Mon. Dec 5th, 2022
Best Switch Life Sims and Farming Games
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Updated with latest releases. Enjoy!


If you’re looking for a change of pace and a pleasant distraction from everyday life, few mediums offer such an immersive, ongoing escapism as video games. Even the best books have an end, but some games can go on almost indefinitely and become a soothing part of our daily lives.

If that’s the kind of game you’re looking for, the list below of the best life sim and farming games on Switch should point you in the right direction.

Whether you’ve always dreamed of moving to the countryside, retiring to a desert island, or just heading to a watering hole to go fishing, the games below will set you up for your new (digital) life and keep you busy with nice little tasks to ease the stress of real life… or at least replace it with the low-rate stress of sowing turnips, caring for animals, and growing crops. Just remember, when you’re worried about cramming those digital lives into your busy schedule, it’s all for fun!

So take a shovel and a handful of seeds, and let’s take a look – in no particular order – at the cream of the crop; The best life and farming simulations on Switch.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)

Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch)

Publisher: Nintendo / Developer: Nintendo

Release date: March 20, 2020 (USA) / March 20, 2020 (UK/EU)
Rune Factory 4 Special (Switch)

Rune Factory 4 Special (Switch)

Publisher: Wonderful AQL / Developer: Neverland

Release date: February 25, 2020 (USA) / February 28, 2020 (UK/EU)
Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town (Switch)

Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town (Switch)

Publisher: Miraculous (XSEED) / Developer: Miraculous (XSEED)

Release date: July 14, 2020 (USA) / July 10, 2020 (UK/EU)
Collector (Switch eShop)

Collector (Switch eShop)

Publisher: humble set / Developer: HopFrog

Release date: July 30, 2019 (USA) / July 30, 2019 (UK/EU)
My time in Portia (switch)

My time in Portia (switch)

Publisher: Team17 / Developer: Patea Games

Release date: April 16, 2019 (USA) / April 16, 2019 (UK/EU)
Littlewood (Switch webshop)

Littlewood (Switch webshop)

Publisher: SmashGames / Developer: Sean Young

Release date: February 25, 2021 (USA) / March 25, 2021 (UK/EU)
Doraemon: A Tale of the Seasons (Switch)

Doraemon: A Tale of the Seasons (Switch)

Publisher: Bandai Namco / Developer: Wonderful Inc.

Release date: October 11, 2019 (USA) / October 11, 2019 (UK/EU)
Graveyard Keeper (Switch eShop)

Graveyard Keeper (Switch eShop)

Publisher: TinyBuild Games / Developer: Lazy Bear Games

Release date: June 27, 2019 (USA) / June 27, 2019 (UK/EU)