• 10 Best Simulator Games UK 2022 Guide | Top Picks Include: Surviving Mars, Football Manager and More 1
  • 10 Best Simulator Games UK 2022 Guide | Top Picks Include: Surviving Mars, Football Manager and More 2
  • 10 Best Simulator Games UK 2022 Guide | Top Picks Include: Surviving Mars, Football Manager and More 3
  • 10 Best Simulator Games UK 2022 Guide | Top Picks Include: Surviving Mars, Football Manager and More 4
  • 10 Best Simulator Games UK 2022 Guide | Top Picks Include: Surviving Mars, Football Manager and More 5

10 Best Simulator Games UK 2022 Guide | Top Picks Include: Surviving Mars, Football Manager and More

Simulator games have had a popularity boom in recent years with everything from realistic lifestyle simulators to absurd and adventurous space age fantasies. This boom in the market is great for gamers who want to consume as much simulator content as possible, but it does mean you have to sift through masses of poor quality games in order to find a gem. But we're about to solve that problem for you!


In this article, we have compiled a list of the top 10 simulator games currently available in the UK. We have curated some helpful information about average playtime, age ratings and buying options. Plus, we have included games on Xbox, PlayStation, PC, SteamOS, and Mac, so no matter how you choose to play, you'll be sure to find a game to suit you.

This Article's Contributors

mybest Editing Team
  • Last updated: 15-03-2022
Table of Contents

Compare the Best Simulator Games

For those after a quick look, here is our Top 5:

  1. EA - The Sims 4 for £28.91
  2. Sickhead Games - Stardew Valley for £11.99
  3. Paradox Interactive - Surviving Mars for £15.88
  4. Sega - Football Manager 2022 for £34.95
  5. Microsoft - Flight Simulator for £34.99

For a more in-depth look at the comprehensive top 10 selection, make sure to read on to learn more about the different types of simulator games available and understand how our ranking was determined.


This article's chosen EC site price listings are reflective of its publishing date.

Image
1
EA The Sims 4 1

EA

2
Sickhead Games Stardew Valley  1

Sickhead Games

3
Paradox Interactive Surviving Mars  1

Paradox Interactive

4
Sega Football Manager 2022 1

Sega

5
Microsoft Flight Simulator 1

Microsoft

6
GIANTS Software Farming Simulator 22  1

GIANTS Software

7
Sega Two Point Hospital 1

Sega

8
PlayWay and Red Dot Games Car Mechanic Simulator 1

PlayWay and Red Dot Games

9
 Kalypso Media Railway Empire - Complete Collection 1

Kalypso Media

10
 Frontier Developments plc Planet Coaster 1

Frontier Developments plc

Name

The Sims 4

Stardew Valley

Surviving Mars

Football Manager 2022

Flight Simulator

Farming Simulator 22

Two Point Hospital

Car Mechanic Simulator

Railway Empire - Complete Collection

Planet Coaster

Features

An Iconic Lifestyle Simulator With Plenty of Downloadable Content

Live Off the Land in This Homely Farmtown With Retro 8-Bit Art Style

Try Your Hand at Adventure With a Simulator That's Out of This World

Lead Your Favourite Club to the Top of the Tables and Bring Your Own Unique Tactics to the Beautiful Game

Jet off Across the World From the Comfort of Your Own Home

Enjoy the Total Freedom of Farm Life With This Extensive Bestseller

Make Use of Those Healing Hands With This Hospital Building Simulator

Unlock Your Inner Motorhead and Stay Entertained With an Infinate Number of Missions

Travel in Style With the Classic Steam Locomotives of the Industrial Revolution

Bring Your Theme Park Dreams to Life With This Creative Game That’s Perfect for Thrill-Seekers

