Time for another list, friends. This time I’ve decided on a weird theme just to see what we can do with it. You see many games today with the word “simulator” in their titles. Some of them are realistic simulators. Some of them are crazy, to say the least. I’ve decided to grab my ten favorite Nintendo Switch games with that word in the title and make a list of them for you. These are just my personal choices and the games are not arranged in any particular order. If you have some suggestions, make sure to comment below. Let’s go!
Goat Simulator: The GOATY ($29.99)
No list of games with “simulator” in the title would be complete without it Goat Simulator, arguably one of the games that popularized the idea of dumb simulators. Be a goat! Do a lot of annoying things! Check things off lists! Discover quite a large amount of content thanks to all the expansions included! Is this an accurate representation of a goat’s life? Probably not. Real goats aren’t quite like that… continuous like these guys. But it’s an absurdly good time, parodying reality and video games alike, and a very hard game to dislike.
Cooking Simulator ($19.99)
Something more realistic than Goat Simulator, but there are sure to be plenty of opportunities for stupidity here. Look, we can all cook, even if it’s just a little bit for some of us. But given some clumsy arms and a bit clumsy movements, even making toast and eggs in this game can turn into a disaster. While not great for marathon sessions, this is a fun game to fire up every now and then. It’s also hilarious for other people to watch you play, so that speaks for itself as well.
Farming Simulator: Nintendo Switch Edition ($19.99)
Although the theme won’t be for everyone, this is a very well done farming simulator that offers a lot of depth and realism while still being very enjoyable to play. It feels very much like an actual sim game, and this list could certainly use a little of that. Explore a large tract of land, drive tons of authentic farming vehicles, grow crops, tend to your livestock and do whatever you can to keep your farming operation running smoothly. Although there is a newer version of the game on the eShop, I feel the price of this one makes it easier for newbies to get started.
Cultist Simulator: Initiate Edition ($19.99)
There’s no doubt: this is a game that requires some investment to warm up to. It’s a card game with rich narrative and a Lovecraftian twist, and it seems to think that the best way to learn is through the school of hard hits. The patient player will eventually gradually unravel the rules of this obscure game, finding richer rewards along the way. Just be warned that it’s not afraid to dig into its horror elements.
DEEEER Simulator: Your Average Everyday Deer Game ($19.99)
You know it takes a a lot of being the weirdest game on a list that includes Goat Simulatorbut here we are. DEEEER simulator chooses stupidly at every possible point, and the end result is something you’ll either hate to bits or find oddly charming. Whether you’re looking to just relax or rush the destructive deer kaiju into town, rest assured that things will turn out in completely unexpected ways. I’m not even sure what this one simulates. Maybe a bad trip?
Thief Simulator ($19.99)
This burglary simulation game is really, really rough around the edges. I would say the UI is practically a nightmare and nothing works as you would ideally like it to. While playing, you will come across tons of bugs. And yet there is something compelling here. The premise is strong, you’ll have to handle houses and use a variety of approaches to escape with the loot in each of them. You unlock a bunch of neat gadgets that help keep the theft fresh as you play through the story. If you need your games polished, this one won’t make you happy. But if you appreciate a clumsily executed good idea, you might like this.
Hundred Days – Winemaking Simulator ($29.99)
I’m into something like that. It’s weird because I never drank that much even when I was younger and I’ve had maybe three drinks in the last 12 years. But I’m fascinated by games that involve making alcohol and running a business with it, and hundred days is a very Well. Period, this might be the best game on this list in a pure sense. It’s satisfyingly deep, but not too difficult to understand, and even if you’re not interested in the subject, you’ll still be hooked. It feels like one of those well-kept eShop secrets and deserves more than that.
Bus Driver Simulator ($29.99)
All kids love the bus driving simulators so I would be remiss if I didn’t include one here. This one seems to be most people’s favorite in the selection on Switch. What’s the appeal of this particular Simulator strain? I think learning how to manage your schedule can be very relaxing and there is something calming about the movement of buses. This game offers you lots of buses, lots of areas to drive around, a variety of upgrades, different weather conditions and times of day, and lots of interesting details that add texture to the overall experience.
Ciel Fledge: A Simulator to Raise a Daughter ($9.99)
This is far from the best parenting simulation game on the 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 interesting enough that you’ll likely find enough to keep playing to the end of the game. Just be prepared that the parts of the game raising daughters are, in some ways, the weakest and most boring sections.
Space Warlord Organ Trading Simulator ($19.99)
Let’s go out on a weird note, shall we? This is just your average, simple simulator about buying, selling and trading organs on the stellar black market. It has a lot of the trading simulation games that were so hot in the early days of BBSes and their kin. There’s a story here too, and well worth experiencing if you’re not too squeamish about the underlying theme of everything. It treats everything with a dark sense of humor, but you end up embroiled in organ trafficking. Probably not the game for little ones.
And this is 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. I enjoyed writing this as I had to sift through games that a lot of people probably wouldn’t be very… you know, Well. But you can also have fun in unusual corners of the eShop, and this one is definitely one of them. But seriously, check out hundred days. Thank you for reading!