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
    Up 413
    Down 105
    Oct 31 1999 More
    100
  2. 2
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    most listed
    Caesar III

    Jan 01 1998 More
    96
  3. 3
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    Down 98

    ranked high on reranks
    Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom

    Sep 09 2002 More
    85
  4. 4
    Up 186
    Down 97
    Sep 22 2003 More
    85
  5. 5
    Up 271
    Down 98
    Jan 01 2000 More
    83
  6. 6
    Up 245
    Down 96
    Jan 10 2003 More
    82
  7. 7
    Up 168
    Down 68
    Nov 17 2011 More
    76
  8. 8
    Up 151
    Down 87
    Sep 03 2009 More
    70
  9. 9
    Up 129
    Down 80
    Jan 31 1999 More
    70
  10. 10
    Up 113
    Down 65
    Jan 01 1993 More
    69
  11. 11
    Up 86
    Down 70
    Jan 01 1993 More
    60
  12. 12
    Up 84
    Down 75
    Mar 23 2010 More
    59
  13. 13
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    55
  14. 14
    Up 29
    Down 51

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Glory of the Roman Empire

    Jun 26 2006 More
    48
  15. 15
    Up 13
    Down 52

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    SimCity Societies

    Nov 01 2007 More
    38
  16. 16
    Up 9
    Down 15
    No image

    ranked high on reranks
    Knights of Honor

    Jan 01 2004 More
    36
  17. 17
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    Down 26

    ranked low on reranks
    Banished

    34
    added by: apsoft2
  18. 18
    Up 132
    Down 28

    ranked low on reranks
    Tropico 4

    33
    added by: Alejandro002
  19. 19
    Up 196
    Down 73
    Jun 25 2009 More
    31
  20. 20
    Up 121
    Down 68
    Jan 01 2001 More
    21
  21. 21
    Up 108
    Down 65
    Jan 01 2006 More
    19
  22. 22
    Up 108
    Down 68
    Sep 26 2006 More
    19
  23. 23
    Up 77
    Down 62
    Aug 08 2006 More
    13
  24. 24
    Up 65
    Down 50
    No image
    Feb 01 2000 More
    13
  25. 25
    Up 54
    Down 46
    Oct 03 1989 More
    11
  26. 26
    Up 68
    Down 62
    Jul 24 2006 More
    11
  27. 27
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    Down 38
    No image
    Jan 01 2004 More
    9
  28. 28
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    No image
    Apr 04 2003 More
    9
  29. 29
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    Down 46
    Mar 17 2009 More
    8
  30. 30
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    6
  31. 31
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    Down 40
    Feb 24 2006 More
    5
  32. 32
    Up 20
    Down 25
    Jan 01 2000 More
    4
  33. 33
    Up 30
    Down 42
    Jan 01 2008 More
    3
  34. 34
    Up 1
    Down 2
    Aug 26 2004 More
    3
    added by: LuxWak
  35. 35
    Up 25
    Down 37
    May 12 2006 More
    3
  36. 36
    Up 21
    Down 34
    Jan 01 2009 More
    2
  37. 37
    Up 17
    Down 28
    Feb 28 2000 More
    2
  38. 38
    Up 22
    Down 37
    Jan 01 1990 More
    1
  39. 39
    Up 12
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    No image
    1
  40. 40
    Up 24
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    Sep 22 2008 More
    1
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