It’s all feeling a little lockdown-esque again, isn't it? But while we’re stuck at home keeping each other safe, that doesn’t mean we have to give up on our property empire dreams!
The first place to start is with a bit of speculative property joy. You can browse thousands of properties for sale on PropertyGuru today. Those amazing properties will be waiting for you when you’re ready to visit.
Of course some people like things a little more interactive. So don’t let the Movement Control Order (MCO) get you down. Why not take time to build up a virtual property empire instead?
It’s really important right now to find ways to relax, take a step back from the world, and have fun at home where you can.
So let’s look at fun with a property twist, with the 5 best simulation games and property adventures that can turn you into a virtual real estate tycoon in 2021!
It’s an oldie, but a genuine classic. SimCity was first published in 1989, and went on to become a runaway success, making it potentially one of the most iconic simulation games for the PC.
It allowed visionary players to build up sprawling futuristic cities from just a simple patch of land, serving up the dreams of even the most ambitious virtual property developer.
More than 30 years on, the SimCity gaming franchise still offers up a remarkably addictive property empire simulation game to people of all age groups.
There’s a SimCity out there for everyone, from the legendary games available on PC, Mac, and consoles, to an all-new mobile game called SimCity BuildIt. Get your fingers tapping and start your own urban utopia!
A word of caution however. While it is stated as "‘free to play", SimCity BuildIt is a ‘freemium’ model game – so you can still choose to pay for upgrades and special treats in the game.
Just be aware and be smart about paying for purchased upgrades, and keep an eye on any kids you might let loose to play it too!
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2) The Sims
You can’t really talk about SimCity without exploring that wildly popular spinoff game, The Sims. How many of you grew up building dream homes, while creating the perfect little families to fill them?
If SimCity is about having the commitment to build and manage a sprawling cityscape, The Sims is about the everyday lifestyle choices that inspire your own home.
The Sims allowed players to nurture their created characters, and hopefully give them a better life. Building up a comfortable environment in your Sims' houses is (obviously!) an important part of that.
Where SimCity gives you a property empire to manage, The Sims is more the home improvement and decor side of real estate.
Like SimCity, The Sims also has a freemium app version for the modern player, which is The Sims Mobile. Again, make sure your credit/debit card isn't linked to the game if you're going to let your child play!
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3) House Flipper
Do you have a desire to see the rewards that come with the hard work of household renovation? House Flipper might be just the game for you!
This simulation takes you deep into the smash, bash, and construct of renovation, from swinging hammers into walls, to putting up curtain rails. This is a design-a-house game, where you’re in control of all the power tools!
House Flipper is your chance to explore your property know-how and business smarts, as you buy, repair, remodel, and sell off a virtual home.
It’s a great way to (virtually) experience the nitty-gritty of buying and flipping a home. You never know, you might find out you’ve got a real talent for it, and can monetise that skill.
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Has the latest MCO got you locked down in a city, dreaming of a simple rural life boasting some of the best open views and outdoor living? Township could well be the property simulation game for you!
Township takes a SimCity-style approach to real estate development, offering a chance to build up a sustainable urban environment on a grand scale.
In Township, however, the rural-urban balance is essential, with farming and agriculture playing an important part of the real estate scene, alongside your usual residential properties.
Township is a freemium model for mobile, offering up an accessible gaming experience with that added in-app purchases if desired. It’s time to unleash your inner farmer and property developer!
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5) Landlord Go
A true real estate tycoon needs to understand how to navigate the investment landscape. You want to wheel and deal your way to success, identifying the right properties, purchasing at the right price, and renting or selling for a profit.
Landlord Go offers a remarkable insight into this real estate world, using real-world data to provide an authentic interactive 3D map of actual properties for you to buy and sell.
The game leverages artificial intelligence and mapping technology so you can literally buy real-world properties that dot the streets of major cities around the world.
That means taking to the streets of New York or Paris for example, identifying genuine properties that exist in the cities today.
You can even sell and trade with other players around the world, creating a truly authentic global property empire.
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If you're thinking of giving your home a makeover after all of these games, first, find out Which Is Best For Your Home: Remodel, Restore, Or Renovate?