The Best City-Building Games of All Time Video Games
Ultimate List
2  reranks 6,178 votes 1,449 voters 284,703 views more info

The Best City-Building Games of All Time

List Criteria: Any game in the city-builder genre

This is a list of 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.

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 items, like SimCity and SimCity 2000 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?"
List is ranked by a combination of each item's votes & positioning in reranks
  • 2 ReRanks
    • Region
  • See list ranked by
</> Rerank List
Score
  1. 1
    Up 349
    Down 95
    Oct 31 1999 More
    100
  2. 2
    Up 377
    Down 110

    most listed
    Caesar III

    Jan 01 1998 More
    97
  3. 3
    Up 170
    Down 83

    ranked high on reranks
    SimCity 4: Rush Hour

    Sep 22 2003 More
    87
  4. 4
    Up 168
    Down 92
    Sep 09 2002 More
    85
  5. 5
    Up 233
    Down 85
    Jan 10 2003 More
    85
  6. 6
    Up 241
    Down 91

    ranked low on reranks
    Zeus: Master of Olympus

    Jan 01 2000 More
    84
  7. 7
    Up 150
    Down 61
    Nov 17 2011 More
    77
  8. 8
    Up 117
    Down 69
    Jan 31 1999 More
    72
  9. 9
    Up 105
    Down 55
    Jan 01 1993 More
    72
  10. 10
    Up 136
    Down 79
    Sep 03 2009 More
    71
  11. 11
    Up 77
    Down 60
    Jan 01 1993 More
    62
  12. 12
    Up 78
    Down 64
    Mar 23 2010 More
    61
  13. 13
    Up 46
    Down 43
    56
  14. 14
    Up 26
    Down 44
    Jun 26 2006 More
    49
  15. 15
    Up 10
    Down 35

    often listed
    SimCity Societies

    Nov 01 2007 More
    41
  16. 16
    Up 6
    Down 7
    No image

    ranked high on reranks
    Knights of Honor

    Jan 01 2004 More
    39
  17. 17
    Up 3
    Down 5
    No image

    new! The Settlers III: Quest of the Amazons

    37
  18. 18
    Up 118
    Down 20

    ranked low on reranks
    Tropico 4

    36
    added by: Alejandro002
  19. 19
    Up 104
    Down 18

    ranked low on reranks
    Banished

    34
    added by: apsoft2
  20. 20
    Up 183
    Down 69
    Jun 25 2009 More
    33
  21. 21
    Up 109
    Down 66
    Jan 01 2001 More
    21
  22. 22
    Up 103
    Down 61
    Jan 01 2006 More
    21
  23. 23
    Up 95
    Down 61
    Sep 26 2006 More
    19
  24. 24
    Up 63
    Down 46
    No image
    Feb 01 2000 More
    15
  25. 25
    Up 71
    Down 60
    Aug 08 2006 More
    14
  26. 26
    Up 52
    Down 41
    Oct 03 1989 More
    13
  27. 27
    Up 62
    Down 59
    Jul 24 2006 More
    11
  28. 28
    Up 37
    Down 35
    No image
    Jan 01 2004 More
    10
  29. 29
    Up 42
    Down 43
    No image
    Apr 04 2003 More
    9
  30. 30
    Up 41
    Down 44
    Mar 17 2009 More
    8
  31. 31
    Up 37
    Down 42
    7
  32. 32
    Up 30
    Down 38
    Feb 24 2006 More
    6
  33. 33
    Up 18
    Down 24
    Jan 01 2000 More
    5
  34. 34
    Up 30
    Down 41
    Jan 01 2008 More
    5
  35. 35
    Up 24
    Down 34
    May 12 2006 More
    4
  36. 36
    Up 17
    Down 25
    Feb 28 2000 More
    4
  37. 37
    Up 21
    Down 32
    Jan 01 2009 More
    3
  38. 38
    Up 21
    Down 35
    Jan 01 1990 More
    2
  39. 39
    Up 12
    Down 21
    No image
    2
  40. 40
    Up 24
    Down 41
    Sep 22 2008 More
    2
  41. 41
    Up 14
    Down 27
    May 12 2008 More
    1
  42. 42
    Up 18
    Down 34
    Oct 03 2002 More
    1
  43. 43 +

    Something missing? Add it!

Is this list missing something?
RANKERS WHO ADDED ITEMS

items 1 - 42 of 42

think you can do better?

Rerank This List
why?

got a blog or website?

embed this list
why?

viewers of this list also saw

more popular lists