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Best city-building games for ios

Ever wonder what a city would actually look like if you were the creator? City-building games give you a great glimpse of it, and your imagination is the limit. You can go crazy with the buildings you would like to put next to each other. It's totally your call if you want to have five high-rise towers next to each other, it's your city, after all. Even better, these city-building games on iOS won't limit which direction you want to go! Whether you want to play it out like a puzzle or strategically, there is a city-building game on this list you can start with!

1.Megapolis

with in-app purchases
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. Megapolis: Big Town Tycoon Sim features almost 1000 different constructions.
  • by Kathryn Santos

    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 More

  • Matthew Martinez

    by Matthew Martinez

    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.

  • James Torres

    by James Torres

    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 th More

2.DomiNations

with in-app purchases
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.
  • Rebecca Holmes

    by Rebecca Holmes

    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 differe More

  • by Nicole Ramos

    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 overal More

3.SimCity

Paid: $29.99 with in-app purchases
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 SimCity BuildIt version for mobile devices.
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  • by David Valdez

    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.Venture Towns

Paid: $4.99

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.

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  • Genre:Casual

  • by Mildred Curtis

    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 saf More

  • Phillip Walsh

    by Phillip Walsh

    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 fi More

  • Cynthia Turner

    by Cynthia Turner

    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 More

5.City Mania

with in-app purchases
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. The town-building game is available for Android and iOS.
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  • Age rating:4+

  • Category:Games,Simulation,Strategy

  • Publisher:Gameloft

  • Size:400.67 MB

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  • by Douglas Howard

    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 More

  • Angela Huang

    by Angela Huang

    Out of all the city building games that I played, this one is my favorite! I can also make buildings but also landmarks. Cool! ;)

6.Rebuild

Paid: $2.99
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. The game can be played on both Android and iOS devices.
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  • Guadalupe Quintana

    by Guadalupe Quintana

    You will be forced to make a lot of difficult, strategic decisions such as choosing to build multiple buildings or research different technologies for More

  • Janet Simmons

    by Janet Simmons

    Looking for clues is my specialty. But building a game with zombies on the side is really thrilling!

  • Christopher Hudson

    by Christopher Hudson

    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 zombi More

7.Virtual City Playground: Building Tycoon

with in-app purchases

Virtual City Playground is a free-to-play city builder where 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.

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  • Age rating:4+

  • Category:Games,Entertainment,Simulation,Strategy

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  • Size:449.73 MB

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  • by Aaron Howard

    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 More

  • Doris Ellis

    by Doris Ellis

    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.

8.MegaCity

Paid: $0.99 with in-app purchases

MegaCity HD is a city-building puzzle game available to play on iOS devices. In the mobile game, you have to fit the buildings into the right place, bearing in mind not to put danger beside a school, for a reference.

  • Website:http://colepowered.com/megacity
  • Age rating:4+

  • Category:Games,Entertainment,Puzzle,Strategy

  • Publisher:ColePowered Games Ltd.

  • Size:33.67 MB

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  • Jean West

    by Jean West

    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 More

  • Harry Ramos

    by Harry Ramos

    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  More

  • Martha Gray

    by Martha Gray

    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 s More

9.Virtual City 2: Paradise Resort

Free download
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.
Virtual City 2: Paradise Resort

Virtual City 2: Paradise Resort

  • Website:http://www.g5e.com
  • Age rating:4+

  • Category:Games,Entertainment,Simulation,Strategy

  • Publisher:G5 Entertainment AB

  • Size:150.54 MB

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  • Enrique Beltrán

    by Enrique Beltrán

    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 More

  • Deng Shi

    by Deng Shi

    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 m More

10.Pixel People

Free download
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.
Pixel People

Pixel People

  • Dennis Bryant

    by Dennis Bryant

    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 ci More

  • Melissa Jackson

    by Melissa Jackson

    Shame that it's no longer available. I guess it's time that I should find another game to play.

  • by Marilyn Rice

    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.

11.Virtual City 2: Paradise Resort HD

Free download
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.
Virtual City 2: Paradise Resort HD

Virtual City 2: Paradise Resort HD

  • Website:http://www.g5e.com
  • Age rating:4+

  • Category:Games,Entertainment,Strategy,Simulation

  • Publisher:G5 Entertainment AB

  • Size:136.36 MB

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  • Marilyn Curtis

    by Marilyn Curtis

    Virtual City 2: Paradise Resort is a famous virtual city building game in the world. With visual interface, lively and attractive gameplay, support fo More

  • Maricela Cervantes

    by Maricela Cervantes

    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 an More

  • Kathryn Hughes

    by Kathryn Hughes

    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.

12.Virtual City

Free download
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.
Virtual City

Virtual City

  • Website:http://www.g5e.com
  • Age rating:4+

  • Category:Games,Entertainment,Simulation,Strategy

  • Publisher:G5 Entertainment AB

  • Size:178.00 MB

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  • Amber Soto

    by Amber Soto

    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 stat More

  • Sara Medina

    by Sara Medina

    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.

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 control over the management of buildings, city or town as it gets to develop.

DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that the genre, the city-building game, was first established in 1989 when the SimCity was released? This is the first city-building game that focuses on building continuously rather than having a standard victory. This virtual world 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.

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