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Genre: Simulation - City building

Group Description

City Building games identify its primary gameplay as the construction, development, administration, and management of a city, town, or similar venues where the player takes the role of a governor, ruler, or similar roles to successfully achieve the aforementioned goals.

This managerial simulation/strategy hybrid was initially popularized by games such as the SimCity series and Caesar series. Traditionally such games were identified with an isometric or top-down visual perspective and were also usually real-time.

City building games usually are identifiable by one or more of the following traits:
  • Main gameplay map is the city or town itself.
  • The city or town mentioned are usually already owned or may only be developed by the player.
  • Any form of opposition usually is located off-map.
  • Manual strategic placement of roads, structures or other buildings.
  • Manual management of citizen demands.
  • Trade and taxation, usually micro economics.
  • Upgrading options for structures and buildings.
  • Manipulation and exploitation of surrounding resources.
City building must be identified as the primary gameplay of the specified game. Not to be confused with RTS (Real-Time Strategy) games or other strategy games, where building does occur, however as a secondary part of gameplay (e.g. for warfare purposes, although still an important part of the gameplay). Thus, such games should be excluded from this game group (simply put, gameplay is primarily for city building purposes).

Examples of aforementioned games not to be included: Age of Empires, Warcraft, Command and Conquer, Railroad Tycoon, etc.
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sorted in ascending orderGame TitleYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Acropolis2001WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.4.00
Ancient Rome2010WindowsBig Fish Games, Inc...
Anno 20702011WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA4.36
The Biggest Creators of Empires2003WindowsSierra Entertainment, Inc.4.50
Build-a-lot 2: Town of the Year2008iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, WindowsBig Fish Games, Inc...
Build-a-lot 3: Passport to Europe2008Android, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, WindowsBig Fish Games, Inc4.38
Build City2002WindowsBlack Tooth Inc.3.75
Caesar1992Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, MacintoshImpressions3.11
Caesar II1995DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.63
Caesar III1998Macintosh, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.82
Caesar IV2006WindowsSierra Entertainment, Inc.2.97
Caesar: Platinum1999WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.44
Children of the Nile: Enhanced Edition2008WindowsTilted Mill Entertainment, Inc.3.71
Children of the Nile Pack2008WindowsTilted Mill Entertainment, Inc....
Cities XL2009WindowsMonte Cristo Multimedia...
Cities XL 20112010WindowsAkella2.50
Cities XL (Limited Edition)2009WindowsMonte Cristo Multimedia0.00
City Builder2010Wii, WindowsMaximum Family Games, LLC...
City Life2006WindowsCDV Software Entertainment USA, Inc.2.60
City Life DS2008Nintendo DSMonte Cristo Multimedia...
City Life Edition 20082007WindowsAkella2.80
City Life: World Edition2006WindowsCDV Software Entertainment USA, Inc.3.33
City Story2010Android, iPad, iPhoneTeamLava, LLC...
CityVille2010BrowserZynga Inc.0.10
Cleopatra: Queen of the Nile2000WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.4.07
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Selected Covers

Caesar DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Caesar
Acropolis Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Acropolis
City Life Edition 2008 Windows Front Cover
Front cover for City Life Edition 2008
Caesar II DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Caesar II

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Caesar
Title screen
Screenshot from City Life Edition 2008
Title screen.
Screenshot from Caesar II
a prosperous town
Screenshot from Caesar III