City-building Games

A classic genre that began pretty much with the release of Maxis’ Sim City in 1989, city-building games are a mainstay of PC gaming and the grandfather of simulation games in general, especially those that put you in charge of some larger organization.
Each city-building game differs on what it focuses on, with some games giving players an almost limitless number of options when it comes to taxation, laws, and micromanagement of their city to the more big picture games that focus instead on increasing population or achieving goals such as placing landmarks within your city.
There are also city-building games that are themed to a certain historical epoch or period and often these games will reflect this period in their architectural design.
One unifying theme found in city-building games is that the player has control over the future course their citizens’ homes take. Do you want legalized gambling in your town? Or how about a curfew? Do you want a bustling metropolis or a quiet rural farm town? The choice is yours as mayor or whatever title you’re bestowed within these games.
A close relative of city-building games are the strategy games like Civilization and Age of Empires, both of which have gameplay elements similar to those found in city-building games but which are fundamentally different in scope or focus (the former centering on the rise of a civilization and the latter on the rise of a civilization’s military prowess). Regardless of title city-building games tend to rely heavily on player customization and much of the enjoyment gamers have playing these titles relies upon how much of that they are willing to engage in or enjoy.

Cliff Empire

Cliff Empire

As I write this Cliff Empire review it is still in early access so please keep that in mind. I have played a ton of city builder/empire building style games the past year. However, the fact that this ...

Anno 1800

Anno 1800

This is a long-running series that many people have a lot of love for. While in recent times the series has looked to the modern age or future for its inspiration. Anno 1800 is taking things back to ...

Tropico 6

Tropico 6

Tropico is a series that I personally was a real latecomer to. As a matter of fact, had Tropico 5 not been given away with PlayStation Plus, I still might be ignorant of the series! Anyway, Tropico 6 ...

Dawn od Man

Dawn od Man

Dawn of Man is a strategy/management sim that caught my attention the moment I saw a wooly mammoth! There are so many management games these days that promise you the ability to take a group from ...

Foundation

Foundation

There have been some great city building style games over the years, but many of them follow the same kind of formula. The people behind Foundation are taking a slightly different approach to the ...

Kingdoms and Castles

Kingdoms and Castles

Kingdoms and Castles is a Medieval-inspired downloadable indie game developed by Lion Shield LLC. In short, this fun and charming city-builder will appeal to fans of strategy games and casual gamers ...

Elvenar

Elvenar

Are you a fan of the work of J.R.R. Tolkien? Then you will love Elvenar, a game that lets you build the fantasy city of your dreams. Originally beginning life as an in-browser game akin to Farmville ...

Forge of Empires

Forge of Empires

InnoGames strategy game Forge of Empires, which you can play in a browser or on Apple iOS and Google Play smartphones, puts you in charge of a city-state. You are tasked with leading from a primitive ...

Frostpunk

Frostpunk

Frostpunk is a city-builder created by the Polish developer 11 bit studios. In this strategic gem, you will have to ensure that the city survives. To assure the survival of your citizens you will be ...