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Best Simulation Games Rated ESRB TEEN and Younger on Web Browser

Simulation video games aim to create play around closely simulated real-world activities. This could be a battlefield, landscape, motor racing, farming, flying or just a kitchen.

The novelty is that you are not only playing a game but interacting with complex systems modelling the real-world in some way. This opens the door for creative and inventive approaches to succeeding in the game. It also provides the player with an open-world in which to spend time simply experiencing the simulation.

Almost any game can offer a simulation experience as this can combine with most genres to skew gameplay in a more realistic and open direction. This can mean that players enjoy a particular game not because of the shooting or racing but because it's a chance to spend time in a simulated world or system they enjoy.

From an educational and experiential perspective, a simulation game offers an entirely new way to learn and understand the world. Rather than a cold or external understanding of how things work, this offers an embodied experience of a system as the player moves and interacts with the simulation from within.

DetailsGenre Details

Era: 2002 - 2023
Total Games: 22
Total Likes: 335
 

 

Townscaper

Release Date: 30/06/2020, updated in 2021

Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, Switch, Web, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iOS

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead, Blocks and Hand-Made

Townscaper is a creative town-building game where you pick colours from the range available and click to put down a house in the sea. As you continue to add houses of different colours the game automatically orientates the architecture for you.

Blaseball

Release Date: 20/07/2020

Out Now: Web

Components: 2D Side-On and Text

Blaseball is an online baseball simulation. Unusually though, it blends in an absurd horror story where players are incinerated and the rules can change -- a little like the board game Blood Bowl. Players compete not so much to get their team to win,...

Empty

Release Date: 25/09/2020

Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, Web and iOS

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead and Hand-Made

Empty is a minimalist puzzle game that teaches the value of simplicity in life. You rotate and interact with different vignettes to line up items with the same background colour. As you do this they disappear and the scene slowly empties.

Angry Birds (Series)

Release Date: 11/12/2009, updated in 2021

Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, PSP, Web, Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One, iOS and iPhone, iPad

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made

Angry Birds is a series of puzzle games where you catapult cartoon birds to destroy the pigs who have stolen their eggs. The latest game, Angry Birds Reloaded, is a remake with new levels, graphics, locations, birds, and story elements. The series'...

Bad News

Release Date: 01/12/2019

Out Now: Web

Components: 2D Side-On, Hand-Made and Text

Bad News is a role-play game about building a news media organisation. It's designed to highlight bias in the news by putting you in charge of a series of decisions to build a profitable company. All you do is answer questions, but as you do the...

Universal Paperclips

Release Date: 09/10/2017

Out Now: Android, Web and iOS

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Text

Universal Paperclips is an adventure game about making paperclips. It sounds simple, but behind the incremental process of clicking a button to create these paperclips is a story about how the desire to make paperclips (or anything) if fully realised...

Offroad Mania

Release Date: 10/02/2020

Out Now: PC and Web

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person

Offroad Mania is a physics-focused driving game that has you trying to navigate difficult off-road terrain. It's unusual because of the focus on traversal, vehicle administration and driving skills.

Slow Roads

Release Date: 10/10/2022

Out Now: Web

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Components: 3D Third-Person, Day and Night and Weather

Slow Roads is a relaxing endless driving game that focuses on the simple experience of travel. You play by steering the car through the different locations and times-of-day, or switch to autopilot and let the countryside fly past automatically. It...

NationStates

Release Date: 13/11/2002

Out Now: Web

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made

NationStates is a government simulation game where you manage a virtual country's administration. You do this by responding to issues which affect your nation's political freedom, civil rights, and economy. It is up to you to decide how your country is...

Slither.io

Release Date: 25/03/2016

Out Now: Android, Web and iOS

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead

Slither.io is a traversal action game where you control a snake that needs to eat coloured pellets to grow in size. You play by directing your snake to both collect the pellets but also to get opponents to run into you - as they then die and you can...

Superhot

Release Date: 25/02/2016, updated in 2019

Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, Stadia, Switch, Web and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Components: 3D First-Person and Cartoon

Superhot is a shooting game with a twist. Time only moves forward (bullets, enemies, damage) when you move your character. This is still a violent game, in fact, in slow motion, it feels more violent.

QWOP

Release Date: 21/12/2010

Out Now: Mac, PC and Web

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Hand-Made

QWOP is a sports game with a difference. You have to control each limb of your virtual athlete. This changes it from a challenge of hitting buttons to using the touch screen or keyboard to deftly coordinating movement to gain forward motion. It's really...

Suika Game

Release Date: 20/10/2023

Out Now: Switch and Web

Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Cartoon

Suika Game, also called Watermelon Game, is a spatial puzzle challenge about matching fruits. You select where to drop each new fruit into the cup, aiming to get matching varieties touching so they merge, create bigger fruit and score points. It stands...

Blackbird

Release Date: 21/04/2020

Out Now: Mac, PC and Web

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Blackbird is a strategy game where you are a blackbird collecting food for your young. You need to scour the forest to find enough insects to keep them alive and them fly the nest (or die trying).

Tres Undos

Release Date: 03/01/2022

Out Now: Web

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead and Grid

Tres Undos is a hard puzzle game where you move blocks around a maze to fill holes and progress. The twist is that you can rewind time. On top of this the game layers the rewind ability to affect different elements differently. Then there are locations...

Floripondis

Release Date: 01/02/2023

Out Now: Web

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Floripondis is a party battle where you use just left/right thrusters to move your flower around a level and collect sweets to win. Play is a simple fight to get to sweets first. However, other players and the dynamics of each level get in your way and...

Wayfinder

Release Date: 08/12/2021

Out Now: Web and iOS

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead, Cartoon, Open World and Weather

Wayfinder is a meditative adventure where you explore the wild to reconnect with nature and create poems. As you travel through the world, the seasons change to reveal words to collect that form unique miniature poems. It's a short game that stands out...

You're Pulleying My Leg

Release Date: 28/04/2014

Out Now: Web

Components: 2D Side-On and Grid

You're Pulleying My Leg is a running around puzzle game where you move mirrors to reflect a beam of light down into a mine, destroying blocks and letting you reach the secret within. While it sounds simple, it requires a great deal of persistence,...

Below The Ocean

Release Date: 11/12/2021

Out Now: PC and Web

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Below the Ocean is a diving adventure where you search for legendary treasures using your oxygen lifeline to swing passed obstacles. Play is a combination of running, jumping, swinging and even sling-shotting to traverse the ocean. It stands out for its...

Headlong Hunt

Release Date: 26/06/2021

Out Now: Web

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead and Grid

Headlong Hunt is a puzzle game about a field biologist trying to catch and survey the population of a fearful but very fast animal across 37 icy islands. You have to manoeuvre the animals around by scaring them in straight lines. This sounds simple but...

Otto's Tennis Game

Release Date: 17/05/2023

Out Now: Mac, Web and iOS

Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Otto's Tennis Game is a sports game where up to two players play short tennis matches. You must time your player's jumps to hit the ball with their racket. The twist is that you control your character's movement with only one button.

Train Braining

Release Date: 02/03/2015

Out Now: Web

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Components: 2D Overhead and Grid

Train Braining is a puzzle game where you lay train track to then deliver passengers to their required platforms. While sounds simple, but due to the minimal passenger room on your train and the layout of each miniature level, the solution is rarely as...

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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