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 Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
City Life DS2008Nintendo DSMonte Cristo Multimedia...
SimCity Creator2008Nintendo DSElectronic Arts, Inc....
Westward II: Heroes of the Frontier2008Macintosh, WindowsReflexive Entertainment Inc....
Build-a-lot 3: Passport to Europe2008Android, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, WindowsBig Fish Games, Inc...
SimCity Creator2008WiiElectronic Arts, Inc....
SimCity DS2007Nintendo DSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.74
The Settlers2007Nintendo DSak tronic Software & Services GmbH3.14
SimCity Societies2007WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.01
City Life: 2008 Edition2007WindowsAkella...
Slaves to Armok: God of Blood - Chapter II: Dwarf Fortress2006Linux, Macintosh, WindowsBay 12 Games3.89
The Settlers II: 10th Anniversary2006Windowsak tronic Software & Services GmbH3.64
Tycoon City: New York2006WindowsAtari, Inc....
City Life: World Edition2006WindowsCDV Software Entertainment USA, Inc....
Westward2006iPhone, Palm OS, Symbian, Windows, Windows MobileHandmark, Inc....
City Life2006WindowsCDV Software Entertainment USA, Inc....
Caesar IV2006WindowsSierra Entertainment, Inc.3.11
Create City2004WindowsIncaGold GmbH...
Immortal Cities: Children of the Nile2004WindowsMyelin Media, LLC3.30
The Biggest Creators of Empires2003WindowsSierra Entertainment, Inc....
SimCity 42003Macintosh, WindowsAspyr Media, Inc.3.91
Build City2002WindowsBlack Tooth Inc....
Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom2002WindowsSierra Entertainment, Inc.3.96
Mob Rule: Platinum Edition2001WindowsSimon & Schuster Interactive...
The Settlers: Fourth Edition2001WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.60
SimCity 3000 Unlimited2000Linux, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.93
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Selected Covers

Caesar IV Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Caesar IV
Create City Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Create City
The Settlers Nintendo DS Front Cover
Front cover for The Settlers

Selected Screenshots

Main menu
Screenshot from Caesar IV
The game's main menu screen. The background is a harbour city created in level three
Screenshot from Create City
Screenshot from The Settlers
Game group created by Indra is stressed (20706), additional games added to group by Cantillon (14608), MtFR (2181), marley0001 (1837), Patrick Bregger (198870), WildKard (12985), Alsy (18020), Giu's Brain (543), BinarySplit (25), Victor Vance (10060), is_that_rain_or_tears (658), Sciere (505796), Daedolon (5156), Kabushi (204278), Multimedia Mike (19807), Unicorn Lynx (181424), vedder (31396), Sicarius (61655), MegamanX64 (16085) and Macs Black (80155)