If you’ve ever wanted to know what it takes to run a successful farm, the Farming Simulator video games are your chance. These titles are much more than just games; they're full-blown simulations that pit you against the elements, time-management challenges, and equipment failures. You’ll have a blast but also develop your problem-solving skills and learn what modern farming is all about.
What is Farming Simulator?
Simulation video games, which are often called sims, differ from many video games in that they strive to accurately simulate the real world. For this game in particular, the simulator models the business aspects of farming as well as the logistical and practical challenges. The environments span from North America to Europe, and where you choose to place your site determines what you can grow, what the demand in the market is, which vehicles are available to you, and so forth.
Which platforms are these games available on?
This sim series is developed by Giants Software and published by Focus Home Interactive for:
- Mac OS
- Microsoft Windows
- Nintendo 3DS and 2DS
- Nintendo Switch
- PlayStation 3
- PlayStation 4
- PS Vita
- Xbox 360
- Xbox One
Which games are available for PC and console?
In this context, PC includes Windows and Mac OS, and console includes Xbox 360, Xbox One, Switch, PS3, and PS4. The available games are Farming Simulator:
Which games are available for mobile devices?
Mobile devices in this context include the 3DS and 2DS as well as smartphones, tablets, and other devices that run Android, iOS, and Kindle. The available games are Farming Simulator:
Which farming vehicles are available in-game?
With each new iteration, Giants expands on the available farm equipment. Newer items aren’t available in editions prior to being introduced. The Holland tractors introduced in Farming Simulator 15, for instance, aren’t available in 2013, 2011, and so forth. This simulator has logic for:
- Wheel loaders
What is Farming Simulator gameplay like?
Whether you’re playing Farming Simulator on the Xbox 360 or a mobile device, the gameplay is mostly the same. You choose where in the world you want to farm and when you want your simulation to take place. The simulator mechanics for the 1960s, for instance, are quite different than the 2010s. You then choose what you want to grow and start the simulator. Time passes, and each action has a time cost so that you can only perform so many actions in a day. The goal is to get your current crops to market, turn a profit, and expand your farm.