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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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Animal Crossing is listed (or ranked) 5 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 3: World Adventures is listed (or ranked) 6 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: 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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Stardew Valley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
Sharp Chonnavee added 2016
Stardew Valley is an indie farming simulation role-playing video game developed by Eric "ConcernedApe" Barone and published by Chucklefish. The game was released for Microsoft Windows ...more
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The Sims 2: Seasons is listed (or ranked) 9 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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299 152
Animal Crossing: Wild World is listed (or ranked) 10 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: Open for Business is listed (or ranked) 11 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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389 256
Spore is listed (or ranked) 12 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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273 204
The Sims 2: Nightlife is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Mabie1 added 2012
The Sims 3: Seasons is the eighth expansion pack for The Sims 3 on OS X and PC. It was released on November 13, 2012 in North America, and on November 16 in Europe.
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The Sims is listed (or ranked) 15 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: Double Deluxe is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time
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308 182
Harvest Moon: Back to Nature is listed (or ranked) 17 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) 18 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
19
225 125
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
20
170 137
The Sims 2: Bon Voyage is listed (or ranked) 20 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
21
196 151
Fable III is listed (or ranked) 21 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
22
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The Sims 2: Castaway is listed (or ranked) 22 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
23
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The Sims: Hot Date is listed (or ranked) 23 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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SimCity 2000 is listed (or ranked) 24 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 Castaway Stories is listed (or ranked) 25 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.