Is the real world not living up to your expectations? Build a new, virtual one with one of these popular world-building and world-simulation apps.
Minecraft-Pocket Edition ($6.99)* — In Minecraft-Pocket Edition, you build a pixelated world by placing blocks strategically and finding bonuses while adventuring. (Mobilewalla score: 99/100)
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Terraria ($4.99)* — This highly rated and well-reviewed builder features a charming world full of blocks that can build large or small items, allowing both creativity and flexibility. (Score: 99/100)
High School Story (Free)* — In High School Story, high school can be the experience everyone dreams it can be: Get the boy or girl, have great friends and be popular. (Score: 98/100)
The Simpsons Tapped Out (Free)* — Homer Simpson accidentally destroyed Springfield. Now it’s up to you to rebuild it with the help of some of your favorite characters. (Score: 98/100)
The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-Earth (Free)* — This role-playing game puts you in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth, questing to find allies to fight goblin hordes and find fantasy glory. (Score: 97/100)
X City-Build Your Dream City (Free)* — Over 41,000 people give X-City a five-star rating. This colorful city builder is fun and allows for very creative building on land and sea. (Mobilewalla score: 99/100)
Dragon City (Free)* — In Dragon City, you raise and train dragons and build a custom world around them. Collect as many as 100 dragons. (Score: 99/100)
Tap Paradise Cove (Free)* — The gamer in Tap Paradise Cove builds a city on his or her own island, grows the city until it’s prosperous and fights off enemies like pirates. (Score: 99/100)
The Sims FreePlay (Free)* — The Sims were among the first world-builders, and this free app has an enormous amount of content, options and surprises. (Score: 98/100)
Jurassic Park Builder (Free)* — The first version of Jurassic Park ended tragically. Now you have a chance to build a new, safe park full of dangerous dinosaurs. (Score: 92/100)
*Available on Apple and Android.