Price£28.91£11.99£15.88£34.95£34.99£29.95£21.24£17.99£19.99£16.95
Available OnPC, Mac, Xbox One, PlayStation 4/5PC, Mac, Xbox One, PlayStation 4/5PC, Mac, Xbox One, PlayStation 4/5PC, MacXbox Series X, PCPC, Mac, Xbox, PlayStation 4/5PC, Mac, Xbox, PlayStation 4/5, Nintendo SwitchPC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4/5PC, Xbox One, PS4, SteamOSPC, Mac, Xbox Series X, PlayStation 4/5
Age RatingTeen773333333
Playtime18 - 105 hours52.5 - 149 hours20 - 47 hours230 - 380 hours25.5 - 132 hours140 - 240 hours45 - 145 hours30 - 115 hours20 - 160 hours25 to 80 hours
Purchase Options Physical, onlinePhysical, onlinePhysical, onlinePhysical, onlinePhysical, onlinePhysical, onlinePhysical, onlinePhysical, onlinePhysical, onlinePhysical, online
Link

How to Choose Simulator Games in the UK

Key Points to Consider

  1. Check the Game is Available on Your Console
  2. Ensure the Age Rating is Appropriate
  3. Consider Average Playtime and Additional Downloadable Content
  4. Check the Buying Format for Your Chosen Game 

1. Ensure Your Chosen Game is Available on Your Preferred Console

1. Ensure Your Chosen Game is Available on Your Preferred Console

The most important thing to remember when shopping for video games is that not all game developers make their games available on every platform. The most common gaming platforms at the moment are Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo and PC. Most simulator games have wide releases, which means they are quickly made available on all major platforms on or soon after their initial release. 


Not all games benefit from a wide release, though, so it’s important to check your chosen game is available on your chosen platform before making any purchases. This is easy enough if you are shopping for yourself, but is especially important to keep in mind if you’re buying a game as a gift

2. If You Are Planning on Playing With Children, Check the Age Rating to Ensure the Game’s Content is Appropriate

2. If You Are Planning on Playing With Children, Check the Age Rating to Ensure the Game’s Content is Appropriate

Simulator games don’t tend to contain any graphic or explicit content. In fact, most of the games in this ranking are suitable for children as young as 3! However, age ratings are still important to ensure younger players will be able to understand and participate in the game. 


More complicated games won’t be enjoyable for young children, but in this genre, they are unlikely to be inappropriate for younger children to watch while older kids play. The age rating is a minimum recommended player age, but that’s not to say you can’t still enjoy these games when you’re older. Simulation games can be engaging and relaxing, so many of the games labelled 3 and above are enjoyed by adults too

Let the little ones play along with our Best PC Games for Kids

3. Check the Average Playtime of the Games on the Market and Choose One to Suit Your Playing Frequency

3. Check the Average Playtime of the Games on the Market and Choose One to Suit Your Playing Frequency

There's nothing worse than getting into a game and then all of a sudden the content runs dry! With simulator games, luckily there are always more things you can do, but there are still main storylines and side quests that keep the gameplay interesting. If you're the type of gamer who needs this to stay engaged, check the average playtime to make sure it has enough content to keep you entertained. 


The averages in our buying guide are taken from polls in the gaming community from people who have already completed the game. This will give you a rough idea of how long the story and side quests will last. If you're an intensive gamer who's used to extra-long sessions, you might want to opt for a longer game, but if you're just planning on playing casually here and there, the playtime might not be as significant. 


There are also extensions and downloadable content (DLC) for many simulator games, meaning once you've completed the main story, you can download extra features to keep things interesting while you play. This is why the average playtimes in our ranking vary so much. The hours quoted are time spent playing the main story as well as any side quests and DLCs. 

Try something a little more daring with our Best Horror Games for PS4!

4. Go for Physical Copies to Keep Long Term, or Purchase Online When Space is Tight

4. Go for Physical Copies to Keep Long Term, or Purchase Online When Space is Tight

Whether you want to purchase your simulator game via online means or as a physical copy, both options have their pros and cons. 


  • Physical: Own a hardcopy that will last longer than online serves potentially, great for additional content included such as maps, guides, and collector's items.

