• Life simulation games offer players the opportunity to experience the joys of managing their own farm or living off the land in a peaceful and immersive virtual world.
  • Farming games like The Sims, Animal Crossing, and Stardew Valley are among the most popular titles in the life simulation genre, capturing the hearts of casual and hardcore gamers alike.
  • From charming and cute games like Ooblets and Staxel to spooky and adventurous titles like Graveyard Keeper and Pumpkin Panic, there are a variety of farming sim games available to suit different player preferences.

Considering the endless amount of historical adventures, sci-fi explorations, and fantasy journeys that the gaming industry offers, it may come as a surprise that many gamers would rather spend their free time playing a video game version of the real world. Although it may seem strange at first, it’s hard to deny that the life simulation genre has encapsulated many players. Life simulation games hold some of the most well-known titles in gaming, including The Sims, Animal Crossing, Stardew Valley, and many more.


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Farming sims are becoming a huge genre in the cozy game community, but what makes them so popular and how do they work so well?

One of the most beloved subgenres of life simulators is farming games. Farming video games allow players to experience the joys of turning a stretch of untouched land into a thriving, profitable farm without having to break a sweat. For those looking to get into this genre, here are some of the best farming games available.

Updated January 23rd, 2024 by Mara Cowley: With the cold months stretching on, staying in and playing cosy games seems like a more attractive option, and farming games are the most relaxing genre perfect for getting comfortable with blankets and hot cocoa, popular among casual and hardcore gamers alike. They allow players to figuratively unplug from the chaotic bustling of modern-day lives to immerse themselves in the peaceful dream life of moving away to a remote farm and living off the land. Games like Stardew Valley or Harvest Moon often come to mind when considering the best farming games, but there are many more games of this genre on the market just as deserving of fans’ attention. As such, this list has been expanded to add additional entries for player’s consideration.

24 Ooblets

Charming and Cutesy


September 1, 2022



Full of charm, cuteness, and fun, Ooblets will immediately capture the hearts of any who play it. As one might expect, players are tasked with managing their very own farm, but what sets this game apart from the rest is the inclusion of the titular Ooblets, creatures that players can own and train like Pokemon.

As such, players will never run out of things to do in this loveable game, and the developers are promising more content to come. Now is the perfect time to jump in and experience the game that is a strange but enjoyable mixture between Stardew Valley and Slime Rancher. As it doesn’t take itself seriously at all, plenty of laughs are in store.

23 Graveyard Keeper

For the Wednesday’s of the Farming Sim Players

A player digging in a cemetery in Graveyard Keeper

This spooky sim game strikes the perfect balance between gloomy and gothic graphics while maintaining the fun and relaxing gameplay players have come to expect while playing farming games. The agriculture players will care for is a little different from what they might be used to, as they will be maintaining cemeteries and graves.


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There are also ethical dilemmas to consider, romance, and striving to be successful under the thumb of capitalism. So, alongside gathering resources and managing their land, players will also speak with townsfolk, solve their problems, and even delve into a dungeon in hopes of finding rare resources and valuables to sell.

22 Staxel

Has All the Classic Gameplay Fans of the Genre Expect

Chickens in pen

September 23, 2021


Sandbox , Simulation

Staxel feels very much like the lovechild of Minecraft and Stardew Valley. The game is another on this list that gives players a rundown farm and tasks them with making it thrive by restoring it in any way that they choose.

The game doesn’t reach the sky-high quality of the two games that it’s trying to replicate, though it’s still a solid farming sim that is worth it for fans of the genre. It features all the classic farming game activities such as tending crops, caring for animals, and experiencing the joys of rustic village life.

21 Pumpkin Panic

A Free-to-Play Horror Farming Game

Pumpkin Panic gameplay screenshot

Another spooky farming simulator, Pumpkin Panic unabashedly wanders further into the realm of horror, terrifying players with its countless monsters, that, along with managing their farm, players will need to avoid if they hope to survive.

Players can farm, fish, and scream in terror in this free-to-play indie title that is available on Itch.io. With a playtime totaling around an hour, it is short-lived compared to other farming titles, but that doesn’t make the game any less fun to play.

20 Fae Farm

Combines Farm Simulation with RPG Elements

Fae Farm crop beds and sapling

Fae Farm
September 8, 2023

Phoenix Labs
Farming , Simulation , RPG

This enchantingly-named farm simulation game joins the legions of many in the genre with a cutesy, charming art style, and many features that make it worth checking out for fans of similar titles. Fae Farm seamlessly combines farm sim gameplay with elements of RPGs, creating a truly immersive experience where players can lose themselves.

