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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 TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherMobyScore
Empire Builder: Ancient Egypt2009iPad, Macintosh, Windows99Games Online Pvt. Ltd....
City Life Edition 20082007WindowsAkella2.80
SimCity 42003Macintosh, WindowsAspyr Media, Inc.3.88
SimCity & Populous1991Amiga, Atari ST, DOSInfogrames Europe SA4.18
SimCity De Luxe1993Amiga, DOSInfogrames Europe SA3.25
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
Patlabor: Operation Tokyo Bay1994PC-98Banpresto Co., Ltd....
Slaves to Armok: God of Blood - Chapter II: Dwarf Fortress2006Linux, Macintosh, WindowsBay 12 Games3.74
Wonderburg2009Windows1C Company...
Ancient Rome2010WindowsBig Fish Games, Inc...
Forgotten Lands: First Colony2008WindowsBig Fish Games, Inc...
Build-a-lot 2: Town of the Year2008iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, WindowsBig Fish Games, Inc...
Build City2002WindowsBlack Tooth Inc.3.75
The Settlers III: Quest of the Amazons1999WindowsBlue Byte Studio GmbH3.33
Serf City: Life is Feudal1993Amiga, DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.83
The Settlers II Mission CD1996DOSBlue Byte Studio GmbH4.33
The Settlers III1998WindowsBlue Byte Studio GmbH3.49
The Settlers III Mission CD1999WindowsBlue Byte Studio GmbH3.28
The Settlers III: Ultimate Collection2000WindowsBlue Byte Studio GmbH4.20
The Settlers II: Veni, Vidi, Vici1996DOS, MacintoshBlue Byte Software, Inc.3.94
City Life: World Edition2006WindowsCDV Software Entertainment USA, Inc.3.33
City Life2006WindowsCDV Software Entertainment USA, Inc.2.60
SimCity2009iPhoneEA Mobile3.20
SimCity: Cities of Tomorrow2013Macintosh, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc....
SimCity 3000 Unlimited2000Linux, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.79
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Selected Covers

The Settlers III Windows Front Cover
Front cover for The Settlers III
Build City Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Build City
SimCity iPhone Front Cover
Front cover for SimCity

Selected Screenshots

building a wall
Screenshot from The Settlers III
Main menu
Screenshot from Build City
Main Menu
Screenshot from SimCity