Total Nerd The Best City-Building Games of All Time  

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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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853 80
Cities: Skylines is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
carvingatokemo7 added Cities: Skylines

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1,175 369
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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869 161
Banished is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
apsoft2 added Banished

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604 165
Tropico 4 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Alejandro002 added Tropico 4 Aug 30 2011

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795 291
Zeus: Master of Olympus is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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794 277
SimCity 4 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
SimCity 4 2003

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695 299
SimCity 4: Rush Hour is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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541 174
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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553 275
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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472 239
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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431 186
SimCity 2000 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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277 142
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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422 211
SimCity 3000 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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297 151
Poseidon: Master of Atlantis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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311 176
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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223 79
RollerCoaster Tycoon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
icanko added RollerCoaster Tycoon 2003

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395 282
Cities XL is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Cities XL 2009

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171 123
Immortal Cities: Children of t... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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281 194
Stronghold is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Stronghold 1993

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101 40
Tropico 3 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
PatrikJanDancshazi added Tropico 3 2009

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171 76
RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
icanko added RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 2002

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208 111
SimCity is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
SimCity 1989

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149 67
Tropico is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
icanko added Tropico 2001

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165 140
CivCity: Rome is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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224 211
The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kin... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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193 124
Anno 1602 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Anno 1602 2000

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161 152
The Settlers: Rise of an Empir... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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63 33
Tropico 3: Absolute Power is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
PatrikJanDancshazi added Tropico 3: Absolute Power 2010

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54 56
Tropico 2: Pirate Cove is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
PatrikJanDancshazi added Tropico 2: Pirate Cove 2003

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198 151
Dwarf Fortress is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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115 115
Grand Ages: Rome is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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54 39
Civilization is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
kassi-raisk added Civilization

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67 58
Simcity 2013 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
KushNeo added Simcity 2013

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118 102
Anno 1503 is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Anno 1503 2003

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37 38
Tropico: Paradise Island is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
ZacharyHoyte added Tropico: Paradise Island 2002

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34 40
Simcity: Cities of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
ahmadrazamasood added Simcity: Cities of Tomorrow

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23 25
Cities XXL is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Sil Mata added Cities XXL

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103 99
Caesar is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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76 116
Knights of Honor is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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26 36
Civilization III: Conquests is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
kassi-raisk added Civilization III: Conquests 2003

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61 107
Imperium Romanum is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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19 37
The Settlers III: Quest of the... 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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Civilization IV is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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17 47
Minecraft Pocket Edition is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
game4sss added Minecraft Pocket Edition

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5 2
Cities: Skylines is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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67 155
Glory of the Roman Empire is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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59 85
Traffic Giant is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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6 28
Towns is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
icanko added Towns http://www.townsgame.com/