  • Download: Easy installation and uninstallation, everything is saved online meaning you can play anywhere (depending on your console/PC choice), and perfect for saving space in your home. 

Grab the latest masterpiece with a female protagonist!

10 Best Simulator Games in the UK

This ranking has been compiled by the writing team at mybest UK via careful evaluation of the points made in the buying guide and thorough research of each product and comparing multiple verified customer reviews across the EC sites used.

1
Available OnPC, Mac, Xbox One, PlayStation 4/5
Age RatingTeen
Playtime18 - 105 hours
Purchase Options Physical, online
2
Available OnPC, Mac, Xbox One, PlayStation 4/5
Age Rating7
Playtime52.5 - 149 hours
Purchase Options Physical, online
3

Paradox InteractiveSurviving Mars

£15.88

Available OnPC, Mac, Xbox One, PlayStation 4/5
Age Rating7
Playtime20 - 47 hours
Purchase Options Physical, online
4

SegaFootball Manager 2022

£34.95

Available OnPC, Mac
Age Rating3
Playtime230 - 380 hours
Purchase Options Physical, online
5

MicrosoftFlight Simulator

£34.99

Available OnXbox Series X, PC
Age Rating3
Playtime25.5 - 132 hours
Purchase Options Physical, online
6

GIANTS SoftwareFarming Simulator 22

£29.95

Available OnPC, Mac, Xbox, PlayStation 4/5
Age Rating3
Playtime140 - 240 hours
Purchase Options Physical, online
7
Available OnPC, Mac, Xbox, PlayStation 4/5, Nintendo Switch
Age Rating3
Playtime45 - 145 hours
Purchase Options Physical, online
8

PlayWay and Red Dot GamesCar Mechanic Simulator

£17.99

Available OnPC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4/5
Age Rating3
Playtime30 - 115 hours
Purchase Options Physical, online
9

Kalypso MediaRailway Empire - Complete Collection

£19.99

Available OnPC, Xbox One, PS4, SteamOS
Age Rating3
Playtime20 - 160 hours
Purchase Options Physical, online
10

Frontier Developments plcPlanet Coaster

£16.95

Available OnPC, Mac, Xbox Series X, PlayStation 4/5
Age Rating3
Playtime25 to 80 hours
Purchase Options Physical, online

Additional Links

mybest UK's Homepage

  • Explore our categories and 2000+ articles


mybest UK's Instagram

  • Follow us to keep up to date with our product showcases!

