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List Rules Video games where you play god. Not all strategy games apply.

These are the best God games of all time for any console or system, including cover art pictures when available. What exactly is a God game? Well it's a genre where you're essentially playing God, controlling the lives of one or more people and choosing how they will live (and die). Don't confuse god games with city-building games or RTS games, as they are not quite one and the same. These highly rated God games are ordered by popularity, so only the greatest god games are at the top of the list. What types of God Games are there?

Spanning the entire history of the genre, these God games are considered the best in the genre. The Black & White series is the go to for many players, but games like Spore and Populous are must plays as well. This list includes all challenging God games that have ever hit the shelves, so it doesn't necessarily have all the more obscure or new God games.

Everything from The Sims to Spore is included on this list. This list answers the questions, "What are the best God games?" and "What is the greatest God game game of all time?"
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Black & White 2 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
2005 Black & White 2 is a video game developed by Lionhead Studios and published by Electronic Arts. It blends real-time strategy, city building and god game elements. It was released on 7 ...more

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Black & White is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
2001 Black & White is a 2001 video game developed by Lionhead Studios and published by Electronic Arts and Feral Interactive for Microsoft Windows and Mac OS. A god game, it includes elements of ...more

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Spore is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
2008 Spore is a 2008 multi-genre single-player fantasy god game developed by Maxis and designed by Will Wright, released for Windows and Mac OS X. Covering many genres including action, real-time ...more

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The Sims 2 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
Mcduff90 added 2004 The Sims 2 is a 2004 strategic life simulation video game developed by Maxis and published by Electronic Arts. It is the sequel to the best-selling computer game, The Sims. The game has the same ...more

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Populous: The Beginning is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
1998 Populous: The Beginning is a strategy and god-style video game. It is the third entry in the Populous video game series, developed by Bullfrog Productions in 1998. The PC version of the game was ...more

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From Dust is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
2011 From Dust is an open world God game, designed by Eric Chahi and developed by Ubisoft Montpellier. Ubisoft described it as a 'spiritual heir' to Populous, a game developed by Peter Molyneux and ...more

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Dungeon Keeper 2 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
1999 Dungeon Keeper 2 is a strategy game developed by Bullfrog Productions and published by Electronic Arts in 1999 for Microsoft Windows. It was released in Europe and North America in June 1999. It ...more

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The Sims 4 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
2014 The Sims 4 is a 2014 life simulation video game developed by Maxis and The Sims Studio and published by Electronic Arts. The Sims 4 was originally announced on May 6, 2013, and was released in ...more

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The Universim is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
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The Sims is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
2000 The Sims is a strategic life-simulation video game developed by Maxis and published by Electronic Arts, it was released on February 4, 2000. Its development was led by game designer Will Wright, ...more

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Dungeon Keeper is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
1997 Dungeon Keeper is a strategy video game developed by Bullfrog Productions under Peter Molyneux and released by Electronic Arts in July 1997 for the PC in which the player attempts to build and ...more

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Black & White 2: Battle of the... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
2006 Black & White 2: Battle of the Gods is an expansion pack for Lionhead's Black & White 2, in which the player is pitted against an enemy god for the first time. The expansion adds a ...more

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Black & White: Creature Isle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
2002 Black & White: Creature Isle is an expansion pack for the PC game Black & White by Lionhead Studios. It was published for OS X in November 2002. This expansion pack focuses on the ...more

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Populous is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
1989 Populous is a computer game designed by Peter Molyneux for Bullfrog, released originally for the Amiga in 1989, and is regarded by many as the first god game. It is the first game in the ...more

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Reus is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
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The Settlers II is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
AndyThurgood added 1996 The Settlers II: Veni, Vidi, Vici is a real-time strategy computer game, released by Blue Byte Software in 1996. Its gameplay is very similar to that of its predecessor, The Settlers, albeit ...more

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Evil Genius is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
2004 Evil Genius is a single player real-time strategy and simulation video game developed by Elixir Studios and published by Sierra Entertainment, released on 28 September 2004. Since 2 March 2006, ...more

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SimAnt is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
OzLodriguez added 1991 SimAnt: The Electronic Ant Colony is a 1991 life simulation video game by Maxis and Maxis's third product, focusing on ants. It was designed by Will Wright, maker of other 'Sim' games such as ...more

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GODUS is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
Reilcan Jones added 2014 Godus is a god game style video game under development by the independent company 22Cans. The company launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds, and they met their funding goal of ...more

