What are the best city building games on Steam?

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Game of Thrones: Winter is Coming

Steven Roberts
Written on April 5, 2019
"One of the things I liked most about this game is its environment. Not like some of the medieval games I've played where you only have to hack your way thru hordes of enemies, GoT: WiC also lets me strategize my every move and plan ahead in joining alliances as well as making trades. A must-try for every fledgling Westeros lord!"
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    #1Cities: Skylines

    Cities: Skylines
    Cities: Skylines engage the player in one of the most realistic urban planning simulation games available by controlling zoning, taxation, public services, city's budget, population, health, employment, pollution, traffic flow and many other factors.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, Xbox One, PlayStation 4

    $29.99

    Peter Delgado
    Written on September 15, 2017
    "This game is great. For all you old school sim city lovers this is city building on steroids. So much fun to build giant sprawling cities and then maintain them, or burn them to the ground only to stat all over again. I can play this game for hours on end and love every second of it."
    Arthur Sanders
    Written on July 2, 2018
    "This game will make you think critically and it makes the difference among other city building games. It will also test your budgeting skills. "
    Dorothy Aguilar
    Written on June 18, 2017
    "Cities: Skylines is a big improvement on traditional city building games. This game allows you to make decisions on the most precise details of your city. It is thrilling to sit back and watch how your city develops."
    This is Patrick
    Written on December 30, 2018
    "From traffic management to properly budgeting your city, Cities: Skylines is without a doubt the best, most realistic city builder in the market available right now."
    Jenny Lu
    Written on January 2, 2017
    "Cities: Skylines takes the SimCity idea and modernizes it. If you want a city builder that's realistic, then it's a good experience."
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    #2Banished

    Banished
    Banished is a city building strategy game where players have to control a group of exiled travelers who decide to grow and maintain a settlement in a remote community.
    Games

    Windows

    $19.99

    Abhinav Jayaraman
    Written on May 16, 2017
    "This game is a mixed bag, on one hand I love the premise and setting, that being a more realistic ancient city builder, if you don't make enough farms your people will starve to death and without warm enough homes they will freeze in the winter, the game looks great as well. On the other hand though, it can become quite dull after you've played it for a while, most of the buildings look extremely similar and it never really feels like you've progressed beyond a struggling settlement into a powerful city. If you like city builders I'd recommend giving it a go, but maybe wait for a sale first."
    Reyansh Chattopadhyay
    Written on July 2, 2018
    "From the available sources around it, how can you build a community? Resourcefulness is the key. "
    Judy Castro
    Written on April 10, 2017
    "I've spent about 20 hours on this game so far, and I'm liking it very much. The graphics good, and it's not a fast paced game so you can play it at your own pace. It's easy to get into, but it gets challenging later on, so it doesn't get boring. If you like strategy, city building game, I think you will really like this game."
    Michelle Howard
    Written on May 16, 2017
    "If you're looking for a new fun and exciting strategy game, look no further than Banished, the next great city-building game. You can spend countless hours customizing your world to exactly how you want it!"
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    #3Age of Empires III

    Age of Empires III
    Age of Empires III is a real-time strategy video game developed by Ensemble Studios released in 2005. This is the third game in the Age of Empires series and the sequel to Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings released in 1999.
    Games

    Windows

    $39.99

    Tejas Mehta
    Written on May 28, 2017
    "I've played thousands of hours of AoE II. It was pretty much the only game I played while growing up. Its safe to say I'm an aficionado, so I was really pumped for Aoe III. Its a fairly solid game, but it doesn't come close to the awesomeness that 2 provides. If you're dying for more AoE give it a try, but otherwise, stick to 2."
    Benjamín Meléndez
    Written on July 2, 2018
    "Based on the previous installments of this game, I'm impressed with this version. "
    Shirley Douglas
    Written on March 20, 2017
    "Age of Empires III is one of my favorite city building games on Steam. It is similar to Sims where you build a city, home, country, etc, and attempt to conquer and master the game."

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that the first skyscraper built in New York City was the Tower Building in 1889? It was 11 stories high and was considered a skyscraper because it was the first building in NYC to have a steel skeleton structure. It was demolished in 1913 though. However, the next iconic skyscraper made was built in 1901 and is still standing there today and you may recognize it with its distinctive triangular shape. The Flatiron Building, originally known as the Fuller Building, was built by Chicago architect Daniel Burnham. The triangular 22-story steel-framed skyscraper is located at 175 Fifth Avenue in the borough of Manhattan. The then-daring shape of the building actually made a lot of people upset, they called it “awkward” and a “monstrosity”, but the public opinion is much different today. In fact, the skyscraper is now one of the most visited skyscrapers to this date because of its unique aesthetic feel to it. City buildings are important for urbanization as people need to adapt to changes every day, same goes for the fast-moving development of technology. And today, companies have now developed city-building games made available for our PCs and even smartphones. Best examples of these are Cities: Skylines, Tropico 5, Banished, Age of Empires, and more. 

