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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

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

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

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147 69
Populous: The Beginning is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best God Games of All Time

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121 52
The Sims is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
The Sims 2000

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138 69
Dungeon Keeper 2 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best God Games of All Time

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118 59
Dungeon Keeper is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best God Games of All Time

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91 51
SimCity 4 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
SimCity 4 2003

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

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

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78 51
SimCity 2000 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best God Games of All Time

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73 49
Populous is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
Populous 1989

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

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62 49
SimCity 3000 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best God Games of All Time

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

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45 48
ActRaiser is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
ActRaiser 1990

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38 42
SimCity is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
SimCity 1989

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

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

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

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33 54
Pocket God is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
Pocket God 2009

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27 45
The Sims 2: Pets is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best God Games of All Time

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

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27 47
The Sims: Livin' Large is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best God Games of All Time

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

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20 47
The Sims 2: Nightlife is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best God Games of All Time

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The Sims 2: Seasons is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best God Games of All Time

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Lego Loco is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
Lego Loco 1998

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The Sims 2: Open for Business is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best God Games of All Time

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15 41
The Sims: Makin' Magic is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best God Games of All Time

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9 31
Doshin the Giant is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best God Games of All Time

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14 42
The Sims: Unleashed is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best God Games of All Time

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14 42
The Sims Bustin' Out is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best God Games of All Time

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The Sims: Vacation is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best God Games of All Time

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The Sims Castaway Stories is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best God Games of All Time

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The Sims: Superstar is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best God Games of All Time

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11 39
The Sims: Hot Date is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best God Games of All Time

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9 36
Magic Carpet is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best God Games of All Time

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13 48
SimCity Societies is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best God Games of All Time

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10 40
The Urbz: Sims in the City is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best God Games of All Time

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8 35
SimCity 64 is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best God Games of All Time
SimCity 64 2000

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9 39
The Sims: House Party is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best God Games of All Time

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8 38
The Sims 2 Stuff packs is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best God Games of All Time

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8 42
The Sims Pet Stories is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best God Games of All Time

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7 40
The Sims Life Stories is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best God Games of All Time