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Best Games like Stardew Valley & Animal Crossing 2021

Simulation Games

No Nintendo Switch? No problem! We tested the mobile versions of Stardew Valley, Animal Crossing, and other alternatives to find the best games.

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Best Games like Stardew Valley & Animal Crossing 2021

Introduction

Want to find a relaxing way to pass the time and reduce stress? You're in the right place. We tested the 8 best farming and nature simulation games of 2021 to see which would be the best one for you. After all of our research, Stardew Valley came out on top for its quality of gameplay and frequent app purchase deals, but it was a close race for our runner-up and third-place choice. Read on to find out why Stardew Valley was number 1 and which apps rounded out the top 3.

Our Pick

A truly immersive farming experience

One of the most popular farming RPG games out right now, Stardew Valley is a fun way to immerse yourself in farming life and everything that comes with it.
Why we chose Stardew Valley:
  • Only costs $4.99, but there are no in-app purchases, so you can enjoy the full game without any pay-to-play walls
  • Understated graphics make this game even more enjoyable.
  • Great way to relax and unwind
  • Simple and fun gameplay
  • Contains a huge world for you to explore to keep you engaged for hours on end
  • Over 1 million downloads of this incredible game, and for good reason
You can focus your energy on revamping your farm and building your business as you try to become a success, or you can enjoy other areas of the game as you go fishing, get into fights and even have a relationship with the partner of your choosing. It’s a great game with so much to do and one you’re sure to love when you try it out.
Read Stardew Valley's Full Review
Runner Up

A Facebook classic gets an upgrade

  • FarmVille is now on the go!

    4.3 Ratings 3M+ Reviews 50M+ Downloads
    Free In-App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases

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You may remember FarmVille obsession on Facebook circa 2009 or so, but this version is a major step up. Similar to the older game, it focuses more on the farming side of things than it does on the real-world experiences, which is something we enjoyed.
Why we chose FarmVille 2: Country Escape:
  • Free to play game, but you can make in-app purchases if you want to grow crops faster or unlock other perks
  • Variety of in-game activities and challenges to keep the game interesting.
  • Great animation makes this game fun to play.
  • Ability to play with friends.
  • Option to progress faster by purchasing extra keys in bundles up to $95

We found it was a nice change of pace to play this way and it was still extremely fun. There are a range of activities and events that happen in-game to keep you interested and engaged and a lot more interaction with the "farming experience," which made for a good time.

Read FarmVille 2's Full Review
Also Groovy

Best simulation game with a twist

  • Craft furniture and create your ideal campsite in Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp!

    4.6 Ratings 1M+ Reviews 10M+ Downloads
    Free In-App Purchases
    Free In-App Purchases

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While not exactly a farming simulation like the other games on this list; it's similar enough that we had to include it. If you like farming games and haven't tried it yet, you need to! Instead of building your farming business, your job is to build the best campsite possible as you craft new pieces of furniture and make friends with nearby animals who you invite to your campsite.

Why we chose Animal Crossing Pocket Camp:

  • Free to play game but you can make in-app purchases if you wish to buy items for your campsite at a quicker pace
  • Great animation makes this game super fun to play
  • Interactive character experiences make the game more enjoyable
  • Easy gameplay with straightforward controls allows you to play this with ease
  • Wide variety of tasks and activities in the game
Of course, most will know Animal Crossing from its popular Nintendo Switch counterpart. Having played both, we can say this version is worth a try! There are a great variety of tasks and activities available to keep you engaged in this enjoyable game.
Read Animal Crossing's Full Review

Everything We Recommend

  • Our Pick

    Stardew Valley

    4.7 Ratings 132K+ Reviews 1M+ Downloads
    ConcernedApe's smash hit farming RPG comes to Mobile!

    Move to the countryside, and cultivate a new life in this award-winning open-ended farming RPG! With over 50+ hours of gameplay content and new Mobile-specific features, such as auto-save and multiple controls options.

    Now with brand new end-game content! Discover more heart events, new crops to grow, new pets, and so much more...

