User review spotlight: Carmageddon (DOS). Released in 1997.

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.
Limitations
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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Game Titlesorted in ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
SimCity1989Acorn 32-bit, Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, BBC Micro, CDTV, Commodore 64, DOS, Electron, FM Towns, Macintosh, OS/2, Palm OS, PC-98, Sharp X68000, SNES, Symbian, Wii, Windows, Windows 3.x, ZX SpectrumBrøderbund Software, Inc.3.67
Moonbase1990Amiga, DOS, MacintoshKDT Industries Inc.4.00
SimCity Graphics Set 1: Ancient Cities1990Amiga, DOSMaxis Software Inc.4.05
SimCity Graphics Set 2: Future Cities1991Amiga, DOSMaxis Software Inc.4.00
SimCity & Populous1991Amiga, Atari ST, DOSInfogrames Europe SA4.18
Caesar1992Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, MacintoshImpressions3.11
SimCity Enhanced CD-ROM1993DOS, MacintoshInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.40
SimCity De Luxe1993Amiga, DOSInfogrames Europe SA3.25
Serf City: Life is Feudal1993Amiga, DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.83
SimCity 20001993Acorn 32-bit, Amiga, DOS, FM Towns, Game Boy Advance, Macintosh, Nintendo 64, OS/2, PC-98, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, SEGA Saturn, SNES, Windows, Windows 3.x, Windows MobileBlack Pearl Software3.83
SimCity 2000: CD Collection1993DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xElectronic Arts, Inc.4.20
SimCity Classic Graphics1994DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xMaxis Software Inc.4.25
Patlabor: Operation Tokyo Bay1994PC-98Banpresto Co., Ltd....
SimCity 2000 Urban Renewal Kit1994DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xMaxis Software Inc.3.77
SimCity 2000 Scenarios Volume 1: Great Disasters1994DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xMaxis Software Inc.4.00
Caesar II1995DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.63
The Settlers II Mission CD1996DOSBlue Byte Studio GmbH4.33
SimCity 2000: Network Edition1996WindowsMaxis Software Inc.4.00
The Settlers II: Veni, Vidi, Vici1996DOS, MacintoshBlue Byte Software, Inc.3.94
The Settlers II (Gold Edition)1997DOS, WindowsBlue Byte Software GmbH & Co. KG4.42
The Settlers III1998WindowsBlue Byte Studio GmbH3.49
Caesar III1998Macintosh, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.82
SimCity 30001999Macintosh, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.73
Pharaoh1999WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.67
Mob Rule1999Macintosh, WindowsSimon & Schuster Interactive3.75
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Selected Covers

Caesar DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Caesar

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Caesar
Title screen
Screenshot from Mob Rule
Title Screen
Screenshot from Moonbase