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    #4Rebuild 3: Gangs of Deadsville

    Rebuild 3: Gangs of Deadsville

    Rebuild 3: Gangs of Deadsville is a strategy and simulation video game developed by Northway Games, released on May 30, 2015. This survival game is set in a post-apocalyptic theme where survivors scavenge for food and resources.

    Games

    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS

    $14.99

    Rajesh Kapoor
    Written on March 13, 2017
    "I love this game! It's not just another zombie game. Sometimes I watch The Walking Dead and think "That's not how I'd build my community. And now, I know exactly how I would! It's like actually surviving the zombie apocalypse!"
    Eugene Watson
    Written on July 2, 2018
    "Awesome game! Building a city with many zombies around? Challenge accepted. "
    Diane Morales
    Written on September 15, 2017
    "Rebuild 3 is a pretty decent build game, and there's plenty to do and manage like most of its genre. It is a 3rd version though, which means that while game play has improved a little, story's fallen a little to the wayside."
    Susan Welch
    Written on November 26, 2017
    "Super fun game, this is one of those games that you just can't stop playing. Nice mix of strategy and simulation. Highly recommend. "
    Russell Lee
    Written on March 23, 2017
    "This looks awesome. I love the 2D art style of this. I came for city building, stayed for the zombies!"
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    #5Northgard

    Northgard
    Northgard is a medieval strategy video game based on Norse mythology where users control a clan of Vikings striving to conquer a newly discovered continent. It was developed and published by Shiro Games and was released in 2018.
    Games

    Windows, Mac

    $29.99

    Jordan Lane
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "I like the look and the graphics. I do get a bit concerned about using real people for story lines though. This game uses the Norse as some kids, unfortunately, only learn a little bit of history from movies and gaming. But this one is based on mythology anyway, so I guess that is okay. I'm a stickler for kids knowing facts about Vikings rather than just perpetuated legends, even if it is just in modern games. Still, I must give kudos to the game makers for a visually appealing game here."
    Randy Pearson
    Written on February 1, 2017
    "Northgard looks like a promising RTS and City building game. Currently it is in Early Access but you can already see the developers have put a lot of thought into the creation of this game. There is a small learning curve when starting this game but overall I have been impressed with I have seen so far and will continue to monitor the progress of this game."
    Vincent James
    Written on February 8, 2017
    "Ever watch the show Vikings and thought "I could do better"? Well here is your chance. I love strategy games based on history so I was excited to find this game. You are in control of your own clan. It's your show to run. Personally, I find it a refreshing mix of being challenging without being overwhelming. I love it."
    Jeremy Willis
    Written on October 28, 2017
    "I would suggest looking elsewhere for a game like this. There are several options that are way better. This game lacks enough content to really be interesting. It is way to simple."
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    #6Rise of Nations: Extended Edition

    Rise of Nations: Extended Edition
    Rise of Nations: Extended Editionis a strategy video game developed by Big Huge Games and SkyBox Labs. It features single-player and multi-player game modes. This has taken concepts from other turn-based strategy games. 
    Games

    Windows

    $19.99

    Emily Brooks
    Written on March 9, 2017
    "Rise of Nations is a great game on steam, and I've now purchased the Extended Edition. The updates have made the game so much better, and it now includes Twitch.tv streaming! The most obvious change in the enhanced visuals and the inclusion of a full screen option which has made it so much easier for me to see the screen and the details of the landscape! "
    Robert Harper
    Written on September 22, 2017
    "What do you do if you want a city building game with depth?. You download Rise of Nations: Extended Edition of course and enjoy the slick gameplay as you advance through history."
    Marie Meyer
    Written on March 1, 2017
    "Why settle for building just a city when one can build a whole world? Fun to build them up, fun to break them down! :)"
    Kathleen Silva
    Written on November 4, 2017
    "Rise of Nations is a great classic city builder. The graphics don't really look good today."
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    #7Concrete Jungle

