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This is a list of the best economic simulation games of all time for any console or system, including cover art pictures when available. These highly rated economy sims are ordered by popularity, so only the greatest economic simulation games are at the top of the list. Spanning the entire history of the genre, these economic simulation games are considered the best in the genre. This list includes all challenging economic simulation games that have ever hit the shelves, so it doesn't necessarily have all the more obscure or new economic simulation games.

List is made up of many different games, including classics like Tropico and Capitalism II. This list answers the questions, "What are the best economic simulation games?" and "What is the greatest economic simulation game of all time?"
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Capitalism II is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Economic Simulation Games of All Time
2001
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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OpenTTD is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Economic Simulation Games of All Time
2008
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 ...more

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Tropico 4 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Economic Simulation Games of All Time
Markus_Wolf added 2011

 Tropico 4 expands on the gameplay of the previous game with new political additions – including more superpowers to negotiate with, along with the ability to elect ministers into power to help get your more controversial policies passed. But remember to keep your friends close and your enemies closer as everyone has an agenda! Your political mettle will be thoroughly tested, as new natural disasters will have the populace clamoring for you and your cabinet to help them recover from some of the worst Mother Nature can dish out.Tropico 4 also brings a new level of social interaction with the addition of Facebook and Twitter integration. Post comments on Twitter direct from the game and have updates go out when you complete missions or unlock new achievements. You can even take screenshots of your burgeoning island and post your dream creation on your Tropico 4 Facebook page and compare your interactive Dictator Ranking on the online leaderboards. 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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Anno 1404 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Economic Simulation 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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Theme Hospital is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Economic Simulation Games of All Time
1997
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 ...more

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Cities: Skylines is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Economic Simulation Games of All Time
PzGeneral added Mar 10, 2015

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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Cities: Skylines is a city-building game developed by Colossal Order and published by Paradox Interactive. The game is a single-player open-ended city-building simulation. Players engage in ...more

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Railroad Tycoon 3 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Economic Simulation Games of All Time
2003
Railroad Tycoon 3 is a computer game in the Railroad Tycoon series, released in 2003.

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Banished is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Economic Simulation Games of All Time
AaronDoerksen 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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Railroad Tycoon II is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Economic Simulation Games of All Time
1998
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

10
165 63
RollerCoaster Tycoon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Economic Simulation Games of All Time
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 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Economic Simulation Games of All Time
2001
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 ...more

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Sid Meier's Colonization is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Economic Simulation Games of All Time
1994
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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Industry Giant II is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Economic Simulation Games of All Time
2002
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 ...more

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Railroad Tycoon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Economic Simulation Games of All Time
1990
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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196 108
The Movies is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Economic Simulation Games of All Time
2005
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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157 76
Transport Tycoon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Economic Simulation Games of All Time
1994
Transport Tycoon is a video game developed by Chris Sawyer and published by MicroProse in 1994. It is a business simulation game, presented in an isometric view in 2D with graphics by Simon ...more

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101 49
RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Economic Simulation Games of All Time
2002
RollerCoaster Tycoon 2 is a construction and management simulation PC game that simulates amusement park management. Developed by Chris Sawyer and published by Infogrames, the game was released ...more

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73 30
Patrician III: Rise of the Han... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Economic Simulation Games of All Time
Abram Jones added 2000
Patrician III: Rise of the Hanse is the third video game from Ascaron in their Patrician series. It is a game simulating trading, piracy, politics, and economy. The series was originally ...more

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Zeus: Master of Olympus is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Economic Simulation Games of All Time
StepanOrda added 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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Game Tycoon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Economic Simulation Games of All Time
2006
Game Tycoon is a business simulation game focused on production of video games. The game has been largely ridiculed, especially for some parts not translated from German to English.

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Zoo Tycoon 2 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Economic Simulation Games of All Time
2004
Zoo Tycoon 2 carries the same game-play as Blue Fang Games' original video game Zoo Tycoon, which is to create and operate a zoo by creating exhibits and aquariums, keeping guests and animals ...more

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Capitalism is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Economic Simulation Games of All Time
1995
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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Tropico: Paradise Island is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Economic Simulation Games of All Time

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Port Royale 2 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Economic Simulation Games of All Time
2004
Port Royale 2 is the sequel to the business simulation game Port Royale: Gold, Power and Pirates. It is set in the Caribbean during the 17th century. Created by Ascaron Entertainment in 2004, it ...more

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Sid Meier's Railroads! is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Economic Simulation Games of All Time
2006
Sid Meier's Railroads! is a business simulation game developed by Sid Meier on the Gamebryo game engine that was released in October 2006 and is the sequel to Railroad Tycoon 3. Although Sid ...more