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List Rules Vote 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, with cover art pictures where available. 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. 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 The Sims to Animal Crossing, plus 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?"
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The Sims 4 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
Lars Van Der Veeke added 2014 The Sims 4 is a 2014 life simulation video game developed by Maxis and The Sims Studio and published by Electronic Arts. The Sims 4 was originally announced on May 6, 2013, and was released in ...more

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The Sims 3 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
bby byrd added 2009 The Sims 3 is the third major title in the life simulation video game developed by The Sims Studio and published by Electronic Arts. It is the sequel to the best-selling computer game, The Sims ...more

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The Sims 2 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
2004 The Sims 2 is a 2004 strategic life simulation video game developed by Maxis and published by Electronic Arts. It is the sequel to the best-selling computer game, The Sims. The game has the same ...more

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The Sims 2: Pets is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
2006 The Sims 2: Pets is the fourth expansion pack in The Sims 2 series of games published by Electronic Arts. It was also sold as a stand-alone game for several consoles. The Sims 2: Pets was ...more

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The Sims 3: World Adventures is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
2009 The Sims 3: World Adventures or World Adventures is the first expansion pack for the strategic life simulation computer game The Sims 3. It was announced on The Sims 3 website in August 2009, ...more

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The Sims 2: Seasons is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
2007 The Sims 2: Seasons is the fifth expansion pack for The Sims 2. It was developed by Maxis, released on March 1, 2007 in North America, and was followed by the European release on March 2, 2007. ...more

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The Sims 2: University is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
2005 The Sims 2: University is the first expansion pack for the strategic life simulation computer game The Sims 2 developed by Maxis and published by Electronic Arts. It was released on March 1, ...more

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Animal Crossing is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
2001 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 ...more

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The Sims 2: Open for Business is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
2006 The Sims 2: Open for Business is the third expansion pack for The Sims 2, released on March 3, 2006, which allows Sims to run a home or community lot based business. Aspyr released a port of the ...more

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The Sims 2: Nightlife is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
2005 The Sims 2: Nightlife is the second expansion pack for The Sims 2, which was released on September 13, 2005 and September 16, 2005. It was released for Mac OS X on March 27, 2006. The expansion ...more

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Spore is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
2008 Spore is a 2008 multi-genre single-player fantasy god game developed by Maxis and designed by Will Wright, released for Windows and Mac OS X. Covering many genres including action, real-time ...more

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Animal Crossing: Wild World is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
2005 Animal Crossing: Wild World is a 2005 social simulation video game developed and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo DS handheld game console, and is the second game in the Animal Crossing ...more

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The Sims 2: Double Deluxe is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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Harvest Moon: Back to Nature is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
1999 Harvest Moon: Back to Nature is a video game in the farm simulation series Harvest Moon, developed by Victor Interactive Software. It is the first Harvest Moon game for a non-Nintendo console. ...more

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The Sims 2: FreeTime is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
2008 The Sims 2: FreeTime is the seventh expansion pack in the The Sims 2 video game series. A flyer included in The Sims 2: Bon Voyage expansion pack and The Sims 2 Teen Style Stuff announced this ...more

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The Sims is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
2000 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, ...more

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The Sims 2: Bon Voyage is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
2007 The Sims 2: Bon Voyage is the sixth expansion pack released in The Sims 2 series of PC games. It was released on September 4, 2007 in North America and September 6, 2007 in Europe for Microsoft ...more

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Animal Crossing: City Folk is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
2008 Animal Crossing: City Folk, known in Europe and Australia as Animal Crossing: Let's Go to the City, is a 2008 life simulation video game developed and published by Nintendo for the Wii console ...more

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Fable III is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
2010 Fable III is the third video game in the Fable series of action role-playing open world video games. The game was published by Microsoft Game Studios and developed by Lionhead Studios for the ...more

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The Sims: Hot Date is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
2001 The Sims: Hot Date is the third expansion pack released for the strategic life-simulation computer game The Sims developed by Maxis and published by Electronic Arts. It was released on November ...more

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Stardew Valley is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
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SimCity 2000 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
RichardWare added 1993 SimCity 2000 is a city-building simulation video game and the second installment in the SimCity series. SimCity 2000 was first released by Maxis in 1994 for computers running Apple Macintosh ...more

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The Sims 2: Castaway is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
2007 The Sims 2: Castaway is the third console spin-off of the video game The Sims 2. It was released in the United States on October 22, 2007 and October 26, 2007 in the United Kingdom for the ...more

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The Urbz: Sims in the City is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
2004 The Urbz: Sims in the City is a video game for the Game Boy Advance, GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox, and Nintendo DS. It is the third Sims game for video game consoles and is the second Sims game ...more

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The Sims Castaway Stories is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
2008 The Sims Castaway Stories is the third and final game in the The Sims Stories line of games. It was released on January 29, 2008.

