Group DescriptionCity 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
, Command and Conquer
, Railroad Tycoon
|Game Title||Year||Platform||Publisher||User Score|
|SimCity||1989||Acorn 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 Spectrum||Brøderbund Software, Inc.||3.78|
|Moonbase||1990||Amiga, DOS, Macintosh||KDT Industries Inc.||...|
|SimCity Graphics Set 1: Ancient Cities||1990||Amiga, DOS||Maxis Software Inc.||4.05|
|SimCity & Populous||1991||Amiga, Atari ST, DOS||Infogrames Europe SA||...|
|SimCity Graphics Set 2: Future Cities||1991||Amiga, DOS||Maxis Software Inc.||4.00|
|Caesar||1992||Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, Macintosh, Windows||Impressions||3.11|
|Serf City: Life is Feudal||1993||Amiga, DOS||Strategic Simulations, Inc.||3.86|
|SimCity De Luxe||1993||Amiga, DOS||Infogrames Europe SA||3.83|
|SimCity 2000: CD Collection||1993||DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.x||Electronic Arts, Inc.||4.51|
|SimCity: Enhanced CD-ROM||1993||DOS, Macintosh||Interplay Entertainment Corp.||3.40|
|SimCity 2000||1993||Acorn 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 Mobile||Black Pearl Software||3.92|
|SimCity 2000 Scenarios Volume 1: Great Disasters||1994||DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.x||Maxis Software Inc.||...|
|Patlabor: Operation Tokyo Bay||1994||PC-98||Banpresto Co., Ltd.||...|
|SimCity 2000 Urban Renewal Kit||1994||DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.x||Maxis Software Inc.||3.77|
|SimCity Classic Graphics||1994||DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.x||Maxis Software Inc.||...|
|Caesar II||1995||DOS, Macintosh, Windows||Sierra On-Line, Inc.||3.61|
|SimCity 2000: Network Edition||1996||Windows||Maxis Software Inc.||...|
|The Settlers II: Veni, Vidi, Vici||1996||DOS, Macintosh||Blue Byte Software, Inc.||3.95|
|The Settlers II Mission CD||1996||DOS||Blue Byte Studio GmbH||...|
|The Settlers II: Gold Edition||1997||DOS, Windows||Blue Byte Software GmbH & Co. KG||4.42|
|The Settlers III||1998||Windows||Blue Byte Studio GmbH||3.42|
|Caesar III||1998||Macintosh, Windows||Sierra On-Line, Inc.||3.84|
|Pharaoh||1999||Windows||Sierra On-Line, Inc.||3.67|
|Mob Rule||1999||Macintosh, Windows||Simon & Schuster Interactive||3.75|
|The Settlers III: Quest of the Amazons||1999||Windows||Blue Byte Studio GmbH||...|
Game group created by Indra is stressed
(19939), additional games added to group by Cantillon
(1603), Patrick Bregger
(17313), Giu's Brain
(19), Victor Vance
(170605), Multimedia Mike
(18611), Unicorn Lynx
(15982) and Macs Black