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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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1,525 488
Pharaoh is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Pharaoh 1999

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1,281 420
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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862 331
Zeus: Master of Olympus is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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983 209
Banished is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
apsoft2 added Banished

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669 203
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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902 303
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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761 325
SimCity 4: Rush Hour is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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600 195
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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589 298
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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502 270
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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478 210
SimCity 2000 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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469 239
SimCity 3000 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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308 162
Anno 1701 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Anno 1701 2006

The 13 Sexiest Video Game Commercials Of All Time

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319 171
Poseidon: Master of Atlantis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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274 92
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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338 202
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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420 303
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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299 205
Stronghold is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Stronghold 1993

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186 136
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 52
Tropico 3 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
PatrikJanDancshazi added Tropico 3 2009

The Best Life Simulation Games of All Time

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199 90
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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172 75
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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225 122
SimCity is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
SimCity 1989

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174 156
CivCity: Rome is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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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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203 135
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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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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169 161
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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64 62
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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94 74
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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70 47
Civilization is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
kassi-raisk added Civilization

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209 161
Dwarf Fortress is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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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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38 6
Civilization IV is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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

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127 108
Anno 1503 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Anno 1503 Apr 04 2003

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44 46
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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44 48
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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35 39
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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106 107
Caesar is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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82 126
Knights of Honor is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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30 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

Child Actors Who Tragically Died Young

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24 44
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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89 111
Tycoon City: New York is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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11 38
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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4 8
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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1 0
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