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

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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 Criteria: Any game in the city-builder genre

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    SimCity 4: Rush Hour

    Sep 22 2003 More
    100
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    the people's #1 &ranked high on reranks
    Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom

    Sep 09 2002 More
    99
  3. 3
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    Oct 31 1999 More
    79
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    Caesar III

    Jan 01 1998 More
    75
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    Jan 10 2003 More
    68
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    Jan 01 2000 More
    65
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    SimCity 3000

    Jan 31 1999 More
    61
  8. 8
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    Jan 01 1993 More
    58
  9. 9
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    Jun 25 2009 More
    56
  10. 10
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    Tropico 4

    56
    added by: Alejandro002
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    Nov 17 2011 More
    55
  12. 12
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    Sep 03 2009 More
    53
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    Banished

    52
    added by: apsoft2
  14. 14
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    Jan 01 2006 More
    48
  15. 15
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    Jan 01 2001 More
    47
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    Sep 26 2006 More
    44
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    No image
    Feb 01 2000 More
    42
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    Jan 01 1993 More
    42
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    Mar 23 2010 More
    42
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    Aug 08 2006 More
    41
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    Oct 03 1989 More
    40
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    No image
    Apr 04 2003 More
    38
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    Jul 24 2006 More
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    Feb 24 2006 More
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    May 12 2006 More
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    Feb 28 2000 More
    34
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    Jan 01 2000 More
    34
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    Jun 26 2006 More
    34
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    Knights of Honor

    Jan 01 2004 More
    33
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    The Settlers III: Quest of the Amazons

    33
  36. 36
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    Jan 01 2009 More
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    Sep 22 2008 More
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    Jan 01 1990 More
    31
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    May 12 2008 More
    31
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    No image

    new! Simcity Cities of Tomarow

    31
    added by: ahmadrazamasood
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    Metropolismania

    Oct 03 2002 More
    31
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    Nov 01 2007 More
    24
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