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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

12
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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
JérômeChaniol added May 16 2013

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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

21
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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 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