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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.
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 Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
SimCity Societies: Destinations2008WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.90
Forgotten Lands: First Colony2008WindowsBig Fish Games, Inc...
SimCity Creator2008WiiElectronic Arts, Inc....
Children of the Nile Pack2008WindowsTilted Mill Entertainment, Inc....
The SimCity Box2008WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.4.00
Build-a-lot 3: Passport to Europe2008Android, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, WindowsBig Fish Games, Inc4.38
The Settlers II: 10th Anniversary - Vikings2007WindowsND GAMES3.71
SimCity DS2007Nintendo DSElectronic Arts, Inc.4.06
Create City2007WindowsuWish Games3.40
City Life Edition 20082007WindowsAkella2.80
SimCity Societies2007WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.2.88
The Settlers2007Nintendo DSak tronic Software & Services GmbH3.53
City Life2006WindowsCDV Software Entertainment USA, Inc.2.60
The Settlers II: 10th Anniversary (Limited Edition)2006WindowsUbisoft GmbH...
The Settlers II: 10th Anniversary2006Windowsak tronic Software & Services GmbH3.95
City Life: World Edition2006WindowsCDV Software Entertainment USA, Inc.3.33
Westward2006iPhone, Palm OS, Symbian, Windows, Windows MobileHandmark, Inc.3.00
Caesar IV2006WindowsSierra Entertainment, Inc.2.97
Slaves to Armok: God of Blood - Chapter II: Dwarf Fortress2006Linux, Macintosh, WindowsBay 12 Games3.74
Immortal Cities: Children of the Nile2004WindowsMyelin Media, LLC3.30
SimCity 4: Rush Hour2003Macintosh, WindowsAspyr Media, Inc.3.86
The Biggest Creators of Empires2003WindowsSierra Entertainment, Inc.4.50
SimCity 42003Macintosh, WindowsAspyr Media, Inc.3.88
SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition2003Macintosh, WindowsAspyr Media, Inc.3.99
Build City2002WindowsBlack Tooth Inc.3.75
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Selected Covers

Build City Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Build City
SimCity DS Nintendo DS Front Cover
Front cover for SimCity DS

Selected Screenshots

Main menu
Screenshot from Build City
Title screen.
Screenshot from SimCity DS
Screen Title
Screenshot from SimCity 4