Simulation games for Android and iOS that (almost) feel like the real deal


Let's face it, most of us will never ever get in the cabin of a space shuttle or a powerful bulldozer, but that does not mean that we can't get a virtual sneak peek inside the daily chores of an average astronaut or an operator of heavy construction machinery. Don't deny it, folks, most of you have dreamed of flying a Boeing 747 or driving a steam-powered train at least once, too. Well, it is safe to say that we'd do neither in our lifetime, but there's a way to experience a diminutive fraction of these craved activities right at your fingertips.

As you've probably already guessed, we will be talking about simulation games. Despite one of the latest hate-it-or-love-it trends in the genre, which commands that game developers should create peculiar and bizarre games that embrace their own bugs and flaws (such as the infamous Goat Simulator, which is due to arrive on mobile devices soon), there exist a number of pretty adequate and realistic simulation games for mobile devices. Yes, mobile devices are not the ultimate means for playing a simulator (desktops and consoles still reign supreme), but a number of adequate representative of the genre are available for mobile devices as well.

Being the avid and dedicated gamers we are, we searched high and low to find some of the most polished and most entertaining simulator games in Google Play.

Note: The titles listed below are sorted in no particular order.

Construction Simulator 2014


We have already included Construction Simulator 2014 in a previous pick, but the game is so good that it definitely needs to be included in this list as well. This is a full-blown simulator, which puts you in the shoes of an owner of a small construction company, which has to undertake a number of assignments. Although you're the boss, the game allows you to get inside the cabins of various and pretty exciting construction vehicles, such as flatbed trucks, excavators, bulldozers, tower cranes, concrete mixers, wheel loaders, rollers, and many others. The game is surprisingly good and might even appeal to those that usually detest simulator games.

Download: Construction Simulator 2014 (Android | iOS)


F-Sim Space Shuttle


Space shuttles have not pioneered space exploration, but without their aid maintaining and providing orbital space stations supplies wouldn't have been possible. These reusable high-tech spacecraft are the protagonists of F-Sim Space Shuttle. The game requires you to take control of a space shuttle as it approaches earth and enters the lowest layers of Earth's atmosphere. Your ultimate goal is to successfully land the spacecraft on the designated runway airstrip. You will be awarded with a certain amount of points and you can compare your score with other players of the game. Among the features that add up to the realistic feel of F-Sim Space Shuttle are the changing weather and night/day conditions, which have a big effect on your descent.

Download: F-Sim Space Shuttle (Android | iOS)


Infinite Flight Simulator


If you're dreaming about being in the cockpit of the airplane and not in its business class, then Infinite Flight Simulator is nothing else but the perfect mobile game for you. Apart from the vast selection of aircraft, this game will also provide you with a digital playground that spans across an area of thousands of square meters - complete your missions or just fly that F-16 for as long as you want, it's all up to you! Infinite Flight will also put you against the nightmare of almost every aircraft pilot - harsh and unpredictable weather conditions. Pure aircraft simulation at its finest!

Download: Infinite Flight Simulator (Android | iOS)


Train Sim


Undoubtedly, many a kid have dreamt of getting inside the cabin of a train's engine and heading straight for the next railway station, where they would unload the hauled goods and welcome a new bunch of passengers on board. Train Sim allows you to fulfill this dream at least in a virtual fashion. You can choose among more than 30 different engines, more than 20 different carriages, several environments, and even drive a train in the subway.

Download: Train Sim (Android | iOS)


Absolute RC Heli Sim


The developer of Absolute RC Heli Sim claims that this is not a simulation game, but a full-blown training program for all those who want to learn how to operate radio-controlled aircraft without breaking a few of these in real life. Well, these claims might hold water, as the controls of Absolute RC Heli Sim might initially scare you with their steep learning curve. The games employs realistic physics and allows you to choose between a variety of real RC helicopters and airplanes. If flying RC aircraft around is among your list of hobbies, definitely give Absolute RC Heli Sim a try!

Download: Absolute RC Heli Sim (Android | iOS)



Bus Simulator 3D


We already treated you to games that simulate train and aircraft transportation, but what's another type of popular public transportation? Buses, of course. Frankly said, becoming a bus driver is a tad more feasible than getting a pilot's license, but we digress. If driving such a big vehicle in the congested traffic and transporting grumpy, busy citizens from station to station for a fare is something you'd love to do on your mobile device, then check no other game than Bus Simulator 3D. It features a number of various buses, different locations, each with its own environment, and support for MOGA controllers.

