Would you rather manage your own idyllic cottagecore garden, run a bustling park or rehome lost dogs? Take your pick from the best management sims on Switch.
There’s something about having complete control in video games that can just make you feel safe.
The real world is tough sometimes – getting bad news, being in between jobs, feeling isolated from loved ones, going through a breakup, or having a health scare – when life gets on top of you it can leave you feeling vulnerable.
Playing cozy games has helped preserve my sanity during my most challenging times.
Management games are a genre of video games that simulate the task of running and overseeing a business or organization. In these games, you take on the role of a manager or administrator, making decisions and strategizing to achieve specific goals and objectives.
They require focus and a degree of creativity.
Would you like to manage your own farm, a small town, cities, theme parks, hospitals, or even entire civilizations?
Gameplay often involves allocating resources, setting budgets, hiring and training employees, planning and executing projects, and making crucial decisions to reach your goals.
You could probably argue that business simulation games such as these should be added to your CV. Hello, promotion!
Let’s take a look at the 25 best management sims on Switch.
25 Best Management Games on Nintendo Switch
To The Rescue!
To The Rescue! is a dog shelter simulator where you are responsible for taking care of dozens of cute dogs in need of homes.
It’s not all cuddles and snoot boops though, running a shelter can be a lot of work. You have to manage all of the dogs’ needs in order to maximize their chances of finding the right forever homes.
The best thing about this game is that 20% of the profit from all sales of ‘To The Rescue!’ goes towards real dog shelters through their charity partner the PetFinder Foundation. So you can play this cozy game and help real life dogs find their forever homes.
My Fantastic Ranch
Train dragons and unicorns on your very own ranch.
Take care of them and build relationships between them and students through riding lessons. Become the most famous ranch in the enchanted kingdom! My Fantastic Ranch is an easy-to-play game with a unique design.
It is perfect as an introduction to management simulation games and for being immersed in a fantasy world filled with the most adorable creatures.
If you’re looking for a mini-therapy session you could always feed some bunnies.
Bunny Park is an easy management sim to get you started in this genre if this is your first time checking out management sims on Nintendo Switch.
Choose from a range of different decorations and toys to create a charming Bunny Park! Expand your park and increase its rating to attract new bunnies.
Each rabbit has their own adorable pattern and personality.
And yes, you can pet the bunny!
Tropical Resort Story
Could you spare time for a vacation?
You will adore managing your own tropical resort! Build accommodations for your guests and encourage more tourists! Improve the environment and discover great travel packages to give visitors the best vacation possible.
This game is a mobile adaptation of a casual colony simulation and city-building title.
With its straightforward gameplay mechanics and nostalgic aesthetic, the developer has crafted a laid-back gaming experience that doesn’t demand significant time commitment or your undivided attention to progress.
So you can just kick back and relax.
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Do you have a green thumb?
In Garden Simulator you’ll get your own patch of land, place decoration elements, and nurture the plants before you harvest them. The richer your yield, the more you can sell and the more money you can spend to enhance your piece of paradise.
With countless unlockable features and additional content, your green thumb will be challenged to the max!
Plant a wide variety of fruits and vegetables and decorate your garden with a colorful array of flowers.
Dream House Days DX
In Dream House Days DX you play both architect and landlord in this fanciful new sim.
And it’s up to you to furnish your ideal abode with anything from arcade games to saunas to convenience stores. Certain combinations can power up your rooms…and their rent.
Put an HDTV and game console together to make a game room, or a grand piano and painting together to make a fine arts room!
Lemon Cake is a charming little baking game.
Restore an abandoned bakery and prepare pastries from farm to table! Grow fresh ingredients in the greenhouse, cook pastries & sweets in the kitchen and serve your baked goods to hungry customers in your own shop!
Serve your customers quickly and keep your window display well stocked so you don’t miss out on any orders! This single-player game will make you crave something sweet, don’t say I didn’t warn you
Run an aquarium shop in Aquarist!
Learn more about fish and their behavior and take responsibility for their lives. Control the temperature, environment, and nourishment to provide a suitable environment.
Don’t forget to develop your aquarium and after a while, you will be able to open an aquarist shop!
One More Island
As the Queen’s latest governor, build a colonial empire in Her name.
Claim islands, collect their natural resources, build production chains, and turn a derelict outpost into a rebellious, bustling metropolis at the heart of a New World commercial empire! Research new ways to develop your fledgling colony into a New World superpower.
Each civilization tier brings with it new challenges, new requirements – and new opportunities.
My Universe – Interior Designer
Set up your own agency and become the best in town.
Listen to your client’s needs and begin to renovate and refurbish their homes by selecting the style most suited to their personalities. Gradually, you’ll unlock new items, styles, decorative possibilities and bigger projects.
Become a dream DIYer in House Builder!
Fans of House Flipper will enjoy this game. Travel around the world and through the ages to build iconic designs! If you prefer to work slowly and be methodical this is the game for you.
Urbek City Builder
Build your very own city in Urbek.
Manage its natural resources, improve the quality of life of the population, and build its neighborhoods. What makes Urbek different to othe city builders is the lack of money. I mean, it’s nonexistent here.