Written and researched by Alicia Byrne

Related Posts

  • 8 Best Murder Mystery Games UK 2022 | Talking Tables, Unsolved Case Files and More
    8 Best Murder Mystery Games UK 2022 | Talking Tables, Unsolved Case Files and More
    For an evening of fun with friends, you can’t beat a murder mystery party! Whether you fancy a murder themed dinner or a game night for your birthday or Halloween, these events are perfect for a group of friends as they get everyone involved with lots of acting and accusations (alcohol is optional!)Brands like Paul Lamond, Cheatwell, and Red Herring Games have brought murder mystery party games into the mainstream; with sites likes Amazon and eBay offering some great options to choose from. If you’re hoping to host an Agatha Christie-style evening of suspicion and suspense at home, you can now buy a murder mystery in a box that comes with scripts, costume suggestions and everything else you could need. Deerstalkers at the ready.
    Games
  • Top 10 Best JRPGs for PS4 in the UK 2021 (Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest and More)
    Top 10 Best JRPGs for PS4 in the UK 2021 (Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest and More)
    JRPGs, or Japanese role-playing games, are a staple of the RPG genre that has been around since the 1980s. Sony’s PlayStation remains a go-to console for Japanese RPG developers for its cutting-edge graphics and easy to use controls, with the PS4 boasting some of the highest acclaimed titles from Square Enix, Atlus, Sega and many more.Our buying guide is here to help newbies know where to start and showcase some excellent titles JRPG veterans may have missed. From Final Fantasy to Dragon Quest, in this article, we share with you our ranking of the top 10 JRPGs for the PS4. Read on for tips on what you should look for when shopping online on Amazon, Argos and eBay.
    Games
  • Top 10 Best Nintendo Switch Games for Kids in the UK 2021
    Top 10 Best Nintendo Switch Games for Kids in the UK 2021
    Having started out as a toy and game manufacturer in the late 1800s, Nintendo knows a thing or two about entertaining youngsters. With family fun remaining one of their core values, you'll be spoiled for choice picking from the list of awe-inspiring Nintendo Switch games for kids!Whether you're looking for a beginner title for nursery children and toddlers, or a more challenging one for older children, between Pokémon, Animal Crossing, and Mario Kart 8, there's something for everyone! Finding a game for a 4-year-old can be hard if you are not well versed in the world of video games. But fret not, we've ranked 10 of the best kid-friendly picks all available to order to your door from Amazon, eBay, Argos, and Asda.
    Games
  • Top 10 Best Family Board Games in the UK 2021
    Top 10 Best Family Board Games in the UK 2021
    With all of us having separate screens, it's all too easy in this day and age to spend time in the same room yet all be lost in our own digital worlds. If you want to get everyone together and bring back face-to-face family fun, a board game night is a perfect solution. Whether it's a holiday or just a family gathering or party, a board game can give you the structure to make sure everyone feels included and, most importantly, like they're having a great time! But where to start? We've looked at a range of options, suitable from families with the smallest toddlers to the oldest adults, so you can find something for everyone. 
    Games
  • Top 10 Best VR Headsets in the UK 2021 (Oculus, HTC and More)
    Top 10 Best VR Headsets in the UK 2021 (Oculus, HTC and More)
    If the weight of the world has been getting you down, escaping into the fantasy lands of VR may suddenly seem very appealing. Starting with Oculus' Kickstarter campaign in 2012, consumer VR has advanced immensely in recent years, and virtual reality entertainment is now more accessible than ever with a range of headsets available for game consoles, smartphone and PC. In this article, we compare the best of the market leaders from the Rift S to the HTC Vive and Pimax 5K Plus, including models compatible with PlayStation, iPhone iOS and Samsung, as well as budget options, too. Whether for gaming, watching movies, or VR chat, stay tuned for the best VR headsets to buy online from Amazon, Argos and eBay!
    Games
