Best Simulator Games to Play on the Steam Deck

Best Simulator Games to Play on the Steam Deck

I am fortunate enough to have acquired a Steam Deck and if you are like me, you will be thinking “what can I play on it?” I have a HUGE Wishlist on Steam and I am eager to start smashing my way through it with this bad boy. BUT… not every game I want to play (at the moment) is playable on the Steam Deck.

So, it started me thinking, I cannot be the only one searching through the catalogues working out what to play. So, I thought I would put together a series of articles that highlight some of the best games to play on the Steam Deck.

This article looks at Farming & Crafting Simulators.

Now these games are in no particular order. First off there is:

Grow: Song of the Evertree

Developed by Prideful Sloth and published by 505 Games.

Over time, the Worlds of Alaria faded. The Evertree, where many worlds resided on its countless branches is now nothing more than a sapling. Its splendour long erased from memory. No one knows how to make it grow. But you are different. You hear the sun as it sings across the sky, the language of rain against the earth. You are the last of the Everheart Alchemists and it is your ancestral task and privilege to care for the Evertree.

Learn to craft World Seeds through Alchemy to generate totally new worlds with unique characteristics. Tend those worlds to rejuvenate them and see how they change, and watch as new properties emerge before your very eyes! You can generate unique meadows, deserts, frozen worlds and… oh, well… Alchemy is not an exact science, some seeds may contain unexpected surprises.

Find unique places, blooming with fantastic fauna and flora as you are encouraged to explore this beautiful world at your own pace. How do you want to spend your time? Exploring caves and solving puzzles, collecting minerals and flowers, fishing or catching bugs … it’s up to you!

Grow your own worlds and nurture a deep natural connection with everything they hold. See your actions change the world for better! Bring the Evertree back to life.

Grow: Song of the Evertree is available on PlayStation, Xbox, PC and Nintendo Switch.

Gas Station Simulator

Developed by Drago Entertainment and published by HeartBeat Games and Movie Games.

Buy an abandoned gas station and restore it to its full glory. Renovate, upgrade and expand upon the offered services to keep up with your clients demands.

It is all about renovating, expanding and running a gas station along a highway in the middle of a desert. Freedom of choice and multiple approaches to run your business and deal with pressure are key ingredients in this game.

Gas Station Simulator allows you to live out a fantasy of successfully starting a business from virtually nothing. It is available on PC.

Such Art: Genius Artist Simulator

Developed by Goose Minded and published by HypeTrain Digital

SuchArt allows you to paint on many different surfaces (eg. canvases, furniture, walls, floor), with various tools, encouraging you to unleash your inner creativity.

You are a genius artist living in the year 2130. Make the best of the space studio you own. Create art with a large variety of tools, sell your works, get famous and upgrade your studio! Let your imagination run wild and create the art of your dreams!

A unique artist simulation game with realistic paint mixing, physics and numerous painting tools. Upgrade and customize your studio, complete tasks, sell and expose art, buy instruments and get famous!

It is available on PC and the Nintendo Switch.

Stardew Valley

My fourth entry is a personal favourite of mine. I have sunk many hours into this game. It is Stardew Valley. Now I am quite sure most of you have heard of this game but in case there is you have not, let me tell you a little about it.

Stardew Valley is a simulation game developed and published by ConcernedApe.

You play the role of a character who takes over their deceased grandfather’s dilapidated farm in a place known as Stardew Valley.

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Video footage of the games mentioned in this article that can be played on the Steam Deck

Stardew Valley is open-ended, allowing you to take on activities such as growing crops, raising livestock, fishing, cooking, mining and foraging, and socializing with the townspeople, including the ability to marry and have children. It also allows up to four players to play online together.

The game was released for Windows in February 2016 before being ported to consoles, and mobile platforms.

Potion Craft

Potion Craft is an alchemist simulator developed by Niceplay games and published by Tinybuild.

Play as an aspiring alchemist in your own potion shop, where you physically interact with your tools and ingredients to brew potions. Start your journey down The Alchemist’s Path, invent new recipes, attract customers, experiment to your hearts content, and forge your own destiny to become the alchemist this town needs!

It is not only brewing that you must do, you have an Enchanted Garden that you must take care of.

Explore the Alchemy map and find a variety of effects you can add to your potions. Fire, frost, healing, poison, your potions potential is limitless.

Listen to the townsfolk, understand their needs from the stories that they tell you and sell them the right potions to keep your business running.

Potion Craft is available on PC.

And finally…

So, there you go, here are five games that I think are worth checking out for your Steam Deck and they all have that all important tick which means that they are a great experience for you to enjoy on this beautiful device.

Do let me know in the comments what you think to my selection and if there are any other games that you think are worthy of a mention.

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