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Simulation Games

There is a sort of therapeutic cadence that simulation video games, such as Farming Simulator and Euro Truck Simulator, provide. These often simple and down-to-earth games can allow you to get lost in the simple pleasures of, for example, driving trucks down a highway or managing crops on a farm. Though these games are often not the most exciting to watch, they are easy to completely immerse yourself in.

  1. An open-source clone of the classic game Transport Tycoon Deluxe . It attempts to mimic the original game as closely as possible while extending it with new features.

  2. Cities: Skylines is a modern take on the classic city simulation. The game introduces new game play elements to realize the thrill and hardships of creating and maintaining a real city whilst expanding on some well-established tropes of the city building experience.



  3. Plague Inc. icon
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    Can you infect the world? Plague Inc. is a unique mix of high strategy and terrifyingly realistic simulation.

  4. CaesarIA is an open source remake of Caesar III game released by Impressions Games in 1998, it aims to expand the possibilities of the classical city-building simulators and to add new features showing the city life. Now the game work with Windows, Linux, Mac, Haiku and Android.

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    SimCity (Series)

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    SimCity is a series of city-building simulation games, where you are given the task of founding and developing a city, while maintaining the happiness of the citizens and keeping a stable budget.

    Represent entire series of SimCity games.
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    The Sims is a series of life simulation video games developed by Maxis and published by Electronic Arts. The franchise has sold nearly 200 million copies worldwide, and it is one of the best-selling video games series of all time.

  7. While FreeSO aims to be faithful to the original game, it includes many quality of life changes such as hardware rendering, custom dynamic lighting, hi-res output and >2 floor houses.

  8. Create a home and interact with cute animal villagers. Animal Crossing is a life simulation game series featuring cute animal townspeople that players interact with while building a home.

    Represent entire series of Animal Crossing games including Animal Crossing,Animal Crossing: Wild World,Animal Crossing: City Folk,Animal Crossing: New Leaf,Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
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    • Windows
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    • PlayStation Network

    War Thunder is a multiplayer online game combat flight game developed by Gaijin Entertainment for Linux, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and PlayStation 4.

  10. It is the most popular online pc racing game. It fuels 7 different racing environments; hundreds of thousands of tracks and millions of players to compete with.

    Represent entire series of TrackMania games including TrackMania, TrackMania Turbo, TrackMania Forever, TrackMania²: Lagoon, TrackMania²: Stadium, TrackMania²: Canyon, TrackMania²: Valley.
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    Anno (Series)

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    ANNO is a city-building and economic simulation video game series, with real-time strategy elements.

    Represent entire series of Anno games.
  12. The FlightGear flight simulator project is an open-source, multi-platform, cooperative flight simulator development project. It also simulates space flight in Earth's orbit.

  13. Oolite is a space sim game, inspired by Elite. Among Oolite's several similarities to its inspirational source, the gaming experience is enhanced by the context set in Elite's original manual, and the accompanying novella, The Dark Wheel.

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  14. X is a science fiction space trading and combat simulator series created by German developer Egosoft. The series is set in the X-Universe where several races populate a number of worlds connected by jumpgates.

    Represent entire series of X games including X: Beyond the Frontier, X²: The Threat, X³: Reunion, X³: Terran Conflict, X Rebirth, X4: Foundations.
  15. The program uses a simple genetic algorithm to evolve random two-wheeled shapes into cars over generations. Loosely based on BoxCar2D, but written from scratch, only using the same physics engine (box2d).