Instead, you will have to build everything with your own resources, such as food, coal, or skilled work. There are more than 30 different resources to manage! Manage your natural resources well, so that they do not run out before they can be replaced.
How will you manage your city?
Have you ever wanted to run your own agency?
In Idol Manager you will manager at a small (but growing!) talent agency. As you cultivate and train the newest generation of young pop stars, you’ll have to decide who to hire and who to fire, who gets promoted and who gets reprimanded.
The personal lives of these young celebrities are a part of your business, and the life of a pop star isn’t always sunshine and rainbows. Their crowning personal achievements can be your greatest commercial successes, but their emotional meltdowns and PR nightmares can spell financial disaster for your company.
Two Point Campus
Two Point Campus is the latest release from Two Point Studios off the back of its successful Two Point Hospital.
Trading scalpels for pens in this academic management sim you’ll create your own university. Build dorm rooms, lecture theaters, classrooms and more as you aim to achieve your main goal – help your students graduate from university with flying colors!
Let’s Build A Zoo
Let’s Build a Zoo allows players to unleash their creativity and build their very own zoo from the ground up.
In the game, players start with a blank canvas and must design and construct enclosures, exhibits, and facilities to attract visitors and ensure the well-being of their animal inhabitants. They can customize every aspect of their zoo, including the layout, decorations, and landscaping, to create a unique and visually stunning environment.
The goal is to create a successful and thriving zoo that attracts a wide range of visitors.
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Complete Edition
Whatever you want to create, RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 gives you the tools and freedom to build the amusement park of your dreams.
Manage like a tycoon and make your way to the top.
Control park finances, shops, services and staff to succeed in dozens of scenarios. Become a true tycoon and embark on your promising new career, or create your ideal park without money woes in sandbox mode. Satisfy your guests’ needs and keep your park running smoothly to succeed.
Get ready to get ‘Soaked!’ and venture into the ‘Wild!’
This complete edition includes all content from both Soaked! and Wild! expansion packs. Relish the added challenge of creating and managing exhilarating waterparks and spectacular animal habitats.
Animal Shelter Simulation
In Animal Shelter Simulator tackle the challenging, but also highly rewarding, task of running a refuge for strays and rescues.
Witness firsthand how much effort goes into helping abandoned and injured animals as you handle a number of tasks necessary for your shelter to operate smoothly. The main goal and most rewarding aspect of this game – when an animal makes its way to its forever home.
If you love To The Rescue! you’ll enjoy this management simulator.
Parkasaurus is a dinosaur tycoon management simulation.
Take care of your dinosaurs by constructing well-designed exhibits, researching specialized technologies, and maximizing profits to expand into the ultimate dinosaur theme park.
Do you favor development for guests or your dinosaurs?
Cat Cafe Manager
Befriend the local cat population and delight your customers in Cat Cafe Manager as you rebuild your decaying cafe into a cozy escape.
Set in the village of Caterwaul Way there are secrets to be uncovered and stray cats to adopt. Decorate your cafe while listening to the soothing sounds of mews, and ambient noises of an everyday cafe.
Hire staff, train them and dish-up custom orders.
Cities: Skylines is a modern take on a classic city builder.
The game introduces new gameplay elements to realize the thrill and hardships of creating and maintaining a real world city whilst expanding on some well-established tropes of the city-building experience.
Boasting fully realized transport and economy systems.
In Spiritfarer you play as Stella, the new ferry master to the deceased. Invite stuck ghosts aboard your boat and befriend them as you journey to their past homes and learn about their past lives.
Along with your companion Daffodil the Cat you travel between islands, crafting materials, cooking meals and managing your guests. If you’re looking for an cozy management game with a heartfelt story I highly recommend Spiritfarer.
Welcome to Arcade Paradise, the 90’s retro arcade game and light-management sim combo! From cleaning toilets and picking up gum, to doing the laundry; the road to Arcade Paradise isn’t easy, but the reward will be worth the grind!
Take on the role of Ashley and manage the day-to-day tasks of running the family laundromat.
Rebel against your father’s wishes and create a games arcade to give the sleepy town of Grindstone something to really get excited about as you wash rags, invest the profits and build your very own Arcade Paradise!
Bear And Breakfast
Bear and Breakfast is a laid-back management adventure game where you play as a well-meaning bear trying to run a B+B in the woods.
Hank and his friends find an abandoned shack and, equipped with their teenage ingenuity, turn it into a money-making bed-and-breakfast scheme for unsuspecting tourists.
As your business expands so do the mysteries of the forest, and Hank soon finds himself uncovering a plot deeper than the wilderness itself.
Megaquarium follows in the footsteps of classic theme park management tycoon games and adds an aquatic spin!
Design your displays, look after your fish, manage your staff, and keep your guests happy! It’s all in a day’s work as the curator of your very own Megaquarium. Every decision you make in Megaquarium has consequences.
Your choice of animals, filters, tanks, staff and layout all have subtle and far-reaching effects on each other. Experiment, adjust, learn, reapply and most importantly, have fun!
Little Big Workshop
You are the Big Boss and it’s time to take charge of your very own tabletop factory.
Organize the factory floor, manage your workers, purchase machinery, and design efficient production lines – all within the time limit and to your client’s satisfaction!
In Little Big Workshop you become a factory tycoon!
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