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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 TitleYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Acropolis2001WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.4.00
Ancient Rome2010WindowsBig Fish Games, Inc...
Anno 20702011WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA4.29
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, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.63
Caesar III1998Macintosh, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.83
Caesar IV2006WindowsSierra Entertainment, Inc.3.06
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: Skylines2015Linux, Macintosh, WindowsParadox Interactive AB3.68
Cities XL2009WindowsMonte Cristo Multimedia1.00
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
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Selected Covers

Cities: Skylines Linux Front Cover
Front cover for Cities: Skylines
Ancient Rome Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Ancient Rome
Build City Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Build City
City Story iPad Front Cover
Front cover for City Story

Selected Screenshots

Main menu
Screenshot from Cities: Skylines
The title screen
Screenshot from Ancient Rome
Main menu
Screenshot from Build City
Title screen
Screenshot from City Story