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The Best Games That Never End

Updated September 3, 2020 21.3k votes 2.3k voters 26.9k views84 items

List RulesOnly 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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    Minecraft

    Open world, Action game

    Release2011

    Developer4J 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 creative and...  more
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    The Sims

    Isometric projection, Life simulation

    Release2000

    DeveloperMaxis

    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, also...  more
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    Grand Theft Auto V

    Action-adventure game, Racing video game

    Release2013

    DeveloperRockstar North

    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 360....  more
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    The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

    Action role-playing game, fantasy

    Release2011

    DeveloperBethesda 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
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    297

    Red Dead Redemption

    Action-adventure game

    Release2010

    DeveloperRockstar 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 May 18,...  more
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    Tetris

    Puzzle game, Strategy video game

    Release1985

    DeveloperAlexey Pajitnov

    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 Centre of...  more
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    RollerCoaster Tycoon

    Isometric projection, Simulation video game

    Release2003

    DeveloperMicroProse, 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 Interactive, the...  more
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    Animal Crossing

    Life simulation, Console role-playing game

    Release2001

    DeveloperNintendo 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 on...  more
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    SimCity

    City-building game, Simulation video game

    Release1989

    DeveloperBabaroga, 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
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    Release1980

    DeveloperNamco

    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
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    Stardew Valley

    Simulation, role-playing

    Release2016

    DeveloperConcerned 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 in February...  more
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    61

    The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind

    Action role-playing game, Action game

    Release2002

    DeveloperBethesda 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
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    Pokémon Red and Blue

    Console role-playing game, Role-playing video game

    Release1998

    DeveloperGame 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 by Nintendo for the Game...  more
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    17

    Red Dead Redemption II

    Action-adventure

    Release2018

    DeveloperRockstar Studios

    Red Dead Redemption 2 (stylized as Red Dead Redemption II) is a Western-themed action-adventure video game developed and published by Rockstar Games. It is scheduled to be released for PlayStation 4...  more
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    105

    Wii Sports Resort

    Action game, Sports game

    Release2009

    DeveloperNintendo 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
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    Pokémon Yellow

    Console role-playing game, Role-playing video game

    Release1998

    DeveloperGame 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 for the Game Boy...  more
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    Super Mario Maker

    Level editor, platform

    Release2015

    DeveloperNintendo EAD

    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. Players...  more
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    Release2017

    DeveloperNintendo 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 is...  more
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    Civilization VI

    Turn-based strategy, 4X

    Release2017

    DeveloperFiraxis Games

    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, it...  more
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    Pokémon Gold and Silver

    Console role-playing game, Adventure

    Release2000

    DeveloperGame 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 Boy. The games...  more
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    152
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    Terraria

    Action-adventure game, Action game

    Release2011

    DeveloperRe-Logic

    Terraria is an action-adventure sandbox indie video game series, developed by game studio Re-Logic and released on Microsoft Windows, Xbox Live, PlayStation Network, Windows Phone, Android, and iOS....  more
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    Fallout 3

    Action role-playing

    Release2008

    DeveloperBethesda 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, Europe...  more
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    World of Warcraft

    Action game, Massively multiplayer online game

    Release2004

    DeveloperBlizzard 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
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    Plague Inc.

    Strategy video game

    Release2012

    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
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    Ark: Survival Evolved

    Action-adventure, survival

    Release2017

    DeveloperStudio Wildcard

    Ark: Survival Evolved (stylized as ΛRK) is a 2017 action-adventure survival video game developed by Studio Wildcard in collaboration with Instinct Games, Efecto Studios, and Virtual Basement. In...  more
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List Rules: Only games with no determined ending. Vote up the best games you can play forever.