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    Total War: Arena

    ER
    Edward Robertson
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I love to play the video games and this one is about war so there is much action to be had. The name of it is the Total War: Arena and it is soo good! You can even play it for free, online with other people that are also online. It is a war simulation game and boy is it a fun one, you should play too!"
    1. 252
      City Mania
      City Mania is a free-to-play city builder where you have to control every single detail for having the greatest city ever, which also means that your citizens have to be happy and proud of the place where they habit.
      Games

      iOS, Android

      Free - with in-app purchases

      AH
      Angela Huang
      Written on July 9, 2018
      "Out of all the city building games that I played, this one is my favorite! I can also make buildings but also landmarks. Cool! ;)"
      AH
      Angela Huang
      Written on July 9, 2018
      "Out of all the city building games that I played, this one is my favorite! I can also make buildings but also landmarks. Cool! ;)"
      DH
      Douglas Howard
      Written on October 25, 2017
      "This looks like a free to play Sim City clone, which is exactly what we're looking for. The features may not be as robust as a Sim City, but when it's free, you can deal with a little less. It does look like a mobile game, so it's going to be light in some areas, but for a phone game/time killer, you could do worse."
    2. 215
      Megapolis
      Megapolis is a mega city-builder game with 3D graphics in which you aim to create the best city ever, controlling finances and the main infrastructures. It features almost 1k different constructions.
      Games

      iOS, Android

      Free - with in-app purchases

      MM
      Matthew Martinez
      Written on July 9, 2018
      "I dreamed of being a politician and this game made this possible for me. It's not just creating a city but using economics as well."
      MM
      Matthew Martinez
      Written on July 9, 2018
      "I dreamed of being a politician and this game made this possible for me. It's not just creating a city but using economics as well."
      KS
      Kathryn Santos
      Written on November 2, 2017
      "Megapolis is definitely one of the best city building games out on the ios at this moment. The design of the game is very user friendly and I find the game tons of fun."
      JT
      James Torres
      Written on October 22, 2017
      "I've played all the standard city building games. They are good but I was looking for something new. Megapolis has amazing graphics and a very cool theme. A+ game!"
    3. 185
      Rebuild
      Rebuild is a strategy game developed by Northway Games where you must gather the survivors of the zombie apocalypse and defend your fort against the attacks from the undead.
      Games

      Android, iOS

      $2.99

      JS
      Janet Simmons
      Written on July 9, 2018
      "Looking for clues is my specialty. But building a game with zombies on the side is really thrilling!"
      JS
      Janet Simmons
      Written on July 9, 2018
      "Looking for clues is my specialty. But building a game with zombies on the side is really thrilling!"
      GQ
      Guadalupe Quintana
      Written on October 16, 2017
      "You will be forced to make a lot of difficult, strategic decisions such as choosing to build multiple buildings or research different technologies for defense purposes. Then you will have to find the best way to use the human resources to get rid of the bloody zombies. Eventually you will own a large city, along with the government system to govern the city. Rebuild 3 has the same gameplay as SimCity, but with a lot of zombies threatening."
      CH
      Christopher Hudson
      Written on November 5, 2017
      "I like to get on the iPhone or iPad and be a little constructive with Rebuild. Here you can build the best structure to protect yourself against zombie attack"

    WHAT'S THE MEANING?

    A city-building game is a type of simulation game wherein players act as the major controller, planner or leader of a city. The player is also responsible for the development and growth of the city he manages by applying some game techniques and strategies. This is also known as a town-building game in which players have the control over the management of buildings, city or town as it gets to develop.

    DID YOU KNOW?

    Did you know that the genre, city- building game was first established in 1989 when the SimCity was released? This is the first city-building game which focuses on building continuously rather than having a standard victory. This game allows players to build and design buildings based on their preference, and to make it developed and grow using the players' own strategies. The game has no definite goals to achieve. SimCity was designed by Will Wright. During its release in 1989, the game was only available for the Macintosh computer. It was also the best-selling PC game made by Maxis until The Sims was released in 2000. 

    Meanwhile, Simlish is created in 1996 as the fictional language of the game. Wright, with the help of linguistic expert Marc Gimbel developed a unique language specifically for The Sims, and the result is the combination of fractured words from different languages such as Ukrainian, French, Latin, Finnish, English, Fijian, Cebuano, and Tagalog.

