The Best Flight simulation Games

Update : Microsoft Flight Simulator Standard 40th Anniversary Edition added at rank #12.
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Kerbal Space Program (2015)

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Mac OS Playstation 4 Xbox One PC Windows Linux

Kerbal Space Program is a sandbox game that puts you in charge of the space program on the planet Kerbin, an Earth-like planet inhabited by adorable green aliens. You will build rockets and fly them, researching advanced parts as you progress. It has a Story mode to introduce players to the game, as well as Sandbox mode for more experienced players.


What we like:
  • Funny and entertaining
  • Educational and teaches real concepts
  • Immensely creative with many possibilities for spaceflight available
  • Great modding community
What could be improved:
  • Complex tech tree and learning curve
  • Potentially overwhelming for new players
  • Requires patience to understand real life concepts

  • simulation
  • flight
  • space
  • physics
  • sandbox

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SimplePlanes (2014)

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Android Mac OS PC Windows IOS iPhone

SimplePlanes is the ultimate game for aviation enthusiasts. With over 100,000 free airplanes to download and the ability to build and design your own planes, the sky is truly the limit. Experience dynamic flight simulation with weight distribution, thrust, lift, and drag all calculated continuously while flying. Take on challenges like landing on aircraft carriers, dodging surface-to-air missiles, and racing through courses. The game also supports modding, giving you the ability to customize your own parts and environments for endless fun.


What we like:
  • Great for building complex creations
  • Allows for creating planes, boats, helicopters, and tanks
  • Available on mobile and VR
  • Fun to play once you learn the mechanics
  • Good alternative to similar games on the market
What could be improved:
  • Steep learning curve for beginners
  • Graphics may not be up to par for some players
  • Physics could be improved
  • Limited options for customizing components besides wings and fuselages

  • flight
  • simulation
  • sandbox
  • physics
  • automation
  • auto
  • racing
  • vehicle
  • building
  • collectathon
  • moddable
  • artificial
  • intelligence
  • military
  • combat

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Microsoft Flight Simulator 40th Anniversary Edition (2020)

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From gliders and helicopters to wide-body jets, fly highly detailed and accurate aircraft in the Microsoft Flight Simulator 40th Anniversary Edition. The world is at your fingertips.


  • flight
  • simulation

4

Bomber Crew (2017)

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Android Linux Mac OS PC Windows Xbox One

Bomber Crew is a strategic simulation game set during World War Two, where you control a team of air force members responsible for piloting, radar, guns, mechanics and bombing. You must move the crew around to ensure they keep up with their tasks and give them commands. The game has many nuances and customisable features that create a bond between player and crew.


What we like:
  • Strategic gameplay
  • Challenging difficulty
  • Customisable features
  • Nuanced sound/visuals
  • Portable gameplay
What could be improved:
  • Cluttered tasks when action ramps up
  • Difficulty spike later levels
  • Patience required for some sections

  • simulation
  • world-war-2
  • management
  • flight
  • strategy
  • survival
  • war
  • rogue-like
  • difficult

5

Sky Rogue (2017)

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Nintendo Switch Xbox One PC Windows Mac OS Linux Android

Sky Rogue is a nostalgic arcade-style 3D flight-sim with diverse aircrafts, weapons, and customization options for an engaging rogue-lite experience. Fly over infinite procedurally-generated islands, take out enemy aces, carriers, and battleships in intense dogfighting action. The game offers 2-player local co-op, permanent unlocks, and secret technologies to keep you excited. Enjoy the retro-style voxel-based world with bright colors and catchy tunes that never get old.


What we like:
  • Fun and engaging gameplay
  • Variety of planes and weapons to choose from
  • 80's graphics and art-style
  • Constant updates and mod support
  • Good value for the price
What could be improved:
  • Difficulty can spike suddenly
  • Limited storyline or plot
  • Some issues with flight physics and mechanics
  • Repetitive gameplay over time
  • Limited variety in effective loadouts

  • flight
  • rogue-like
  • arcade
  • procedural
  • jet
  • simulation
  • combat
  • moddable

6

Everspace 2 (2021)

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PC Windows Xbox Series X Xbox Series X/s Playstation 5

Dive into the vast cosmos with EVERSPACE 2, a thrilling space shooter game. Uncover secrets, solve puzzles, and shape your legacy in a captivating sci-fi story. Equip your ship with a wide array of weapons, meet allies, and engage in high-octane challenges. Experience the rush of exploration and the thrill of battles in the limitless expanse of space.


What we like:
  • Stunning graphics
  • Responsive controls
  • Rich exploration opportunities
  • Diverse weaponry and abilities
  • Robust crafting system
What could be improved:
  • Linear story progression
  • Repetitive gameplay
  • Limited variation in ships and enemies
  • Some performance issues

  • rogue-like
  • shooter
  • space
  • rpg
  • fight
  • crafting
  • combat
  • flight
  • simulation
  • open-world
  • arcade
  • sci-fi
  • exploration
  • loot
  • narrative

7

Elite: Dangerous (2014)

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Mac OS PC Windows osvr Playstation 4 Xbox One

Take control of your own starship in a cutthroat galaxy. Elite Dangerous is the definitive massively multiplayer space epic.


  • simulation
  • trading
  • pirates
  • flight
  • multiplayer
  • mmo
  • space
  • combat
  • exploration
  • open-world
  • sandbox
  • economy
  • fight
  • political
  • sci-fi

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ASTRO-NOT (2023)

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Join the community of ASTRO-NOTS and explore the galaxy, compete for the fastest time or share your creations with other players. Take on the challenge and become the ultimate Astro-not!

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  • editor
  • procedural
  • racing
  • level
  • space
  • simulation
  • retro
  • flight
  • exploration
  • thrust
  • 8-bit
  • open-world
  • platform
  • futuristic
  • pixel-perfect

9

SimAirport (2020)

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Xbox Series X Xbox One Linux PC Windows Mac OS

Build & Manage Your Airport. An International Hub or a Regional Masterpiece -- it's up to you. Buy more land to scale out, or escalators to scale up with MULTIPLE FLOORS. You're in full control in this modern business management tycoon!


  • base-building
  • city-building
  • flight
  • management
  • building
  • economy
  • simulation
  • sandbox
  • pixel
  • 2d
  • resource-management
  • casual
  • large-scale
  • strategy

10

X-Plane 11 (2017)

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Linux Mac OS PC Windows

The future of flight simulation is now! X-Plane 11 is the detailed, realistic, and modern simulator you’ve been waiting for. Intuitive user interface, 3-D cockpits, new effects, 3-D sound, living airports and world-wide scenery.


  • flight
  • simulation

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