23 Games Like Anno

Games Like Anno
Our assortment of games like Anno features games that combine city building and strategy together across a number of time periods.

The Anno series was born in 1998 and despite being over a decade old still manages to pull a large audience. The games are known for their unique mixture of city building, real time strategy and simulation. The Anno collection spans many periods of time and themes with games covering 1602, 1503, 1701, 1404 and 2070.

Gameplay has remained the same for much of the series although slight changes to mechanics have taken place as the franchise has evolved. Regardless of the game the core elements revolve around colonisation and resource management as players are often tasked with building up a settlement from small beginnings with limited access to resources for expansion.

In each game there is plenty of room for exploration, trade, diplomacy and even combat (although the game often encourages non-combat paths). With great graphics and a free play mode with endless replay value it’s no wonder the series has remained so popular.

The games like Anno that you’ll find here have a similar blend of strategy and city building to the popular series and will have you managing your own settlements for hours.

Games Like Anno

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Stronghold Kingdoms

Stronghold Kingdoms aims to change up the classic MMORTS formula by focusing on wars between medieval castles all across ancient Europe.  With plenty of depth and strategy to explore it’s a good option for fans of the franchise and newcomers. In Stronghold Kingdoms you’ll have multiple elements... Read More »

User Score
7.7
(27 votes)
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Banished

Banished is one of the latest additions to the city building genre (launching in early 2014) and takes it into a unique medieval setting. Unlike other games where you have an abundance of resources you’ll find yourself focusing on balancing your scarce supplies to try and thrive. The game start... Read More »

User Score
8.2
(51 votes)
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Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance

Supreme Commander: Forged Alliance is a stand alone expansion to the original Supreme Commander title, this standalone approach was used in order to alter gameplay features, add additional units and improve performance over the original release. Set in the same futuristic setting where humans h... Read More »

User Score
7.4
(8 votes)
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Supreme Commander

Supreme Commander is a real time strategy title that was been born out of the success of Total Annihilation, an exceedingly popular 1997 strategy game. Centred around mechanical units known as Armoured Command Units (ACU) it’s a futuristic war like adventure. In this future setting humani... Read More »

User Score
8.6
(5 votes)
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Age of Mythology

Age of Mythology (or AoM) is a real time strategy game based on the Age of Empires series (it is in fact a spin-off of the series). Age of Mythology was developed by Ensemble Studios and was released back in 2002, the game is highly rated by fans and critics making it one of the top rated real ... Read More »

User Score
8.6
(54 votes)
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The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom

The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom is part of the long running series of games that started back in 1993. The 7th game in the series stays true to the real time strategy gameplay but also adds a number of city building elements into the core Settlers gameplay. The game originally did poorly due... Read More »

User Score
6.9
(15 votes)
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From Dust

From Dust combines a number of genres incorporating strategy, building and god games into one. The game was published by Ubisoft in July 2011 for the Xbox 360 with other platform releases becoming available several months later. Gameplay in From Dust is definitely unique and has players assumin... Read More »

User Score
8.3
(38 votes)
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Tropico 5

Tropico 5 continues the legacy of the series with a management and construction simulation game centred on city building. The game doesn’t step out of the Tropico formula too much, offering just enough new content to get old fans excited without moving away from the gameplay you’ve come to love... Read More »

User Score
7.7
(13 votes)
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Supreme Commander 2

Supreme Commander 2 is the second game in the Supreme Commander series of real time strategy games. The game takes place in a futuristic setting and is available on Windows, Mac and Xbox 360. The game takes you through three different campaigns as you command the United Earth Federation, the Il... Read More »

User Score
7.4
(19 votes)
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The Settlers: Rise of an Empire

The Settlers: Rise of an Empire is a real time strategy game that features a 4X style of gameplay. The game was published by UbiSoft and released in September 2007. For gamers who are unfamiliar with the 4X strategy genre the fundamental game elements involve exploration, expansion, exploitatio... Read More »

