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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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873 82
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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1,184 371
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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878 162
Banished is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
apsoft2 added Banished

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609 168
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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798 294
Zeus: Master of Olympus is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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801 278
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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698 301
SimCity 4: Rush Hour is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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544 175
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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556 276
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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473 242
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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434 188
SimCity 2000 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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278 143
Anno 1701 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Anno 1701 Jan 01 2006

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423 214
SimCity 3000 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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299 153
Poseidon: Master of Atlantis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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313 178
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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226 79
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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397 283
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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171 124
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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283 195
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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102 42
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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211 111
SimCity is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
SimCity 1989

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172 78
RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
icanko added RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 Oct 15 2002

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153 68
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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167 142
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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224 213
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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193 125
Anno 1602 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Anno 1602 Feb 01 2000

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161 153
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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63 34
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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199 152
Dwarf Fortress is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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116 116
Grand Ages: Rome is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Grand Ages: Rome Mar 17 2009

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57 39
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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70 59
Simcity 2013 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
KushNeo added Simcity 2013

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118 103
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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37 40
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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35 41
Simcity: Cities of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
ahmadrazamasood added Simcity: Cities of Tomorrow

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25 26
Cities XXL is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
Sil Mata added Cities XXL

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103 100
Caesar is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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77 117
Knights of Honor is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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27 37
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 Jan 01 2003

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13 1
Civilization IV is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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61 108
Imperium Romanum is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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The Settlers III: Quest of the... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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85 103
Tycoon City: New York is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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18 48
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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6 4
Cities: Skylines is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time

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67 156
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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59 86
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 29
Towns is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best City-Building Games of All Time
icanko added Towns http://www.townsgame.com/