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    Total War: Arena

    ER
    Edward Robertson
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I love to play the video games and this one is about war so there is much action to be had. The name of it is the Total War: Arena and it is soo good! You can even play it for free, online with other people that are also online. It is a war simulation game and boy is it a fun one, you should play too!"
    1. 179
      Fallout Shelter

      Fallout Shelter is a free management game where you will have to create a nice and safe vault in the underground, after a nuclear war. You will pick some dwellers and then provide them with a good life. 

      Games

      Windows, Android, iOS

      Free - with in-app purchases

      JL
      Juan Larson
      Written on July 17, 2018
      "This is really different from the life simulation games I've tried so far because it lets players experience what it's like to take care of an underground community in a..."
      JL
      Juan Larson
      Written on July 17, 2018
      "This is really different from the life simulation games I've tried so far because it lets players experience what it's like to take care of an underground community in a post-apocalyptic world which I find rather interesting because it's not simply feeding or sustaining a family, it's making sure a whole community is safe from invaders and monsters outside."
      JH
      Joshua Hill
      Written on December 1, 2017
      "Certainly a fun life simulation game available for iPhone, but it may have too narrow a niche and not necessarily a full life simulation rather than a nuclaer fallout sim."
    2. 135
      The Sims™ FreePlay
      Enjoy Halloween in this Sims mod, where you will be able to customize your Sims with hundreds of different spooky costumes. Create your family and enjoy your dream job in this popular life simulator.




      Games

      Android, iOS

      Free - with in-app purchases

      JT
      Jessica Taylor
      Written on July 17, 2018
      "I've always been an avid fan of the Sims games ever since I was a child that's why I didn't pass up to try this version on my iPhone. Even though it's not as extensive as the..."
      JT
      Jessica Taylor
      Written on July 17, 2018
      "I've always been an avid fan of the Sims games ever since I was a child that's why I didn't pass up to try this version on my iPhone. Even though it's not as extensive as the pc game, I still enjoy creating sims and making them this modern family I've always dreamed of. I also expanded my businesses and am living the best virtual life."
      PW
      Patrick Ward
      Written on December 11, 2017
      "Love this new sims app. I can’t stop using it since I downloaded it. I created my own little family from baby on up through adults and seniors. The costumes and outfits are so many I’ll never use them all. I’ve been building my own dream homes and decorating them in many different ways and many different styles. I’ve even got my,own personal pets. This is great."
      BW
      Benjamin West
      Written on December 4, 2017
      "this has to be one of the dumbest games ever. i see no point in it and have only tried the demo."
    3. 116
      Episode

      Episode is a story-maker game where you are able either to live a story where all your decisions change your path, or you can even create your own story. The game lets you to be the main character over more than 50k stories.

      Games

      Android, iOS

      Free - with in-app purchases

      JB
      Joan Banks
      Written on July 17, 2018
      "Episode is amazing game that makes me feel like i'm living such an adventurous and exciting life because I get to choose a bunch of stories that interest me and I can somehow..."
      JB
      Joan Banks
      Written on July 17, 2018
      "Episode is amazing game that makes me feel like i'm living such an adventurous and exciting life because I get to choose a bunch of stories that interest me and I can somehow twist the tale the way I would want it. I definitely love the Demi Lovato and Mean Girls episode. This game is super fun!!!"
      CV
      Christian Vargas
      Written on December 7, 2017
      "This is a nice little time waster when you need a distraction. There are many different branching story lines which make it feel like your choices carry a lot of weight. I had a great time playing this!"

    WHAT'S THE MEANING?

    A life simulation game is a type of game that places the player in a managerial role to control virtual lifeforms. In most cases, the goal of the life simulation game is for the player to survive and experience life as a human, animal, or depending on the type of creature being controlled. This type of game is also usually an endless game in which the possibility of winning is highly unlikely. The game gets to be played until the player dies in the game.

    DID YOU KNOW?

    One of the most successful and popular life simulation games is The Sims which was first released in 2000 by Will Wright. His first prototype of The Sims was made in 1993, and it only involved a single Sim living all by himself. Wright thought that the concept of having a player to interact with his Sims was impossible, but the help of programmer Jamie Doornbos proved that it was doable. 

    In 1996, Simlish or the fictional language of The Sims was developed. Wright teamed up with linguistic expert Marc Gimbel to develop a unique language, which resulted in a fractured Ukrainian, French, Latin, Finnish, English, Fijian, Cebuano, and Tagalog. While Simlish has a set vocabulary of familiar phrases, it cannot be considered as a true language since it has no grammar and syntax.

