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16 NEW Simulation Games 2019 ? Build Management Games UPD

The Epic Games Store continues to give away free games each week, more than three years after the digital storefront launched its awesome weekly freebies program. Every Thursday at the same time 8 AM PT / 11 AM ET--Epic gives up between one and three free games. You merely need to create a free Epic account and enable two-factor authentication to start snagging freebies. At this point, Epic has given away well over 100 free games, and there's no sign that the program will stop any time soon. We keep this article up to date weekly to highlight both the current free games and next week's offerings.

16 NEW Simulation Games 2019 – Build Management Games


Starting February 9, you can claim Recipe for Disaster, a restaurant-management simulation game that released last year. You build your ideal restaurant from the ground up, literally creating the building and layout, hiring staff, and making your own recipes and menus. Though it may sound like a rigorous sim based on its features, as the title suggests, it leans more into the zany side--particularly when it comes to the day-to-day task of catering to your customers.

We're keeping a running list of every free game that Epic users have been able to claim in the past. From AAA hits to indie darlings, Epic has really made its mark with free games. You can even snag these games if you don't have a powerful PC so you can play them if you ever get one. Look at the list below to see the frankly ridiculous list of free games that have been available.

Some business simulation games can help you develop hard skills specific to your industry, as well as many other in-demand skills. In fact, many of the examples on our list of excellent business simulation games are highly industry-specific.

Used for entertainment, training and leadership development purposes, Virtonomics is a series of multiplayer business simulation games that includes Virtonomics Entrepreneur, Virtonomics Mafia Manager and Virtonomics Tycoon.

Tropico 4 is one of the most highly reviewed simulation games in the eight-part Tropico series. In a game that combines city management and political manipulation, you are tasked with building an ideal nation across several islands.

As part of an amusement park simulation series, RollerCoaster Tycoon takes you through the adventures of building and managing a theme park. As a member of management, you are tasked with constructing and customizing roller coasters and thrill rides. You can build the ultimate theme park with various coaster types and in-park attractions.

Despite the simple 16-bit graphics, the game is remarkably deep; players are responsible for every aspect of the business beyond creating games, including advertising, conventions, licensing, office space, and hiring and training employees.

Most games hang their hats on their stories or feats of button-dancing reflexes, but the humble simulation will always have a place at the table. Sure, you can enjoy the most realistic flight simulator ever created, or you can relax and (perhaps) enjoy some far more unusual offerings.

Even when created to critique or raise awareness, entertainment is escapism that lets us explore new worlds and experiences. In video games, we can explore the roles of soldiers, fantasy warriors, and goats.

There's also a lot to be said about the flow of simulator games. When playing Stardew Valley, for example, it's easy to fall into a soothing rhythm of caring for your crops: harvest, sleep, repeat. Far from being boring, this kind of repetition creates opportunities to think creatively about efficiency and strategy. The same kind of obsessiveness that drives a person to, say, complete a challenging platformer can easily be turned to managing a soccer team through the financial and social uncertainties of Brexit.

With that in mind, we present a (far from complete) list of our favorite extremely niche simulator games. Some we've played, most we just marvel at from afar. All of them are weird and beautiful in their own way.

The name says it all. In The Bus, you take to the streets of Berlin aboard a hulking omnibus, retrieving and depositing passengers around the city. In addition to driving, you also manage routes and timetables for a bit of a Football Manager vibe. Except instead of soccer games, you're driving a bus through AI-traffic amidst changing weather and seasons.

All of these factors combine to build emergent narratives that vary wildly from file to file, giving you limitless ways to experience the world's most popular sport. There's an almost overwhelming amount of information and data available to you, so it can be intimidating for new players, but the long-term payoff is satisfying. Calling it niche may technically be a stretch as it consistently ranks among the most played games on Steam, but the barrier for entry (an interest in the sport, the learning curve, and the lack of action-based gameplay for a sports game) means Football Manager is certainly not for everyone.

What we find so intriguing about this particular title is its bewildering reflection-of-a-reflection-of-a-reflection sensibility. The idea of using a gaming PC to build another gaming PC and then boot up that gaming PC to use a simulation of an operating system approaches Philip K. Dick-level absurdity.

