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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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Pharaoh is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Pharaoh 1999

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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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Caesar III is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Caesar III 1998

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Zeus: Master of Olympus is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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Tropico 4 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Tropico 4 Aug 30 2011

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SimCity 4 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
SimCity 4 2003

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Banished is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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SimCity 4: Rush Hour is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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Anno 1404 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Anno 1404 2009

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Emperor: Rise of the Middle Ki... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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Anno 2070 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Anno 2070 2011

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SimCity 2000 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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Anno 1701 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Anno 1701 2006

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SimCity 3000 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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Poseidon: Master of Atlantis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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Caesar IV is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Caesar IV 2006

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Cities XL is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Cities XL 2009

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Immortal Cities: Children of t... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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RollerCoaster Tycoon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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Stronghold is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Stronghold 1993

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Tropico 3 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Tropico 3 2009

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RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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SimCity is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
SimCity 1989

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Tropico is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Tropico 2001

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The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kin... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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CivCity: Rome is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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The Settlers: Rise of an Empir... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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Anno 1602 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Anno 1602 2000

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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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Dwarf Fortress is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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Tropico 2: Pirate Cove is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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Grand Ages: Rome is listed (or ranked) 32 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
Simcity 2013

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Civilization is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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Tropico: Paradise Island is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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Anno 1503 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Anno 1503 2003

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

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Cities XXL is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Cities XXL

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Knights of Honor is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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Caesar is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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The Settlers III: Quest of the... is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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Civilization III: Conquests is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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Imperium Romanum is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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Tycoon City: New York is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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Minecraft Pocket Edition is listed (or ranked) 45 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
Towns http://www.townsgame.com/

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Glory of the Roman Empire is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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Traffic Giant is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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City Life is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
City Life 2006

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Anno: Create A New World is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time