Solomon's Key for the NES was released in Japan on this day in 1986.

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 Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Build City2002WindowsBlack Tooth Inc.3.75
Poseidon: Zeus Official Expansion2001WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.94
Mob Rule (Platinum Edition)2001WindowsSimon & Schuster Interactive3.83
The Settlers: Fourth Edition2001WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.63
Pharaoh: Gold2001WindowsSold Out Sales & Marketing Ltd.4.75
The Settlers IV: The Trojans and the Elixir of Power2001WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.62
The Settlers IV Mission CD2001WindowsUbi Soft Entertainment Software3.00
Acropolis2001WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.4.00
Zeus: Master of Olympus2000WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.25
SimCity 3000 Unlimited2000Linux, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.79
The Great Empires Collection2000WindowsSierra Entertainment, Inc....
SimCity 642000Nintendo 64Nintendo Co., Ltd....
The Settlers III: Ultimate Collection2000WindowsBlue Byte Studio GmbH4.20
Cleopatra: Queen of the Nile2000WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.4.07
Mobility: A City in Motion1999Linux, Windows3.93
SimCity 30001999Macintosh, WindowsElectronic Arts, Inc.3.73
Pharaoh1999WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.67
The Settlers III Mission CD1999WindowsBlue Byte Studio GmbH3.28
Caesar: Platinum1999WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.44
The Settlers III: Quest of the Amazons1999WindowsBlue Byte Studio GmbH3.33
Mob Rule1999WindowsSimon & Schuster Interactive3.75
Caesar III1998Macintosh, WindowsSierra On-Line, Inc.3.82
The Settlers III1998WindowsBlue Byte Studio GmbH3.49
The Settlers II (Gold Edition)1997DOS, WindowsBlue Byte Software GmbH & Co. KG4.42
SimCity 2000: Network Edition1996WindowsMaxis Software Inc.4.00
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Selected Covers

Pharaoh Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Pharaoh
Acropolis Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Acropolis
Pharaoh: Gold Windows Front Cover
Front cover for Pharaoh: Gold

Selected Screenshots

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