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?"
List is ranked by a combination of each item's votes & positioning in reranks
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  1. 1
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    Oct 31 1999 More
    99
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    most listed
    Caesar III

    Jan 01 1998 More
    96
  3. 3
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    ranked high on reranks
    Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom

    Sep 09 2002 More
    85
  4. 4
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    Sep 22 2003 More
    85
  5. 5
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    Down 96
    Jan 01 2000 More
    83
  6. 6
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    Jan 10 2003 More
    82
  7. 7
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    Nov 17 2011 More
    76
  8. 8
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    Sep 03 2009 More
    71
  9. 9
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    Jan 31 1999 More
    71
  10. 10
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    Jan 01 1993 More
    70
  11. 11
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    Jan 01 1993 More
    60
  12. 12
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    Mar 23 2010 More
    59
  13. 13
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    55
  14. 14
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Glory of the Roman Empire

    Jun 26 2006 More
    48
  15. 15
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    No image

    ranked high on reranks
    Knights of Honor

    Jan 01 2004 More
    38
  16. 16
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    SimCity Societies

    Nov 01 2007 More
    38
  17. 17
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    ranked low on reranks
    Banished

    33
    added by: apsoft2
  18. 18
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    ranked low on reranks
    Tropico 4

    32
    added by: Alejandro002
  19. 19
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    Jun 25 2009 More
    30
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    Jan 01 2001 More
    21
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    Jan 01 2006 More
    20
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    Sep 26 2006 More
    19
  23. 23
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    No image
    Feb 01 2000 More
    13
  24. 24
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    Aug 08 2006 More
    13
  25. 25
    Up 54
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    Oct 03 1989 More
    11
  26. 26
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    Jul 24 2006 More
    11
  27. 27
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    No image
    Jan 01 2004 More
    9
  28. 28
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    Apr 04 2003 More
    8
  29. 29
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    Mar 17 2009 More
    7
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    6
  31. 31
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    Feb 24 2006 More
    4
  32. 32
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    Aug 26 2004 More
    4
    added by: LuxWak
  33. 33
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    Jan 01 2000 More
    4
  34. 34
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    Jan 01 2008 More
    3
  35. 35
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    May 12 2006 More
    2
  36. 36
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    Jan 01 2009 More
    2
  37. 37
    Up 17
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    Feb 28 2000 More
    2
  38. 38
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    Jan 01 1990 More
    1
  39. 39
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    1
  40. 40
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    Sep 22 2008 More
    1
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    May 12 2008 More
    1
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    Oct 03 2002 More
    1
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