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 Jun 02 2009

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2
412 136
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
576 282
The Sims 2 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
The Sims 2 2004

4
288 183
The Sims 2: Pets is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

5
222 137
The Sims 2: University is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

6
231 161
The Sims 2: Seasons is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

7
309 154
Animal Crossing is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

8
218 141
The Sims 3: World Adventures is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

9
186 121
The Sims 2: Open for Business is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

10
189 129
The Sims 2: Nightlife is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

11
257 161
Spore is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
Spore Sep 04 2008

12
176 127
The Sims 2: Double Deluxe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

13
220 125
Harvest Moon: Back to Nature is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

14
141 105
The Sims 2: FreeTime is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

15
184 104
Animal Crossing: Wild World is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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80 35
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Mabie1 added The Sims 3: Seasons

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126 93
The Sims 2: Bon Voyage is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

18
70 56
SimCity 2000 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
RichardWare added SimCity 2000 1993

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157 125
The Sims: Hot Date is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

20
150 91
Animal Crossing: City Folk is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

21
133 104
Fable III is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
Fable III 2010

22
107 89
The Sims Castaway Stories is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

23
124 97
The Urbz: Sims in the City is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

24
75 57
SimCity 4 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
RichardWare added SimCity 4 2003

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86 69
The Sims 2: Castaway is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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38 18
The Sims is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
The Sims 2000

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108 90
The Sims: Livin' Large is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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46 40
SimCity 3000 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
RichardWare added SimCity 3000 1999

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86 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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46 44
SimCity is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
RichardWare added SimCity 1989

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73 50
Tomodachi Collection is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
Tomodachi Collection Jun 18 2009

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44 31
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 18
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
53 47
The Sims: Makin' Magic is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

35
69 78
SimLife is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
SimLife 1992

36
63 71
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
72 76
SimAnimals is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
SimAnimals 2009

38
48 47
WolfQuest is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
WolfQuest Jul 11 2008

39
50 41
Harvest Moon: Magical Melody is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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32 37
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70 65
Harvest Moon GB is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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

43
70 69
The Guild 2 is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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64 76
Princess Maker 2 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
Princess Maker 2 Jan 01 1993

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36 40
The Sims FreePlay is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
BenNicholson added The Sims FreePlay

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41 51
MySims Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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24 28
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 73
SimAnt is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
SimAnt Jan 01 1991

49
26 34
Second Life is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
KlewTeaRhapsody added Second Life 2003

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37 51
My Sims is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
My Sims 2007