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The Greatest Economic Simulation Games Of All Time

Updated October 5, 2020 16.5k votes 3.6k voters 473.7k views122 items

List RulesVote up the best economy and business simulation games.

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.

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    DeveloperEnlight Software

    Capitalism 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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    Markus_Wolf added2011

    DeveloperHaemimont Games

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    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
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    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
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    DeveloperJoWooD Entertainment

    Industry 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
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    DeveloperEnlight Software

    Capitalism 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
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    Railroad Tycoon 3 is a computer game in the Railroad Tycoon series, released in 2003....  more
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    DeveloperMicroProse, Frontier Developments, Chris Sawyer

    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 Interactive, the...  more
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    DeveloperImpressions Games

    Air 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
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    DeveloperDR Studios

    Beach 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
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    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
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    DeveloperMicroProse, MPS Labs

    Sid 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
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    DeveloperKrisalis Software, Bullfrog Productions

    Theme 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
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    DeveloperBreakAway Games

    Tropico 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
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    DeveloperEnlight Software

    Hotel 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
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    DeveloperFrog City Software

    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....  more
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    DeveloperMucky Foot Productions

    StarTopia 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
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    DeveloperDR Studios

    Hospital 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
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    DeveloperInteractive Strip, cdv Software Entertainment AG

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    DeveloperRobosoft Technologies, Lionhead Studios

    The 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
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    DeveloperChris Sawyer, Chris Sawyer Productions

    Chris 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
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    DeveloperMicroProse, Microprose Software, Inc

    Sid 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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    PzGeneral addedMar 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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    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
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    DeveloperASCII Corporation

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