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 TitleYearPlatformsorted in ascending orderPublisherUser Score
SimCity Creator2008WiiElectronic Arts, Inc....
SimCity 4: Deluxe Edition2003Macintosh, WindowsAspyr Media, Inc.3.99
SimCity Societies2007WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.2.88
SimCity Creator2008Nintendo DSElectronic Arts, Inc....
The SimCity Box2008WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.4.00
SimCity 30001999Macintosh, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.76
SimCity Societies: Destinations2008WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.90
SimCity 3000 Unlimited2000Linux, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.89
SimCity DS2007Nintendo DSElectronic Arts, Inc.4.06
SimCity: Cities of Tomorrow2013Macintosh, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc....
SimCity: Buildit2014Android, iPad, iPhoneElectronic Arts, Inc.3.00
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.3.81
Caesar1992Amiga, Atari ST, DOS, MacintoshImpressions3.11
Romopolis2009WindowsiWin, Inc....
Mob Rule1999Macintosh, WindowsSimon & Schuster Interactive3.75
SimCity Graphics Set 1: Ancient Cities1990Amiga, DOSMaxis Software Inc.4.05
SimCity: Enhanced CD-ROM1993DOS, MacintoshInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.40
SimCity 2000: CD Collection1993DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xElectronic Arts, Inc.4.51
SimCity Classic Graphics1994DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xMaxis Software Inc.4.25
SimCity 2000: Network Edition1996WindowsMaxis Software Inc.4.00
SimCity 2000 Scenarios Volume 1: Great Disasters1994DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xMaxis Software Inc.4.00
SimCity 2000 Urban Renewal Kit1994DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xMaxis Software Inc.3.77
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Selected Covers

SimCity 3000 Windows Front Cover
Front cover for SimCity 3000
SimCity 4: Rush Hour Windows Front Cover
Front cover for SimCity 4: Rush Hour
SimCity Creator Wii Front Cover
Front cover for SimCity Creator
SimCity 3000 Unlimited Windows Front Cover
Front cover for SimCity 3000 Unlimited

Selected Screenshots

Screenshot from SimCity 3000
New to Rush Hour, you may name roads, bodies of water, land, mountains, etc., to whatever you desire.
Screenshot from SimCity 4: Rush Hour
A City
Screenshot from SimCity 3000 Unlimited