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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 TitleYearPlatformPublishersorted in ascending orderMobyScore
Caesar II1995DOS, Macintosh, Windows, Windows 3.xSierra On-Line, Inc.3.63
The Settlers: Fourth Edition2001WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.66
Pharaoh1999WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.67
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.3.67
The Settlers II: 10th Anniversary - Vikings2007WindowsND GAMES3.71
Children of the Nile: Enhanced Edition2008WindowsTilted Mill Entertainment, Inc.3.71
SimCity 30001999Macintosh, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.73
Slaves to Armok: God of Blood - Chapter II: Dwarf Fortress2006Linux, Macintosh, WindowsBay 12 Games3.74
Mob Rule1999Macintosh, WindowsSimon & Schuster Interactive3.75
Build City2002WindowsBlack Tooth Inc.3.75
SimCity 2000 Urban Renewal Kit1994DOS, Windows 3.xMaxis Software Inc.3.77
SimCity 3000 Unlimited2000Linux, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.79
Caesar III1998Macintosh, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.82
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
Serf City: Life is Feudal1993Amiga, DOSStrategic Simulations, Inc.3.83
Mob Rule (Platinum Edition)2001WindowsSimon & Schuster Interactive3.83
SimCity 4: Rush Hour2003Macintosh, WindowsAspyr Media, Inc.3.86
SimCity 42003Macintosh, WindowsAspyr Media, Inc.3.88
SimCity Societies: Destinations2008WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.90
Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom2002WindowsSierra Entertainment, Inc.3.92
Mobility: A City in Motion1999Linux, Windows3.93
Poseidon: Zeus Official Expansion2001WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.94
The Settlers II: Veni, Vidi, Vici1996DOS, MacintoshBlue Byte Software, Inc.3.94
The Settlers II: 10th Anniversary2006Windowsak tronic Software & Services GmbH3.95
SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition2003Macintosh, WindowsAspyr Media, Inc.3.99
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Selected Covers

SimCity DOS Front Cover
Front cover for SimCity
SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition Windows Front Cover
Front cover for SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition
Build City Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Build City

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from SimCity
Main menu
Screenshot from Build City
The Opening Screen
Screenshot from Pharaoh