Oh my goodness, guys. We cannot get enough of these games like Tomodachi Life. They are just so good. We had to tell you all about it.
There are lots of great games that are similar to Tomodachi Life. And we cannot stop playing them! There are games like Tomodachi Life for all systems (Wii, Wii U, iOS, Android, you name it). Let’s take a look at the best of them.
Oh, and in case you’re wondering, Tomodachi Life is a life simulation game. If you want to play more games like Tomodachi Life, you can find tons of them on Amazon.
We love Tomodachi Life because it’s fun and whacky with great simulation mechanics. And there are lots of similar games.
Tomodachi Life is a fantastically bizarre game that falls somewhere between Animal Crossing and The Sims and incorporates otaku culture to create an unforgettably unique gaming experience.
That’s why when we created our list of games like Tomodachi Life (which we’ll get to in a sec) we incorporated lots of life-simulation games that offer unique experiences.
At times, Tomodachi Life is downright hilarious, and at other times it’s completely flabbergasting (editor: “flabbergasting”? Heh.). You’re in charge of looking after a bunch of Miis, who need food and water and also like certain niceties and luxuries. They also love playing in mini-games and letting you know what’s happening in their lives on their home island via a news desk.
Now obviously, there aren’t many games with precisely the same premise as Tomodachi Life. After all, Tomodachi Life is one of the most unique and bizarre games out there, right? But there are lots of similarly weird and wonderful titles.
We’ve put lots of alternative / unique themes in our list.
Animal Crossing, for instance, gives you control over the life of a character living in a cute Japanese style world.
Animal Crossing is a super-cute simulation game from Nintendo.
Animal Crossing is a life-simulator that is a sort of precursor to Tomodachi Life. So Animal Crossing is definitely one game you will want to look at if you like Tomodachi Life.
Almost certainly the thing that’s interesting gamers most in Tomodachi is the novelty of it. It’t is wacky and wonderful, especially if your friends and family are included in your virtual island. You get to create your own caricatures with the Mii creation kit and you can customise voices too. You can also assign stats like energy and mood to your miis to create personalities.
Lots of games offer similar options. In the Harvest Moon games, for instance, you get to create your own avatar and dress them as you like. And then you go about completing different tasks that lead to you completing different missions. It’s a very similar experience to the one in Tomodachi Life, and I’m sure you will love it.
Harvest Moon is the best farm simulation game ever. And a cult classic too.
One of the disappointments of Tomodachi Life is that you can’t customise the island. It’s made automatically. In some other Tomodachi-like apps and games you actually get to create your own room or island as you want. In the classic The Sims series, for instance, there are lots of different options for customising your home. So if you feel like playing a game like Tomodachi Life but with more area-customisation, look into life-simulation games like The Sims.
We also love games that have more realistic simulation elements, like the Sim series.
So that is an overview of Tomodachi-style games. Now let’s take a closer look at a few of my favorite games that are similar to Tomodachi Life.
There are lots of games like Tomodachi Life. These are our favorites.
Platform: Wii, Super Nintendo Entertainment System
No So Much:
3DS version takes ages to get into.
Description: Harvest Moon has earned itself one heck of a cult following, largely thanks to the fact that it is a hugely original game, combining simulation gameplay with role playing, management and other areas of game design.
In Harvest Moon you will be completing different goals based around the theme of running a farm.
The gameplay has changed with each iteration of the series but the basics of Harvest Moon’s game design center around growing crops and managing a farm.
No So Much:
The series has never evolved
Description: A classic Japanese sandbox RPG game with life simulation elements. If you have never played Animal Crossing, you are missing out on a real treat. It is the essential Japanese sandbox RPG.
Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, PS3
Brilliant simulation gameplay
Fun RPG elements
No So Much:
Dungeons are a chore
Description: Rune Factory is an open world adventure game with simulation aspects similar to Harvest Moon.
In the game you play Raguna, who wanders in search of “Mist,” a property. Ragna has no memory of his life, and you must use him to work a farm and to set out on his adventure.
The Flower Shop: Summer in Fairbrook
Platforms: Android, Windows, iOS, Linux, Mac
Visual novel aspects are fantastic
No So Much:
Simulation elements are dull
Description: The Flower Shop: Summer in Fairbrook is a visual novel game created by video game developer Winter Wolves and released in February of 2010. It’s a game that will greatly appeal to fans of Harvest Moon and Rue Factory, with similar Japanese style graphics and life simulation aspects.
Platforms: Nintendo DS
Story and dialogue are quirky and fun
Solid JRPG gameplay
No So Much:
You get stuck at times, and frustration sets in.
Description: Atelier Annie: Alchemists of Sera Island is a Japanese role playing game released in 2008. It is the first in the series to have been released in the US and, in comparison to the other games in the series, has less emphasis on RPG and more emphasis on resource management.
Get Atelier Annie on Amazon
Platforms: Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo DS
Bright, colorful and fun
No So Much:
A little old now
Rare’s 2006 Viva Pinata is a life simulation game with a twist. You tend to a garden that is overrun with weeds. Your mission is to breed different colour Pinatas in order to stop the weeds from spreading. Viva Pinata has beautiful, bright and colourful graphics and vibrant presentation, but it does suffer a bit of a hiccough in the form of a frequent autosave. Definitely not the number one life simulation game of all time, but worth a spot on this list mostly because it offers something different to the genre.
Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC
Re:Legend is a JRPG in which you get to go farming, fishing, and crafting, and you get to build a village. But…. it’s not out yet. Still we are excited about this one.
Check out our list of games like Animal Crossing for more similar games.