The game opens with the player character shipwrecked on an island, where they are taken in by the friendly mayor and given an unused farm to cultivate. Along with growing crops, players can also fish, explore the island, engage in combat in the dungeons, craft items, and romance other villagers. With so much fun content, Fae Farm is the game for farming sim fans.

19 Story Of Seasons: A Wonderful Life

This Remake Breathes New Life into a Classic Title

Story of seasons a wonderful life matthew heart event

Story of Seasons: A Wonderful Life
June 27, 2023


Life Simulation

A remake of the classic Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life, Story of Seasons revived this title for a modern-day audience with some new bells and whistles to make it appealing to first-time players and fans of the original.

Like many other games in this genre, players can split their time between rearing plants and cattle, befriending or romancing other villagers, crafting items and consumables, and even building facilities in the valley to chart forward a new way of life. There is much to enjoy in A Wonderful Life, making it a worthwhile remake to revisit or try for the first time.

18 The Stillness Of The Wind

Gameplay Reflects Physical Capabilities of Player Character

The Stillness Of The Wind gameplay

This is one game that may have flown under the radar of many gamers, despite its Harvest Moon-like gameplay and the serenity it bestows. Players control a pre-existing character named Talma, who has entered their twilight years, yet is still determined to take care of their farm. As such, her movements are a little slower than what players may be used to, without it being too much of an annoyance.


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Though this is a farming simulator at heart, there is a touching story woven in where players learn a little about Talma through her interactions with the farm and some hallucinations that visit her as the seasons wear on. For players who want a strong story to go with their farming gameplay, The Stillness of the Wind is the perfect pick for them.

17 Coral Island

Players Can Experience the Dream of Life on a Lush Tropical Island

A player stands in the middle of their farm in Coral Island

Coral Island
November 14, 2023

Stairway Games

Farming , Simulation

Set in an idyllic island environment, Coral Island encourages players to transform and protect the natural wonders around them.

In Coral Island, players can fill their days by tending to their crops, exploring caves, restoring coral reefs, and even romancing the local townsfolk. The game is inspired by Southeast Asian environments and cultures and allows players to experience life on a lush tropical island.

16 Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Players Can Visit Each Other’s Islands to Show off their Farms

A player runs through their farm area in Animal Crossing New Horizons

Animal Crossing: New Horizons
March 20, 2020

Nintendo EPD


Released for the Nintendo Switch in 2020, Animal Crossing: New Horizons was the go-to form of life sim escapism for many during the pandemic. But after its expansive 2.0 update at the end of 2021, the game officially dips its toe into the waters of farming simulator games too.

Players can grow a variety of crops in the game including pumpkins, wheat, potatoes, and carrots. To ensure maximum output, these crops must be carefully tended during their growth cycles. Players can also cook sweet and savory dishes with their produce, which they can then eat or gift to their villagers. What’s more, the multiplayer elements allows friends to visit each others islands to see how they have been cultivating it, and get some inspiration on how to develop their own.

15 Dinkum

This Farming Game Challenges Players to Defend their Land

A character interacting with chickens on their farm in Dinkum

July 14, 2022

James Bendon

Life Simulation

Self-published by one-man developer James Bendon, Dinkum is an interesting mix of Animal Crossing and old farming game classics like Harvest Moon – except, Dinkum drops its players on an island inspired by outback Australia.

In addition to classic farming sim features such as tending crops, caring for animals, and attracting new townsfolk to their village, players will need to defend themselves from deadly predators and hunt animals to survive. Dinkum promises a bonza farming experience as well as the chance to befriend giant wombats.

14 Kynseed

Kynseed Brings Magical Elements to Farming Gameplay

Two characters get married in front of priest and townsfolk in Kynseed

November 8, 2018

PixelCount Studios
Life Simulation , RPG

Seeing its full release at the end of 2022, Kynseed is a sandbox-style game. Inspired by games such as Fable and Stardew Valley, the game combines the farming genre with more magical elements from fantasy RPGs.

Kynseed doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel, offering many quintessential features from the life simulator side of the farming genre, such as letting players run their own business, building rapport and relationships with locals, and, of course, having the freedom to farm on a blank canvas of land.

13 Littlewood

Set in the Aftermath of a Great Battle

pixel art village

June 17, 2019

Sean Young
RPG , Adventure , Life Simulation

Littlewood stands out with its fantastic art design, which has a burst of colors that make the game look delightfully welcoming. Unlike most games that see the player embarking on an adventure, Littlewood is set after the protagonist has already defeated the villain. However, the protagonist has no recollection of what happened, and their local town is in dire need of rebuilding.

Littlewood lets players learn new hobbies, harvest materials, and complete tasks for the townsfolk in the hope of learning about their past.

