Every once in a while, even hardcore gamers want to take a break in the usual killing and pillaging or saving and protecting and settle down for a short while. There is a special kind of closure in playing simulator games, especially the light-hearted slice-of-life or farming ones. Maintaining your home and slowly evolving your holdings, getting cool new cosmetics and meeting charming characters – what’s there not to like?
But you know what could be especially cool? For your in-game alter-ego to get a significant other to keep them company in this ultimate wholesome journey of relaxation.
Check out our list of sims with romances, a younger sister to 20+ PC games that let you have a bit of romance.
The Sims Series
- The Sims 4 is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows, Mac OS
Developed by Maxis and published by Electronic Arts, The Sims series is probably one of the most famous life-simulators out there. The franchise boasts 4 large mainstream titles as well as a number of smaller releases such as The Sims Mobile.
Unleash your imagination and create a world of Sims that’s wholly unique. Explore and customize every detail, from Sims to homes and much more. Choose how Sims look, act, and dress. Determine how they’ll live out each day. Design and build incredible homes for every family, then decorate with your favorite furnishings and décor. Travel to different neighborhoods where you can meet other Sims and learn about their lives. Discover beautiful locations with distinctive environments, and go on spontaneous adventures. Manage the ups and downs of Sims’ everyday lives and see what happens when you play out realistic or fantastical scenarios. Tell your stories your way while developing relationships, pursuing careers and life aspirations, and immersing yourself in an extraordinary game where the possibilities are endless.
The Sims Medieval
- Available on PC & iOS
Follow your Sims in an amazing medieval world as they try their best to make out a decent living. New features, such as religion and armed combat, are introduced for this game, providing experiences that you usually would not think of when talking about Sims. Complete quests by completing an array of indicated actions and build a thriving Kingdom!
- Available on PC, PS Vita, PS4, Xbox One, Android, iOS, Switch
You’ve inherited your grandfather’s old farm plot in Stardew Valley. Armed with hand-me-down tools and a few coins, you set out to begin your new life. Can you learn to live off the land and turn these overgrown fields into a thriving home? It won’t be easy. Ever since Joja Corporation came to town, the old ways of life have all but disappeared. The community center, once the town’s most vibrant hub of activity, now lies in shambles. But the valley seems full of opportunity. With a little dedication, you might just be the one to restore Stardew Valley to greatness!
My Time at Portia
- Available on PC, Switch, PS4, Xbox One
Start a new life in the enchanting town of Portia! Restore your Pa’s neglected workshop to its former glory by fulfilling commissions, growing crops, raising animals, and befriending the quirky inhabitants of this charming post-apocalyptic land!
Armed with your Pa’s old handbook and workbench, you must gather, mine and craft your way to being crowned the number one workshop in Portia. Help the locals rebuild the town and uncover the secrets locked deep away beneath it. Be prepared though…it won’t be easy!
The town of Portia is full of friendly new faces for you to meet. Make friends, complete requests, exchange gifts, go on dates and let romance blossom!
Harvest Moon: Light of Hope
- Available on PC, Switch, PS4, Android
Looking for a fresh start and some new surroundings, you set off on a voyage to begin your new life! Unfortunately, the weather has different plans, as your ship is hit by a monsoon, and goes down! You drift into a small harbor town, now in shambles from the storm, where a young doctor named Jeanne saves your life. The town has essentially been deserted, but you’re never one to back down from a challenge! It will be up to you to help rebuild the town and save the lighthouse…but it won’t be easy! Nevertheless, with some hard work growing crops, tending livestock, and gathering materials for repairs, you will be able to make new friends, start a family, revive the lighthouse, and save the town, your new home!
Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town
- Available on PC, Switch, 3DS
Your farming life begins in Mineral Town, a charming village surrounded by nature. You’ve returned after many years to restore your late grandfather’s farm to its former glory. Care for crops, livestock, and more as your very own story of seasons unfolds.
A menagerie of fruits, veggies, and livestock are waiting for you. Raise them all with love and care, and you’ll have plenty of products to harvest, sell, or cook with!
Mineral Town is full of friendly faces, both old and new! Head into town, give gifts, and learn all about your neighbors as you befriend them.
