The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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The best city building games offer more than enough variety for every type of gamer. 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 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. Popular games like SimCity and Pharaoh are known to many, but there are plenty of great city builders you've probably never heard of. This list answers the questions, "What are the best city-building games?" and "What is the greatest city building game 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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  • Cities: Skylines
    1
    • Banished
      2
    • Pharaoh
      3
      • Caesar III
        4
        Jan 01 1998
        • SimCity 4
          5
          • Anno 1404
            6
            • Tropico 4
              7
              • Zeus: Master of Olympus
                8
                • SimCity 4: Rush Hour
                  9
                  • SimCity 2000
                    10
                      • SimCity 3000
                        12
                          • Tropico
                            14
                              • Anno 1701
                                16
                                Jan 01 2006
                                • SimCity
                                  17
                                  • Tropico 3
                                    18
                                    • Anno 2070
                                      19
                                      Nov 17 2011
                                      • Poseidon: Master of Atlantis
                                        20
                                        • Civilization IV
                                          21
                                          • Caesar IV
                                            22
                                            • Stronghold
                                              23
                                              Jan 01 1993
                                              • Anno 1602
                                                24
                                                Feb 01 2000
                                                • Cities XL
                                                  25