    Concrete Jungle
    Concrete Jungle is a city building game with a puzzle-like approach to city planning. Players use a deck of cards to place buildings. As the city grows, players can build bigger and better buildings.
    Games

    Mac, Windows

    $9.99

    Saúl González
    Written on July 4, 2017
    "Concrete jungle is is good city building game with the added aspect of a card based game to give it a bigger feeling of risk. It is priced pretty cheap so it doesn't have a high entry cost. It would be a great alternative to the higher priced city builder games."
    Johnny Hall
    Written on July 2, 2018
    "For an indie game, this one is good! There are different modes to play that can serve as a tutorial like the campaign mode. "
    Gregory Hart
    Written on September 15, 2017
    "This is the perfect mix of S Simcity and a TCR! I spent all my time trying to build my deck. I actually missed my train stop! So I went around again playing Concrete Jungle the whole way! I'mm hooked!"
    Mark Collins
    Written on June 30, 2017
    "This one looks like it would be great for your imagination. Just hoping it can keep my attention unlike other games of this type."
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    #8Tropico 5

    Tropico 5
    Tropico 5 is a construction and management simulation video game. For the first time in the Tropico series the game features cooperative and competitive multiplayer for up to four players.
    Games

    Windows, Mac, Xbox One, Linux, PlayStation 4

    $19.99

    Susan Gonzalez
    Written on September 15, 2017
    "I love city building games and this is one of the best I've ever encountered. The graphics are beautiful. The only issue I have with it is that it seems very limited and predictable unless you buy the DLC. After buying the DLC, the game was much more worthwhile. "
    Bruce Ward
    Written on February 22, 2017
    "I wanted something like Sim City on Steam and I finally found Tropico 5. It is great in that is had multiplayer, the graphics are good and you can build an awesome city. I don't know how I missed Tropico 1- 4 but I'm sure glad I found this one."
    Amy Welch
    Written on March 12, 2017
    "I really didn't think I would enjoy this game, but I've been pleasantly surprised. Tropico 5 is an incredibly fun strategy game. You're basically building your own city and managing it. I've sunk hours into this game and would recommend."
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    #9Age of Empires II HD

    Age of Empires II HD

    Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings is a real-time strategy multiplayer game for Windows PC. It was developed by Skybox Labs, Path Entertainment, and Ensemble Studios, and was published by Microsoft Studios. The game was released in 2013.

    Games

    Windows

    $19.99

    Phillip White
    Written on April 30, 2017
    "Age of Empires II HD is a classic real time strategy game. If you like Starcraft, original Warcraft games, or any real time strategy at all, Age of Empires is the grand daddy of all of them, this one is a can't miss. "
    Alexander Oliver
    Written on February 19, 2017
    "This has been one of my favorite computer games since I was little. I get to build cities and manage resources, and create an empire. I still never tire of this game. "
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    #10Stronghold Crusader HD

    Stronghold Crusader HD
    Stronghold Crusader HD is a medieval mixture of city building and real-time strategy game. The game throws you into historic battles and castle sieges from the Crusades with fiendish AI opponents. It was developed and published by FireFly Studios.
    Games

    Windows

    $9.99

    Vincent Hill
    Written on June 30, 2017
    "Stronghold Crusader HD is a great city building game with a mix of real-time strategy, which in my opinion is an added plus. Awesome gameplay and HD graphics make this a great purchase on Steam. The game has both multiplayer and single player modes, and 100 different maps to play, so I can see this providing me hours of entertainment."
    Gerald Reid
    Written on October 31, 2017
    "Stronghold Crusader HD was a disappointment when i played it. The graphics are outdated and the AI opponents are not as smart as you would want making the game extremely easy."
    Patrick Crawford
    Written on May 25, 2017
    "There are tons of city building games on Steam, but this is one of the nicer ones. It seems like a modern version of an old school city builder and I really love that. "
    Tang Guo
    Written on September 20, 2017
    "Want something new to play? Stronghold Crusader HD lets you head back in time and start your own medieval city. "

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Summary

Best city building games on Steam
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Cities: SkylinesGames 21 Paid
2BanishedGames 20 Paid
3Age of Empires IIIGames 11 Paid
4Rebuild 3: Gangs of DeadsvilleGames 8 Paid
5NorthgardGames 7 Paid
6Rise of Nations: Extended EditionGames 7 Paid
7Concrete JungleGames 6 Paid
8Tropico 5Games 4 Paid
9Age of Empires II HDGames 2 Paid
10Stronghold Crusader HDGames 1 Paid
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