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 TitleYearPlatformPublishersorted in ascending orderUser Score
Tycoon City: New York2006WindowsAtari, Inc....
SimCity: Enhanced CD-ROM1993DOS, MacintoshInterplay Entertainment Corp.3.40
The Settlers III1998WindowsBlue Byte Studio GmbH3.42
Caesar: Platinum1999WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc....
The Settlers: Fourth Edition2001WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.60
Caesar II1995DOS, Macintosh, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.61
The Settlers III: Ultimate Collection2000WindowsBlue Byte Studio GmbH3.67
Pharaoh1999WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.67
Cities: Skylines2015Linux, Macintosh, WindowsParadox Interactive AB3.68
Children of the Nile: Enhanced Edition2008WindowsTilted Mill Entertainment, Inc....
Mob Rule1999Macintosh, WindowsSimon & Schuster Interactive3.75
The Settlers II: 10th Anniversary2006Windowsak tronic Software & Services GmbH3.75
Build City2002WindowsBlack Tooth Inc....
SimCity 2000 Urban Renewal Kit1994DOS, Macintosh, Windows 3.xMaxis Software Inc.3.77
SimCity 30001999Macintosh, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.78
SimCity1989Acorn 32-bit, Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, BBC Micro, CDTV, Commodore 64, DOS, Electron, FM Towns, Macintosh, OS/2, Palm OS, PC-98, Sharp X68000, SNES, Symbian, Wii, Windows, Windows 3.x, ZX SpectrumBrøderbund Software, Inc.3.79
SimCity DS2007Nintendo DSElectronic Arts, Inc.3.80
Slaves to Armok: God of Blood - Chapter II: Dwarf Fortress2006Linux, Macintosh, WindowsBay 12 Games3.82
Mob Rule (Platinum Edition)2001WindowsSimon & Schuster Interactive...
SimCity De Luxe1993Amiga, DOSInfogrames Europe SA3.83
Caesar III1998Macintosh, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.84
Serf City: Life is Feudal1993Amiga, DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.86
Poseidon: Zeus Official Expansion2001WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.87
SimCity 42003Macintosh, WindowsAspyr Media, Inc.3.90
SimCity Societies: Destinations2008WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc....
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Selected Covers

SimCity 4 Windows Front Cover
Front cover for SimCity 4
Build City Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Build City
Caesar III Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Caesar III
SimCity DOS Front Cover
Front cover for SimCity

Selected Screenshots

Screen Title
Screenshot from SimCity 4
Main menu
Screenshot from Build City
a prosperous town
Screenshot from Caesar III
Title screen
Screenshot from SimCity
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