21 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.
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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 to master from economic to military and even political. All of these systems are really in depth and unpredictable due to the MMO style of the game that constantly has you adapting to the persistent game ...[Read Review]

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7.4 User Avg (31 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 Cossacks Anthology from GOG. The game features plenty of historical battles and 16 civilisations for players to use (20 with all the expansion packs) so there is no shortage of different styles for players to ex...[Read Review]

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8.9 User Avg (17 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 inspired island nation while also customising their main character known as El Presidente (the dictator of your island paradise). Tropico 4 offers plenty of content with a 20 mission campaign and a number...[Read Review]

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8.7 User Avg (20 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 which offers a mythology based spin off to the otherwise historical RTS franchise. Exploring the legendary myths of some of the greatest civilisations of time such as the Greeks, Norse and Egyptians players will experience similarly robust campaign structures that draw from the legends of this civilisations rather than factual events across more than 30 game scenarios. Further content is available through t...[Read Review]

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8.6 User Avg (55 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 and spin off game titles some of which were successful while others were unfortunately complete failures. The original game is still one of the most popular and well rated in the series despite its age. Str...[Read Review]

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8.5 User Avg (14 votes)
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Tropico 3

Continuing the franchises dictator focused gameplay Tropico 3 offers an entire island nation to players to run with ample opportunity to create your own banana republic with unique laws, economy and general design. As the third variation of the Tropico franchise you’ll find familiar construction and management gameplay with a number of enhancements to give you greater control of your nation than past titles and is more in line with the original Tropico rather than the pirate themed Tropico...[Read Review]

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8.4 User Avg (9 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 assuming the role of a god like character that controls the game world from the skies. Your job as this figure is to enlighten the nomadic tribe that lives on your island by using the tool sphere that you have at...[Read Review]

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8.3 User Avg (38 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 task considering the huge number of poor quality games in this genre. Players of the original Settlers games will no doubt be able to reminisce as they collect the necessary resources to expand beyond their t...[Read Review]

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8.2 User Avg (89 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 the exact same gameplay, storyline and mechanics although the control scheme is simplified and focused around touch controls. Settlers IV features four different races each with their own style of gameplay ...[Read Review]

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8.2 User Avg (12 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 involves picking and placing items but also includes various miracles that require prayer power from the player’s believers. Just like in the original players have the option to assume an evil or good role b...[Read Review]

MacPC
8.2 User Avg (19 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 starts you off with your own community of outcasts who have come together and decided to start their own settlement. Banished randomly generates a new world each time so it’s always challenging and fresh. With ...[Read Review]

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8.1 User Avg (57 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 role of the pirate king. This role means you’ll have to carefully manage your reckless pirates and construction on your island while capturing the thing pirates love above all else, treasure. Tropico 2 let...[Read Review]

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8.1 User Avg (11 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, exploitation and extermination. The game takes place in a Medieval Europe and has players battling against the evil Red Prince in a lengthy campaign (16 missions) as he attempts to control the entire game world. Play...[Read Review]

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8 User Avg (21 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: Alexandria) and online spin-off (Nile Online) released later. The game is a pleasant city building experience with great attention to detail and is definitely one of the stand out games in the genre. Players take ...[Read Review]

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7.9 User Avg (14 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. One of the greatest additions to the Tropico franchise is the introduction of co-operative and competitive multiplayer that lets you jump onto an island with up to three other players to work together or...[Read Review]

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7.9 User Avg (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 with players participating in the first, second and third Crusades. This means there are over 50 missions to tackle which feature a number of unique and challenging objectives. These missions offer great pac...[Read Review]

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7.8 User Avg (20 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 that explore modern and futuristic warfare with a focus on vehicle combat. The game takes place in a futuristic setting and is available on Windows, Mac and Xbox 360 with backward compatibility available for Xbox One. Supreme Commander 2 takes you through three different campaigns as you command the United Earth Federation, the Illuminate and the Cybran in battle. Each of these campaigns has their ...[Read Review]

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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 control their island nation, scenarios and custom games. In scenarios players are presented with a selection of goals that must be met given the current game conditions. Alternatively players can take to t...[Read Review]

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7.5 User Avg (12 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 humanity has also reached a point of space travel which makes it possible to jump across the galaxy quickly through an invention known as the quantum gateway. With the ability to travel the stars the United Eart...[Read Review]

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7.4 User Avg (9 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 have achieved space travel through the use of quantum tunnels, capable of sending ships from one side of the galaxy to the other near instantaneously. This has in turn led to many human colonies across the ...[Read Review]

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7.4 User Avg (8 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 Romanum and was originally named Imperium Romanum 2. An expansion pack for the game (The Reign of Augustus) was released approximately a year later to add additional gameplay. In the single player campaign of...[Read Review]

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5.6 User Avg (15 votes)