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The Greatest Economic Simulation Games Of All Time

Updated October 5, 2020 13.3k votes 3.5k voters 468.3k views122 items

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The best economic simulation games of all time for any console or system, ranked by readers around the world. These highly rated games are ordered by popularity, so only the most popular titles are at the top of the list. This list includes all the challenging and most popular economic simulation and tycoon games that have ever hit the shelves, so it doesn't necessarily have all the more obscure games.

From popular games like Tropico and Capitalism II to gems like Zeus: Master of Olympus, this list answers the questions, "What are the best economic simulation games?" and "What is the greatest economic simulation game of all time?" 

Vote up all your favorite releases throughout the years, and vote down all the releases you didn't like.

  • 1
    Capitalism II

    DeveloperEnlight Software

    Capitalism II is the business simulation video game sequel to the original Capitalism. It was... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    OpenTTD is a free and open source business simulation game in which the player aims to earn... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Tropico 4

    DeveloperHaemimont Games

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    Tropico is a series of construction and management simulation computer games developed by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 5
    Industry Giant II

    DeveloperJoWooD Entertainment

    Industry Giant II is a business simulation game for Windows. It is the sequel to Industry... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Railroad Tycoon 3
    Railroad Tycoon 3 is a computer game in the Railroad Tycoon series, released in 2003.Amazon buy button
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    RollerCoaster Tycoon

    DeveloperMicroProse, Frontier Developments, Chris Sawyer

    RollerCoaster Tycoon is a construction and management simulation video game that simulates... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    DeveloperEnlight Software

    Capitalism is a business simulation video game first published in 1995 by Interactive Magic,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 9
    Beach Life

    DeveloperDR Studios

    Beach Life is a business strategy video game for Windows developed by Deep Red Games. The game... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Railroad Tycoon II
    Railroad Tycoon II is a game for the PC, Macintosh, PlayStation and Dreamcast in the Railroad... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Railroad Tycoon

    DeveloperMicroProse, MPS Labs

    Sid Meier's Railroad Tycoon is a business simulation game. There are five versions; the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Air Bucks

    DeveloperImpressions Games

    Air Bucks was one of the first business simulation games dealing with running an airline. It... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 13
    Theme Hospital

    DeveloperKrisalis Software, Bullfrog Productions

    Theme Hospital is a business simulation game developed by Bullfrog Productions and published... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Anno 1404

    DeveloperUbisoft, Blue Byte Software, Related Designs

    Anno 1404, known as Dawn of Discovery in North America, is a city-building and economic... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Airline Tycoon

    DeveloperSpellbound Entertainment

    Airline Tycoon is a business simulation game by Thomas Holz and Robert Kleinert, in which the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Tropico: Paradise Island

    DeveloperBreakAway Games

    Tropico has several expansion packs and new editions, including Tropico: Paradise Island, plus... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    RollerCoaster Tycoon 2

    DeveloperChris Sawyer, Chris Sawyer Productions

    RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 is a construction and management simulation PC game that simulates... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    The Movies

    DeveloperRobosoft Technologies, Lionhead Studios

    The Movies is a business simulation game created by Lionhead Studios for Microsoft Windows and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Game Tycoon
    Game Tycoon is a business simulation game focused on production of video games. The game has... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    DeveloperOzark Softscape

    M.U.L.E. is a seminal multiplayer video game by Ozark Softscape. It was published in 1983 by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Tropico 2: Pirate Cove

    DeveloperFrog City Software

    Tropico 2: Pirate Cove is the 2003 sequel to the computer game Tropico. Tropico 2 was... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 22
    Sid Meier's Colonization

    DeveloperMicroProse, Microprose Software, Inc

    Sid Meier's Colonization is a computer game by Brian Reynolds and Sid Meier released by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Transport Tycoon

    DeveloperChris Sawyer, Microprose Software, Inc

    Transport Tycoon is a video game developed by Chris Sawyer and published by MicroProse in... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Cities: Skylines

    Cities: Skylines

    Mar 10, 2015

    DeveloperParadox Interactive

    Developed by Colossal Order, Cities: Skylines offers sprawling landscapes and maps with endless sandbox gameplay and new ways to expand your city. Key to progression is the ability to influence your city’s policy by incorporating taxation into districts. All this plus the ability to mod the game to suit your play style.


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    Banished is an upcoming city-building strategy game focused on careful resource management and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button