User Score
7.8
(18 votes)
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Cossacks: European Wars

Cossacks: European Wars is an RTS game developed for Windows and released in 2001. The game is very similar to Age of Empires and is well known for its large number of units which are available. The game also has a number of expansions available which are available in one collection, the Cossac... Read More »

User Score
8.8
(16 votes)
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Black & White 2

Black & White 2 is a sequel to the first popular god game in the series and expands on the core gameplay with the addition of real time strategy elements. In Black & White 2 players again take on the role of a god and use their hand to interact with the game world. Interaction mostly in... Read More »

User Score
8.1
(18 votes)
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Stronghold

Stronghold is a real time strategy game developed by Firefly Studios that has a historical game setting. The game is very much focused on the military aspects of strategy games but still has some economic elements in its gameplay. The success of the game led to the creation of several sequels a... Read More »

User Score
8.5
(14 votes)
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Stronghold Crusader

Stronghold Crusader was the first sequel to the original Stronghold and also one of the most popular. The game shifts the game setting to the Middle East and adds plenty of new units for you to participate in the Crusades with. The game is simply packed full of single player campaign content wi... Read More »

User Score
7.8
(20 votes)
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The Settlers IV

The Settlers IV (sometimes referred to as The Settlers: Fourth Edition) is part of the popular Settlers game series and was released in 2001. The game was updated and re-released as The Settlers on iOS devices. This game review focuses on the original Windows release but the iOS game features t... Read More »

User Score
8.2
(12 votes)
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Immortal Cities: Children of the Nile

Immortal Cities: Children of the Nile is one of the older city building games available but don’t let the age of the game turn you away. Children of the Nile was developed by Tilted Mill Entertainment and released for Windows in 2004, with an expansion pack (Children of the Nile: Alexandr... Read More »

User Score
7.8
(13 votes)
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Grand Ages: Rome

Grand Ages: Rome is a single player and multi-player game that offers a mixture of city building and real time strategy to create an overall fun and strategic focused game experience. Grand Ages: Rome was released in 2009 and is published by Kalypso Media. The game is the sequel to Imperium Rom... Read More »

User Score
5.9
(14 votes)
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Anno Online

Anno Online belongs to the Anno series of video games. Unlike previous additions in the franchise though the game is free to play and is a browser based experience. The English version of the game went into a closed beta in April of 2013 with open beta starting just under a month later. Fans of... Read More »

User Score
8.1
(103 votes)
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The Settlers Online

The Settlers Online is a free browser based strategy game with gameplay that falls somewhere between Age of Empires and the online strategy genre. The game manages to somehow stay true to the roots of other Settlers games while moving into a freemium browser game which is definitely no easy tas... Read More »

User Score
8.6
(83 votes)
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Tropico 4

Tropico 4 stays true to the popular Tropico series and is one of the better games like SimCity available. Tropico 4 was developed by the team at Haemimont Games and offers an exciting mixture of simulation, construction and management. The game allows players to create their own banana republic... Read More »

User Score
8.7
(19 votes)
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Tropico 3

Does the thought of ruling your own island nation sound like a good idea? In Tropico 3 you get to jump in the shoes of a dictator as he manages his own banana republic. The game is the third game in the series and adds plenty of new features. The main game mode available in Tropico 3 is the cam... Read More »

User Score
8.4
(9 votes)
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Tropico 2: Pirate Cove

Tropico 2: Pirate Cove takes a different direction to other games in the Tropico series but still features all of the core mechanics that make the city building experience so enjoyable and popular. Unlike the original Tropico game players will be running their own pirate island and take on the ... Read More »

User Score
8.1
(11 votes)
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Tropico

In Tropico players get to take control of El Presidente as he rules his own island nation in a Cold War era. The game is a light hearted city building, management and simulation game that injects humour into a number of its game mechanics. Tropico offers two different game modes for players to ... Read More »

User Score
7.5
(12 votes)