can appreciate a good idea poorly executed, you might like this.
One Hundred Days – Wine Making Simulator ($29.99)
I really like this kind of stuff. It’s weird, because I never liked drinking that much, not even when I was younger, and I’ve had maybe three drinks in the last twelve years. But I’m fascinated by games about making alcohol and running a business around it, and hundred days it’s a very well. Like, full stop, this might be the best game on this list in a pure sense. It’s satisfyingly deep but not too difficult to learn, and even if you’re not interested in the subject, you’ll still be engrossed. It feels like one of those well-kept eShop secrets, and it deserves more than that.
Bus Driver Simulator ($29.99)
Every kid loves bus driving simulators so I would be remiss if I didn’t include one here. This seems to be the pick of choice for most people on Switch. What is the appeal of this particular variety of simulator? I find that learning to manage your schedule can be very relaxing, and there is something somewhat calming about the movement of buses. This game offers you many buses, many areas to drive, a variety of upgrades, different weather conditions and time of day changes, and many interesting parts that add texture to the overall experience.
Ciel Fledge: A Parenting Simulator ($9.99)
This is far from the best parenting simulation game on Switch, but it’s the only one with ‘Simulator’ in the title. We’re handcuffed here, folks. This is a very mundane game in many ways, but the loop is satisfying enough and the rare rewards are interesting enough that you might find enough to keep playing until the end of the game. Just be prepared for the fact that the parenting parts of the game are, to some extent, its weakest and most boring sections.
Space Warlord Organ Trading Simulator ($19.99)
Let’s go out on a weird note, okay? This is just a simple and average simulator about buying, selling and trading organs on the stellar black market. It has a lot of the flavor of those business simulation games that were all the rage in the early days of BBSes and their relatives. There’s also a story here, and it’s worth experiencing if you’re not too squeamish about the basic theme of it all. He handles it all with a dark sense of humor, but in the end you’re getting involved in the organ trade. Probably not the game to play with little ones.
And that’s the list! Remember, if you have any suggestions or just want to talk about your favorite games with ‘Simulator’ in the title, I encourage you to comment below. It was fun writing this one for me as I had to review games that a lot of people probably wouldn’t consider very… you know, Okay. But there is fun in the unusual corners of the eShop, and this is certainly one of them. Seriously, take a look hundred days. Thank you for reading!