  • 10 Best Nintendo Switch Accessories UK 2022 | Switch Pro Controller, Power Banks and More
    10 Best Nintendo Switch Accessories UK 2022 | Switch Pro Controller, Power Banks and More
    The Nintendo Switch is the most versatile console on the market at the moment, being both a home entertainment system and a portable handheld. It is also currently the most popular, having sold over 90 million units worldwide. This massive popularity combined with the adaptability of the console has resulted in a plethora of various accessories, some of which are even tailor-made for specific games.There’s no doubt that the Switch, the Switch Lite and the new OLED model are fantastic consoles in their own right, but picking up a few accessories can make playing favourites like Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros and Pokémon even more fun. From cases and covers to Joy-Cons holders and bundles, we're here to guide you through the best accessories and show you where to find them on Amazon, Argos and more. 
    Games
  • 10 Best Nintendo Switch Carrying Cases UK 2022
    10 Best Nintendo Switch Carrying Cases UK 2022
    The Switch is popular among gamers of all ages. No matter how you prefer to play, it's wise to get a protective case to safely transport and store your console when not in use.Whether you're a fan of Mario, Zelda or Animal Crossing, we've found the 10 best carrying bags and hardshell cases for the Nintendo Switch and Switch Lite. With third party and officially licensed products on Amazon and Argos, you'll be able to keep your console, accessories and screen protected!
    Games
  • 10 Best Black Friday Nintendo Switch Deals UK 2022 | Nintendo, Ubisoft, SanDisk and More
    10 Best Black Friday Nintendo Switch Deals UK 2022 | Nintendo, Ubisoft, SanDisk and More
    It's now nearly five years since the Switch's original release, and the hybrid console continues to sell like hotcakes. Nintendo has since introduced the extra portable Switch Lite to their roster and, more recently, the OLED model, which offers crisp graphics and bold colours on its updated screen. If you're on the fence about buying a Switch, this Black Friday could be the perfect time to get your hands on the console while saving yourself a bit of money.There are now tons of Amazon Black Friday deals to choose from, and they vary wildly, from the incredible to the borderline offensive. Taking the Switch's recently reduced RRP into account, we're here to give you an honest rundown of the top 10 best Black Friday Nintendo Switch offers currently available in the UK, including Joy-Cons and bundles with games and accessories.
    Games
  • 10 Best Desk Toys UK 2022 | Newton's Cradle, Rubik's Cube and More
    10 Best Desk Toys UK 2022 | Newton's Cradle, Rubik's Cube and More
    Long day at the office? Desk toys are a great way to inject some fun into your working day as well as help pass the time and relieve stress. These usually come in the form of novelty and compact items that are perfect for adults and office workers' desks. Although Newton's Cradle was the original desktop toy, puzzles and arcade games have also risen in popularity in recent years. With a wide range of educational, fun, and challenging toys to choose from, it can be hard to know which one is the best for you. This buying guide will go through everything you need to know to help you decide. We've also included a list of the ten best desk toys available from Amazon UK, including ball games, kinetic toys, magnetic toys, and one's that showcase the laws of physics and science. 
    Games
  • 10 Best Card Games for Adults UK 2022 | Magic: The Gathering, Arkham Horror: The Card Game
    10 Best Card Games for Adults UK 2022 | Magic: The Gathering, Arkham Horror: The Card Game
    When it comes to the world of adult card games, the great news is that there's something for everyone! Whether you're looking for a competitive game with cards to collect, cooperative gameplay, or lighthearted fun for a party or gathering, there's a multitude of card games available online in the UK.We've compared a wide variety of different genres and styles to compile our selection of the top 10 best card games for adults. With reviews of offerings from titans like the Pokémon Trading Card Game, Wizards of the Coast, and Fantasy Flight Games, check out our favourites below!
    Games
  • Popular Posts

