The Best City-Building Games of All Time Video Games
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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?"
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