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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.
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
Children of the Nile Pack2008WindowsTilted Mill Entertainment, Inc....
SimCity Creator2008WiiElectronic Arts, Inc....
Forgotten Lands: First Colony2008WindowsBig Fish Games, Inc...
SimCity Societies: Destinations2008WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.90
Build-a-lot 2: Town of the Year2008iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, WindowsBig Fish Games, Inc...
SimCity DS2007Nintendo DSElectronic Arts, Inc.4.06
The Settlers II: 10th Anniversary - Vikings2007WindowsND GAMES3.71
The Settlers2007Nintendo DSak tronic Software & Services GmbH3.53
SimCity Societies2007WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.2.88
City Life Edition 20082007WindowsAkella2.80
Create City2007WindowsuWish Games3.40
City Life: World Edition2006WindowsCDV Software Entertainment USA, Inc.3.33
City Life2006WindowsCDV Software Entertainment USA, Inc.2.60
The Settlers II: 10th Anniversary (Limited Edition)2006WindowsUbisoft GmbH...
Slaves to Armok: God of Blood - Chapter II: Dwarf Fortress2006Linux, Macintosh, WindowsBay 12 Games3.74
Westward2006iPhone, Palm OS, Symbian, Windows, Windows MobileHandmark, Inc.3.00
Caesar IV2006WindowsSierra Entertainment, Inc.2.97
The Settlers II: 10th Anniversary2006Windowsak tronic Software & Services GmbH3.95
Immortal Cities: Children of the Nile2004WindowsMyelin Media, LLC3.30
SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition2003Macintosh, WindowsAspyr Media, Inc.3.99
The Biggest Creators of Empires2003WindowsSierra Entertainment, Inc.4.50
SimCity 42003Macintosh, WindowsAspyr Media, Inc.3.88
SimCity 4: Rush Hour2003Macintosh, WindowsAspyr Media, Inc.3.86
Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom2002WindowsSierra Entertainment, Inc.3.92
The Great Empires Collection II2002WindowsSierra Entertainment, Inc.4.60
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Selected Covers

City Life Edition 2008 Windows Front Cover
Front cover for City Life Edition 2008
Caesar IV Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Caesar IV

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from City Life Edition 2008
Main menu
Screenshot from Caesar IV