29 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 ...[Read More]

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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 Feve...[Read More]

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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 ...[Read More]

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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 Hospita...[Read More]

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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 gam...[Read More]

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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 i...[Read More]

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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 campaign which takes player throu...[Read More]

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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 chara...[Read More]

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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 ...[Read More]

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8.3 User Avg (15 votes)
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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 ...[Read More]

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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 bei...[Read More]

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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 commun...[Read More]

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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 ...[Read More]

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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 ...[Read More]

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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 ...[Read More]

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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 ...[Read More]

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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 ...[Read More]

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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 includi...[Read More]

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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 addition...[Read More]

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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...[Read More]

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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...[Read More]

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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, s...[Read More]

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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 Projec...[Read More]

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A Kingdom For Keflings

A Kingdom for Keflings is predominantly a city builder developed by Ninja Bee that was released on the Xbox 360 in 2008 with a PC release several years later. In the game you’ll take control of a giant in the land of Keflings. These Keflings are based on humans but are much smaller resembling gnomes or something similar to ...[Read More]

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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 d...[Read More]

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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 ...[Read More]

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A World of Keflings

A World of Keflings is the second game in the series and once again combines the management and building genres very successfully. The game was originally launched on the Xbox 360 but Windows and Wii U versions are also available. The game is all about creating a huge castle and helping out the Keflings but the journey ther...[Read More]

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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...[Read More]

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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 ...[Read More]

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