What are the best city building games for Android?

When we think of city builder games, the SimCity series of games for PC immediately comes to mind. Recently though, there have been a good amount of quality games for mobile as well. Have a look at some of the city-building games for Android.

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    #1SimCity BuildIt

    SimCity BuildIt

    SimCity: BuildIt is a city-building simulation game that is part of the SimCity game franchise. Build your city the way you want to with various building and water structures to choose from making it a top choice for one of the best city-building games for Android.


    iOS, Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Eugene Barnes
    Written on June 3, 2019
    "This is one of the best city-building games for Android that you can try out. It has nice graphics, smooth gameplay, and plenty of things to build and manage in your very own city."
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    Township is a free-to-play city-building game available on multiple platforms and was developed by Playrix. It is a top choice for some of the best city-building games for Android due to its unique blend of city building aspect as well as a farming simulator.


    Android, Mac, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Beverly Herrera
    Written on June 3, 2019
    "As far as the best city building game for Android is concerned, this is a rather unique one to check out. It takes the good elements of city builder games and mixes them with farming simulation."
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    Megapolis is a city building strategy game created by Social Quantum Ltd. It features realistic-looking buildings and infrastructure as well as a complex implementation of real-world economics. A great choice for a city-building game for Android.


    iOS, Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Kevin Qiu
    Written on June 3, 2019
    "One of the best city building games for Android currently available right now. It's also one of the more serious ones as far as overall gameplay is concerned. It takes a much more complex take on in-game economic elements which I like and learning from."


Did you know that the antecedent to the city-building game genre was a text-based strategy video game where putting up infrastructure wasn’t even a game feature? Hamurabi, spelled as such due to the eight-character limit in older computers, consists of a total of ten rounds where the player, leading an empire as the ancient Babylonian king Hammurabi, manages the kingdom’s grain, gold, and land in an attempt to grow your economy, enabling it to support a larger population all the while battling the occasional plague. The game captured the interest of both players and game creators alike, sparking an influx of expanded versions and similar games wherein every decision made affects the game’s outcome.

Among these aforementioned games is George Blank’s Santa Paravia en Fiumaccio, released in 1978. The game is considered as one of the most notable, as it introduced a wide variety of buildings that a player can construct to improve the city’s progress and development. Most of the elements in a city-building game were taken from Santa Paravia like taxes, infrastructure, natural disasters, population growth and decay, and approval ratings. Features included in these two classic games are what shaped modern city-building games that are popular in today’s market. If you want to play and experience city-building games, it would usually have to be on a PC. Nowadays, it possible to get the same level of quality on mobile as well such is the case with Android. The best city-building games for Android feature little to no difference with their PC counterparts.

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    #4Fallout Shelter

    Fallout Shelter

    Fallout Shelter is a simulation game made by Bethesda Game Studios, makers of Fallout 4 and Skyrim. While not a city-building game per se, it does feature the same gameplay elements and mechanics of the same. This is a game that any Fallout fan should check out.


    Windows, Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Jose Patterson
    Written on June 3, 2019
    "If you're familiar with Bethesda's Fallout series, then, you'll know what to expect here. While it is much smaller in scale compared to other city builder games, the gameplay mechanics are very much the same here and actually works to its advantage thanks to its smaller scale."
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    #5The Simpsons: Tapped Out

    The Simpsons: Tapped Out

    The Simpsons: Tapped Out is a mobile game based on the American animated series The Simpsons. It allows users to create their own version of Springfield using familiar characters and landmarks from the show. It's a game that any fan of the show will enjoy.


    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Jacob Perry
    Written on June 3, 2019
    "If you told that this was an interactive episode of The Simpsons, I would have probably believed you. The transition from the show to the game is seamless. From the art to the overall feel, it's great and should be played to be appreciated."
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    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.

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Nicolás Lozano
    Written on November 24, 2017
    "I love the game and all and ive had for well... god knows how long. The game was perfect up until recently, i cant play the game anymore bc it says there is an update required and when i click "update" it takes me to the store and says play or uninstall. "
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    #7Virtual City Playground: Building Tycoon

    Virtual City Playground: Building Tycoon

    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.


    iOS, Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Howard Banks
    Written on October 21, 2017
    "Lovers of city simulation games rejoice. Virtual City Playground lets you building your dream city as you see fit from the ground up. Limitless number of ways to plan your city and hundreds of hours actual game play."
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    #8City Mania

    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.

    iOS, Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Teresa Carlson
    Written on October 18, 2017
    "This is a super fun app to use your imagination and build a city of your dreams. I have lived in several cities and have enjoyed different parts of each. This app lets me take what I liked best of my previous cities and combine them into this app. I also can apply as many parks as I want and my only limitation is my own imagination. Not only do I get to plan my own city, but having pedestrians and cars be interactive enhanced the real city feel."
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    #9City Island 3

    City Island 3

    City Island 3 is a free mobile game application which is the sequel to the popular city-building game developed by Sparkling Society where you can build and create your own exotic tourist paradise island.


    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Deborah Woods
    Written on July 17, 2018
    "This is one of my favourite games. It is so easy to play not just that i am also able to build and decorate islands. Basically, it is like i own the island and i have to sustain it. "
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    #10Little Big City

    Little Big City
    Little Big City is a free city-builder simulator where you as a major have to make use of all kind of tools and resources to get both your city flourished and your citizens happy. Some offtopic-like minigames are included. *NO LONGER AVAILABLE*

    Lorenzo Gálvez
    Written on July 17, 2018
    "Unfortunately this app is no longer available on Playstore. I had this before on my phone but now i am using a new phone so I tried to download it but yeah it is not there anymore. I remember this game will always take my time whenever I am playing it. "
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    #11Biz Builder Delux

    Biz Builder Delux

    Biz Builder Delux is a business/city building simulation game developed by Kairosoft Co., Ltd. Biz Builder Delux allows players to develop and grow their own virtual business.




    Ethan Perry
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Biz Builder Delux is definitely the best city building games for Android I've come across. It's such an amazing simulation game and I really like the ability to grow my own business. I find myself playing it all the time and find that it stimulates my mind. In fact, I can't wait to play again!"


Best What are the best city building games for Android
1SimCity BuildItGames 20 Free
2TownshipGames 20 Free
3MegapolisGames 19 Free
4Fallout ShelterGames 13 Free
5The Simpsons: Tapped OutGames 13 Free
6DomiNations Games 11 Free
7Virtual City Playground: Building TycoonApps 10 Free
8City ManiaGames 9 Free
9City Island 3Games 8 Free
10Little Big CityGames 4 Paid

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