Rune Factory 4
- Available on Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch
Welcome to Selphia, a region ruled by the Native Dragon Ventuswill…and you! Start an exciting new life in the village and embark on a grand adventure!
Grow crops, raise monsters, catch fish, cook up tasty dishes, and craft powerful equipment. Live your life however you choose!
Become friends (or more than friends) with a charming and interactive cast of characters, and breathe life into the village with seasonal festivals and competitions.
Upcoming Sims With Romances
Of course, the selection above is not complete without more romance goodness sims arriving very soon!
- Arriving in 2021 on PC, Xbox One, PS4 & Nintendo Switch
Currently going through its Kickstarter campaign, Coral Island is a re-imagined farm sim game inspired by classics.
You’re finally leaving Pokyo behind and moving to Coral Island. Grow crops, nurture animals, and befriend the islanders. Decide whether to revitalize not only the town, but also the surrounding coral reefs. It may get tough, but stick with it, because the island is ripe for change.
Harvest Moon: One World
- Arriving March 2021 on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Can you imagine a world without cabbage, tomatoes, or even carrots? Believe it or not, that’s the world you’ll find yourself in at the beginning of Harvest Moon: One World, as the Harvest Goddess, the queen of crops herself, has vanished…
However, before the Harvest Goddess disappeared from this world, she imbued the tiny Harvest Wisps with the knowledge of various seeds, thus ensuring the various fruits and vegetables of the world would not be lost. Using the power given to these Harvest Wisps, you’ll unlock various seeds as you progress through the game! But the Harvest Wisps can be tricky to find, as they all appear at different times and places. You’ll need to use your noggin to make sure you seek out as many of them as you can!
Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town
- Arriving March 2021 on Nintendo Switch
Welcome to Olive Town, a peaceful community established by your trailblazing grandfather and his friends. Now that you’ve taken over his farm, it’s your job to carry on his legacy.
Plant crops, raise animals, build relationships, and get to know the residents of your new home in this brand-new entry in the STORY OF SEASONS series!
Rune Factory 5
- Arriving 2021 on Nintendo Switch
Set off on a grand adventure in a fantasy world with the latest entry in the Rune Factory simulation RPG series. After losing their memory, the hero lands in a small town blessed by nature. There, they are recruited into a band of peacekeeping rangers, and their new life begins. In addition to their normal duties, the hero can farm the land, cast a line into the nearby river, and so much more! Team up with townsfolk to battle monsters and unleash powerful combination attacks—just one of the features new to the series. The stage is set, and the curtain rises on an exciting new adventure in Rune Factory 5!
My Time at Sandrock
- The full version is planned for Spring 2021 release on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
My Time at Sandrock – Just like My Time at Portia, takes place in a wholesome post-apocalyptic world around 300 years after the Day of Calamity.
You’ll take a job offer in the city-state of Sandrock, assume the role of a fledgling Builder being sent to a wild and rugged townscape. It’s up to you and your trusty toolset to gather resources, build machines, and fix up your workshop into a well-oiled production machine, and save the town from the jaws of economic ruin, as well as a few other unexpected complications.
Roots of Pacha
- The initial release of Roots of Pacha is planned to be simultaneous on Steam (Windows) and Nintendo Switch. Steam (Mac OS, Linux), PlayStation, and Xbox will follow soon after launch.
Roots of Pacha is a co-op farming and life simulation game set in the stone age, currently undergoing its Kickstarter campaign. Help your once nomadic clan settle in a promised and fertile land. By connecting with nature you’ll develop Ideas to evolve, enrich your culture, relationships, and discover the mysteries of Pacha, mother nature.
Roots of Pacha is first and foremost a farming sim. But that doesn’t mean it has a seed or animal shop. Part of settling means exploring the wildlands to discover new plants and improving them, making wild variants more nutritious and valuable.
Throughout the world and seasons, you’ll encounter families of animals, which at first appear to ignore you. By slowly approaching and enticing them, you’ll befriend them and even invite them to live with you. Animals are a core part of Roots of Pacha as they have also been in our human history: sources of nourishment, protection, and friendship.
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