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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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921 88
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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1,207 379
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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897 172
Banished is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
apsoft2 added Banished

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619 173
Tropico 4 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Alejandro002 added Tropico 4 2011

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808 297
Zeus: Master of Olympus is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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819 282
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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708 305
SimCity 4: Rush Hour is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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550 180
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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564 279
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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477 246
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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436 191
SimCity 2000 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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283 146
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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430 218
SimCity 3000 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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301 154
Poseidon: Master of Atlantis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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319 180
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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239 81
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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402 286
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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174 127
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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286 196
Stronghold is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Stronghold Jan 01 1993

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105 43
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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180 79
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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215 112
SimCity is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
SimCity 1989

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158 69
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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168 145
CivCity: Rome is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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226 216
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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194 127
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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163 155
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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65 36
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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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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201 154
Dwarf Fortress is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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76 60
Simcity 2013 is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
KushNeo added Simcity 2013

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117 117
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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59 40
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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120 104
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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38 41
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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27 27
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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36 43
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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104 100
Caesar is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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78 118
Knights of Honor is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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27 39
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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62 109
Imperium Romanum is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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20 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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Civilization IV is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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88 104
Tycoon City: New York is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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19 49
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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8 4
Cities: Skylines is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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67 157
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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60 87
Traffic Giant is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Traffic Giant Jan 01 2000

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6 31
Towns is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
icanko added Towns http://www.townsgame.com/