The forthcoming Pizza Simulator (available soon on Steam) starts with a pretty simple and familiar formula: you're running a virtual restaurant, fulfilling orders for your virtual customers. We all remember how this works from the numerous restaurant games that graced the early days of mobile gaming. Pizza Simulator, to its credit, plans to go beyond the standard one-dollar cheese slice, however.

If other city-planning games feel too samey and dull, spice things up by nationalizing all private industries. Workers and Resources is a Steam Early Access title that lets you take control of a planned economy. Sure, you can construct buildings and roads and all the standard city sim stuff, but in Workers and Resources the developers say you can manage everything from agriculture to wiring to traffic. You want Brutalist architecture? Buddy, we got Brutalist architecture.

If you're looking for a change of pace and some welcome distraction from your everyday life, few mediums offer such engrossing, ongoing escapism as video games. Even the best books have an ending, but some games can go on almost indefinitely and come to form a calming part of our daily routines.

Whether you've always dreamed of moving to the countryside, retiring to a deserted island, or simply heading to the watering hole for a spot of fishing, the games below will set you up with a new (digital) life and keep you busy with pleasant little tasks to melt away the stress of real life... or at least replace it with the low-stakes stress of sowing turnips, tending to animals and managing your crops. Just remember when you're stressing about squeezing these digital lives into your packed schedule, it's all for fun!

I have been thinking of getting Doraemon a while now. I think i'll give it a go. Sounds fun, also i never played any of rune factory games. It gets good reviews everywhere but part 5 is coming out soon so i'm thinking of maybe holding out for that.

Farming simulator i think is often the Marmite option. It's one of those games two thirds of people would drop never to pick up again, and the rest delve hours and hours into it trying to get the logistics right

I'm surprised to see Plantera mentioned at all, never mind on a "best of" list. Not to say I didn't enjoy it, but it is one of those games where you quickly run out of things to do besides grind for diminishing returns. I'd like Stardew Valley a lot more if it didn't force you to stop what you're doing every few minutes, though that probably goes for half this list. Moonlighter and of course Animal Crossing are awesome, though.

Sakuna is my perfect farm sim game because as much as I love sim games I wanna save the world/punch something in the face. I was hoping harvestella would have come in second but for my personal taste Sakunahime is truly a goddess.

Animal Crossing and Stardew are unequivocally wonderful games. This list makes me want to revisit Sakuna and Spiritfarer too which I never finished. Kitaria Fables is on my wishlist but I haven't had time for it yet.

Not typically my genre of games, but Moonlighter is an absolute gem of a game. I no longer collect games as I used to, and barely ever get a physical release after I got a digital one for super cheap already, but Moonlighter was an exception. Recently bought a used copy, quite cheap, knowing it has all the inner-boxart and even a manual, the stuff that makes physical games nice to have. Got Blue Fire, Death's Door, and Darq as well then, all decently priced, and all with those "extra's" (small colour booklets inside the box), I guess they are extra's now. Those are the games I still enjoy simply "having", in some way. I guess "the collector inside me" didn't ever really die, I just got him under control.

Nowadays, digital tools such as smartphones and tablets have become almost ubiquitous. They are frequently used to obtain information and for entertainment, often through videogames. Video games are one of the main entertainment options for children, young people, and adults, and have become a cultural mechanism of great social importance. According to data from the Spanish Association of Video Games [3], in 2017, more than 16 million people in Spain could be considered gamers (regular consumers of video games). The same report indicated that the video game industry reported record figures with growth of 16% in the previous year, generating 1359-million-euro profit, more than music and movies put together.

Serious games (SGs) are a category of video games that are used for educational purposes in different environments [4,5]. Though SGs share most of their technology with traditional video games, their aims and uses are outcome-driven in comparison. It is fundamental in this sense to define the objectives, content, skills, and behaviors to develop while not forgetting aesthetic, narrative, and technical resources to encourage engagement and playability, which are essential elements in a video game [6]. Authors such as Starks support the pedagogical use of video games, pointing out that they allow the introduction of evaluative and educational objectives without sacrificing entertainment, using a motivating and meaningful methodology. It is the instructional design which distinguishes a commercial videogame from a videogame with an educational focus or a pedagogical tool (a serious game). Though they share technology, they have completely different objectives and uses. In serious games, the objectives, content, assessment procedure, skills and competences to develop are well defined without forgetting the aesthetic, narrative and technical resources of videogames that encourage engagement and playability [7].


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