Total Nerd The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time  

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List Rules Vote up the best life simulation video games to play, no matter what system they are on.

These are best life simulation games of all time, across multiple consoles and systems, with cover art pictures where available. Although most of these titles are part of the Sims franchise, there are some other good life sim games on the poll that aren't. These highly-rated games are ordered by popularity, so only the greatest are at the top of the list. Spanning the entire history of the genre, these life simulation games are considered the best of all time.

The games on this list range from The Sims to Animal Crossing, plus much more. This list answers the questions, "What are the best life simulation games?" and "What is the greatest life simulation game of all time?"
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The Sims 2 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
The Sims 2 2004

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2
250 65
The Sims 3 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
bby byrd added The Sims 3 Jun 02 2009

3
322 104
The Sims 4 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
Lars Van Der Veeke added The Sims 4 2014

4
274 168
The Sims 2: Pets is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

5
209 125
The Sims 2: University is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

6
219 151
The Sims 2: Seasons is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

7
207 132
The Sims 3: World Adventures is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

8
178 111
The Sims 2: Open for Business is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

9
286 145
Animal Crossing is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

10
180 120
The Sims 2: Nightlife is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

11
241 152
Spore is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
Spore 2008

12
167 120
The Sims 2: Double Deluxe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

13
207 116
Harvest Moon: Back to Nature is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

14
173 96
Animal Crossing: Wild World is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

15
132 100
The Sims 2: FreeTime is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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117 87
The Sims 2: Bon Voyage is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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68 30
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126 95
Fable III is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
Fable III 2010

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150 120
The Sims: Hot Date is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

20
140 86
Animal Crossing: City Folk is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

21
62 53
SimCity 2000 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
RichardWare added SimCity 2000 1993

22
103 83
The Sims Castaway Stories is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

23
119 91
The Urbz: Sims in the City is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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71 53
SimCity 4 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
RichardWare added SimCity 4 2003

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83 66
The Sims 2: Castaway is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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106 88
The Sims: Livin' Large is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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33 15
The Sims is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
The Sims 2000

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43 39
SimCity 3000 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
RichardWare added SimCity 3000 1999

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84 80
The Sims 2 Stuff packs is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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43 43
SimCity is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
RichardWare added SimCity 1989

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42 29
The Sims Bustin' Out is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
BenNicholson added The Sims Bustin' Out 2003

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69 48
Tomodachi Collection is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

33
27 16
The Sims 3: Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
Noxenola added The Sims 3: Supernatural

34
50 45
The Sims: Makin' Magic is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

35
68 75
SimLife is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
SimLife 1992

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47 43
WolfQuest is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
WolfQuest Jul 11 2008

37
61 68
The Sims Pet Stories is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

38
70 73
SimAnimals is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
SimAnimals 2009

39
49 38
Harvest Moon: Magical Melody is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

40
69 63
Harvest Moon GB is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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30 35
Ranker Video
RichardWare added Sim City 5

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63 72
Princess Maker 2 is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

43
33 36
The Sims FreePlay is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
BenNicholson added The Sims FreePlay

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67 67
The Guild 2 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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30 40
SimEarth is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
SimEarth 1990

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40 47
MySims Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

47
56 70
SimAnt is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
SimAnt 1991

48
37 47
My Sims is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
My Sims 2007

49
21 26
ARMA 3 is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
KeshawnHolder added ARMA 3 2012

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6 2
Harvest Moon is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
HarisonGross added Harvest Moon 1996