Best Farming Simulation games on PC 2015-2016

BY AMIT BARAN ROY   |   Farming Simulator games are currently growing in demand among the gaming communities. When the gaming market is full of action packed role playing shooting games, there are games such as these farming sims that offers momentary serenity and brain boosting gameplay. The greatest example being the recent launch of Stardew Valley that had made to the front page of Steam Sales chart among other AAA games such as Far Cry Primal, Tom Clancy’s The Division and Fallout 4. Farming Simulator games usually involve controlling and maintaining a farm. Player can do various tasks such as harvesting, growing crops, livestock feeding and earn money which can be invested for buying enhanced equipments and farm development. If you have enjoyed Harvest Moon type of farm simulator role playing games and want to have more of such kind on PCs, take a look at our assorted list below. While we have covered mostly the top farming simulator games of 2015-2016, we may slip in one or two evergreen 2013 games too.

1. Stardew Valley

This is the latest indie farm simulation role playing game that arrived on Steam on Feb 26, 2016. Since its arrival, it has gained massive popularity that made it to top the Steam Sales chart and occupy a place in the Steam front page beneath Fallout 4. The game is considered to be a pixelated adoption of 1996 Harvest Moon sim game where the player inherits their grandfather's farm, a plot of land in Stardew Valley, and they need to use the few coins and hand-me-down tools to restore the community in the valley.

Stardew Valley on Steam

2. Farming Simulator 2016

The farming simulator series is well known. These games are highly realistic farming sim games with enhanced graphics. Farming locations involve European and American agricultural environments where players can farm, grow crops, breed livestock and sell generated assets. The latest 2016 version of the game is available on Windows, iOS, Android and PS Vita platforms only. If you want to have the experience on Consoles, you can try out Farming Simulator 15.

Farming Simulator official website

3. World’s Dawn

This is a latest casual indie farming sim game released by Wayward Prophet on Jan 25, 2016. Right now, this along with Stardew Valley is considered as the top substitutes for Harvest Moon type of game on PC. World's Dawn is a colorful life and social sim set in a sleepy seaside village with vibrant top down graphics and huge cast of quirky characters. The game is available for $13 on Steam.

World's Dawn on Steam

4. Farm Expert 2016

Farm Expert 2016 takes the player to the countryside and gives hobby farmers full control in the comfort of their home. Farm management, cultivating fields, planting crops, animal ranching as well as buying and selling your own products and new equipment are just a few of the game elements this State-of-the-art farm simulator offers. The game is a bit graphics intensive and may require a good system to play. Developed by Silden and published by Ravencourt, the game can be considered as a competitor for Farming Simulator series. If you like this game, note that Farm Expert 2017 is on its way this year. (More details below)

Farm Expert 2016

Farm Expert 2016 on Steam

5. Castaway Paradise

If you want to have a farming sim experience on island kind of environment, then this game is the perfect choice for you. This sandbox style sim developed by Stolen Couch games is on the lines of Animal Crossing and Harvest Moon that lets players to catch bugs, talk to villagers, and build their own tropical dream island.

Castaway Paradise on Steam

6. Farm For Your Life

This game was actually released back in 2013. But as we told earlier, we wanted to include this bit old game because we think it might be one of those evergreen ones. People usually like to refer this game as a Harvest Moon/ Animal Crossing equivalent on PC and we definitely recommend it. Released by Hammer Labs initially for a price of only $4, the game is currently available for 60% discount on Steam till June 6. Don’t worry if you are reading this article late, I am sure there will be some other offer running for this game when you read. ;-)

Farm For Your Life on Steam

7. Plantera

If you own an age old PC, don’t be disappointed. Plantera is a cute indie casual farming sim game released on 28 Jan, 2016 that can possibly run on all systems (thanks to its 8 bit colorful art style graphics). It’s a simple but detailed game where players need to build their own garden and watch it grow with new plants, bushes, trees and animals. The game is available on Steam for only $3 with very positive reviews.

Plantera on Steam

8. Farm Frenzy 4

This is another game from 2013. Farm Frenzy has always been a popular casual farming sim franchise on PCs. The latest version being the Farm Frenzy 4 that is a remake of the entire series. Players will get to buy and care for a variety of animals, collect the goods they produce and then manufacture products for sale in town, keeping a close eye on your bank account and the clock to make sure you balance your resources well. You can also grab the Farm Frenzy Collection on Steam if you want to enjoy all the 12 titles in one.

Farm Frenzy 4 on Steam

Farm Frenzy Collection on Steam


1. Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories

Well, throughout this article you may have felt that we compared a lot of these games with Harvest Moon. You may wonder about this game and want to know more if you already haven’t. Harvest Moon is a farm simulation role playing game that was developed by Amccus in 1996 for Super Nintendo Environment Systems and recently re-released for Wii and Wii-U consoles. The game is almost a benchmark for many farming games that gets released these days. Well the hype begins now. Developers Natsume has announced that they are going to release a PC version of the game this fall which will go back to the old school roots of Harvest Moon of 1996. Well many may not be convinced by this game and its possible that this may not turn out as you may expect it to be, but its definitely a game to look forward for. Check out the E3 2015 trailer below.

2. Farming Simulator 2017

Well, very little news of this is available right now, but fans can expect Farming Simulator 2017 by “the end of 2016″ as announced by developer Giants Software and publisher Focus Home Interactive. Focus president Cédric Lagarrigue said, “There are still a lot of beautiful pages to write for Farming Simulator, and it starts right now with the simultaneous release of the game on PC and consoles at the end of the year.” We will update the article once more details are revealed.

3. Farm Expert 2017

Already discussed above about the available version of Farm Expert, the next title will be coming to PC this year in September with added physics and multiplayer options. Stay tuned with their official facebook page for more details. Check out the reveal trailer below.

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