Physic Simulator Games, well, simulate physics. But what that phrase means can really vary from game to game. After all, every game you play technically simulates some physics, so what makes it special?
Physical simulator games typically focus on the extravagant. You can do things like wage massive battles, create unrealistically fun vehicles, or just take down buildings. Here, physics is no compliment to gameplay or any form of story ̵
Before we start the games, there are a few things worth noting. First, this genre is mainly on PC and these games can get quite intensive on your system, so watch out for that. Second, there are currently some games in Steam Early Access: Steam's game distribution system is still in the alpha or beta stages of development. While Early Access has built up a bad reputation for being a collection of unfinished games that will never be completed, we made sure that at least the games we selected are still actively updated by the developers.
With that out of the way, let's cause some chaos .
Not as Accurate: Totally Accurate Battle Simulator (PC)
What if you could place the greatest civilizations throughout history to compete against each other? Arrows would cut through the air, knights would fight Vikings in open fields, and a simple farmer could ram them all with his trusty wheelbarrow… wait a minute. ($ 14.99) is proud of. You have access to a (growing) list of 90 different units, from historical to fictional to fight with – and they all have googly eyes, so that's nice. You can create your own scenarios or play through the many campaign phases included in the game. Either way, you are sure to have a great time.
Totally Accurate Battle Simulator is currently only available on PC in Steam Early Access with a planned 1.0 release later this year. It is also in the Epic Games Store.
A little more realistic: Ultimate Epic Battle Simulator (PC)
Ultimate Epic Battle Simulator ($ 14.99) Is More Than A Bit similar to Totally Accurate Battle Simulator, but that's fine – it still finds a way to distinguish itself .
Visuals and physics are generally more realistic – but don't expect this game to perfectly reflect real life. You can get just as many ridiculous situations here as in Totally Accurate. In addition to the many historical units in the game, there are also fantasy units, science fiction units, and chickens – you can drop a batch chickens in this game.
Ultimate Epic Battle Simulator is currently only available on PC.
Medieval Machinery: Besiege (PC)
As you go through the stages of Besiege ($ 14.99) you will be tasked with getting houses, destroy towers and windmills. But the twist is that you have to design every tool you use for the job. There's a lot to learn about Besiege's building system to keep your creations from exploding as they move, so that should take you many hours of tinkering to create the perfect machines.
There is also a sandbox mode where you can really push the boundaries of the game. This is perfectly demonstrated by the game's community. People have created crazy machines, from huge mech suits to straightforward dinosaurs, and some players even make their own cards to mess around with.
Besiege is only available on PC.
Vehicle Maker: Trailmakers (PC)
Explore the wide open world of Trailmakers ($ 24.99) with a car, hovercraft, submarine or plane from your own design. Trailmakers' build system is robust enough to create complicated mechanisms, but still simple enough for new players to get it pretty quickly. The world itself is full of things to find and missions to complete that unlock new parts for your creations.
But if you lack that technical spirit, you can always mess around with user-made vehicles from the game community. And, like Besiege, people have found really insane ways to push Trailmakers to the limit.
Trailmakers is only available on PC.  Simulated Pixels: Noita (PC)
Noita ($ 17.99) is a pixel art game that takes full advantage of its grainy nature. In Noita, each individual pixel simulated physics, which means you can have a lot of fun here.
Noita is an imposter at its core, so that means you're trying to get through it by unlocking new elemental spells – but if you die, you'll have to start your run again. But more than that, Noita is the kind of game you can just have an hour or two of fun with. You can shoot fireballs on an ice ceiling so that it crumbles, and break open containers of acid to drop on enemies. Even simple explosions look better here than in most games.
Noita is only available on PC in Steam Early Access and the developers are still adding new spells, mechanics and enemies. The developers have plans to launch 1.0 this year, but that is not guaranteed.
Infrastructure Engineer: Poly Bridge (PC / Switch / iOS / Android)
Building a bridge so cars can drive across a river may not sound super interesting . But that is part of the addictive seductive nature of Poly Bridge – it manages to be complex without being intimidating because of its simple premise. Here you need to worry about balancing the weight so that everything from small sedans to huge buses can safely cross your bridge. It can be surprisingly difficult to figure out, but once you do it feels great to see that victory screen.
Poly Bridge is available on PC, Switch, iOS and Android, and it even has a sequel coming around the corner.
Planet Smasher: Universe Sandbox (PC)
What would happen if Saturn and Jupiter collide? Or if the earth became 1000 times larger in seconds? These are the types of questions that Universe Sandbox ($ 29.99) answers. One moment you launch asteroids into the Earth, while the next you can accidentally (or on purpose) create a black hole that envelops the entire solar system. You can do whatever you want, especially with the added power of community-made content. So sit back, relax and destroy the entire universe in a flaming ball of glory.
Universe Sandbox is only available on PC in Steam Early Access and has been around for about 5 years. While that will take quite a long time for Early Access, we're going to give the developers a pass here. Not only are they trying to recreate the universe, but they are also actively updating the game and even released a roadmap for the future of the game.