27 Games Like SimCity

Games Like SimCity Our collection of games like SimCity offers city building games with elements of sandbox and management that are similar to the SimCity series.

In the SimCity titles players are tasked with the building and management of a city in an open ended gameplay setting. The underlying goal of the various games is the development of a successful city by ensuring the city has adequate facilities and services to keep residents happy while also being financially stable.

Players are given an abundance of tools to achieve their city building goals with power over buildings, city services (health, education, utilities, leisure) and more. In more recent SimCity releases players also have significant control over terrain, allowing them to modify the game world to create even more interesting, exciting and unique cities. This ever increasing depth in tools with each new game has made SimCity the standout choice for sandbox fans who want complete freedom.

The city building games like SimCity here offer similar gameplay and features to the SimCity franchise for fans of the city building genre. This includes construction, management, open ended objectives and customisable game worlds. Create, design and shape your own creations in the varied gameplay that you will experience in the games below.
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Prison Architect

Maximum security prisons aren’t an easy line of business but one you’ll become expert in by the end of Prison Architect, a game that takes the management simulation genre into the private construction business. Prison Architect takes place in a top-down 2D environment and clearly draws from a number of classics in the genre. Every element of the prison is in your hand and the game is about much more than just throwing up some cells though with a level of depth that ensures you won...[Read Review]

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Train Fever

Have you caught Train Fever? Explore this business simulation adventure which challenges you to build a large scale transport empire across several towns. Using trains and buses you’ll get to craft the service lines and build around the terrain to meet your financial needs. Born from a crowdfunding campaign Train Fever was released in late 2014 and has since received a number of tweaks and further developments, which are likely to continue into the future. Gameplay is entirely single playe...[Read Review]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Cities: Skylines

Cities: Skylines brings the city building and simulation genre into modern times with a very impressive offering that brings new challenges and opportunities to keen city planners everywhere. Your city foundation is a typical experience with the game drawing upon many well-established fundamentals of games like SimCity but also introducing countless additional mechanics to capture the thrills and struggles of maintaining a large city. Cities: Skylines is a single player adventure that challenges...[Read Review]

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Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom

Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom is a city building game that focuses on Ancient China and is a great change of pace from the popular modern and historical city builders (which mostly focus on Rome). The game was released back in 2002 with development being fronted by BreakAway Games. The amount of control that you have over your Asian civilisation is extremely high and one of the best experiences of the game. Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom will have you controlling every aspect includin...[Read Review]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Caesar IV

Caesar IV is a pure city building experience that takes place in an ancient Roman setting. The game was developed by Titled Mill Entertainment and released in 2006. As the name suggests it is actually fourth addition to the Caesar series and is very similar to other releases by Tilted Mill in the city building genre including Children of the Nile and SimCity Societies. In Caesar IV players are in charge of administration matters and building the historical city of Rome. The game uses a realistic...[Read Review]

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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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Cities XL 2012

Cities XL 2012 is definitely one of the best games like SimCity available and offers plenty of features that SimCity fans will recognise and love. Cities XL 2012 (and the previous games in the series) are published by Focus Home Interactive. The game has an expansion pack available (Cities XL Platinum) which adds additional content and tweaks. Cities XL 2012 focuses on a single player experience and is very similar to the SimCity games. Players take on the role of mayor and build the ultimate ci...[Read Review]

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CivCity: Rome

CivCity: Rome is one of the many city building games that has you recreate the Roman civilization from scratch. CivCity: Rome is entirely a single player experience and was released in 2006 with 2K Games as its publisher. Just like similar games there is also a hint of the strategy genre in the gameplay. The game combines a number of popular games from the genre such as Caesar, Civilization and Grand Ages. In the game you’ll be given control over a number of cities that belong to the Roman Empir...[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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Project Highrise

Could you build a functional and stylish skyscraper? The opportunity is now yours with Project Highrise a game all about combining the likes of design and architecture into a single game. Offering the usual range of tutorials, scenarios and sandbox modes for management fans you’ll have multiple ways to approach Project Highrise gameplay while also ensuring good long term play time. Regardless of mode though you’ll find the core mechanics unchanged which sees you starting with a fairl...[Read Review]

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Cities In Motion 2

Cities in Motion 2 offers similar gameplay to the original but with plenty of improvements that enhance gameplay. The game released in early 2013 for both Windows and Mac. New features in the sequel include new multiplayer game modes, a larger variety of transport options, day and night cycles, timetabling and cities that dynamically react to the transport you put in place (businesses and residential areas will build up around transport routes) which gives you some control over how the city deve...[Read Review]

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Tycoon City: New York

Tycoon City: New York combines the tycoon and city building genres to create one of the more unique games like SimCity currently available. The game was published in 2006 by Atari and allows players to develop New York City (with a focus on Manhattan). Since the game is focused on a real world location players focus on the building of well known businesses and landmarks rather than designing their own city from scratch. Players can choose from two game modes in Tycoon City: New York which gives ...[Read Review]

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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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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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