The best 30 free simulation PC games of all time

The Free Games Utopia top 30 lists the best free-to-play, free full version and liberated video games of all time according to users ratings. The concept of "free" game is not 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 30 includes games published for many platforms:

  • every PC platform since the dawn of desktop computers: from popular systems (Microsoft Windows, Apple Macintosh, Linux) to lesser known ones (Solaris, FreeBSD, BeOS)
  • some mobile platform: mainly Android and iOS
  • a few popular consoles: Xbox, Nintendo, PlayStation

To be part of the top 30, a single game must have been voted at least three times. Use the button bar to filter the list by platform/system.

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.


# title genre status rating
dwarf-fortress- 01. Dwarf Fortress
Windows, Linux, Mac OSX
simulation / roguelike
free, optional donation
4.29 / 5
openttd- 02. OpenTTD
Windows, Linux, Mac OSX, Free BSD, Solaris
simulation / management
full free, open source
4.25 / 5
unknown-horizons- 03. Unknown Horizons
Windows, Linux, Mac OSX
simulation / city building
full free, open source
4.13 / 5
ascii-sector- 04. Ascii Sector
Windows, Linux, Mac OSX
simulation / space exploration
free, optional donation
4.07 / 5
prospector- 05. Prospector
Windows, Linux
simulation / space exploration
free, optional donation
3.86 / 5
the-powder-toy- 06. The Powder Toy
Windows
simulation
full free version
3.83 / 5
railroadtycoon1- 07. Railroad Tycoon
DOS, Mac OSX, Amiga, Atari ST
simulation / management
liberated
3.71 / 5
oolite- 08. Oolite
Windows, Mac OSX, Linux, Free BSD
simulation / space exploration
full free version
3.70 / 5
royals- 09. Royals
Windows, Mac OSX
simulation
free, optional donation
3.67 / 5
simutrans- 10. Simutrans
Windows, Linux, Mac OSX, BeOS, Amiga
simulation / management
full free, open source
3.67 / 5
open-rct2- 11. OpenRCT2
Windows, Linux, Mac OSX
simulation / management
full free, open source
3.67 / 5
hattrick- 12. Hattrick
browser
simulation / management
free-to-play, with microtransactions
3.63 / 5
trascendence- 13. Trascendence
Windows, Linux
simulation / space exploration
full free version
3.60 / 5
hazeron- 14. Shores of Hazeron
Windows, Mac OSX, Linux
simulation / space exploration
free, optional donation
3.50 / 5
sais- 15. Strange Adventures in Infinite Space
Windows, Mac OSX
simulation / rogue-lite
full free, open source
3.50 / 5
fallout-shelter- 16. Fallout Shelter
Windows, iOS, Android, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
simulation / management
full free version
3.50 / 5
noctis- 17. Noctis
DOS, Windows
simulation / space exploration
full free version
3.44 / 5
popmundo- 18. Popmundo
browser
simulation
free-to-play, with microtransactions
3.44 / 5
vega-strike- 19. Vega Strike
Windows, Linux, Mac OSX, Free BSD
simulation / space combat
free, optional donation
3.43 / 5
pioneer- 20. Pioneer
Windows, Linux, Mac OSX
simulation / space exploration
full free, open source
3.42 / 5
work- 21. Work!
Windows, Mac OSX, Linux, browser
simulation / typing
full free version
3.38 / 5
rail-nation- 22. Rail Nation
browser
simulation / management
free-to-play, with microtransactions
3.38 / 5
allegiance- 23. Microsoft Allegiance
Windows
simulation / space combat
liberated
3.33 / 5
liberal-crime-squad- 24. Liberal Crime Squad
Linux, Windows
simulation
full free, open source
3.33 / 5
orbiter- 25. Orbiter
Windows
simulation / flight simulator
free, optional donation
3.33 / 5
begin- 26. Begin: a Tactical Starship Simulation
Windows, DOS
simulation / space combat
full free version
3.33 / 5
diaspora- 27. Diaspora
Windows, Mac OSX, Linux
simulation / space combat
full free version
3.33 / 5
madtv- 28. Mad TV
DOS, Amiga
simulation
liberated
3.33 / 5
sandbox-of-god- 29. The Sandbox of God
Windows
simulation
free, commercial version available
3.29 / 5
mddclone- 30. MDDClone
Windows, Linux, Mac OSX
simulation
full free version
3.25 / 5

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