21 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.
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Evil Genius

Evil Genius mixes simulation, management and real time strategy putting players in charge of their own evil villain lair as they attempt to complete their plans for world domination one country at a time. Originally launched in 2004 Evil Genius still has a strong cult like following of fans with comparison to the popular Dungeon Keeper series of games which launched several years earlier. With age does come some limitations however with graphics and general polish quickly falling behind other mo...[Read Review]

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9.6 User Avg (22 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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Dawn of Discovery (Anno 1404)

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 1404: Venice) available. The gameplay in Dawn of Discovery doesn’t change much from the previous games in the series with players taking control of their own country. You are in charge of exploring islands, ...[Read Review]

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8.6 User Avg (18 votes)
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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 similar games such as Theme Hospital so popular. The game takes place in a universe that has been devastated by war with players taking control of one of the few remaining space stations and a beacon of hope in...[Read Review]

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8.6 User Avg (12 votes)
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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 civilisation. This civilisation of dwarves is highly customisable with the experience focusing on the dungeon simulation and creation elements rather than a robust and deep layer of strategic gameplay. While this means A Game of Dwarves can’t live up to the likes of Dwarf Fortress in terms of challenge it does provide the necessary tools and freedom to create a thriving dwar...[Read Review]

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8.6 User Avg (5 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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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 I’ve ever seen in a game but if you give this game your time you’ll be rewarded with endless hours of gameplay. The game has been predominately designed by Tarn Adams and has been quoted as considering it ...[Read Review]

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8.4 User Avg (30 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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Anno 1701 (1701 A.D.)

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, with the most obvious change being the game setting. Players will start with their own unnamed country as they attempt to expand throughout the game world. Slowly as you advance and develop your civilisation...[Read Review]

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8.2 User Avg (12 votes)
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Black & 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 villagers which are split between separate islands. Each of these islands comes with their own unique challenges for players to overcome and form the basis of the storyline. This plot has players advancin...[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]

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8.2 User Avg (19 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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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 incorporates many city building elements present in city building games. Anno 2070 offers a great single player campaign, an endless game mode and multiplayer for players to experience. Anno 2070 is set in the year 2...[Read Review]

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8.1 User Avg (34 votes)
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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 shaman who wishes to achieve victory over rival tribes and ultimately join the stars as a god herself. There are a total of four tribes in the game (red, green, yellow and blue which the player controls). This ...[Read Review]

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8.1 User Avg (7 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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Rise to Ruins

Rise to Ruins (previously Retro-Pixel Castles) challenges you to survive in a game that blends colony management, god like powers and survival into a single game. With noted inspiration from the likes of Banished and Dwarf Fortress but offering something different at the same time Rise to Ruins has wide audience appeal. The core experience in Rise to Ruins though is the management of your village which is presented in a pixel like design. This core game (survival mode) is also designed for playe...[Read Review]

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8 User Avg (18 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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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]

PC
7.9 User Avg (14 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 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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Spacebase DF-9

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 will get to choose which part of the galaxy they want to attempt to settle in. Each location offers different Stellar Density (game currency), warpgate proximity (think of this as galactic foot traffic), ...[Read Review]

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5.7 User Avg (16 votes)