Although nerve-wracking, time management games carry a lot of value. The skills you gain playing them easily translate to your real-life and improve your reaction time, organizational skills, and planning abilities. That’s because you must work alone or in teams, and complete strictly defined objectives in exact order with limited resources and, obviously, time. They’ll get your blood pumping, that’s for sure. The game genre is fast-paced, and success requires a clear strategy and perfect plan execution. With that in mind, let’s get into our list of the best time management games for PC.
1. Cook, Serve, Delicious!
Cook, Serve, Delicious! is on top of the list of top team management games for PC as the hardcore cooking simulator game. Your restaurant is closed, in a miserable state, and located in a derelict building that used to be famous. You only have a few thousand dollars, an empty menu with 30 food options, and a little bit of equipment. The way you manage the establishment is totally up to you, and your goal is to reach a 5-star rating world-class dining level. On top of running a restaurant, you must also throw parties, host the TV show named “Iron Cook”, read and answer e-mails, respond to customers’ ratings, fund start-up projects, and tons more.
2. Totem Tribe 2: Jotun
Totem Tribe 2: Jotun is primarily a time management MMORPG, but also features mystery, puzzle, and adventure elements with a storyline typical for strategy games. As usual, you start from ground zero and must manage your village’s resources through time, from the Stone Age to the Space Age. Besides tons of critical thinking and on-the-go problem-solving, you must also go on quests, optimize resources, and battle or befriend thousands of other players on the same map. What’s more, you must battle the tyranny of God-Emperors on the in-game planet Teya.
3. Goodgame Big Farm
Goodgame Big Farm is among the most addictive, and this leading time management PC games. As the name suggests, it’s all about country life: building your farm from the ground up, and not only maintaining it but making it thrive. There are hundreds of different buildings and decorations you’ll have to fabricate to do so, and many are customizable. Additionally, you’ll have to juggle between daily and one-time quests, plant, harvest, and trade the food you produced, visit farm festivals, hire workers, and more. There over 10 million players playing it, but you can try co-op game mode too.
4. The Island: Castaway 2
The Island: Castaway 2 is a complex epic game with elements of adventure, mystery, puzzle-solving, exploration, and survival: building, hunting, fishing, harvesting, cooking, farming, and even casting magic spells. You’re stuck in the distant past on an unknown island you know nothing about except that it’s massive, bright, and vibrant. As you complete 300+ quests and play as 16 unique, memorable characters, you’ll get a grasp of what’s truly going on. There’s also a collection system in the game, forcing you to seek out rarities, and you can acquire and prepare unique cooking recipes.
5. King of Retail
King of Retail landed 5th place on our list of time management PC games for a reason. You play as the owner and the manager of a new store and micromanage every little detail about it. First, decide on a niche by analyzing the competition. Then, determine the price range and deal with ordering, delivery, and acquisition of goods. Now’s the time to restock and rearrange shelving with products and run in-store or external marketing campaigns. You must also appease customers by creating a positive atmosphere and guiding their shopping experience while juggling staff hiring, training, directions, and disobedience.
6. Northern Tale 2
Northern Tale 2 is set in medieval times and deals with time and resource management but also magic. You’ll play as the King of the Vikings, and your primary goal is reconstructing the village after the destruction by an evil witch Getsa. You must humble yourself and work alongside your subjects, grow crops, and partake in gold-getting missions while ensuring you don’t run out of materials and funding. As if that wasn’t tough enough, Getsa is alive and well and determined to come back and annihilate your settlement. Finally, there are 50 in-game levels and an award system.
7. Timeflow – Time & Money Sim
Timeflow – Time & Money Sim is a single-player/split-screen real-life simulation. You’ll play as a regular Joe trying to reach financial freedom. You can be a freelancer, business owner, real estate investor, stockbroker, or invest time and money in education. Simultaneously, you need to live your normal life. This means raising a family, budgeting, cutting off bad habits and needless desires, playing sports, helping your parents, and even deciding which charities to donate to. The end goal? Retire and pass away with peace of mind. This will be anything but easy, obviously.
8. Heart’s Medicine: Time to Heal
Heart’s Medicine: Time to Heal is an incredibly multifaceted game. The storyline seems simple. You’ll play Allison Heart, an aspiring surgeon who goes to daily shifts at the Little Creek Hospital. You’ll meet doctors, patients, and associates, and balance joy of life, humor, and tragedy accompanied by a killer soundtrack. But at its core, there’s a tearjerker story around doctors Allison falls in love with, one of which has an accident and relies on Allison to get him to the hospital rapidly in critical condition. We won’t spoil the rest, though.
9. Farm Frenzy: Refreshed
Farm Frenzy: Refreshed lets you run a private homestead: feed animals, gather eggs, and adjust your agricultural activities to the forecast, light levels, and season changes. Also, earn a profit by making products, then selling or trading or with the nearby city. Besides the challenge of juggling your never-ending daily obligations, you must also defend your furry best friends from ferocious and starving wild animals. Luckily, you have the necessary tools and your loyal pets are ready for a fight to the death.
10. Rail Nation
Here’s Rail Nation, one of the top train simulator, railway tycoon, and PC time management games. You’ll love this realistic economy and business simulation game, which follows 6 eras of railway development history. Your goal is simple – make money by developing a working strategy, and balancing technological development and business deals. The time it takes you and the amount you amass will determine your rank among other players in this online PC game. There are 150+ realistic trains and engines, 35+ types of trains, and, currently, 48 distinctive wagons.
