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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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1,512 484
Pharaoh is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Pharaoh 1999

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1,272 416
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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858 327
Zeus: Master of Olympus is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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976 205
Banished is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
apsoft2 added Banished

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667 198
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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895 299
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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757 323
SimCity 4: Rush Hour is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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593 192
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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587 294
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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501 267
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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471 207
SimCity 2000 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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464 236
SimCity 3000 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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306 159
Anno 1701 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Anno 1701 2006

The 25 Most Sexually Frustrated Pokemon

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317 169
Poseidon: Master of Atlantis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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267 91
RollerCoaster Tycoon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
icanko added RollerCoaster Tycoon 2003

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337 197
Caesar IV is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Caesar IV 2006

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420 298
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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296 204
Stronghold is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Stronghold 1993

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185 134
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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122 49
Tropico 3 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
PatrikJanDancshazi added Tropico 3 2009

The Greatest Fighting Games Ever Made

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197 89
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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171 74
Tropico is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
icanko added Tropico 2001

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224 121
SimCity is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
SimCity 1989

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203 134
Anno 1602 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Anno 1602 2000

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230 222
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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173 156
CivCity: Rome is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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73 40
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

The 12 Most WTF Fighting Games of All Time

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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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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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93 73
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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209 161
Dwarf Fortress is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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69 47
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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124 122
Grand Ages: Rome is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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127 108
Anno 1503 is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Anno 1503 Apr 04 2003

The 100+ Best Video Games of All Time, Ranked by Fans

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Civilization IV is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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

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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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Cities XXL is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Sil Mata added Cities XXL

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Caesar is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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81 126
Knights of Honor is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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29 47
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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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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63 116
Imperium Romanum is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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

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Towns is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
icanko added Towns http://www.townsgame.com/

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62 93
Traffic Giant is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Traffic Giant Jan 01 2000

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67 163
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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Sim City Cities of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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Majesty 2: The Fantasy Kingdom... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Ivan Atanasov added Majesty 2: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim 2009