23 Games Like Banished

Games Like Banished
Our collection of city building strategy games like Banished has a large number of adventures that put you in control of your own village population.

Banished is a more recent inclusion in the city building genre that also offers a potent mix of strategy. Players will control a small band of exiled travellers as they decide to start their life over in a new land. With limited supplies to get you started it’s your villagers that will prove to be your most important resource.

Guiding the direction of your community is the main driver in Banished with your ultimate goal to create a thriving community while you watch your population grow, work and eventually die. Population growth comes with many challenges in Banished as you fight off extreme weather, starvation, an aging population and even low morale.

In Banished you’ll have no limits to the buildings that you can erect thanks to a tech tree free experience where your only limit is population and resources. These resources also double as money in the later stages of the game where you’ll be able to trade with merchants.

The games like Banished on this page offer similar city building games with a focus on establishing a settlement in a medieval inspired era.

Games Like Banished

anno-2070

Anno 2070 belongs to the Anno series of video games and is published by Ubisoft. The series has a large number of games which have slowly evolved over time. The gameplay has a strategic emphasis and has similarities to popular real time strategy games such as Age of Empires but also incorporate... Read More »

User Score
8.2
(32 votes)
the-settlers-7

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)
black-and-white

Black & White is a god game developed by Lionhead Studios and released back in 2001. The game also has elements from other genres though making it a very unique experience. An expansion pack and sequel were released after its success. In Black & White players take control of a number of... Read More »

User Score
8.2
(12 votes)
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)
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
7.8
(12 votes)
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)
black-and-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
7.9
(17 votes)
anno-1701

Anno 1701 (1701 A.D.) mixes strategy and city building together to create an economical focused experience. The game is part of the popular Anno series and is one of the fan favourites in the series. Gameplay is very similar to all the other games in the Anno series with a few new additions, wi... Read More »

User Score
8.2
(12 votes)
children-of-the-nile-front

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)
dawn-of-discovery

Dawn of Discovery (Anno 1404 outside of North America) offers city building with an economic focus. The game is based in a medieval and renaissance style setting and has players building up their own civilisation. The game is available on a number of platforms and has an expansion pack (Anno 14... Read More »

User Score
8.4
(16 votes)
spacebase-df9

Build and maintain your own space station in Spacebase DF-9 a game of ships, asteroids, aliens and more. You’ll get to assign jobs to the citizens that you attract while you try your best to keep them alive and grow your space station. At the start of your Spacebase DF-9 adventure players... Read More »

User Score
5.7
(16 votes)
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
8.2
(101 votes)
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
(82 votes)
tropico-4-gold

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)
populous-the-beginning

Populous: The Beginning blends strategy and god games together to create an interesting and fun hybrid. The game is the third in the series and was developed by Bullfrog Productions who also developed the highly popular Dungeon Keeper series. In the game players will join their tribe as a shama... Read More »

User Score
7.8
(6 votes)
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)
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)
evil-genius

Evil Genius mixes simulation and real time strategy putting players in charge of their own evil villain lair (complete with plans for world domination). The game launched in 2004 with development by Elixir Studios. The game is set somewhere in the 1960s or 1970s and offers a humorous and light ... Read More »

User Score
9.6
(18 votes)
a-game-of-dwarves

A Game of Dwarves puts you at the head of a dwarf settlement and gives you complete control of building a new and thriving dwarf civilisation. The game was released in 2012 by Paradox Interactive and draws inspiration from hits such as the Dungeon Keeper series and the increasingly popularity o... Read More »

User Score
8.6
(5 votes)
startopia

StarTopia was put together by former Bullfrog employees and has you take control of several space stations as you attempt to create a thriving space hub for the galaxy. StarTopia was released back in 2001 and features the same humour filled gameplay that made the Dungeon Keeper series and simil... Read More »

User Score
8.5
(11 votes)
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)
dwarf-fortress

Dwarf Fortress is a unique city building experience that has players control their own group of dwarves in what is a very unique city building like experience that also incorporates some strategy/rogue-like elements. The game won’t appeal to everyone and has one of the steepest learning curves ... Read More »

User Score
8.2
(27 votes)
towns

Towns had the honour of being one of the first games to be released based on the Steam Greenlight program. The game offers an interesting mixture of strategy, city building and role playing which is available on both PC and Mac. In Towns players are in charge of their own settlement which as lu... Read More »

User Score
5.9
(22 votes)