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
|The Settlers III: Quest of the Amazons||1999||Windows||Blue Byte Studio GmbH||3.33|
|Caesar: Platinum||1999||Windows||Sierra On-Line, Inc.||3.44|
|SimCity 64||2000||Nintendo 64||Nintendo Co., Ltd.||...|
|SimCity 3000 Unlimited||2000||Linux, Windows||Electronic Arts, Inc.||3.79|
|Zeus: Master of Olympus||2000||Windows||Sierra On-Line, Inc.||3.25|
|The Settlers III: Ultimate Collection||2000||Windows||Blue Byte Studio GmbH||4.20|
|Cleopatra: Queen of the Nile||2000||Windows||Sierra On-Line, Inc.||4.07|
|The Great Empires Collection||2000||Windows||Sierra Entertainment, Inc.||...|
|Acropolis||2001||Windows||Sierra On-Line, Inc.||4.00|
|Pharaoh: Gold||2001||Windows||Sold Out Sales & Marketing Ltd.||4.75|
|The Settlers IV Mission CD||2001||Windows||Ubi Soft Entertainment Software||3.00|
|The Settlers: Fourth Edition||2001||Windows||Ubi Soft Entertainment Software||3.63|
|Poseidon: Zeus Official Expansion||2001||Windows||Sierra On-Line, Inc.||3.94|
|The Settlers IV: The Trojans and the Elixir of Power||2001||Windows||Ubi Soft Entertainment Software||3.00|
|The Great Empires Collection II||2002||Windows||Sierra Entertainment, Inc.||4.60|
|Build City||2002||Windows||Black Tooth Inc.||3.75|
|Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom||2002||Windows||Sierra Entertainment, Inc.||3.92|
|SimCity 4||2003||Macintosh, Windows||Aspyr Media, Inc.||3.87|
|SimCity 4: Rush Hour||2003||Macintosh, Windows||Aspyr Media, Inc.||3.87|
|The Biggest Creators of Empires||2003||Windows||Sierra Entertainment, Inc.||4.50|
|SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition||2003||Macintosh, Windows||Aspyr Media, Inc.||3.99|
|Immortal Cities: Children of the Nile||2004||Windows||Myelin Media, LLC||3.30|
|The Settlers II: 10th Anniversary||2006||Windows||ak tronic Software & Services GmbH||3.95|
|City Life: World Edition||2006||Windows||CDV Software Entertainment USA, Inc.||3.33|
|The Settlers II: 10th Anniversary (Limited Edition)||2006||Windows||Ubisoft GmbH||...|