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The Best Games That Never End 

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Updated January 7, 2020 17.6k votes 1.9k voters 16.8k views 83 items

List Rules Only games with no determined ending. Vote up the best games you can play forever.

Back in the earliest days of gaming, the only reason a game would come to an end was due to the limitations of computing. Games like Pac-Man aren't meant to have an end, but once you reach the limits of the RAM at level #256, you get to a kill-screen. That being said, the programmers intended it and many other arcade games of the day to continue until the challenge forced players to die and pump in quarter after quarter until all allowances were spent!

These days, an endless game could be anything from a sandbox or open world, neverending, game like Minecraft to a game with a nonlinear ending such as Grand Theft Auto V that allows players to continue playing - or avoid "beating" the game for as long as they like. As these games are rising in popularity, more and more open world/sandbox games are being developed where the people coding the games have no intention of ever allowing a player to reach the ends of their games... mostly because one was never programmed. While some of these games might have a theoretical story ending, players don't have to meet them if they don't want to.

The best games without an ending can lead a player down a rabbit hole that keeps them playing games forever, but not all endless games are created equal. Of the thousands of video games out there, these endless games are the best of them all! Vote up the games you love to play forever.

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The Sims is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Games That Never End
Isometric projection, Life simulation, Simulation video game

Release: Feb 04 2000

Developer: Maxis

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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Minecraft is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Games That Never End
Open world, Action game, Sandbox

Release: 2009

Developer: 4J Studios, Mojang

Minecraft is a sandbox independent video game originally created by Swedish programmer Markus "Notch" Persson and later developed and published by the Swedish company Mojang. The ...more
3
Grand Theft Auto V is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Games That Never End
Action-adventure game, Racing video game

Release: 2013

Developer: Rockstar Toronto, Rockstar London, Rockstar Games, Rockstar North, Rockstar San Diego, + more

Grand Theft Auto V is an open world, action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games. It was released on 17 September 2013 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox ...more
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The Elder Scrolls V: Sky... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Games That Never End
sayantanuzumaki007 added Action-adventure game, Action role-playing game, Role-playing video game

Release: 2011

Developer: Bethesda Game Studios

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is an action role-playing video game developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. It is the fifth installment in The Elder Scrolls action ...more
5
Red Dead Redemption is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Games That Never End
Action-adventure game

Release: May 18 2010

Developer: Rockstar San Diego

This game is an open world, western action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar San Diego and published by Rockstar Games. It was released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles on ...more
6
Tetris is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Games That Never End
Puzzle game, Strategy video game

Release: 1985

Tetris is a Soviet tile-matching puzzle video game originally designed and programmed by Alexey Pajitnov. It was released on June 6, 1984, while he was working for the Dorodnicyn Computing ...more
7
RollerCoaster Tycoon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Games That Never End
Isometric projection, Simulation video game, Strategy video game

Release: 2003

Developer: MicroProse, Frontier Developments, Chris Sawyer

RollerCoaster Tycoon is a construction and management simulation video game that simulates amusement park management. Developed by MicroProse and Chris Sawyer and published by Hasbro ...more
8
SimCity is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Games That Never End
City-building game, Simulation video game, Strategy video game

Release: 1989

Developer: Babaroga, Nintendo Entertainment Analysis & Development, Maxis

SimCity, later renamed SimCity Classic, is a city-building simulation video game, first released on February 2, 1989, and designed by Will Wright for the Macintosh computer. SimCity was Maxis's ...more
9
Pac-Man is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Games That Never End
Maze

Release: 1980

Developer: Namco

Pac-Man is an arcade game developed by Namco and first released in Japan on May 22, 1980. It was licensed for distribution in the United States by Midway and released in October 1980. Immensely ...more
10
Pokémon Red and B... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Games That Never End
ATA added Console role-playing game, Role-playing video game

Developer: Game Freak

Pokémon Red Version and Pokémon Blue Version, originally released in Japan as Pocket Monsters: Red & Green, are role-playing video games developed by Game Freak and published ...more
11
Animal Crossing is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Games That Never End
Life simulation, Console role-playing game, Role-playing video game