Download: Bus Simulator 3D (Android | iOS)



Transport Tycoon


Okay, some may argue that tycoon games have their own genre, but Transport Tycoon can be reckoned as a business simulation game. The game is, in fact, an almost full port of Chris Sawyer's Locomotion, which is a spiritual successor to the eponymous retro PC classic, Transport Tycoon. This business simulator allows you to build your own transport empire from scratch by interconnecting industries with resource suppliers. In order to fulfill this cumbersome task, you'll need to build railway tracks, roads, tunnels, bridges, and after that buy trains, trucks, ferries, planes, and a whole slew of various transport vehicles. The game might look a bit childish at first sight, but believe us, it's not - the AI will breathe down your neck from the very beginning and if you haven't put your thinking business cap on, you'll go bankrupt in no time.

Download: Transport Tycoon (Android | iOS)



SimpleRockets


The concept behind this one is pretty similar to the one of Kerbal Space Program, a PC title that revolves around the creation of space rockets and fly a trio of goofy astronauts either to orbit or to the nearest celestial body. In SimpleRockets, players need to put on their thinking caps and create a spaceship by combining a number of rocket modules together. Pairing the most potent thrust engines with the largest fuel tank will help you complete one or two missions, but no more - the assignments are pretty complex and require you to carefully plan and optimize your rocket of choice. SimpleRockets is endowed with realistic physics, which is an incremental aspect of the game itself and complement the gameplay in a wonderful fashion. If you are into such games, SimpleRockets will certainly provide you with a challenge that will keep you engaged for some time.

Download: SimpleRockets (Android | iOS)


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22 Comments

1. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

What, no Goat Simulator?

6. PeterK.

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

Ahem, it's not out just yet.

2. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

I've been playing F-18 carrier landing pro II, but did not knew about most of these. Will definitely check out that infinite flight simulator. Thanks PA Btw, the that, all you pc and console freaks mocking phone and tablet games

4. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Because mobile games suck compared to the real deal.

9. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

Well your "real deal" is like a wedding cake. Mobile games are like chocolate. And your argument is like saying chocolate sucks compared to cakes. Well I can't and don't want to eat a cake every day, which can't be said about chocolate. Trust me I played games on every platform, and mobile is the only one remaining for me. It meets almost all of my gaming needs. And my point was that mobile games aren't only candy crush and such, as imagined by pc folks. Plenty of them offer a decent amount of depth.

11. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Eating chocolate everyday isn't any better than eating cake lol. BTW I prefer chocolate to cake.

3. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

X-Plane 10 for PC is the best simulation game.

8. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

I used to love MS flight simulator...but it's cancelled idk why they did that. Never tried X plane, tho.

10. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Yeah I don't get why they cancelled it. I also have FSX. But I prefer X-Plane because it's even more realistic, has better graphics and actually runs smoother. What I prefer in FSX though is the mission mode. It has so many fun missions

5. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

If these games had more features and better graphics like WildBlood, I would pay €20 or €30 instead of cheap $10.

7. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Then get Steam and pay that 20-30 bucks or even less on sales and get amazing graphics, game mechanics, controls, physics, plot and everything.

14. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Look at Tegra games, their graphics are better than IOs games.

16. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

No shi* man. But what's the point Tegra and iOS still both mobile and both have pretty much the same games and 99,9% of those games are horrible in every way.

12. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

$10 for mobile is quite high. Most games are time passers, little quick pick me ups. As such providing amazing depth etc is not on the list.

15. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

The more the price, the better the graphics. The bigger the Gigabytes the better the graphics. Some mobile games are 2gb to download.

17. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

If you only play for graphics, why even bother playing mobile? Or why even bother gaming just go outside lol

20. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

The better graphics does not equally equate to larger files. If that is the developers method they need to be fired. I have modeled ships in the millions of poly's. The size difference is not GB. It comes down to textures, compression of said textures, and audio/video. Just like oblivion on DVD was more than 50% audio files and nothing else, meaning the entire game for models quests animations textures fit on that DVD. Not a single mobile game comes close that type of game.

13. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Infinite Flight, WP

18. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

Extreme Forklifting :D

19. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

What about Dead Trigger 2?, thats one of the best Zombie Simulation and apocalypsis training software for mobile...

21. PeterK.

Posts: 314; Member since: Nov 13, 2013

Yes, it's good indeed. That's why it's on our "Best FPS" list.

22. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I was just kidding... I know it doesn't belong here..... But seriously you missed C.H.A.O.S. It is a very good Helicopter Simulator, with dogfights and missions.

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