6 Free Simulation Games for the iPad
<firstimage=”//static.makeuseof.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/IMG_0092.png” />It seems, with the advent of the Farmville craze , that simulation games are all the rage and the iPad provides a great platform for the truly addicted to play these types of games on the go. Achieve goals, move up from one level to the next in a seemingly endless game, where your goals and achievements just keep getting bigger. Many of these games require an internet connection to work.
Whether you’re interested in breeding frogs, starting your own ancient kingdom, or even just creating a modern city, there’s bound to be a game that appeals to you. And if nothing else, you could always just stick to playing Farmville on your iPad.
Godfinger for iPad
Godfinger [iTunes link] is a simulation game with a twist. Rather than build your own city, you are starting from scratch and get to play God, building your own world.
Turn people into believers, give them sun, rain, and set them to work in your new world building farms, and as the game progresses you can cause floods, move mountains and more. As you achieve your goals, you unlock more features and move up from one level to the next.
Godfinger is part of the Plus+ network which makes it easy to connect with friends through Facebook, Yahoo, Google, or even the contacts on your iPad or iPhone. You can also invite friend’s directly from the app. While the game is iPhone compatible, it just isn’t the same as playing it on the large iPad screen.
We City for iPad
For those of you who don’t have a God complex, We City [iTunes link] allows you to create your own city. Build homes, factories, put your citizens to work manufacturing all sorts of goods from video games to boats, and collect rent.
Aside from expanding your city, you can also go to college, starting out with some business classes. A cool feature that We City has incorporated is the ability to redesign your city even after you’ve constructed buildings, and sell buildings, roads and more, incase you’re not happy with your initial layout.
We City is another game that is part of the Plus+ network, bringing more social features to the game with your friends.
Pocket Frogs [iTunes link] is a great iPad game for kids and adults alike. The pet simulation game will have you breeding and selling frogs, expanding your habitats and trying to level up and accumulate as many awards as possible.
Buy flowers, leaves and backgrounds from the Supply Shop to decorate your habitats, and increase your frogs’ happiness. Take your frogs to the pond to tame them, and find extra gifts, coins and other frogs to breed with.
Like all of the other games listed here, Pocket Frogs is compatible with the iPhone as well, but it just doesn’t come to life unless it’s played on the iPad. If you’re online, make use of the social aspect of the game through the Plus+ network, trading frogs with your friends and more.
We Rule Quests for iPad
Prefer an ancient take on simulation games? Give We Rule Quests [iTunes link] a try. Create your own kingdom in an ancient world, building cottages, starting farms, and harvesting crops such as corn, wheat and onions.
As your kingdom expands, you collect taxes from the peasants, and achieve goals to get to the next level.
Like We City, if you don’t like the layout you’ve initially chosen for your city, you can always redesign it whenever you want to.
If you’re not into the building a city or kingdom scene, why not run a business instead with MiniTycoon Casino [iTunes link]. Running your own casino involves adding new slot machines, blackjack and roulette tables, adding to the decor of the casino, all to bring in more gamblers in through your doors.
As you progress in the levels, unlock more options, games and new ways to spruce up your casino, to make sure those chips keep rolling in.
As mentioned, there is a dedicated app for the Zynga game that needs no introduction, Farmville [iTunes link]. The iPad app syncs directly with your Facebook account, allowing you to keep up with your Farmville addiction on the go if need be. Of course the game on the iPad is no different from playing on your computer, allowing you to maintain your farm and interact with your friends in exactly the same manner.
The iPad Farmville app includes neighbour, harvest and gift push notifications.
What is your favourite simulation game on the iPad? Let us know in the comments.