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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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604 291
The Sims 2 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
The Sims 2 2004

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2
358 108
The Sims 3 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
bby byrd added The Sims 3 Jun 02 2009

3
457 158
The Sims 4 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
Lars Van Der Veeke added The Sims 4 2014

4
300 187
The Sims 2: Pets is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

5
231 141
The Sims 2: University is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

6
237 164
The Sims 2: Seasons is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

7
224 143
The Sims 3: World Adventures is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

8
318 159
Animal Crossing is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

9
189 123
The Sims 2: Open for Business is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

10
194 131
The Sims 2: Nightlife is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

11
265 166
Spore is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
Spore Sep 04 2008

12
178 127
The Sims 2: Double Deluxe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

13
146 105
The Sims 2: FreeTime is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

14
222 126
Harvest Moon: Back to Nature is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

15
190 105
Animal Crossing: Wild World is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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16
127 93
The Sims 2: Bon Voyage is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

17
80 36
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Mabie1 added The Sims 3: Seasons

18
155 92
Animal Crossing: City Folk is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

19
136 105
Fable III is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
Fable III 2010

20
157 126
The Sims: Hot Date is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

21
70 58
SimCity 2000 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
RichardWare added SimCity 2000 1993

22
109 90
The Sims Castaway Stories is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

23
77 58
SimCity 4 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
RichardWare added SimCity 4 2003

24
87 69
The Sims 2: Castaway is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

25
125 98
The Urbz: Sims in the City is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

26
41 19
The Sims is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
The Sims 2000

27
108 91
The Sims: Livin' Large is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

28
46 41
SimCity 3000 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
RichardWare added SimCity 3000 1999

29
87 82
The Sims 2 Stuff packs is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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77 51
Tomodachi Collection is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

31
46 45
SimCity is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
RichardWare added SimCity 1989

32
44 32
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
31 19
The Sims 3: Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
Noxenola added The Sims 3: Supernatural

34
54 48
The Sims: Makin' Magic is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

35
69 79
SimLife is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
SimLife 1992

36
63 72
The Sims Pet Stories is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
The Sims Pet Stories Jan 01 2007

37
50 48
WolfQuest is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
WolfQuest Jul 11 2008

38
72 78
SimAnimals is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
SimAnimals 2009

39
50 42
Harvest Moon: Magical Melody is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

40
70 66
Harvest Moon GB is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

41
32 39
Ranker Video
RichardWare added Sim City 5

42
33 43
SimEarth is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
SimEarth 1990

43
65 78
Princess Maker 2 is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
Princess Maker 2 Jan 01 1993

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44
70 70
The Guild 2 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

45
36 41
The Sims FreePlay is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
BenNicholson added The Sims FreePlay

46
43 52
MySims Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

47
25 29
ARMA 3 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
KeshawnHolder added ARMA 3 2012

48
57 74
SimAnt is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
SimAnt Jan 01 1991

49
38 52
My Sims is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
My Sims 2007

50
28 38
Second Life is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
KlewTeaRhapsody added Second Life 2003