Most Addictive Video Games of All Time

The Top Ten

1 Minecraft

This is a very addictive game when u get into it. But it needs way more.

Really great but it can cause bad affects on children such as decrease of creativity, addiction, selfishness, vitamin D decrease, and much more. It makes kids less smart because everyone thinks it enhances creativity which is true but it doesn't encourage kids to use there hands and it decreases active hand use and decreases mental strength. My co-worker's kid became really addicted to Minecraft and made him less selfish and when he was doing Lego with his friend he didn't do it the normal way he got a computer mouse and started clicking on it he didn't use his own hands. The kid's creativity decreased and whenever he plays building blocks or Lego he gets a computer mouse and starts clicking. My co-worker was really shocked

I used to love this game, but I got bored of it since there actually isn't very much substance to the game.

I am glad this is first on the list because I play it for ages and ages and ages and ages and I have never got bored of this. I do not know why more people have not voted for this because this game is really addictive and I have every single type of it, Pocket Edition, Xbox and PC, and I know a lot of people will know what I mean when I say that this IS THE BEST GAME EVER!

2 Super Smash Bros

I'm in love with this game! It's so insanely time consuming and once, I went through the whole story mode in one shot! Took me nine hours, but I just couldn't stop playing! This game has consumed me.

Using different characters on different maps, Using Mr Game & Watch to smash mario into oblivion whats not to love?

So addicting! Provides hundreds of hours of playtime for the owner.

Best game, awesome soundtrack, good storyline and epic multi-player.

3 Super Mario Bros.

Addictive at the beginning but once you beated the game you barely play the game again.


4 World of Warcraft

Played this game for YEARS of my life. From when I was 7 until I was 16, I had no bills to pay and no responsibility aside from school.. Thank god I didn't have a job and responsibility or a girlfriend, they all would've been lost this game NEEDS to be #1 on this list.

It ruins lives! I'm surprised people pay to play this because it's a job. It really does drain your money and relationships. Why isn't this #1 on the list!? It caused fights between me and my ex and destroyed my GPA in college.

Hands down the most addictive game I have ever played, and I have played most of the games on this list. Allot of the people that voted probably have no idea just how addictive WoW really is as they haven't experienced it before.

I could be wrong, but I think this is the only game on this list that is known to destroy relationships and drain months or years out of people's lives on a regular basis.
And you have to keep paying for it every month!

5 Tetris

I have spent way too much time playing tetris that it's sort of embarrassing, I think I'm genuinely addicted.

This game may have a simple concept but don't let that fool you this game is so addicting with some catchy music and fun gameplay the first tetris was fun so then there were new installments tetris ds tetris party wiiware tetris party deluxe wii and tetris axis for 3ds all these new games have so many mode and ONLINE PLAY this needs to be number 1

This is way more addictive then Minecraft

Why is this not number 1!? It's EXTREMELY addicting! If I let myself, I could play it for HOURS!

6 Angry Birds

Actually I played it for a short time and then I got bored...

Only addictive if you can beat the level you play. Instead, you just never play this game.

The only game on hear I know...

Meh I used to play it not for very long and it just gets boring after not very long

7 Grand Theft Auto IV

Dammit! I have lost it and I feel so bored. I feel empty!


Cousin! Let's go bowling!

I like the cover art

8 Mortal Kombat (2011)

You and group of friends + This game = Fun, screaming and Cussing
6 Seems right

9 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

I'm sorry, can someone please explain why something like Minecraft, Angry Birds, or Tetris even be on this list? We're talking about addiction, not a way to kill some time. This game will destroy your life. Especially if you haven't been able to play it for the last 6 months like me. :(

I hate it because of how addicting it is. Just kidding this game is a masterpiece. I would sit down and play expecting to stop in maybe an hour and in a flash, the entire day is gone. I never play that much in any other game.

I was going to vote World of warcraft but you don't need an internet connection for Skyrim so I could see people getting more addicted to this game. I was so addicted to this game I played it forover a week straight most of the day tell I beat the game now I haven't touched it since

This game makes me an unproductive person. I will sit down for hours doing dlc quests, and exploring caves.

10 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Quite possibly the best game ever! The game world is huge. There are over 100 main story line missions. There are hundreds of different vehicle types including many planes and helicopters. There are so many different side missions/quests that it seems that you can never run out of interesting things to do.

When I play it I gone into the forest of country side

Best game of Grand Theft Auto series shoaib alam

When I was young, I was so addicted to it.

