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
Build-a-lot 2: Town of the Year2008iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, WindowsBig Fish Games, Inc...
Westward II: Heroes of the Frontier2008Macintosh, WindowsReflexive Entertainment Inc....
Build-a-lot 3: Passport to Europe2008Android, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, WindowsBig Fish Games, Inc...
The SimCity Box2008WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc....
Children of the Nile Pack2008WindowsTilted Mill Entertainment, Inc....
SimCity Creator2008WiiElectronic Arts, Inc....
Forgotten Lands: First Colony2008WindowsBig Fish Games, Inc...
SimCity Societies: Destinations2008WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc....
SimCity Creator2008Nintendo DSElectronic Arts, Inc....
SimCity Societies2007WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.2.88
SimCity DS2007Nintendo DSElectronic Arts, Inc.4.06
City Life: 2008 Edition2007WindowsAkella...
The Settlers2007Nintendo DSak tronic Software & Services GmbH3.53
The Settlers II: 10th Anniversary - Vikings2007WindowsND GAMES...
City Life2006WindowsCDV Software Entertainment USA, Inc....
The Settlers II: 10th Anniversary (Limited Edition)2006WindowsUbisoft GmbH...
The Settlers II: 10th Anniversary2006Windowsak tronic Software & Services GmbH3.75
Caesar IV2006WindowsSierra Entertainment, Inc.3.06
Westward2006iPhone, Palm OS, Symbian, Windows, Windows MobileHandmark, Inc....
Tycoon City: New York2006WindowsAtari, Inc....
City Life: World Edition2006WindowsCDV Software Entertainment USA, Inc....
Slaves to Armok: God of Blood - Chapter II: Dwarf Fortress2006Linux, Macintosh, WindowsBay 12 Games3.82
Create City2004WindowsIncaGold GmbH...
Immortal Cities: Children of the Nile2004WindowsMyelin Media, LLC3.30
SimCity 42003Macintosh, WindowsAspyr Media, Inc.3.90
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Selected Covers

The SimCity Box Windows Front Cover
Front cover for The SimCity Box
Tycoon City: New York Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Tycoon City: New York
SimCity Creator Wii Front Cover
Front cover for SimCity Creator
SimCity Creator Nintendo DS Front Cover
Front cover for SimCity Creator

Selected Screenshots

Main menu.
Screenshot from Tycoon City: New York
Splash Screen
Screenshot from SimCity Societies
Main Menu
Screenshot from City Life: World Edition
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