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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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Cities: Skylines is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
carvingatokemo7 added Cities: Skylines

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1,471 452
Pharaoh is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Pharaoh 1999

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1,239 394
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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833 308
Zeus: Master of Olympus is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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931 182
Banished is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
apsoft2 added Banished

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638 182
Tropico 4 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Alejandro002 added Tropico 4 2011

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845 290
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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728 314
SimCity 4: Rush Hour is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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569 184
Anno 1404 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Anno 1404 Jun 25 2009

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578 285
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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486 254
Anno 2070 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Anno 2070 Nov 17 2011

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448 199
SimCity 2000 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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297 150
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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441 224
SimCity 3000 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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309 161
Poseidon: Master of Atlantis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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328 188
Caesar IV is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Caesar IV Sep 26 2006

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251 86
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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407 291
Cities XL is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Cities XL Sep 03 2009

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290 198
Stronghold is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Stronghold Jan 01 1993

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180 128
Immortal Cities: Children of t... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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110 44
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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186 82
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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218 115
SimCity is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
SimCity 1989

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161 70
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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172 150
CivCity: Rome is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
CivCity: Rome Jul 24 2006

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200 129
Anno 1602 is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Anno 1602 2000

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228 219
The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kin... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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68 36
Tropico 3: Absolute Power is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
PatrikJanDancshazi added Tropico 3: Absolute Power 2010

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168 157
The Settlers: Rise of an Empir... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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205 155
Dwarf Fortress is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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83 63
Simcity 2013 is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
KushNeo added Simcity 2013

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59 59
Tropico 2: Pirate Cove is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
PatrikJanDancshazi added Tropico 2: Pirate Cove 2003

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120 118
Grand Ages: Rome is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Grand Ages: Rome Mar 17 2009

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62 42
Civilization is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
kassi-raisk added Civilization

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125 104
Anno 1503 is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Anno 1503 Apr 04 2003

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40 42
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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31 31
Cities XXL is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Sil Mata added Cities XXL

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38 45
Simcity: Cities of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
ahmadrazamasood added Simcity: Cities of Tomorrow

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105 102
Caesar is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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23 3
Civilization IV is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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79 120
Knights of Honor is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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27 41
Civilization III: Conquests is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
kassi-raisk added Civilization III: Conquests 2003

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22 39
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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63 111
Imperium Romanum is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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89 106
Tycoon City: New York is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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62 88
Traffic Giant is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Traffic Giant Jan 01 2000

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20 57
Minecraft Pocket Edition is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
game4sss added Minecraft Pocket Edition

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8 33
Towns is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
icanko added Towns http://www.townsgame.com/

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67 158
Glory of the Roman Empire is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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1 4
Sim City Cities of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time