Best Life Sim Games on Steam

Steam currently has 2,131 Life Sim games available to download and play. Explore our list of the best picks ranked by Player Score. Our Player Score rankings are calculated directly from reviews left on the Steam store and will be updated in real-time as more players leave their feedback. Life Sim game rankings were last updated on 5/26/2024.

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1. Stardew Valley

You've inherited your grandfather's old farm plot in Stardew Valley. Armed with hand-me-down tools and a few coins, you set out to begin your new life. Can you learn to live off the land and turn these overgrown fields into a thriving home?

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Stardew Valley holds the #1 spot for "best Life Sim game on Steam" with a Player Score of 97. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 709,860 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 697,622 positive reviews and 12,238 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $14.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $14.99
Release Date 2/26/2016
Developer ConcernedApe
Publisher ConcernedApe
Steam App Id 413150

2. VPet-Simulator

Feeling like the computer desktop is too dull? Need something cute to heal oneself? Come and try this new completely free and open source V-Pet simulator. A cute and adorable pet that supports various feeding interactions to accompany you in game learning is definitely your best choice!

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VPet-Simulator has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #2 spot for the best Life Sim games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 39,167 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 38,522 positive reviews and 645 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is completely free to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is not possible to play or run VPet-Simulator on the Steam Deck.

Release Date 8/14/2023
Developer LB Game
Publisher LB Game
Steam App Id 1920960

3. Volcano Princess

Prepare the next monarch by finding her hobbies, training her for battle, and befriending the citizens she'll one day protect. Dive into an all-new parenting-simulator-RPG adventure, where every decision you make will not only affect the future of your daughter but that of an entire empire!

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Volcano Princess has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #3 spot for the best Life Sim games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 32,597 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 31,886 positive reviews and 711 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $10.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Volcano Princess on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $10.99
Release Date 4/20/2023
Franchise Gamera Games
Developers
Publisher Gamera Games
Steam App Id 1669980

4. VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action

VA-11 HALL-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action is a booze em' up about waifus, technology, and post-dystopia life.

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VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #4 spot for the best Life Sim games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 34,004 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 33,156 positive reviews and 848 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $14.99 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play VA-11 Hall-A: Cyberpunk Bartender Action on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $14.99
Release Date 6/21/2016
Franchise Ysbryd Games
Developer Sukeban Games
Publishers
Steam App Id 447530

5. Placid Plastic Duck Simulator

The ultimate high-tech rubber duck simulation, Placid Plastic Duck brings you dangerous levels of relaxation. With chill music, dreamy 3D graphics, and many different happy ducks, your only priority is to float around. Zero Ducks given.

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Placid Plastic Duck Simulator has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #5 spot for the best Life Sim games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 14,002 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 13,739 positive reviews and 263 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $1.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Placid Plastic Duck Simulator on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $1.99
Release Date 7/6/2022
Developer turbolento games
Publisher turbolento games
Steam App Id 1999360

6. Wobbledogs

A 3D pet simulation where you raise your own personal hive of mutating dogs, physically simulated all the way down to their guts! Wobbledogs is a casual and chill sandbox for players of all ages who want to care for their very own virtual pets in a surprising, unique, and stress-free environment.

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Wobbledogs has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #6 spot for the best Life Sim games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 9,661 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 9,493 positive reviews and 168 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $19.99 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Mac systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Wobbledogs on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $19.99
Release Date 3/15/2022
Franchise Secret Mode
Developer Animal Uprising
Publisher Secret Mode
Steam App Id 1424330

7. A Date with Death

Fight against & romance the one hunting for your soul in A Date with Death, a romance chat simulator where you date(?) the Grim Reaper himself. Create your own character, decorate your apartment, and chat away with the charming yet dangerous Grim Reaper through text and video calls.

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A Date with Death has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #7 spot for the best Life Sim games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 5,607 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 5,523 positive reviews and 84 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is completely free to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play A Date with Death on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Release Date 12/7/2023
Franchise Two and a Half Studios
Developer Two and a Half Studios
Publisher Two and a Half Studios
Steam App Id 2415010

8. Virtual Cottage

Virtual Cottage gives you a comfy place to rest and be productive without any distractions. Open the game, set yourself a goal and enjoy the atmosphere.

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Virtual Cottage has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #8 spot for the best Life Sim games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 9,246 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 9,043 positive reviews and 203 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is completely free to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Virtual Cottage on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Release Date 10/7/2020
Franchise DU&I
Developer DU&I
Publisher DU&I
Steam App Id 1369320

9. Mon Bazou

Build your crappy vehicle into a race car, install the parts yourself. Make money by cutting wood, racing at night or delivering pizza. Maybe you want to manage a sugar shack or build yourself a big garage?

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Mon Bazou has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #9 spot for the best Life Sim games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 12,077 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 11,767 positive reviews and 310 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $15.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $15.99
Release Date 12/16/2021
Developer Santa Goat
Publisher Santa Goat
Steam App Id 1520370

10. SuchArt: Creative Space

Paint on any surfaces with numerous tools in Creative Space — a free sandbox version of SuchArt: Genius Artist Simulator. Create masterpieces, complete commissions, and decorate your studio in the most advanced artist sim!

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SuchArt: Creative Space has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #10 spot for the best Life Sim games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 6,715 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 6,580 positive reviews and 135 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is completely free to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is possible to play SuchArt: Creative Space on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Release Date 1/21/2021
Developer Goose Minded
Publisher HypeTrain Digital
Steam App Id 1469280

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141
3/15/2022
95
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12/7/2023
95
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10/7/2020
95
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313
12/16/2021
95
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1/21/2021
95
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93
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4/8/2024
93
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Steambase has best-in-class data powered directly by Steam, our data partners, and in-house experts. Reviews and rankings are enriched, analyzed, and updated in real-time to ensure we surface the most up-to-date insights. Learn more about the Steambase approach to data collection and our review methodology.

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  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 25). A Date with Death on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 26). Virtual Cottage on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 22). Mon Bazou on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 20). SuchArt: Creative Space on Steam. Steam Store.

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