Release: 2001

Developer: Nintendo Entertainment Analysis & Development

Animal Crossing, known in Japan as Dōbutsu no Mori, is a life simulation video game developed by Nintendo EAD and published by Nintendo. It was originally published for the Nintendo 64 in Japan ...more
12
The Elder Scrolls III: M... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Games That Never End
ScoobaLoop added Action role-playing game, Action game, Role-playing video game

Release: 2002

Developer: Bethesda Softworks

The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind is an open world fantasy action role-playing video game developed by Bethesda Game Studios, and published by Bethesda Softworks and Ubisoft. It is the third ...more
13
Neverwinter Nights is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Games That Never End
Seferin added Adventure, Role-playing video game, Massively multiplayer online game

Release: 2002

Developer: BioWare

Neverwinter Nights is a third-person role-playing video game developed by BioWare and published by Atari. Interplay Entertainment was originally set to publish the game, but financial ...more
14
Wii Sports Resort is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Games That Never End
jmccoy2002 added Action game, Sports game

Release: Jun 25 2009

Developer: Nintendo Entertainment Analysis & Development

Wii Sports Resort is a sports video game developed and published by Nintendo for the Wii video game console, and is the successor to Wii Sports. It is one of the first titles to require the Wii ...more
15
LittleBigPlanet 3 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Games That Never End
Seferin added Puzzle game, Platform game, Open world

Developer: Sumo Digital

LittleBigPlanet 3 is a puzzle-platformer video game developed by Sumo Digital for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. It was released worldwide through November and December 2014, and it is the ...more
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LittleBigPlanet 2 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Games That Never End
Seferin added Open world, Puzzle game, Platform game

Release: 2011

Developer: Media Molecule

LittleBigPlanet 2 is a puzzle-platformer video game, that features user-generated content. The game is developed by Media Molecule, published by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe for ...more
17
The Legend of Zelda: Bre... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Games That Never End
eyb0ss added

Release: 2017

Developer: Nintendo EPD

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is an action-adventure game developed and published by Nintendo, released for the Nintendo Switch and Wii U consoles on March 3, 2017. Breath of the Wild ...more
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Pokémon Yellow is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Games That Never End
ATA added Console role-playing game, Role-playing video game

Developer: Game Freak

Pokémon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition, more commonly known as Pokémon Yellow Version, is a 1998 role-playing video game developed by Game Freak and published by Nintendo ...more
19
Stardew Valley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Games That Never End

Release: 2016

Developer: Concerned Ape

Stardew Valley is an indie farming simulation role-playing video game developed by Eric "ConcernedApe" Barone and published by Chucklefish. The game was released for Microsoft Windows ...more
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Plague Inc. is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Games That Never End
jmccoy2002 added Strategy video game

Release: 2012

Plague Inc. is an iOS and Android strategy video game, developed by one-man developer Ndemic Creations. The player creates and evolves a pathogen in an effort to destroy the world with a deadly ...more
21
Pokémon Gold and ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Games That Never End
ATA added Console role-playing game, Adventure, Role-playing video game

Release: 2000

Developer: Game Freak

Pokémon Gold Version and Silver Version are the second installments of the Pokémon series of role-playing video games developed by Game Freak and published by Nintendo for the Game ...more
22
Civilization VI is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Games That Never End

Release: 2017

Sid Meier's Civilization VI is a turn-based strategy 4X video game developed by Firaxis Games, published by 2K Games, and distributed by Take-Two Interactive. A part of the Civilization series, ...more
23
Super Mario Maker is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Games That Never End
Mharman added
Super Mario Maker is a side-scrolling platform video game and game creation system developed and published by Nintendo for the Wii U game console, which released worldwide in September 2015. ...more
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Fallout 3 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Games That Never End
Shooter game, Action-adventure game, Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction

Release: Oct 28 2008

Developer: Bethesda Game Studios

Fallout 3 is an action role-playing open world video game developed by Bethesda Game Studios, and is the third major installment in the Fallout series. The game was released in North America, ...more
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World of Warcraft is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Games That Never End
Action game, Virtual world, Role-playing video game

Release: 2004

Developer: Blizzard Entertainment

World of Warcraft (commonly known as WoW) is a pay-to-play massively multiplayer online role-playing game. It is Blizzard Entertainment's fourth game set in the fantasy Warcraft Universe, first ...more