11. Rescue Team: Planet Savers
Rescue Team: Planet Savers lets you actually live out a fantasy of being the hero that saves the world. It involves a race against time to stop a global warming meltdown with calamitous consequences. This involves deploying helicopters to rescue tourists, sending dogs to save drowning victims, instructing firemen on how and where to extinguish the fire, and pull out suffocating or injured victims. You must treat patients by building hospitals and guiding doctors. Finally, there are 65 detailed levels, 40+ in-game achievements, and 3 difficulty settings.
12. 12 Labours of Hercules: How I Met Megara
Do you agree with the saying, “love trumps all”? If so, you’ll enjoy this one. Megara, Hercules’ romantic interest, was kidnapped alongside her cat by Cretans after the invasion of Thebes. Luckily, the kidnappers left clues, which you as Hercules must follow. The road will be bumpy but engaging and fun – you can finish complete levels and sub-levels in many different ways. Also, you’ll encounter mummies, gods from Greek mythology, and even the Egyptian pyramid. The amount of detective work also depends on which of the 3 modes of difficulty is selected.
13. Jane’s Hotel Mania
Jane’s Hotel Mania is similar to Diner Dash, a well-known time management game for smart devices. In this case, you’ll take the role of Jane and Jenny, her niece, who are fighting tooth and nail to keep their hotel business afloat. You must keep starving customers happy, wash dishes, manage hotel staff, and work on boosting the hotel’s reputation and popularity. During that time, you’ll progress through 40 levels, upgrade to 4 new hotel versions with increasingly complex structures, juggle different customer types and partake in over 8 different mini-games.
14. Jack of All Tribes
Jack of All Tribes is basically a Jurassic Park game that requires you to manage time. Playing as Jack, you’ll suddenly get teleported back in time from the modern theme park to the Stone age. You run into tribesmen, who find you intriguing and immediately declare you their leader. You must protect them by fighting off enemies, help them build their village, farm, or forage food, and juggle meetings with village shamans and chieftains. On top of that, there are mini-games with a “hidden object” theme, and you’re constantly trying to return to the future.
15. Roads of Rome: New Generation 2
Roads of Rome: New Generation 2 is a mix of warrior games and brutal time management PC games. It follows the story of Rome that, after years of prosperity, gets invaded by Vikings. To repel them, Markus, the son of the top Roman general Victorius, must rally the troops and head off into battle. He leaves Valeria behind, whose role you must take. Your task is to manage the resources of the war-torn villages while severely lacking manpower, materials, and funds through 40 in-game levels. Also, you can replay less or more challenging by switching between 3 difficulty modes.
16. Airport Madness 3D
Airport Madness 3D ramped up our anxiety like no other game, so skip it if you dislike complete chaos. You’ll play as an air traffic controller at an outrageously busy airport. And not only one, but up to 7, with the ability to create your own. Moreover, you’ll be in such mayhem that you must oversee and guide multiple plane landings while juggling ground traffic and the safety of employees. The game offers 4 camera views: pilot view, sky view, tower view, and runway view, and airports use real Earth data for surrounding landscapes and nearby mountains.
17. Katy and Bob: Cake Café
If you love the concept of weddings, you’ll savor every moment spent playing Katy and Bob: Cake Café. After discovering that there’s no way to acquire a wedding cake on an island, Bob and Katy decide to open a cake-baking company. After initial success, you can build a team of 10 entertaining and memorable characters and start expanding to 3 different locations. We must also point out that the soundtrack that plays throughout 60 available levels is both fitting and captivating. Additionally, every level you beat unlocks a bonus building, so the progress is very rewarding.
18. Punch Club
We bet you didn’t expect a fighting game on this list. Well, Punch Club certainly fits the criterion. After your dad gets murdered in front of your eyes, you must start to manage training, food consumption, and smacking other dudes around to rise through the ranks at Punch Club. Meanwhile, you have to preserve relationships and friendships, go to work, do recreational activities, and even partake in alligator fighting. You also need to develop your fighting style by changing talents and follow the storyline with multiple endings to figure out who the killer is and enact revenge.
19. The Political Machine
In The Political Machine, you create a frontrunner candidate and aim for the White House. Start spreading your ideology and generate interest via advertisements, discrediting your opponents, or giving interviews. Create a campaign, acquire donors, hire PR and operatives, and monitor current standing via poll tracking and leaderboard information. You can also practice your politics via the game’s simulations of real-life issues and census data. Also, you must have a ready response for events such as natural disasters, scandals, breaking news, affairs, accusations, etc.
20. Fabulous – Angela’s True Colors
At the end of our rundown of time management PC games, we have a game for girls. You’ll play Angela, an experienced fashion designer who dreams of having a fashion boutique in the center of New York. Unfortunately, her plans trigger a fashion queen named Noémie, whose malicious intervention sends Angela home. Your goal is to bounce back and start designing dresses, shoes, jewelry, and accessories, decorate the boutique, glam up your models, perform fashion makeovers, and create a thriving business. There are 60 story levels, 24 challenge levels, and 2 secret levels to complete, as well as 20 fashion-oriented mini-games.