Top 10 Best City Building Games: Boss Builders

City Building Games: The 10 best city building games the genre has to offer. We’ve dug through plenty of dirt and grime to find these gems, only to share them with you.

Best City Building Games

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Updated August 26, 2015: We’ve added the inclusion of the decade’s best city building simulator to date, Cities: Skylines. Find out what we liked about it! 

There aren’t many games that include themselves in the city builder genre. It’s a simple premise: you take on the role of planner, and mayor of a city. You look down upon your creation from above, and you are entirely responsible for its growth and management. City building games are exceptionally time consuming, and each game can go on forever—or at least until the city you are working on gets stale and you make a new one for different challenges.

Despite originally established in 1989 with the release of Will Wright’s SimCity, city builders haven’t had all that many releases in their 24 years of existence. In addition, they aren’t all that similar to each other in gameplay style.

Because it’s a genre full of duds and great titles are few and far between, we’ve compiled a list of the seven best city building games.