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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
1999 Pharaoh is an isometric city-building game set in Ancient Egypt created by Impressions Games and published by Sierra Entertainment for Microsoft Windows. It involves the construction and ...more

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Cities: Skylines is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
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Caesar III is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
1998 Caesar III is a video game developed by Impressions Games and published by Sierra Entertainment; the third installment of the Caesar series, part of Sierra's City Building Series. It was ...more

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Tropico 4 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Alejandro002 added 2011 Tropico 4 is a video game developed by Haemimont Games and published by Kalypso Media. It is a construction and management simulation video game, which focuses on a city-building simulation. ...more

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Zeus: Master of Olympus is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
2000 Zeus: Master of Olympus is the fifth full title of the City Building Series developed by Impressions Games and published by Sierra Entertainment. Like previous titles, Zeus focuses on the ...more

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SimCity 4 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
2003 SimCity 4 is a city-building/urban planning simulation computer game developed by Maxis, a subsidiary of Electronic Arts. It was released on January 14, 2003. It is the fourth installment in the ...more

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Banished is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
apsoft2 added Banished is an upcoming city-building strategy game focused on careful resource management and survival as an isolated and growing society. The player guides citizens of a remote community of ...more

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Emperor: Rise of the Middle Ki... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
2002 Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom is the sixth title in the City Building Series. BreakAway Games was contracted for Emperor after having previously worked on Queen of the Nile. Emperor is the ...more

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SimCity 4: Rush Hour is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
2003 SimCity 4: Rush Hour is the expansion pack for SimCity 4 created by EA Games and Maxis, where the player builds a city from scratch.

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SimCity 2000 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
1993 SimCity 2000 is a city-building simulation video game and the second installment in the SimCity series. SimCity 2000 was first released by Maxis in 1994 for computers running Apple Macintosh ...more

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Anno 1404 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
2009 Anno 1404, known as Dawn of Discovery in North America, is a city-building and economic simulation game of the Anno series, with real-time strategy elements. Released in 2009, it was developed ...more

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Anno 2070 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
2011 Anno 2070 is a city-building and economic simulation game, with real-time strategy elements. It is the 5th game of the Anno series. It was released on 17 November 2011, and was co-developed by ...more

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Anno 1701 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
2006 Anno 1701, also marketed as 1701 A.D., is a video game of the Anno series with both real time strategy and city building elements, developed by Germany-based Related Designs and published by ...more

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SimCity 3000 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
1999 SimCity 3000 is a city building simulation personal computer game released in 1999, and the third major installment in the SimCity series. It was published by Electronic Arts and developed by ...more

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Poseidon: Master of Atlantis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
2001 Poseidon: Master of Atlantis is a historical city building game expansion pack set in ancient Greece. It is the expansion pack to Zeus: Master of Olympus. Its most visible addition was the new ...more

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Immortal Cities: Children of t... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
2004 Immortal Cities: Children of the Nile is a city-building game set in ancient Egypt, developed by Tilted Mill Entertainment. The game was released November 2004 in the United States and February ...more

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Caesar IV is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
2006 Caesar IV is a city-building game set in ancient Rome, developed by Tilted Mill Entertainment. The game was released on September 26, 2006 in North America. The game features a three-dimensional ...more

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Cities XL is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
2009 Cities XL is a city-building computer game developed by Monte Cristo as a sequel to their earlier game City Life. It was originally scheduled for release in the first quarter of 2009, but was ...more

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Stronghold is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
1993 Stronghold is a Dungeons & Dragons city-building real-time strategy computer game published by SSI and developed by Stormfront Studios in 1993.

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Tropico 3 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
PatrikJanDancshazi added 2009 Tropico 3 is a video game developed by Haemimont Games and published by Kalypso Media. Like the previous games in the series, Tropico 3 is a construction and management simulation game with ...more

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RollerCoaster Tycoon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
icanko added 2003 RollerCoaster Tycoon is a construction and management simulation video game that simulates amusement park management. Developed by MicroProse and Chris Sawyer and published by Hasbro ...more

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Tropico 2: Pirate Cove is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
PatrikJanDancshazi added 2003 Tropico 2: Pirate Cove is the 2003 sequel to the computer game Tropico. Tropico 2 was developed by Frog City Software and published by Gathering of Developers for Windows and Mac OS X PCs.

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CivCity: Rome is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
2006 CivCity: Rome is a city building strategy game by Firefly Studios and Firaxis Games. It includes elements from two well-known game series, Caesar and Civilization. The player manages various ...more

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The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kin... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
2010 The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom is a real-time strategy and city-building video game developed by Blue Byte Software and published by Ubisoft. It was released on March 23, 2010 for Microsoft ...more

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Tropico 3: Absolute Power is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
PatrikJanDancshazi added 2010 Tropico 3: Absolute Power is a 2010 simulation video game.