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Total Nerd The Best God Games of All Time  

Alan Smithee
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List Rules Vote up the best simulation games that let you play god.

Best God games for all consoles, of all time. Your votes determine the order of this list of the best all-time "god" simulation games. A so-called "god game" is a video game in which the player controls a large-scale simulation of life or communities. Frequently, gameplay involves the use of supernatural powers, giving rise to the name. (Many games also include an all-powerful "god mode," but this does not necessarily make them "god games.")

What are the best God simulator games ever? The genre is commonly thought to have started after the release of "Populous" in 1989, which introduced the notion of increasing the player's godlike powers proportionally to the number of worshippers they had inspired. Several other games followed suit, including some such as Super Nintendo's "ActRaiser," that combined god simulations with more traditional action-adventure gameplay. The genre has also been adapted for mobile game play, with the successful launch of "Pocket God," in which players control the fates of natives on a tropical island.
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Black & White 2 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best God Games of All Time

2
267 101
Black & White is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best God Games of All Time

3
219 102
Spore is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
2008

4
148 69
Populous: The Beginning is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best God Games of All Time

5
122 52
The Sims is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
2000

6
139 69
Dungeon Keeper 2 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best God Games of All Time

7
119 59
Dungeon Keeper is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best God Games of All Time

8
92 51
SimCity 4 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
2003

9
79 48
Evil Genius is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best God Games of All Time

10
75 47
Black & White 2: Battle of the... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best God Games of All Time

11
79 51
SimCity 2000 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best God Games of All Time

12
74 49
Populous is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
1989

13
52 36
Black & White: Creature Isle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best God Games of All Time

14
63 49
SimCity 3000 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best God Games of All Time

15
48 43
Populous II: Trials of the Oly... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best God Games of All Time

16
46 48
ActRaiser is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
1990

17
39 42
SimCity is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
1989

18
23 34
Afterlife is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
1996

19
28 43
Virtual Villagers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best God Games of All Time

20
23 35
SimLife is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
1992

21
28 45
The Sims 2: Pets is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best God Games of All Time

22
33 54
Pocket God is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
2009

23
27 45
Patapon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
2007

24
28 47
The Sims: Livin' Large is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best God Games of All Time

25
14 31
Little King's Story is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best God Games of All Time