The Contenders

11 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Could have been considered addictive previously, since it was the first most accomplished and accurate modern warfare game of its time and it fitted in to the countries political mood during the time it was released. But if you were to play it for the first time now, then you'd probably put the game down quicker.

Really? 49?! Don't you think that you have to remove the 4 behind the 9?

Everone talks about it

12 Petz Nursery
13 Team Fortress 2

I didn't want to stop playing this game! I eventually quit it after playing. 80 hours in just 2 months.

This game is like a drug I tell ya

I've lost so much of my life to this game. And you know what? It was awesome!

I used to play this game so much; sad that it's dying out.

14 Wii Sports

It's an addictive and fun game, it shows off what the Wii can do with the motion controls!

Each time I play this game its like 2 hours it's that addicting

Only addictive if you are with people. If you are alone, it's not really addictive.

Gonna have to vote on this one. Very Addictive and love to play with friends

15 Starcraft

Who called for an exterminator?

Very addictive... My favorite one...

Represents the larger part of my non-working life

16 Halo: Combat Evolved

What how is this not in the top ten I play this everyday even in 2013 I bring it to school on a flash drive and a bunch of us just play halo during 3rd period tech

That's impossible for a game like that to be bought to school, I know. Cause a classmate I know of was suspended for 3 months for sneaking into the Library Xbox 360 playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

Boss ass hell and should be a top

Hi ricardo best game ever

Best game ever

17 Counter Strike 1.6

There is no doubt that counter strike is the most addictive video game around the world if you just go to a website like or something like that that consists all kind of games you can easy see which game is mostly played.

There are a lot of reasons that the game is one of the most addictive game in the world it is been mentioned in my school books, as a game is very addictive to young people... There is another reason the fact that it is made up in 2003 and it is still being played by young and adult people around the world.

18 Nyan Cat: Lost In Space

This game's about as addictive as the song is.

Nyan nyan nyan nyan nyan nyan nyan nyan nyan!

19 Pac-Man

I freaking love Pac-Man.
It is the most EPIC game ever.

Pac man just pac man nothing gets as addictive as this

You can't stop I get on the pc and play it. SO MANY REASONS WHY!


20 Fallout 4

Yep The fallout series is just as addicting as fallout 4 is but this game is the same

Mods make the game more fun to play

21 Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of the Sky

I liked

22 StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm

Yes. I actually played it and it was really addictive (its proably reason why I'm busy at TheTopTens).

23 MinoMonsters
24 Half-Life 2
25 Pokémon Gold and Silver
26 The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Really addictive the first time you play it, but after you beat Ganon (or complete it 100%) you just move on and play another game.

27 Mario Kart 8

Fun to play online or with friends sometimes. But not addictive (I'm not putting 10 hours a day on this game, you know)

This game, along with other Mario kart games, is extremely addictive and fun

Once I got this game I couldn't put it down

I'm still playing it right now

28 Guitar Hero
29 Tiny Monsters
30 The Legend of Zelda
31 Super Smash Bros. Melee

The Greatest Fighting Game of All Time

32 The Sims

If you like to take care of virtual families or make them suffer, this is the game for you

I liked designing houses in sims but the designers have bad fashion tastes

Wasted over 900 hours playing this.

33 Alien Armageddon

Awesome game especially on big screens!

34 Mortal Kombat Armageddon
35 Elvira II: The Jaws of Cerberus
36 The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
37 Medal of Honor
38 Judge Dredd
39 Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3
40 Sonic Adventure 2

Loads of replay value, I tell ya.

You can play this game multiplayer for hours!

41 Cookie Clicker

It's because of the vast amount of cookies producted and all the stuff you can buy. To break the addiction, keep playing until it's hard to buy stuff. You will slowly lose interest.

So fun and addictive

I don't know why...

42 Star Wars Battlefront (2004)

I have played around 200 hours of this game and I still am not getting bored!

I love this game played for hours it is great

43 Ryse: Son of Rome
44 Golden Eye 007


45 The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC
46 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

I could stop playing to finish some great storyline

Clowns are terrifying. Nate hit the nail on the head.

47 Super Mario Galaxy

Its an ok game

48 League of Legends

There's a reason why it's one of the most played games nowadays.

If you want to keep your social status, don't play this game

49 Alien Trilogy
50 Touhou Koumakyou: Embodiment of Scarlet Devil
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