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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 TitleYearPlatformPublishersorted in ascending orderMobyScore
Cities XL (Limited Edition)2009WindowsMonte Cristo Multimedia0.00
CityVille2010BrowserZynga Inc.0.10
Social City2010BrowserPlaydom, Inc.0.40
Cities XL 20112010WindowsAkella2.50
City Life2006WindowsCDV Software Entertainment USA, Inc.2.60
City Life Edition 20082007WindowsAkella2.80
SimCity Societies2007WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.2.88
Caesar IV2006WindowsSierra Entertainment, Inc.2.97
The Settlers IV Mission CD2001WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.00
Westward2006iPhone, Palm OS, Symbian, Windows, Windows MobileHandmark, Inc.3.00
Caesar1992Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, MacintoshImpressions3.11
SimCity2009iPhoneEA Mobile3.20
Zeus: Master of Olympus2000WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.25
SimCity De Luxe1993Amiga, DOSInfogrames Europe SA3.25
The Settlers III Mission CD1999WindowsBlue Byte Studio GmbH3.28
Immortal Cities: Children of the Nile2004WindowsMyelin Media, LLC3.30
The Settlers III: Quest of the Amazons1999WindowsBlue Byte Studio GmbH3.33
City Life: World Edition2006WindowsCDV Software Entertainment USA, Inc.3.33
SimCity2013Macintosh, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.33
SimCity: Enhanced CD-ROM1993DOS, MacintoshInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.40
Create City2007WindowsuWish Games3.40
Caesar: Platinum1999WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.44
The Settlers III1998WindowsBlue Byte Studio GmbH3.49
The Settlers2007Nintendo DSak tronic Software & Services GmbH3.53
The Settlers IV: The Trojans and the Elixir of Power2001WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.62
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Selected Covers

Cities XL 2011 Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Cities XL 2011
City Life: World Edition Windows Front Cover
Front cover for City Life: World Edition
SimCity: Enhanced CD-ROM DOS Front Cover
Front cover for SimCity: Enhanced CD-ROM

Selected Screenshots

construction of farm
Screenshot from Cities XL 2011
Main Menu
Screenshot from City Life: World Edition
Intro - Growing city
Screenshot from SimCity: Enhanced CD-ROM