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The Sims 3: World Adventures is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
StaB added 2009 The Sims 3: World Adventures or World Adventures is the first expansion pack for the strategic life simulation computer game The Sims 3. It was announced on The Sims 3 website in August 2009, ...more

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Pocket God is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
2009 Pocket God is a game developed by Bolt Creative, in which the player manipulates an island and its inhabitants. It was originally released for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch on January 9, ...more

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Populous II: Trials of the Oly... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
1991 Populous II: Trials of the Olympian Gods is a 1991 strategy video game in the Populous series for the Amiga, Atari ST and MS-DOS-based computers, developed by Bullfrog Productions. Populous II ...more

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The Settlers III is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
AndyThurgood added 1998 The Settlers III is a real-time strategy computer game developed by Blue Byte Software, being the second sequel to The Settlers, making it the third game in The Settlers series. This isometric ...more

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The Sims 3: Seasons is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
robin-byrd added The Sims 3: Seasons 2012 The Sims 3: Seasons is the eighth expansion pack for The Sims 3 on OS X and PC. It was released on November 13, 2012 in North America, and on November 16 in Europe.

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The Sims 2: Seasons is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
2007 The Sims 2: Seasons is the fifth expansion pack for The Sims 2. It was developed by Maxis, released on March 1, 2007 in North America, and was followed by the European release on March 2, 2007. ...more

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The Sims 2: Pets is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
2006 The Sims 2: Pets is the fourth expansion pack in The Sims 2 series of games published by Electronic Arts. It was also sold as a stand-alone game for several consoles. The Sims 2: Pets was ...more

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The Sims 2: Open for Business is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
2006 The Sims 2: Open for Business is the third expansion pack for The Sims 2, released on March 3, 2006, which allows Sims to run a home or community lot based business. Aspyr released a port of the ...more

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The Settlers is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
AndyThurgood added 1993 The Settlers is a video game series. The first game in the series is The Settlers. There are eight games in the series, including remakes. All the games were developed by the German studio Blue ...more

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Anno 2070 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
Jdhsd added Nov 17, 2012 Anno 2070 is a city-building and economic simulation game, with real-time strategy elements. It is the 5th game of the Anno series. It was released on 17 November 2011, and was co-developed by ...more

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The Sims: Unleashed is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best God Games of All Time

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The Sims FreePlay is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
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Virtual Villagers is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
2006 Virtual Villagers is a series of village simulator video games created and developed by Last Day of Work, an independent video game developer and publisher. It is released as shareware for ...more

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Afterlife is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
1996 Afterlife is a god game released by LucasArts in 1996 that places the player in the role of a semi-omnipotent being known as a Demiurge, with the job of creating a functional Heaven and Hell to ...more

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The Lord of the Rings: The Bat... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
clintbadass234 added 2004 The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth is a PC real-time strategy game developed by EA Los Angeles. It is based on Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, in turn based ...more

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Doodle God is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
AdamMason added Doodle God Great game, combine elements to create the world! http://www.drakongames.com/Doodle-God

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Patapon 2 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
2009 Patapon 2 is a video game by Sony Computer Entertainment published for the PlayStation Portable handheld game console. It combines gameplay features of a rhythm game and a god game. The title is ...more

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Dungeon Keeper 3 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
Dungeon Keeper 3: War for the Overworld is a cancelled PC strategy game developed by Bullfrog Productions for Microsoft Windows. Dungeon Keeper 3 was set to be the next installment in the ...more

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Rimworld is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
Chai Óheyrður added Rimworld

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The Sims 3: Ambitions is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
JennaCarter added The Sims 3: Ambitions is the second expansion pack for the strategic life simulation computer game The Sims 3. It was released in June 2010. The Sims 3: Ambitions introduces new career ...more

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The Sims 3: Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
JennaCarter added The Sims 3: Supernatural is the seventh expansion pack for The Sims 3 on OS X and PC. It was released on September 4, 2012 in North America and Greece.

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Smite is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
Stefan Mileski added Smite is a third person multiplayer online battle arena video game developed and published by Hi-Rez Studios for Microsoft Windows. In Smite, players take on the visage of a mythological god and ...more

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Doodle God 2 is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
AdamMason added Doodle God 2 Play free: 

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Creatures is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
Erin Dwyer Kampert added Creatures Creatures is an artificial life computer program series, created in the mid-1990s by English computer scientist Steve Grand whilst working for the Cambridge video games developer Millennium ...more

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Patapon is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
2007 Patapon is a video game published for the PlayStation Portable handheld game console combining gameplay features of a rhythm game and a god game. The title is created from two Japanese ...more

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Idle Worship is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
KaeleenRivera added Idle Worship