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The Sims 3: Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
Noxenola added The Sims 3: Supernatural is the seventh expansion pack for The Sims 3 on OS X and PC. It was released on September 4, 2012 in North America and Greece.

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SimCity 4 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
RichardWare added 2003 SimCity 4 is a city-building/urban planning simulation computer game developed by Maxis, a subsidiary of Electronic Arts. It was released on January 14, 2003. It is the fourth installment in the ...more

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The Sims: Livin' Large is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
2000 The Sims: Livin' Large is the first expansion pack released for the computer simulation game, The Sims. The pack includes new characters, careers, items, and features. This expansion pack is ...more

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SimCity 3000 is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
RichardWare added 1999 SimCity 3000 is a city building simulation personal computer game released in 1999, and the third major installment in the SimCity series. It was published by Electronic Arts and developed by ...more

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The Sims 2 Stuff packs is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
2007 Stuff packs are minor expansion packs for The Sims 2 that add new items, clothing, and furniture to the game without implementing any significant changes to gameplay.

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The Sims: Makin' Magic is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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Tomodachi Collection is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
2009 Tomodachi Collection is a life simulation handheld video game for the Nintendo DS, released exclusively in Japan on June 18, 2009. A sequel, Tomodachi Life, was released for the Nintendo 3DS in ...more

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Harvest Moon: Magical Melody is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
2005 Harvest Moon: Magical Melody is a social simulation video game for the Nintendo GameCube developed by Marvelous Interactive. It is an updated version of Bokujō Monogatari: Shiawase no Uta, which ...more

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The Sims Bustin' Out is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
BenNicholson added 2003 The Sims Bustin' Out is the second title in The Sims console series and the first The Sims title to not be released on PC. It featured the same 3D environment and engine the past game did, ...more

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Harvest Moon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
HarisonGross added 1996 Harvest Moon is a virtual role playing game for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System developed by Amccus. The game first released in Japan in 1996, in North America in 1997, and in Europe in ...more

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Harvest Moon GB is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
1997 Harvest Moon GB is the second game in the Harvest Moon series of video games, and was developed by Victor Interactive Software. Harvest Moon GB is the first portable Harvest Moon game, developed ...more

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SimCity is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
RichardWare added 1989 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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The Sims Pet Stories is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
2007 The Sims Pet Stories is the second game released in The Sims Stories series. Following The Sims Life Stories, The Sims Pets Stories was released on June 19, 2007.

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SimAnimals is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
2009 SimAnimals is a life simulation video game published by Electronic Arts for the Nintendo DS and Wii console systems. It was released on January 21, 2009 in North America. It was released on ...more

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WolfQuest is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
WolfQuest 2008 Not to be confused with the 2002 film Balto II: Wolf Quest. WolfQuest is a 3D wildlife simulation video game developed by the Minnesota Zoo and game developer company Eduweb. The game's main ...more

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SimLife is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
1992 SimLife: The Genetic Playground is a computer game produced by Maxis in 1992. The concept of the game is to simulate an ecosystem; players may modify the genetics of the plants and animals that ...more

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SimEarth is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
1990 SimEarth: The Living Planet is the second life simulation video game designed by Will Wright, in which the player controls the development of a planet. The game was published in 1990 by Maxis. ...more

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ARMA 3 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
KeshawnHolder added 2012 ARMA 3 is an open-world military tactical shooter video game developed by Czech studio Bohemia Interactive for Microsoft Windows. It was released on September 12, 2013. ARMA 3's storyline takes ...more

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MySims Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
2008 MySims Kingdom is a video game developed by EA Redwood Shores and published by Electronic Arts as a spin-off to Maxis' The Sims franchise for the Nintendo DS and Wii in 2008. MySims Kingdom is a ...more

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RichardWare added Sim City 5

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Princess Maker 2 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
1993 Princess Maker 2 is the second installment in the Princess Maker series of life simulation games developed by the Japanese computer game and anime production company Gainax. It has been ...more

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My Sims is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
2007 MySims, formerly The Sims Wii and Nintendo Sims, is a video game developed by EA Redwood Shores and published by Electronic Arts as a spin-off to Maxis' The Sims franchise for the Nintendo DS ...more

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The Guild 2 is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
2006 The Guild 2 is a historical multiplayer real-time strategy video game developed by 4HEAD Studios and published by JoWooD Entertainment. It is the second installment in the historical real-time ...more

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Harvest Moon 64 is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
HarisonGross added 1999 Harvest Moon 64, released in Japan as Bokujō Monogatari 2, is a farm simulation video game developed by Victor Interactive Software and published by Natsume Co., Ltd for the Nintendo 64 video ...more