  • 8 Best Murder Mystery Games UK 2022 | Talking Tables, Unsolved Case Files and More
    8 Best Murder Mystery Games UK 2022 | Talking Tables, Unsolved Case Files and More
    For an evening of fun with friends, you can’t beat a murder mystery party! Whether you fancy a murder themed dinner or a game night for your birthday or Halloween, these events are perfect for a group of friends as they get everyone involved with lots of acting and accusations (alcohol is optional!)Brands like Paul Lamond, Cheatwell, and Red Herring Games have brought murder mystery party games into the mainstream; with sites likes Amazon and eBay offering some great options to choose from. If you’re hoping to host an Agatha Christie-style evening of suspicion and suspense at home, you can now buy a murder mystery in a box that comes with scripts, costume suggestions and everything else you could need. Deerstalkers at the ready.
    Games
  • 10 Best Video Games for Kids UK 2022 | Super Mario 3D World, Minecraft and More
    10 Best Video Games for Kids UK 2022 | Super Mario 3D World, Minecraft and More
    Buying a video game for a child can be a tricky proposition. In the modern world, many kids already know about video games, but the most popular titles aren't always the most suitable. So how do you know which games are appropriate for kids?In this article, we share the 10 best child-friendly games on console and PC available to buy online in the UK on Amazon, Argos and various gaming platforms. So whether you're looking for world-building creativity, a computer-based puzzle game that's suitable for a 7 year old, or the top titles on the Nintendo Switch, in this article we show you how to choose!
    Games
  • 10 Best Party Games 2022 | UK Gaming Blogger Reviewed
    10 Best Party Games 2022 | UK Gaming Blogger Reviewed
    Whether you're hosting a quiet night indoors with friends, a wild birthday shindig, a hen or stag night or an outside garden family BBQ, choosing the best party game can make your night one to remember. Do you plump for a challenging mental board game, something a little more physical, a funny card game, or a drink-orientated activity to loosen the guests up? Perhaps kids are attending, and you want to cater for all ages, from 3-year-olds to teenagers. We're here to help, so we've put together a buying guide to answer all your questions. Plus, we've chosen our top 10 party games to buy online at Amazon, Argos and John Lewis. Moreover, we have partnered with video game blogger Benjamin Titmus for reviewing and fact-checking the article so that we can deliver you the best information.
    Games
  • 10 Best Horror Games for PS4 2022 | UK Gaming Blogger Reviewed
    10 Best Horror Games for PS4 2022 | UK Gaming Blogger Reviewed
    If you're a fan of the frightening, savour the supernatural or you're simply mad about the macabre, horror games are an interactive and immersive way to scare yourself silly! This article will help you get your virtual chills and thrills with the best horror games for PS4 to buy online. Before you spend too much time sifting through spoiler-ridden reviews, check out our selection of 10 blood-curdling classics for PlayStation 4. You'll find VR exclusives, FPS, multiplayer, 2-player, action, survival and sci-fi themed games on our list, all of which are available from Amazon. Read on, if you dare, for our guide on how to find the creepiest console games ― they're guaranteed to make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck! Moreover, we have partnered with video game blogger Benjamin Titmus for reviewing and fact-checking the article so that we can deliver you the best information.
    Games
  • 10 Best Escape Room Board Games 2022 | UK Gaming Blogger Reviewed
    10 Best Escape Room Board Games 2022 | UK Gaming Blogger Reviewed
    It’s hard to have missed the increasingly popular rise of escape rooms which have seemed to have popped up in every city and town across the UK. However, one slightly lesser-known concept is the tabletop escape room in a box, which allows you the convenience and comfort of playing from home whilst putting your brains to the test with entertaining gameplay.To help you decide, we've ranked the best escape room board games to buy from Amazon and Argos with picks from Mattel as well as the ever-popular Exit: The Game and Unlock! series. Moreover, we have partnered with video game blogger Benjamin Titmus for reviewing and fact-checking the article so that we can deliver you the best information.
    Games
  • 10 Best Legacy Board Games UK 2022 | Betrayal, Machi Koro and More
    10 Best Legacy Board Games UK 2022 | Betrayal, Machi Koro and More
    Legacy board games take you and your group on a unique and competitive experience with an ever-changing game that spans multiple campaign-style rounds. Although it feels rather unconventional, you will find yourself destroying game elements, tearing cards to pieces and adding stickers to your board on your path to success. The most cooperative games leave you with a distinctive end-game board unlike any other player's. Whether you are looking for a game for 2 players, 5 players, 6 players, couples or families, you're in the right place. We've ranked a list of the best Legacy board games from Amazon, including legacy classics such as Betrayal Legacy, the Pandemic Legacy Board Game and Ultimate Werewolf Legacy, to get you started on your game as soon as possible. 
    Games
  • Top 10 Best Jigsaw Puzzles in the UK 2021
    Top 10 Best Jigsaw Puzzles in the UK 2021
    There's a good chance you're stuck inside, looking for an escape from the strain of the mundane. Jigsaw puzzles offer you a great chance to sit down and unwind. Plus, if you have a family with kids dashing around begging for your attention, these wooden or board puzzles are a great remedy to your despair, and take little effort to set up and get started.Jigsaws come in a mishmash of shapes, sizes and difficulties, and you don't want to feel short changed when your package arrives at the door. So, we've turned the internet upside down to shake out all the information the experts have to offer. We'll also reveal our top 10 puzzles for both adults and kids from leading online retailers like Amazon and Argos, including quality brands like Ravensburger and Galison.
    Games
  • Popular Item Lists

    Search by Category