    1. 182
      DomiNations
      DomiNations is a free-to-play city-builder game in which your main goal will be to create a town and command your citizens to the beginning of the times from the modern ages. You can befriend players online to cooperate or and compete.
      Games

      Android, iOS

      Free - with in-app purchases

      RH
      Rebecca Holmes
      Written on November 23, 2017
      "This solution is a great way to solve the problem. For anyone, like me, that enjoys city building games this one is quite enjoyable. There are different levels and you get..."
      RH
      Rebecca Holmes
      Written on November 23, 2017
      "This solution is a great way to solve the problem. For anyone, like me, that enjoys city building games this one is quite enjoyable. There are different levels and you get to play against and with players online. The goal is to create a town and get citizens back to the beginning of time. Sounds interesting to me."
      NR
      Nicole Ramos
      Written on October 16, 2017
      "I have been playing DomiNations for a little while now and with each update it gets better and better. I like the character development and the overall gameplay. Not surprisingly, it can be quite addictive!"
    2. 148
      Virtual City 2: Paradise Resort
      Virtual City 2: Paradise Resort is a free-to-play city builder gamer which continues the VC saga at the Florida coast and three more cities, in which you will have to succeed on some different quests.
      Games

      iOS, Android

      Free - with in-app purchases

      EB
      Enrique Beltrán
      Written on October 18, 2017
      "I have been playing city building games since I was younger. I have been playing since I originally came across Sim City. Man I love that game. If you are looking for a really..."
      EB
      Enrique Beltrán
      Written on October 18, 2017
      "I have been playing city building games since I was younger. I have been playing since I originally came across Sim City. Man I love that game. If you are looking for a really good game like that for iOS, Virtual City 2: Paradise Resort is where it's at. I promise you, you won't be disappointed."
      DS
      Deng Shi
      Written on October 15, 2017
      "Virtual City tries to bring the feel of a Sims-like creation game to smartphones. The graphics and the gameplay sacrifice realism for something much more childish. This game doesn't offer much for anyone."
    3. 137
      SimCity
      SimCity is a city building and simulation game where you can create and customize the city of your dreams. The game is available for Windows and Mac, plus the BuildIt version for mobile devices.
      Games

      Android, iOS, Windows, Mac

      Free - with in-app purchases

      DV
      David Valdez
      Written on June 2, 2018
      "This whole series is great! I've been playing SimCity games since the 90s and they are great to play no matter your time constraints. The new mobile version is a great way to..."
      DV
      David Valdez
      Written on June 2, 2018
      "This whole series is great! I've been playing SimCity games since the 90s and they are great to play no matter your time constraints. The new mobile version is a great way to pass the time wherever I am."
    4. 106
      Virtual City Playground: Building Tycoon
      Virtual City Playground is a free-to-play city builder when you not only have to create your city but run it properly. You will need to keep an eye on such things as the transport system or the happiness of your population.
      Games

      iOS, Android

      Free - with in-app purchases

      AH
      Aaron Howard
      Written on October 19, 2017
      "Virtual City Playground is an enjoyable city builder, with graphics a bit reminiscent of turn of the millennium titles, but some parts of its business model and general..."
      AH
      Aaron Howard
      Written on October 19, 2017
      "Virtual City Playground is an enjoyable city builder, with graphics a bit reminiscent of turn of the millennium titles, but some parts of its business model and general presentation are off-putting and annoying. Basically, it's hard to make a lot of progress without spending additional money or wasting time watching excessive ads. The game also occupies a lot of space and sometimes runs in a laggy manner. The developers should take their ideas and graphics and rethink how they've built this game, to some extent."
      DE
      Doris Ellis
      Written on November 12, 2017
      "Fun game that is addictive. Has good gameplay. There are a lot of complaints about having to pay to advance. Overall, it looks to be a good game."
    5. 87
      Venture Towns

      Venture Towns is a city builder game developed by Kairosoft Co., Ltd. It is for everyone and available on Android and iOS devices. It is last updated on March 28, 2017, and the size varies with your device.

      Games

      Android, iOS

      $4.99

      MC
      Mildred Curtis
      Written on November 5, 2017
      "I love this game because it has the pixelated look of 80s video games. It's slightly repetitive but it's great for passing time with kids who need safe games, and if you're in..."
      MC
      Mildred Curtis
      Written on November 5, 2017
      "I love this game because it has the pixelated look of 80s video games. It's slightly repetitive but it's great for passing time with kids who need safe games, and if you're in a productive, building kind of mood too!"
      CT
      Cynthia Turner
      Written on October 24, 2017
      "Venture Towns satisfies my drive to plan out cities in terms of mapping. I would like more options for the residents' lives. Still hoping one will win the lottery soon!"
      PW
      Phillip Walsh
      Written on November 3, 2017
      "Venture Towns is a game fit for anybody that loves city building games. There are not a lot of selections out on the ios in this genre so it really fills a need."
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      Virtual City
      Virtual City is a city builder simulator game where you will have to build the city of your dream and then manage it as its mayor to be a successful one. Levels are based on 5 states from the US.
      Games

      iOS

      $4.99 - with in-app purchases

      AS
      Amber Soto
      Written on October 23, 2017
      "Virtual City is pretty good. As long as you enjoy building simulator games, then this is good. Many different levels. But it could use a few more states."
      AS
      Amber Soto
      Written on October 23, 2017
      "Virtual City is pretty good. As long as you enjoy building simulator games, then this is good. Many different levels. But it could use a few more states."
      SM
      Sara Medina
      Written on November 12, 2017
      "The game is interesting but lots of complaints about ads and it being in a not finished state. Given that, I would not suggest it for this topic."
    7. 49
      MegaCity

      MegaCity is a city building puzzle game for iOS, in which you have to fit the buildings into the right place, bearing in mind not to put a dumb besides a school, for a reference.

