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 orderUser Score
Cities XL (Limited Edition)2009WindowsMonte Cristo Multimedia...
Social City2010BrowserPlaydom, Inc....
Cities XL2009WindowsMonte Cristo Multimedia...
SimCity 642000Nintendo 64Nintendo Co., Ltd....
CityVille2010BrowserZynga Inc....
SimCity Creator2008WiiElectronic Arts, Inc....
Cities XL 20112010WindowsAkella...
City Life2006WindowsCDV Software Entertainment USA, Inc....
Die Siedler II: Die nächste Generation - Wikinger2007WindowsND GAMES...
Poly Towns2016WindowsRed Phoenix Studios...
Westward2006iPhone, Palm OS, Symbian, Windows, Windows MobileHandmark, Inc....
The Settlers IV Mission CD2001WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software...
SimCity: BuildIt2014Android, iPad, iPhoneElectronic Arts, Inc....
SimCity Societies2007WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.01
City Life: 2008 Edition2007WindowsAkella...
Caesar1992Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, Macintosh, WindowsImpressions3.10
Caesar IV2006WindowsSierra Entertainment, Inc.3.11
The Settlers2007Nintendo DSak tronic Software & Services GmbH3.14
The Settlers III: Quest of the Amazons1999WindowsBlue Byte Studio GmbH...
SimCity2009iPhoneEA Mobile...
The Settlers III Mission CD1999WindowsBlue Byte Software, Inc....
Zeus: Master of Olympus2000WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.27
SimCity 2000 Scenarios Volume 1: Great Disasters1994DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xMaxis Software Inc.3.28
Immortal Cities: Children of the Nile2004WindowsMyelin Media, LLC3.30
City Life: World Edition2006WindowsCDV Software Entertainment USA, Inc....
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Selected Covers

City Life: World Edition Windows Front Cover
Front cover for City Life: World Edition
Caesar DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Caesar
SimCity Societies Windows Front Cover
Front cover for SimCity Societies

Selected Screenshots

Main Menu
Screenshot from City Life: World Edition
Title screen (European version)
Screenshot from Caesar
Splash Screen
Screenshot from SimCity Societies
Screenshot from The Settlers
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