Total Nerd The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time  

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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 3 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
bby byrd added The Sims 3 2009

2
798 301
The Sims 4 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
Lars Van Der Veeke added The Sims 4 2014

3
795 392
The Sims 2 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
The Sims 2 2004

4
386 250
The Sims 2: Pets is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

5
307 200
The Sims 3: World Adventures is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

6
307 224
The Sims 2: Seasons is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

7
294 198
The Sims 2: University is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

8
419 225
Animal Crossing is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

9
237 164
The Sims 2: Nightlife is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

10
233 161
The Sims 2: Open for Business is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

11
337 217
Spore is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
Spore 2008

12
132 59
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13
273 155
Harvest Moon: Back to Nature is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

14
211 160
The Sims 2: Double Deluxe is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

The Best Flying Pokemon of All Time

15
235 127
Animal Crossing: Wild World is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

16
167 128
The Sims 2: FreeTime is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

17
147 114
The Sims 2: Bon Voyage is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

18
186 107
Animal Crossing: City Folk is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

19
173 130
Fable III is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
Fable III 2010

20
184 142
The Sims: Hot Date is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

21
75 35
The Sims is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
The Sims 2000

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22
93 81
SimCity 2000 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
RichardWare added SimCity 2000 1993

23
104 79
The Sims 2: Castaway is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

24
125 102
The Sims Castaway Stories is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

25
147 115
The Urbz: Sims in the City is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

26
58 28
The Sims 3: Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
Noxenola added The Sims 3: Supernatural

27
89 73
SimCity 4 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
RichardWare added SimCity 4 2003

28
115 102
The Sims: Livin' Large is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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94 92
The Sims 2 Stuff packs is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

30
55 55
SimCity 3000 is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
RichardWare added SimCity 3000 1999

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90 63
Tomodachi Collection is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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55 41
The Sims Bustin' Out is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
BenNicholson added The Sims Bustin' Out 2003

33
66 56
The Sims: Makin' Magic is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

34
70 47
Harvest Moon: Magical Melody is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

35
50 59
SimCity is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
RichardWare added SimCity 1989

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72 82
The Sims Pet Stories is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

37
60 57
WolfQuest is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
WolfQuest Jul 11 2008

38
84 70
Harvest Moon GB is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
Harvest Moon GB Dec 18 1997

39
27 8
Harvest Moon is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
HarisonGross added Harvest Moon 1996

40
80 86
SimAnimals is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
SimAnimals 2009

41
74 90
SimLife is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
SimLife 1992

42
42 50
SimEarth is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
SimEarth 1990

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41 42
ARMA 3 is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
KeshawnHolder added ARMA 3 2012

44
53 60
MySims Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

45
74 89
Princess Maker 2 is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

46
7 0
Stardew Valley is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
Sharp Chonnavee added Stardew Valley

47
39 53
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RichardWare added Sim City 5

48
75 81
The Guild 2 is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

49
50 65
My Sims is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
My Sims 2007

50
62 82
SimAnt is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
SimAnt 1991