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.
Developer: Enlight SoftwareCapitalism II is the business simulation video game sequel to the original Capitalism. It was created by Enlight and published by Ubisoft Entertainment in 2001. The player creates and controls a... more
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Developer: Haemimont Games
- OpenTTD is a free and open source business simulation game in which the player aims to earn money through transportation of passengers and freight by road, rail, water and air. It is an open source... more
- Tropico is a series of construction and management simulation computer games developed by PopTop Software and published by Gathering of Developers in April 2001. Feral Interactive has developed and... more
Developer: JoWooD EntertainmentIndustry Giant II is a business simulation game for Windows. It is the sequel to Industry Giant. Despite a wide range of aspects Industry Giant II is not a complete business simulation game, as many... more
Developer: Enlight SoftwareCapitalism is a business simulation video game first published in 1995 by Interactive Magic, developed by Enlight for the Macintosh and MS-DOS and designed by Trevor Chan. Other similar business... more
- Railroad Tycoon 3 is a computer game in the Railroad Tycoon series, released in 2003.... more
Developer: MicroProse, Frontier Developments, Chris SawyerRollerCoaster Tycoon is a construction and management simulation video game that simulates amusement park management. Developed by MicroProse and Chris Sawyer and published by Hasbro Interactive, the... more
Developer: Impressions GamesAir Bucks was one of the first business simulation games dealing with running an airline. It involves purchasing land rights for cities around the globe. In 1993, an enhanced version titled Air Bucks... more
Developer: DR StudiosBeach Life is a business strategy video game for Windows developed by Deep Red Games. The game was published by Eidos Interactive and released on September 6, 2002. In the game, players assume the... more
- Railroad Tycoon II is a game for the PC, Macintosh, PlayStation and Dreamcast in the Railroad Tycoon series. The Dreamcast version is a Gold Edition with improved graphics and gameplay. Railroad... more
Developer: MicroProse, MPS LabsSid Meier's Railroad Tycoon is a business simulation game. There are five versions; the original Railroad Tycoon, Railroad Tycoon Deluxe, Railroad Tycoon II, Railroad Tycoon 3, and Sid Meier's... more
Developer: Krisalis Software, Bullfrog ProductionsTheme Hospital is a business simulation game developed by Bullfrog Productions and published by Electronic Arts in 1997, in which the player designs and operates a hospital. Like most of Bullfrog's... more
Developer: BreakAway GamesTropico has several expansion packs and new editions, including Tropico: Paradise Island, plus a combined copy of the original and Paradise Island entitled Tropico: Mucho Macho Edition (released on... more
Developer: Enlight SoftwareHotel Giant, known in North America as Maximum Capacity: Hotel Giant, is a business simulation game developed by Enlight Software and published by JoWood Productions for Windows. The soundtrack was... more
Developer: Frog City SoftwareTropico 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.... more
Developer: Mucky Foot ProductionsStarTopia is a computer game from Mucky Foot Productions and published by Eidos in 2001, in which the player administers various space stations with the task of developing them into popular hubs. The... more
Developer: DR StudiosHospital Tycoon is a business simulation video game developed by DR Studios and published by Codemasters. The game is designed for and set to run exclusively on the Microsoft Windows platform. It was... more
Developer: Interactive Strip, cdv Software Entertainment AG
Developer: Robosoft Technologies, Lionhead StudiosThe Movies is a business simulation game created by Lionhead Studios for Microsoft Windows and subsequently ported to Mac OS X by Feral Interactive. It was released on 8 November 2005 in North... more
Developer: Chris Sawyer, Chris Sawyer ProductionsChris Sawyer's Locomotion is a computer game by independent game developer Chris Sawyer. In his words, it is "the spiritual successor to Transport Tycoon". The game allows the player to use... more
Developer: MicroProse, Microprose Software, IncSid Meier's Colonization is a computer game by Brian Reynolds and Sid Meier released by MicroProse in 1994. It is a turn-based strategy game themed on the early European colonization of the New... more
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Developer: Paradox 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.
- Lemonade Tycoon 2 is the sequel to Lemonade Tycoon. This game contains more features, improved graphics, and is set in New York City, unlike its predecessor. Also, this version allowed the player to... more
Developer: ASCII Corporation