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The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

Updated November 19, 2020 21.8k votes 4.6k voters 338.3k views90 items

List RulesVote up the best life simulation video games to play, no matter what system they are on.

These are best life simulation games of all time, across multiple consoles and systems, voted on by gamers around the world. Although most of these titles are part of the Sims franchise, there are some other good life sim games on the poll that aren't -- like the acclaimed Stardew Valley. These highly-rated games are ordered by popularity, so only the greatest are at the top of the list. Spanning the entire history of the genre, these life simulation games are considered the best of all time.

The games on this list range from PC games like The Sims to Nintendo classics like the Animal Crossing series and much more. This list answers the questions, "What are the best life simulation games?" and "What is the greatest life simulation game of all time?"

Vote up all your favorite releases, and vote down the ones that you'd rather not re-live.

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    The Sims 2
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    DeveloperMaxis

    PlatformOS X, Microsoft Windows, Game Boy Advance, GameCube, PlayStation 2

    The Sims 2 is a 2004 strategic life simulation video game developed by Maxis and published by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    The Sims 4
    1,506
    576

    DeveloperMaxis, The Sims Studio

    PlatformMicrosoft Windows, macOS, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

    The Sims 4 is a 2014 life simulation video game developed by Maxis and The Sims Studio and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 3
    The Sims 3
    1,162
    407

    DeveloperThe Sims Studio

    PlatformOS X, Microsoft Windows, iOS

    The Sims 3 is the third major title in the life simulation video game developed by The Sims... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 4
    The Sims 2: University

    DeveloperMaxis

    PlatformOS X, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3

    The Sims 2: University is the first expansion pack for the strategic life simulation computer... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 5
    The Sims 2: Pets

    DeveloperElectronic Arts, EA Mobile, Amaze Entertainment, Maxis

    PlatformOS X, GameCube, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Nintendo DS

    The Sims 2: Pets is the fourth expansion pack in The Sims 2 series of games published by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 6
    The Sims
    181
    70

    DeveloperMaxis

    PlatformOS X, GNU/Linux, GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox

    The Sims is a strategic life-simulation video game developed by Maxis and published by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 7
    The Sims 2: Seasons

    DeveloperElectronic Arts, Maxis

    PlatformOS X, Microsoft Windows

    The Sims 2: Seasons is the fifth expansion pack for The Sims 2. It was developed by Maxis,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 8
    The Sims 3: World Adventures

    DeveloperEA Canada, Electronic Arts, EA Mobile, Visceral Games

    PlatformiOS

    The Sims 3: World Adventures or World Adventures is the first expansion pack for the strategic... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 9
    The Sims 2: Open for Business

    DeveloperMaxis

    PlatformOS X, PlayStation 3, Microsoft Windows

    The Sims 2: Open for Business is the third expansion pack for The Sims 2, released on March 3,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 10
    The Sims 2: Nightlife

    DeveloperMaxis

    PlatformMicrosoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 3

    The Sims 2: Nightlife is the second expansion pack for The Sims 2, which was released on... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 11
    The Sims 2: Castaway

    DeveloperVisceral Games, Maxis

    PlatformPlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Mobile phone, Wii, Nintendo DS

    The Sims 2: Castaway is the third console spin-off of the video game The Sims 2. It was... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 12
    The Sims 3: Seasons
    The Sims 3: Seasons is the eighth expansion pack for The Sims 3 on OS X and PC. It was... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 13
    The Sims: Hot Date

    DeveloperMaxis

    PlatformOS X, Microsoft Windows

    The Sims: Hot Date is the third expansion pack released for the strategic life-simulation... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 14
    The Sims 2: Double Deluxe

    DeveloperMaxis

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  • 15
    Spore
    373
    249

    Spore

    2008

    DeveloperMaxis

    PlatformOS X, Macintosh, Microsoft Windows

    Spore is a 2008 multi-genre single-player fantasy god game developed by Maxis and designed by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 16
    Harvest Moon
    77
    23

    DeveloperPack-In-Video

    PlatformSuper Nintendo Entertainment System, Wii

    Harvest Moon is a virtual role playing game for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 17
    Stardew Valley

    DeveloperConcerned Ape

    PlatformMicrosoft Windows, macOS, Linux, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

    Stardew Valley is an indie farming simulation role-playing video game developed by Eric... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 18
    The Urbz: Sims in the City

    DeveloperGriptonite Games, Maxis

    PlatformGameCube, Xbox, PlayStation 2, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS

    The Urbz: Sims in the City is a video game for the Game Boy Advance, GameCube, PlayStation 2,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 19
    The Sims 2: FreeTime

    DeveloperElectronic Arts, Maxis

    PlatformMicrosoft Windows

    The Sims 2: FreeTime is the seventh expansion pack in the The Sims 2 video game series. A... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 20
    Animal Crossing
    596
    260

    DeveloperNintendo Entertainment Analysis & Development

    PlatformNintendo 64, GameCube, iQue Player, Nintendo DS

    Animal Crossing, known in Japan as Dōbutsu no Mori, is a life simulation video game developed... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 21
    The Sims 2: Bon Voyage

    DeveloperElectronic Arts, Maxis

    PlatformOS X, Microsoft Windows

    The Sims 2: Bon Voyage is the sixth expansion pack released in The Sims 2 series of PC games.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 22
    Animal Crossing: Wild World

    DeveloperNintendo Entertainment Analysis & Development

    PlatformNintendo DS

    Animal Crossing: Wild World is a 2005 social simulation video game developed and published by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 23
    Minecraft
    129
    38

    Developer4J Studios, Mojang

    PlatformGNU/Linux, Xbox 360, Web browser, Microsoft Windows, Macintosh

    Minecraft is a sandbox independent video game originally created by Swedish programmer Markus... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 24
    The Sims Castaway Stories

    DeveloperAspyr, Electronic Arts, Maxis

    PlatformOS X, Microsoft Windows

    The Sims Castaway Stories is the third and final game in the The Sims Stories line of games.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 25
    Animal Crossing: City Folk

    DeveloperNintendo Entertainment Analysis & Development

    PlatformWii

    Animal Crossing: City Folk, known in Europe and Australia as Animal Crossing: Let's Go to the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button