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Best Farming and Life Sims on Steam Deck

AKA the best games to play laying down.

by Meg Bethany Koepp

Cozy gamers, rise up! Only one thing is better than relaxing with a farming or life sim after a long day: doing so on a Steam Deck. What’s not to love about Valve’s portable console? You can game from anywhere, whether that’s from the comfort of your couch with a cup of tea or wrapped up in your sheets in bed. Pure bliss.

If this sounds like heaven to you and you’re looking to beef up your Steam Deck library with some comforting titles, here’s our list of the five best farming and life sims on the handheld system, in no particular order. You’re welcome.

5 Best Farming and Life Sims on Steam Deck

Below are my personal favorite farming and life sim picks to play on Steam Deck. Note that while not all of these titles are Steam Deck Verified (meaning they’ve not been confirmed to run “perfectly” by Valve), they all do work and there are ways to play them with no issues. A couple of them, like The Sims 4, require some tweaking, though.

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Stardew Valley

Ah, what is a farming sim list without Stardew Valley? It’s the most obvious choice and if you’re looking at a life simulator list, you’ve probably already played it. Still, it’s undeniable that it offers a great experience on Steam Deck, and you can even mod it via the system’s Desktop Mode for even more fun – you can’t do THAT on Switch.

Kynseed

If you’re a fan of old-school RPG pixel art graphics then you’ll feel right at home with Kynseed. It offers all your usual farming sim gameplay like planting crops, raising animals, and romancing the locals, but it also contains unique activities that give it that special charm. You fight monsters, run your own business, grow a garden, and a whole lot more.

Disney Dreamlight Valley

While still in Early Access at the time of writing, don’t let that put you off – it’s one of the best life/farming sims to date. And not just because it has Disney characters! After designing your very own character, you’re whisked to Dreamlight Valley where you are tasked with restoring the village to its former glory by embarking on quests, crafting, farming, and more. Its relaxing gameplay makes it easy to sink hundreds of hours into (trust me on this one).

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The Sims 4

Couldn’t talk about life simulators without adding this one to the list. Yes, you can play The Sims 4 on Steam Deck, though it takes some tinkering in Desktop Mode. Luckily for you, we have a guide on how to do just that; check out How to Install EA Desktop App/Origin on Steam Deck.

It may be a while before you get used to the controls but if you really want to play The Sims 4 from the comfort of your bed, it works and it works pretty well.

Coral Island

Though Coral Island is another Early Access game and there’s no official controller support just yet, you can still play the game on Steam Deck with minimal issues. Set on a tropical island, you build your dream farm, get married, and do all of the typical farming sim stuff – all while trying to save the coral reef from dying out. You can dive, interact with sea creatures, and pick up trash in the ocean, making it one of the more unique life sim gameplay loops.

To get the best Coral Island experience on Steam Deck, you’re going to want to change the control layout in the menu. There are plenty of user-created button layouts to play around with so while it’s not perfect, it’s definitely more than playable if you want to give it a go.

Meg Bethany Koepp

Meg was a video games journalist in the UK before moving to the US and eventually becoming Managing Editor at Prima Games. When she's not working, you can find her playing her Steam Deck, training Pokémon, or facing off against opponents in Overwatch 2.