In a God Game, you play a powerful god or deity who looks at and interacts with a large world. These can be planets in different galaxies, worlds that don’t exist in our universe, like heaven and hell, or even just a single city. People live in these worlds, and their lives depend on what role you choose to play as a god.
You have special powers that let you interact directly with the world and its people. You can also interact with them indirectly by building up the world they live in by giving them crops, water, and other things they need, or by taking them away. Will you punish the people who follow you, bless them, or kill them? You have a choice.
You play the part of a God who is in charge of the different parts of Nature. Your goal is to fight against Mother Nature, who is trying to kill your tribe with tsunamis, volcanoes, earthquakes, and wildfires.
From Dust has a state-of-the-art simulation of nature in which the world changes as you play through it. Each of the thirteen areas has its own natural forces. From Dust has online leader boards where you can see how your Challenge Mode score compares to others from all over the world.
The only VR game on this list is Deisim, and it’s important to know that you need a VR headset to play it. In a sandbox environment, you can build a world, put people in it, and watch it change.
The game is still in “early access,” which gives the developers more time to work on the game’s mechanics, which are already very well done. The music and graphics are very simple, but they work fine in the VR play space. So much so that Deisim won the AR/VR Game of the Year award for 2021.
Afterlife was made by LucasArts and came out in 1996 for DOS, MAC, and WIN9X. It can now be played on Steam and GOG. You play the part of the Regional Spiritual Director, who is in charge of making both heaven and hell.
Once you start building heaven and hell, you will be responsible for rewarding those in heaven and punishing those in hell while avoiding supernatural disasters that threaten the population. There are more than 200 rewards and punishments you can choose from. Also, there are almost 300 tiles, buildings, maps, and charts that will help you in your new job.
The Universim is an attempt by Crytivo to bring the God game back to its roots while keeping it up-to-date. As a god, you’ll be in charge of a civilization from the time it starts, and you’ll get to see how it changes as it grows.
This game is different because it has a built-in ecosystem that is connected to each other. Everything your creations do will have an effect on the world they live in. Like in our world, taking care of their world is important to their survival. High levels of pollution can make the world warmer, and hunting can wipe out whole species.
You can make, watch, and talk to a whole living world. You can wreck your world with destructive powers like lightning, acid rain, plague, and dragons. You can also send things like zombies, UFOs, and demons out to do the damage for you.
There are four different races in WorldBox. Each race has its own design and set of traits. People, orcs, elves, and dwarves are these races. This game is for you if you’ve ever wanted to make a world like the one in Lord of the Rings.
Spore is the last game that Will Wright, a visionary game designer, made before leaving Maxis. From single-cell organisms to galactic civilizations, you can make your own society. In Spore, you can choose between two different things. You can start with a single species or jump straight into creating entire species on new planets.
The game has tools for making things that let you control every part of what you make. This includes the creatures, buildings, vehicles, and spaceships. Galactic Adventures and Creepy & Cute Parts Pack are two more DLCs that can be bought.
Populous: The Beginning
Populous: The Beginning is the third game in the series and the first one to be completely in 3D, which was a big deal at the time. You play the part of a god, and your goal is to lead your followers to victory by beating other gods and their followers, taking over twenty-five planets, and rising to the heavens as a god.
To make sure your followers stay alive, give them tasks like gathering, building, and attacking. Use powers like hurricanes, lightning, deadly swarms, and meteors to help your followers beat your enemies.
Take on the role of a dungeon keeper whose job is to bring in lots of nasty creatures to live in the dungeon. So that they are happy, you will need to train, feed, and play with them. Happy creatures are more than willing to fight for you and go against the forces of good.
Getting creatures and caring for them is only half the battle. You can change the layout of your dungeon and add tunnels and caves to make the battle conditions better for your minions.
Let’s start the list with a bang. Universe Sandbox is a space simulator where you can control everything in the universe. You can make and break things on any scale you can think of.
Universe Sandbox has endless ways to have fun because you can make any star, planet, and solar system, and the game physics are very realistic. You can change each star and planet by changing how it spins, how much gravity it has, and anything else that has to do with how it is made.
You can make a planet that looks just like Earth and then simulate big disasters like megatsunamis and big earthquakes. These ideas are just the beginning. There are also black holes and supernovas you can play with. Watch everything happen and try out as many different things as you want.
This sandbox game lets you do almost anything. Universe Sandbox is an independent game that isn’t too expensive and has a lot of content to play.