Group DescriptionCity 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
, Command and Conquer
, Railroad Tycoon
|Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom||2002||Windows||Sierra Entertainment, Inc.||3.92|
|Empire Builder: Ancient Egypt||2009||iPad, Macintosh, Windows||99Games Online Pvt. Ltd.||...|
|Forgotten Lands: First Colony||2008||Windows||Big Fish Games, Inc||...|
|The Great Empires Collection II||2002||Windows||Sierra Entertainment, Inc.||4.60|
|The Great Empires Collection||2000||Windows||Sierra Entertainment, Inc.||...|
|Immortal Cities: Children of the Nile||2004||Windows||Myelin Media, LLC||3.30|
|Moonbase||1990||Amiga, DOS, Macintosh||KDT Industries Inc.||4.00|
|Patlabor: Operation Tokyo Bay||1994||PC-98||Banpresto Co., Ltd.||...|
|Pharaoh||1999||Windows||Sierra On-Line, Inc.||3.67|
|Pharaoh: Gold||2001||Windows||Sold Out Sales & Marketing Ltd.||4.75|
|Plan It Green||2009||iPhone, Macintosh, Windows||Game Factory Interactive Ltd.||...|
|Poseidon: Zeus Official Expansion||2001||Windows||Sierra On-Line, Inc.||3.94|
|Serf City: Life is Feudal||1993||Amiga, DOS||Strategic Simulations, Inc.||3.84|
|The Settlers: Fourth Edition||2001||Windows||Ubi Soft Entertainment Software||3.63|
|The Settlers II: 10th Anniversary (Limited Edition)||2006||Windows||Ubisoft GmbH||...|
|The Settlers II: 10th Anniversary||2006||Windows||ak tronic Software & Services GmbH||3.95|
|The Settlers II: 10th Anniversary - Vikings||2007||Windows||ND GAMES||3.71|
|The Settlers II (Gold Edition)||1997||DOS, Windows||Blue Byte Software GmbH & Co. KG||4.42|
|The Settlers III Mission CD||1999||Windows||Blue Byte Studio GmbH||3.28|
|The Settlers III: Quest of the Amazons||1999||Windows||Blue Byte Studio GmbH||3.33|
|The Settlers III||1998||Windows||Blue Byte Studio GmbH||3.49|
|The Settlers III: Ultimate Collection||2000||Windows||Blue Byte Studio GmbH||4.20|
|The Settlers II Mission CD||1996||DOS||Blue Byte Studio GmbH||4.50|
|The Settlers II: Veni, Vidi, Vici||1996||DOS, Macintosh||Blue Byte Software, Inc.||3.93|