The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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These are the best city building games of all time for any console or system, including cover art pictures when available. These highly rated city-builder games for PC, mobile, and Mac are ordered by popularity, so only the greatest city-building games are at the top of the list. Spanning the entire history of the genre, these city builders are considered the best in the genre. If you're only familiar with the SimCity franchise, then prepare to find a ton of other games that are less known but equally as fun. If you're a fan of the Settlers franchise in particular, then you'll want to check out this list of the best games from the Settlers series.

This list includes all challenging city building video games that have ever hit the shelves, so it doesn't necessarily have all the more obscure or new city-builder games. These games, like SimCity and Pharaoh include images when available. This list answers the questions, "What are the best city-building games?" and "What is the greatest city building games of all time?" If you're looking for a list of games like SimCity then this list is exactly what you need.
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    Cities: Skylines is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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    Tropico 3: Absolute Power is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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    Simcity 2013 is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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    Simcity: Cities of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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    Towns is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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