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The Best Games That Never End

Updated September 3, 2020 24.7k votes 2.2k voters 23.0k 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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  • Minecraft1
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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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • The Sims2
    1,152
    486

    The Sims

    Isometric projection, Life simulation

    Release2000

    DeveloperMaxis

    The Sims is a strategic life-simulation video game developed by Maxis and published by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Grand Theft Auto V3
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    449

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim4
    285
    124

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Red Dead Redemption5
    505
    353

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Tetris6
    505
    373

    Tetris

    Puzzle game, Strategy video game

    Release1985

    DeveloperAlexey Pajitnov

    Tetris is a Soviet tile-matching puzzle video game originally designed and programmed by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • RollerCoaster Tycoon7
    482
    362

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • SimCity8
    408
    325

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Animal Crossing9
    338
    275

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Pac-Man10
    374
    311

    Release1980

    DeveloperNamco

    Pac-Man is an arcade game developed by Namco and first released in Japan on May 22, 1980. It... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Pokémon Red and Blue11
    351
    297

    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:... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind12
    85
    56

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Stardew Valley13
    253
    238

    Stardew Valley

    Simulation, role-playing

    Release2016

    DeveloperConcerned Ape

    Stardew Valley is an indie farming simulation role-playing video game developed by Eric... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Pokémon Yellow14
    244
    242

    Pokémon Yellow

    Console role-playing game, Role-playing video game

    DeveloperGame Freak

    Pokémon Yellow Version: Special Pikachu Edition, more commonly known as Pokémon Yellow... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Wii Sports Resort15
    121
    119

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Civilization VI16
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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,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Super Mario Maker17
    Super Mario Maker is a side-scrolling platform video game and game creation system developed... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Pokémon Gold and Silver18
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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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild19

    Release2017

    DeveloperNintendo EPD

    The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is an action-adventure game developed and published by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Plague Inc.20
    120
    141

    Plague Inc.

    Strategy video game

    Release2012

    Plague Inc. is an iOS and Android strategy video game, developed by one-man developer Ndemic... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Fallout 321
    211
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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,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • World of Warcraft22
    246
    314

    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... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Red Dead Redemption II23
    7
    1

    Red Dead Redemption II

    Action-adventure

    Release2018

    DeveloperRockstar Studios

    Red Dead Redemption 2 (stylized as Red Dead Redemption II) is a Western-themed... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Terraria24
    159
    207

    Terraria

    Action-adventure game, Action game

    Release2011

    DeveloperRe-Logic

    Terraria is an action-adventure sandbox indie video game series, developed by game studio... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Space Invaders25
    162
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    Space Invaders

    Shooter game, Shoot 'em up

    Release1978

    DeveloperTaito Corporation

    Space Invaders is an arcade video game developed by Tomohiro Nishikado and released in 1978.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button