      Games

      iOS

      $0.99 - with in-app purchases

      JW
      Jean West
      Written on October 15, 2017
      "I LOVE city building games like Sim City. I grew up playing them and have fond memories of them. I was looking for a new one and found MegaCity HD for iOS. It's similar to Sim..."
      JW
      Jean West
      Written on October 15, 2017
      "I LOVE city building games like Sim City. I grew up playing them and have fond memories of them. I was looking for a new one and found MegaCity HD for iOS. It's similar to Sim City and is really fun to play. It's definitely one of my favorite city building games that I've found so far for iOS. The graphics are amazing, the options are diverse, and the game play is addictive. Definitely check it out!"
      MG
      Martha Gray
      Written on November 9, 2017
      "MegaCity HD is one of the best city building games for iOS because you can build a city as a puzzle, fitting them into the right place and making it so that your city is perfect and not out of place. I enjoy this game all the time when I am looking for a challenge and wanting to build something with puzzles and structure."
      HR
      Harry Ramos
      Written on November 12, 2017
      "City building games have always helped me to relax. I find the creative process of the designing to be nice after a long day of work. MegaCity HD was given to me by a friend who knows this. After playing through for a weekend I can say that it is now at the top of my favorites list."
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      Virtual City 2: Paradise Resort HD
      Virtual City 2: Paradise Resort HD (Full) is the HD and full version of the free-to-play city builder. Build a unique city, meet your population and have access to all the unlocked content that the game offers.
      Games

      iOS

      $6.99

      MC
      Marilyn Curtis
      Written on November 13, 2017
      "Virtual City 2: Paradise Resort is a famous virtual city building game in the world. With visual interface, lively and attractive gameplay, support for many modes and..."
      MC
      Marilyn Curtis
      Written on November 13, 2017
      "Virtual City 2: Paradise Resort is a famous virtual city building game in the world. With visual interface, lively and attractive gameplay, support for many modes and interesting features for users, Virtual City 2: Paradise Resort will bring you moments of enjoyable relaxation and fun. After gaining the love of millions of players right from the first part, the game of building the best-selling city continues into Season 2, Virtual City 2: Paradise Resort. In this game there will be new buildings, new items and new challenges! In Virtual City 2: Paradise Resort, you'll have to expand your empire-building activity to Florida's coast, Alaska's snow-capped mountains, Utah's rocky mountains and the arid desert of Nevada. 4 challenging locations with unique missions when implementing special goals such as opening a casino, building a ski resort and building an ice hotel. Offices and hotels, restaurants and clubs, museums and fitness centers access the widest grounds for the building to make your Virtual City 2 unique and prosperous. . You can unlock adventures when upgrading to the full version of the game!"
      MC
      Maricela Cervantes
      Written on November 2, 2017
      "I needed the best city building game for ios that is currently out there. I was told about Virtual City 2: Paradise Resort HD. It was the full game and involved the concept of city building. It was great to make a full unique city just how I wanted."
      KH
      Kathryn Hughes
      Written on October 13, 2017
      "This is an excellent building game for IOS. Game play is flawless and the graphics are top notch. It is fun to make a unique city and get new content."
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      Pixel People
      Pixel People is a freemium city-builder game for mobile devices in which, in a framework of an apocalyptic future, you have to create and style both the cities and the people who inhabit them.

      *NO LONGER AVAILABLE*

      Games

      MJ
      Melissa Jackson
      Written on July 9, 2018
      "Shame that it's no longer available. I guess it's time that I should find another game to play."
      MJ
      Melissa Jackson
      Written on July 9, 2018
      "Shame that it's no longer available. I guess it's time that I should find another game to play."
      DB
      Dennis Bryant
      Written on November 10, 2017
      "The page does not load, so I'm not sure about how the game looks or feels. But, I will say that I like the description, about building not only the city, but also the type of people that live there. I don't, however, like the way it's considered freemium, because that implies that you have to pay to get anything worthwhile in the game."
      MR
      Marilyn Rice
      Written on October 22, 2017
      "typical city-building game like the sims but with retro graphics. the price is right, i've played it for hours without spending a cent."

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    Summary

    Best city building games for iOS
    Rank Solutions Type Votes Price
    1 City Mania Games 252 Free
    2 Megapolis Games 215 Free
    3 Rebuild Games 185 Paid
    4 DomiNations Games 182 Free
    5 Virtual City 2: Paradise Resort Games 148 Free
    6 SimCity Games 137 Free
    7 Virtual City Playground: Building Tycoon Games 106 Free
    8 Venture Towns Games 87 Paid
    9 Virtual City Games 69 Paid
    10 MegaCity Games 49 Paid
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