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The Best God Games of All Time

Updated October 15, 2019 13.2k votes 4.3k voters 641.1k views45 items

List RulesVideo 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
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    DeveloperLionhead Studios

    Black & White 2 is a video game developed by Lionhead Studios and published by Electronic... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Black & White is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
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    DeveloperLionhead Studios

    Black & White is a 2001 video game developed by Lionhead Studios and published by Electronic... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Sims 2 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
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    DeveloperMaxis

    The Sims 2 is a 2004 strategic life simulation video game developed by Maxis and published by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Spore is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
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    Spore

    2008

    DeveloperMaxis

    Spore is a 2008 multi-genre single-player fantasy god game developed by Maxis and designed by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Settlers II is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best God Games of All Time

    DeveloperBlue Byte Software

    The Settlers II: Veni, Vidi, Vici is a real-time strategy computer game, released by Blue Byte... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Sims 4 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
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    DeveloperMaxis, The Sims Studio

    The Sims 4 is a 2014 life simulation video game developed by Maxis and The Sims Studio and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Universim is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
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    Populous: The Beginning is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best God Games of All Time

    DeveloperBullfrog Productions

    Populous: The Beginning is a strategy and god-style video game. It is the third entry in the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Sims is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
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    DeveloperMaxis

    The Sims is a strategic life-simulation video game developed by Maxis and published by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Black & White 2: Battle of the is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best God Games of All Time

    DeveloperLionhead Studios

    Black & White 2: Battle of the Gods is an expansion pack for Lionhead's Black & White 2, in... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Dungeon Keeper 2 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best God Games of All Time

    DeveloperBullfrog Productions

    Dungeon Keeper 2 is a strategy game developed by Bullfrog Productions and published by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 12
    From Dust is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
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    DeveloperUbisoft Montpellier

    From Dust is an open world God game, designed by Eric Chahi and developed by Ubisoft... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Black & White: Creature Isle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best God Games of All Time

    DeveloperLionhead Studios

    Black & White: Creature Isle is an expansion pack for the PC game Black & White by Lionhead... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Dungeon Keeper is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
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    DeveloperBullfrog Productions, Peter Molyneux

    Dungeon Keeper is a strategy video game developed by Bullfrog Productions under Peter Molyneux... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Settlers III is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best God Games of All Time

    DeveloperBlue Byte Software

    The Settlers III is a real-time strategy computer game developed by Blue Byte Software, being... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Reus is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
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    Reus

    May 16 2013

    DeveloperAbbey Games

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  • 17
    Populous is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
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    DeveloperBullfrog Productions

    Populous is a computer game designed by Peter Molyneux for Bullfrog, released originally for... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Settlers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
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    DeveloperBlue Byte Software

    The Settlers is a video game series. The first game in the series is The Settlers. There are... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Evil Genius is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
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    DeveloperElixir Studios

    Evil Genius is a single player real-time strategy and simulation video game developed by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Sims 2: Pets is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best God Games of All Time

    DeveloperElectronic Arts, EA Mobile, Amaze Entertainment, Maxis

    The Sims 2: Pets is the fourth expansion pack in The Sims 2 series of games published by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Sims 2: Seasons is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best God Games of All Time

    DeveloperElectronic Arts, Maxis

    The Sims 2: Seasons is the fifth expansion pack for The Sims 2. It was developed by Maxis,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    SimAnt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
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    SimAnt

    1991

    DeveloperImagineer, Maxis

    SimAnt: The Electronic Ant Colony is a 1991 life simulation video game by Maxis and Maxis's... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Populous II: Trials of the Oly is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best God Games of All Time

    DeveloperBullfrog Productions

    Populous II: Trials of the Olympian Gods is a 1991 strategy video game in the Populous series... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Sims 3: World Adventures is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best God Games of All Time

    DeveloperEA Canada, Electronic Arts, EA Mobile, Visceral Games

    The Sims 3: World Adventures or World Adventures is the first expansion pack for the strategic... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Pocket God is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
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    DeveloperBolt Creative

    Pocket God is a game developed by Bolt Creative, in which the player manipulates an island and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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