    1. 95
      Tiny Tower
      Tiny Tower is a game in which you have to manage the businesses and bitizens of your own city. Make money and attract bitizens to live and work inside your tower. Organize special events and attract VIP visitor to earn extra perks.
      Games

      iOS, Android

      Free - with in-app purchases

      SP
      Sergio Pineda
      Written on December 1, 2017
      "Tiny Tower is one of the many micro-simulation games currently available. You get to make your own buildings and people, and then pick most of the features you want you..."
      SP
      Sergio Pineda
      Written on December 1, 2017
      "Tiny Tower is one of the many micro-simulation games currently available. You get to make your own buildings and people, and then pick most of the features you want you building to have. It's a great way to kill some time, and does replayablity as you can change what your end goal is and how you get there."
    2. 85
      Family House

      Family House is a virtual family simulator with a lot of features. Build and design a home for your family, create and customize characters, nurture your garden and build fun activity rooms. Visit your neighbors to gain extra rewards and discover mysterious luxury features.

      Games

      Android, iOS

      Free - with in-app purchases

      MM
      Mary Morgan
      Written on July 17, 2018
      "I'm not a big fan of the game art bc it's so cutesy and cartoonish but it's like a Sims game for kids that's why I still enjoy playing Family House. Even my younger sister..."
      MM
      Mary Morgan
      Written on July 17, 2018
      "I'm not a big fan of the game art bc it's so cutesy and cartoonish but it's like a Sims game for kids that's why I still enjoy playing Family House. Even my younger sister loves this game, I think she's even more addicted than me lmao"
      ZW
      Zachary Wood
      Written on November 28, 2017
      "a good game for children and parents"
    3. 55
      Choices

      Choices: Stories You Play is a life simulation game where you get to choose between a wide variety of settings, from fantasy to university and everything in between. Create your character and start making choices! 

      Games

      Android, iOS

      Free - with in-app purchases

      JE
      Joseph Estrada
      Written on July 17, 2018
      "This game costs real money to progress but I'm really addicted to this life simulation game because the choices are way too fascinating to pass up. Just wish there was an..."
      JE
      Joseph Estrada
      Written on July 17, 2018
      "This game costs real money to progress but I'm really addicted to this life simulation game because the choices are way too fascinating to pass up. Just wish there was an easier way to earn MORE diamonds without fishing out actual cash."
      JH
      Julie Hill
      Written on January 26, 2018
      "With over 10 million installations, this is a super popular game app. Good words are everywhere. Highly recommend."
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      Paradise Island

      Paradise Island is a game in which you have to create and manage your own paradise. Build hotels, restaurants and discos, buy pieces of land and areas of sea to expand your property and set up your tourism business.

      Games

      Android, iOS

      Free - with in-app purchases

      HF
      Hao Feng
      Written on December 2, 2017
      "Paradise island is a great application that lets you manage your own little paradise. The wide range of things to do is fantastically fun for all ages. However the pay to win..."
      HF
      Hao Feng
      Written on December 2, 2017
      "Paradise island is a great application that lets you manage your own little paradise. The wide range of things to do is fantastically fun for all ages. However the pay to win aspect and horrible UI is something to be considered."
    5. 27
      SimCity
      SimCity is a city building and simulation game where you can create and customize the city of your dreams. The game is available for Windows and Mac, plus the BuildIt version for mobile devices.
      Games

      Android, iOS, Windows, Mac

      Free - with in-app purchases

      DC
      Devansh Chauhan
      Written on November 28, 2017
      "Although The Sims would probably qualify for the best life simulation game for iPhone - SimCity is pretty high on the list too. It has an acceptable amount of depth game play..."
      DC
      Devansh Chauhan
      Written on November 28, 2017
      "Although The Sims would probably qualify for the best life simulation game for iPhone - SimCity is pretty high on the list too. It has an acceptable amount of depth game play wise, and enough randomization and customization options to keep me entertained for a while."
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      Virtual Families 2

      Virtual Families 2 is the sequel of the popular mobile game Virtual Families. Design the house of your dreams, adopt a family and take care of them. This app features an unpredictable gameplay with different stories and unexpected elements.


      Games

      iOS, Android

      Free - with in-app purchases

      RS
      Rakesh Singh
      Written on December 6, 2017
      "I was hopeful when I downloaded Virtual Families 2, that this would be a great life simulation game for my iPhone. However, I was disappointed by the gameplay and found it to..."
      RS
      Rakesh Singh
      Written on December 6, 2017
      "I was hopeful when I downloaded Virtual Families 2, that this would be a great life simulation game for my iPhone. However, I was disappointed by the gameplay and found it to be very boring. I was also disappointed that the only race that was available to be played in the game was a white family which made me feel somewhat left out as more races weren't included in the game."

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    Summary

    Best life simulation games for iPhone
    Rank Solutions Type Votes Price
    1 Fallout Shelter Games 179 Free
    2 The Sims™ FreePlay Games 135 Free
    3 Episode Games 116 Free
    4 Tiny Tower Games 95 Free
    5 Family House Games 85 Free
    6 Choices Games 55 Free
    7 Paradise Island Games 53 Free
    8 SimCity Games 27 Free
    9 Virtual Families 2 Games 7 Free
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