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.
Limitations
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...
CityVille2010BrowserZynga Inc....
Social City2010BrowserPlaydom, Inc....
Cities XL2009WindowsMonte Cristo Multimedia...
Cities XL 20112010WindowsAkella...
City Life2006WindowsCDV Software Entertainment USA, Inc....
City Life: 2008 Edition2007WindowsAkella...
The Settlers II: 10th Anniversary - Vikings2007WindowsND GAMES...
SimCity Societies2007WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.2.97
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....
Caesar IV2006WindowsSierra Entertainment, Inc.3.06
Caesar1992Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, Macintosh, WindowsImpressions3.11
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.3.25
The Settlers2007Nintendo DSak tronic Software & Services GmbH3.27
Immortal Cities: Children of the Nile2004WindowsMyelin Media, LLC3.30
The Settlers IV: The Trojans and the Elixir of Power2001WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software...
SimCity2013Macintosh, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc....
City Life: World Edition2006WindowsCDV Software Entertainment USA, Inc....
SimCity: Enhanced CD-ROM1993DOS, MacintoshInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.40
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Selected Covers

SimCity: Enhanced CD-ROM DOS Front Cover
Front cover for SimCity: Enhanced CD-ROM

Selected Screenshots

Intro - Growing city
Screenshot from SimCity: Enhanced CD-ROM
Main Menu
Screenshot from City Life: World Edition
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