12 Story Of Seasons: Pioneers Of Olive Town

Has an Impressive Amount of Unique Events to Keep Game Fresh

Story of Seasons Pioneers of Olive Town Beginner Mistakes Wildflowers

Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town is part of the wider rebranding of the original Harvest Moon franchise. Like 90% of farming simulators, the game kicks off with the player inheriting a farm from their grandfather.

Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town hones in on the core features of the farming genre, with rebuilding a farm from scratch being at the heart of the story. The game still offers plenty of life simulation, however, and even boasts an impressive range of over 200 unique events centered around interacting with the townsfolk.

11 Slime Rancher

Players Will Manage a Unique Farm Consisting of Slimes Instead of Crops

Slime Rancher plot with Pink Slimes

Slime Rancher
August 1, 2017

Monomi Park

Adventure , Simulation

Slime Rancher is an open-world life simulator from Monomi Park. The game puts players in the shoes of Beatrix LeBeau, who has left Earth for a place known as the Far Far Range to pursue a life of, as the title suggests, slime ranching.


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Slime ranching consists of searching the land for alien creatures known as Slimes and then breeding and feeding them so that they’ll produce “plorts” which can be sold for currency used to buy new buildings for the ranch. The game was well-received by critics, scoring a solid 81 on Metacritic.

10 Garden Paws

Consists of Cutesy Animal Characters

Two animals facing each other over a table

Garden Paws
October 20, 2018

Bitten Toast Games
RPG , Life Simulation

Garden Paws is another game on this list that begins with the player inheriting a plot of land from their grandparents. However, unlike many other games in the farming genre, all the characters are non-human animals.

Garden Paws stands out with its solid multiplayer integration, customizability of characters, and unique selection of dungeons to clear. More standard farming activities are available too, with harvesting crops, fishing, and embarking on villagers’ quests all playing key roles.

9 Farmer’s Dynasty

Side view of tractor driving

Farmer’s Dynasty starts with, believe it or not, the player inheriting a farm from their grandfather. The game then opens up to offer players a well-designed open world where they are free to work as they wish.

As the implementation of an open world suggests, farming isn’t the only thing players will be doing in the game. Farmer’s Dynasty has an emphasis on community, as players can interact with their fellow farmers to build rapport, earn social points, and grow relationships.

8 Pure Farming 2018

Offers a More Authentic Farming Experience

Side view of tractor driving under banners on field

Pure Farming 2018 is a little different from other entries in this list. It sets itself apart with its attempt to offer an authentic farming experience, particularly with its impressive range of licensed vehicles, offering three different game modes to fit the player’s needs.

Free Farming does what it says on the tin, giving players the ability to set their own parameters and play how they want. My First Farm offers an extended, in-depth tutorial that is ideal for new players, and Farming Challenges puts the player’s skills to the test by throwing them into tough scenarios.

7 Farm Together

Friends and Strangers Can Band Together to Improve Farms

farmland with a rainbow in the background and characters high fiving

Farm Together
February 22, 2018

Milkstone Studios


Farm Together begins like most farming games by giving players a plot of land that they are free to cultivate in any way that they like, and spend their time in-game how they please.

As the name suggests, Farm Together doesn’t leave players alone in their farming ventures, as friends or even strangers can be invited to the player’s farm to help with improvements or just look around and relax. As well as improving their farm, players can indulge in other activities such as working on their house, painting, and cooking meals.

6 Story Of Seasons: Friends Of Mineral Town

A Relaxing Gaming Experience Perfect for Winding Down

friends of mineral town fishing rod

Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town
July 14, 2020

RPG , Life Simulation

Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town is a 3D remake of Harvest Moon: Friends of Mineral Town which was originally released on the GameBoy in 2003, breathing a fresh new lease of life on a classic title.


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Much like Farm Together, the game offers a relaxing, meditative approach to farming, with wholesome visuals that make Friends of Mineral Town the perfect place to wind down after a long day. The game was warmly received by critics and scored a respectable 77 on Metacritic.

5 Autonauts

Its Sci-Fi Setting Sees Players Traveling to New Worlds to Colonize Them

Autonauts - extended view of farm

Nintendo Switch , PlayStation 5 , PlayStation 4 , Xbox One , Microsoft Windows , Xbox Series X/S

October 17, 2019


Autonauts differentiates itself from the other games on this list with its sci-fi setting. Players will travel to uninhabited planets, where they are tasked with colonizing them and ensuring their long-term growth through automation.

This ability to implement automation is what makes Autonauts interesting. Through simple programming, players can create an army of robots who will aid them in creating and maintaining a thriving colony.


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