The best 50 free simulation PC games of all time

The Free Games Utopia top 50 lists the best free-to-play, free full version and liberated video games of all time according to users ratings. The games on this list belong to the whole history of video games; you can find games for DOS, Sega Genesis, Commodore 64 all the way up to more recent systems like Android, iOS, Linux and, of course, Windows.

The concept of "free" game is not very well-defined. All the games on Free Games Utopia do not require any kind of payment to start playing right away, but may OPTIONALLY require payments in the form of subscriptions, upgrades or microtransactions (MMOs, for example).

This top 50 includes games published for many platforms:

  • every PC platform since the dawn of desktop computers: from popular systems (Microsoft Windows, Macintosh, Linux) to lesser known ones (Solaris, FreeBSD, BeOS)
  • old microcomputers: Commodore 64, Spectrum, etc.
  • mobile platform: mainly Android and iOS
  • a few popular consoles (and even old ones): Xbox, Nintendo, PlayStation

To be part of the top 50, a single game must have been voted at least three times. Use the button bar to filter the list by genre.

SIMULATION - A simulation game can belong to a variety of subgenres. In general, simulation games try to faithfully simulate aspects of real life (or, sometimes, fictional reality). There are vehicle simulations in which the player can pilot a car, an aircraft, a submarine and so on. In management simulations, the task involves running a business enterprise, manage a city, etc. In space simulations the player travels the universe piloting a spaceship, trading commodities, fighting enemies. More simulation games on Free Games Utopia.
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# title genre status rating
openttd- 01. OpenTTD
Windows, Linux, Mac OSX, Free BSD, Solaris
simulation / management
open source
4.29 / 5
dwarf-fortress- 02. Dwarf Fortress
Windows, Linux, Mac OSX
simulation / roguelike
free, optional donation
4.22 / 5
ascii-sector- 03. Ascii Sector
Windows, Linux, Mac OSX
simulation / space exploration
free, optional donation
4.12 / 5
unknown-horizons- 04. Unknown Horizons
Windows, Linux, Mac OSX
simulation / city building
open source
4.06 / 5
factorio- 05. Factorio
Windows, Linux, Mac OSX
simulation
free demo
4.00 / 5
eve-online- 06. EVE Online
Windows, Mac OSX
simulation / MMORPG
free-to-play, with optional subscription
3.92 / 5
prospector- 07. Prospector
Windows, Linux
simulation / space exploration
free, optional donation
3.86 / 5
oolite- 08. Oolite
Windows, Mac OSX, Linux, Free BSD
simulation / space exploration
full free version
3.82 / 5
trackmania-nations-forever- 09. TrackMania Nations Forever
Windows
simulation / racing
free, commercial version available
3.80 / 5
dark-horizon- 10. Dark Horizons Lore: Invasion
Linux, Windows, Mac OSX
simulation / first-person shooter
abandonware
3.80 / 5
railroadtycoon1- 11. Railroad Tycoon
DOS, Mac OSX, Amiga, Atari ST
simulation / management
abandonware
3.71 / 5
open-rct2- 12. OpenRCT2
Windows, Linux, Mac OSX
simulation / management
open source
3.71 / 5
simutrans- 13. Simutrans
Windows, Linux, Mac OSX, BeOS, Amiga
simulation / management
open source
3.67 / 5
star_wraith_3- 14. Star Wraith III: Shadows of Orion
Windows
simulation / space combat
liberated
3.67 / 5
royals- 15. Royals
Windows, Mac OSX
simulation
free, optional donation
3.67 / 5
hattrick- 16. Hattrick
browser
simulation / management
free-to-play, with microtransactions
3.63 / 5
the-powder-toy- 17. The Powder Toy
Windows
simulation
full free version
3.63 / 5
torcs- 18. TORCS
Windows, Solaris, Linux, Free BSD, Mac OSX
simulation / racing
open source
3.63 / 5
trascendence- 19. Trascendence
Windows, Linux
simulation / space exploration
full free version
3.60 / 5
second-life- 20. Second Life
Windows, Mac OSX, Linux
simulation
free-to-play, with microtransactions
3.57 / 5
sais- 21. Strange Adventures in Infinite Space
Windows, Mac OSX
simulation / rogue-lite
open source
3.50 / 5
tv-sports-baseball- 22. TV Sports: Baseball
Amiga, DOS
simulation
abandonware
3.50 / 5
cloud-meadow- 23. Cloud Meadow
Windows
simulation / visual novel
free demo
3.50 / 5
noctis- 24. Noctis
DOS, Windows
simulation / space exploration
full free version
3.50 / 5
fallout-shelter- 25. Fallout Shelter
Windows, iOS, Android, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
simulation / management
full free version
3.44 / 5
vega-strike- 26. Vega Strike
Windows, Linux, Mac OSX, Free BSD
simulation / space combat
free, optional donation
3.43 / 5
pioneer- 27. Pioneer
Windows, Linux, Mac OSX
simulation / space exploration
open source
3.42 / 5
builders-of-egypt- 28. Builders of Egypt: Prologue
Windows
simulation / city building
free demo
3.40 / 5
hazeron- 29. Shores of Hazeron
Windows, Mac OSX, Linux
simulation / space exploration
free, optional donation
3.40 / 5
endgame-singularity- 30. Endgame: Singularity
Windows, Linux, Mac OSX
simulation
full free version
3.40 / 5
racer- 31. Racer
Windows, Linux, Mac OSX
simulation / racing
full free version
3.38 / 5
work- 32. Work!
Windows, Mac OSX, Linux, browser
simulation / typing
full free version
3.38 / 5
star_wraith_2- 33. Star Wraith II
Windows
simulation / space combat
liberated
3.33 / 5
baseball-mogul-2006- 34. Baseball Mogul 2006
Windows
simulation / management
liberated
3.33 / 5
allegiance- 35. Microsoft Allegiance
Windows
simulation / space combat
liberated
3.33 / 5
liberal-crime-squad- 36. Liberal Crime Squad
Linux, Windows
simulation
open source
3.33 / 5
orbiter- 37. Orbiter
Windows
simulation / flight simulator
free, optional donation
3.33 / 5
begin- 38. Begin: a Tactical Starship Simulation
Windows, DOS
simulation / space combat
full free version
3.33 / 5
diaspora- 39. Diaspora
Windows, Mac OSX, Linux
simulation / space combat
full free version
3.33 / 5
madtv- 40. Mad TV
DOS, Amiga
simulation
liberated
3.33 / 5
sandbox-of-god- 41. The Sandbox of God
Windows
simulation
free, commercial version available
3.29 / 5
vrchat- 42. VRChat
Windows
simulation / dating sim
free-to-play, with microtransactions
3.25 / 5
mddclone- 43. MDDClone
Windows, Linux, Mac OSX
simulation
full free version
3.25 / 5
the-clue- 44. The Clue!
DOS
simulation / point & click
liberated
3.25 / 5
universal-combat-ce- 45. Universal Combat
Windows
simulation / space combat
full free version
3.25 / 5
popmundo- 46. Popmundo
browser
simulation
free-to-play, with microtransactions
3.22 / 5
rail-nation- 47. Rail Nation
browser
simulation / management
free-to-play, with microtransactions
3.22 / 5
space-engine- 48. Space Engine
Windows
simulation / space exploration
free, optional donation
3.17 / 5
flightgear- 49. FlightGear
Windows, Mac OSX
simulation / flight simulator
open source
3.14 / 5
goblin-camp- 50. Goblin Camp
Windows
simulation / city building
open source
3.13 / 5
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