Economy simulation and city management may not be the first thing most people think of when they think about video games. But it is one of the most longstanding genres in gaming, going all the way back to the 1980's. And if you've been looking to get into the genre or just check something new out, now's a great time with an entire sale highlighting some of the most noteworthy modern simulation games.
From the beloved Cities: Skylines to obscure stuff like Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale, there's a little something for everyone in this sale. As my expertise in game genres is more blowing stuff up than planning economies; I'll instead be going through a sampler platter and determining the best games in the sale based on reviews, how interesting it looks to me, and how good a deal it is.
It should be noted these aren't games that optimally fit into the Steam Deck's normal control format, but we'll list Deck support anyway.
Cities Skylines ($
29.99 $8.99) Steam Deck Playable / Native Linux Support
RollerCoaster Tycoon: Deluxe ($
5.99 $2.99) Steam Deck Playable / ProtonDB Gold
Travellers Rest - EARLY ACCESS ($
14.99 $11.24) Steam Deck Verified / ProtonDB Platinum
Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale ($
19.99 $3.99) Steam Deck Unsupported/ ProtonDB Gold
Anno 1800 ($
59.99 $14.99) Steam Deck Playable / ProtonDB Gold
Like I've said, my economy simulator knowledge isn't great. So I welcome any additional game suggestions in the comments I might have missed that you love. You can check out the sale here and keep in mind that it runs until January 15 at 10 AM PST / 6PM UTC.