    **Winner of the Golden Joysticks' Breakthrough Award**
    **Nominee of Game of the Year 2017 - BAFTA Games Awards**

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    BUILD THE FARM OF YOUR DREAMS:

    ■ Turn your overgrown fields into a lively and bountiful farm

    ■ Raise and breed happy animals, grow a variety of seasonal crops and design your farm, your way

    ■ Customize your farmer and home! With hundreds of options to choose from

    ■ Settle down and start a family with 12 potential marriage candidates

    ■ Become part of the community by taking part in seasonal festivals and villager quests

    ■ Explore vast, mysterious caves, encountering dangerous monsters and valuable treasure

    ■ Spend a relaxing afternoon at one of the local fishing spots or go crabbing by the seaside

    ■ Forage, grow crops and produce artisan goods to cook up as a delicious meal

    ■ Rebuilt for touch-screen gameplay on Android with mobile-specific features, such as auto-select to toggle quickly between your farming tools and auto-attack to swiftly take down fiendish monsters in the mines

    ■ Newly Updated Single Player Content - Including new town upgrades, dating events, crops, fishing ponds, hats, clothing, and new pets! Plus more to be discovered...

    ■ Play the game your way with multiple controls options, such as touch-screen, virtual joystick, and external controller support.

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    “The best version of Stardew Valley is the one you have with you … This game is absolutely incredible, and will not disappoint.” - TouchArcade

    "Stardew Valley beautifully combines farm simulation with RPG elements to create an intriguing, absorbing rural world." - IGN

    “Far more than just a farming game... filled with seemingly endless content and heart.” Giant Bomb

    "Village life has never been so accessible and satisfying" - The Telegraph

    “Stardew Valley has been the most rich and heartwarming experience I’ve had in a game in years.” CG Magazine

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    Note: Features new 1.4 update story content, multiplayer functionality not supported. No in-app purchases.
    Cost
    4.99
    4.99
    In-App Purchases
    No
    No
  • Runner Up
    Escape to the world of farming, friends and fun! Go on farm adventures to collect rare goods and craft new recipes. Raise animals and grow your farm with friends. Join a farm Co-Op to trade and share or play on your own in Anonymous Mode. You can play FarmVille anytime, anywhere… even when not connected to the internet. Best of all, the world’s most popular farming game is free to play!
    ** ”FarmVille is back and this time, it’s portable!” – TIME **
    ** “”Officially not just for Facebook anymore”” – Los Angeles Times **
    ** “” They may have built the best FarmVille game of the series”” – Kotaku **
    - CRAFT a variety of baked gourmet goods like classic country apple pies
    - HARVEST farm fresh crops of your favorite fruits and vegetables
    - CUSTOMIZE your own farm for charming country living
    - COLLECT hidden and rare items as you discover a new coastal farm
    - NURTURE and raise a wide variety of adorable animals like your very own farm dog
    - EXPLORE a new FarmVille story filled with special farm adventures
    - BUILD a lush family farm by the coast so all your friends can visit
    - GARDEN by the beautiful blue ocean as you decorate your farm with flowers and fresh produce
    - TRADE and chat with friends or play anonymously with people from all over the world
    - ESCAPE to the coast then connect to your Facebook farm to send free water
    - EARN daily rewards with the Mystery Chest and take a spin at the Prize Wheel”
    Additional information:
    • The game is free to play; however, in-app purchases are available for additional content and in-game currency.
    • Use of this application is governed by Zynga’s Terms of Service, found at www.zynga.com/legal/terms-of-service.
    • For information about how Zynga uses personal data, please read our privacy policy at http://www.zynga.com/privacy/policy.
    Cost
    Free
    Free
    In-App Purchases
    $0.99 - $129.99 per item
    $1.99 - $99.99 per item
  • Also Groovy
    Find furniture you like and design a campsite that suits your style!

    Tents, hammocks, fireplaces, a stuffed-animal sofa...mix and match to your heart's content! Make a trendy open-air café, or line up some microphones and guitars to create an outdoor music festival! In the mood for a little extra fun? Set up a merry-go-round and open a theme park. You can even make a pool, or fill the sky with fireworks!

    ◆ Design your campsite, camper, and cabin however you want

    ◆ Collect themed items from Fishing Tourneys and Garden Events that happen throughout the year

    ◆ More than 1,000 pieces of furniture and 300 pieces of clothing and accessories are available to choose from, with more being added all the time

    ◆ Features more than 100 animals with quirky personalities

    Fulfill animal requests and watch your friendship with them grow! Once you become close enough friends, you can invite them to your campsite. The more the merrier!

    Design a show-stopping campsite, invite your favorite animals, and take an in-game photo to show your friends. If your friends like what you've done, they may even give you kudos!

    The great outdoors has so much to offer!

    Notes: This game is free to start, with in-app purchases available. Internet connectivity is required to play Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp. Data charges may apply. May include advertising.
    Cost
    Free
    Free
    In-App Purchases
    $0.99 - $79.99 per item
    $0.99 - $20.99 per item

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