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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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Game Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Anno 20702011WindowsUbisoft Entertainment SA4.00
Cities XL 20112010WindowsAkella2.50
City Builder2010Wii, WindowsMaximum Family Games, LLC...
CityVille2010BrowserZynga Game Network Inc.0.10
Social City2010BrowserPlaydom, Inc.0.40
City Story2010Android, iPad, iPhoneTeamLava, LLC...
Cities XL2009WindowsMonte Cristo Multimedia...
Empire Builder: Ancient Egypt2009iPad, Macintosh, Windows99Games Online Pvt. Ltd....
Westward Collection2009WindowsSandlot Games...
Wonderburg2009Windows1C Company...
Plan It Green2009iPhone, Macintosh, WindowsGame Factory Interactive Ltd....
Romopolis2009WindowsiWin, Inc....
SimCity2009iPhoneEA Mobile3.20
Westward IV: All Aboard2009Macintosh, WindowsSandlot Games...
World of Zellians: Kingdom Builder2009Macintosh, WindowsGameInvest, S.A....
Cities XL (Limited Edition)2009WindowsMonte Cristo Multimedia0.00
Children of the Nile: Enhanced Edition2008WindowsTilted Mill Entertainment, Inc.3.71
SimCity Creator2008Nintendo DSElectronic Arts, Inc....
Westward III: Gold Rush2008Macintosh, WindowsSandlot Games...
City Life DS2008Nintendo DSMonte Cristo Multimedia...
Westward II: Heroes of the Frontier2008Macintosh, WindowsReflexive Entertainment Inc....
Build-a-lot 3: Passport to Europe2008Android, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, WindowsBig Fish Games, Inc4.38
The SimCity Box2008WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.4.00
Children of the Nile Pack2008WindowsTilted Mill Entertainment, Inc....
SimCity Creator2008WiiElectronic Arts, Inc....
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Selected Covers

Plan It Green Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Plan It Green
Westward Collection Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Westward Collection

Selected Screenshots

Main menu
Screenshot from Plan It Green
Loading screen
Screenshot from Westward III: Gold Rush
Character Creation
Screenshot from Cities XL