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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 TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherMobyScore
SimCity: Cities of Tomorrow2013Macintosh, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc....
SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition2003Macintosh, WindowsAspyr Media, Inc.3.99
SimCity2013Macintosh, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.33
SimCity DS2007Nintendo DSElectronic Arts, Inc.4.06
SimCity Creator2008Nintendo DSElectronic Arts, Inc....
The SimCity Box2008WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.4.00
SimCity Creator2008WiiElectronic Arts, Inc....
SimCity Societies2007WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.2.88
SimCity: Buildit2014Android, iPad, iPhoneElectronic Arts, Inc.3.00
SimCity Societies: Destinations2008WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.90
SimCity 4: Rush Hour2003Macintosh, WindowsAspyr Media, Inc.3.86
Cities XL 20112010WindowsAkella2.50
World of Zellians: Kingdom Builder2009Macintosh, WindowsGameInvest, S.A....
Caesar III1998Macintosh, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.82
Caesar1992Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, MacintoshImpressions3.11
Romopolis2009WindowsiWin, Inc....
Mob Rule1999Macintosh, WindowsSimon & Schuster Interactive3.75
SimCity 2000: CD Collection1993DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xElectronic Arts, Inc.4.20
SimCity 20001993Acorn 32-bit, Amiga, DOS, FM Towns, Game Boy Advance, Macintosh, Nintendo 64, OS/2, PC-98, PlayStation, PlayStation 3, PSP, SEGA Saturn, SNES, Windows, Windows 3.x, Windows MobileBlack Pearl Software3.83
SimCity: Enhanced CD-ROM1993DOS, MacintoshInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.40
SimCity 2000 Urban Renewal Kit1994DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xMaxis Software Inc.3.77
SimCity Graphics Set 1: Ancient Cities1990Amiga, DOSMaxis Software Inc.4.05
SimCity 2000: Network Edition1996WindowsMaxis Software Inc.4.00
SimCity Graphics Set 2: Future Cities1991Amiga, DOSMaxis Software Inc.4.00
SimCity 2000 Scenarios Volume 1: Great Disasters1994DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xMaxis Software Inc.4.00
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Selected Covers

SimCity Societies Windows Front Cover
Front cover for SimCity Societies
Cities XL 2011 Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Cities XL 2011
SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition Windows Front Cover
Front cover for SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition

Selected Screenshots

Splash Screen
Screenshot from SimCity Societies
construction of farm
Screenshot from Cities XL 2011
Title Screen
Screenshot from SimCity 2000
Title screen and main menu
Screenshot from Romopolis
Title screen
Screenshot from Caesar