Pilot a Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner or craft an ideal society in these excellent sim and world-building games.
Action games offer twitchy thrills, and strategy games test your ability to set up and execute combat schemes, but simulation games replicate activities—or life itself—in broad or precise strokes.
The scenarios that fall under the simulation umbrella are broad and varied; sims could be sports games, massive sci-fi fantasy games, bizarre niche games, or breathtaking flight recreations. Some simulation games are world-building games, a genre that challenges you to create and manage a town, city, nation, or planet.
The nature of these game, as you may suspect, play to a more niche crowd. These titles will never match, say, Call of Duty in terms of popularity or sales numbers, but their customer base keeps returning for that more measured, cerebral play.
As a platform, the PC hosts many simulation and world-building games. These are our favorites.