What are the best city building games for iOS?

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    #1City 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

    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."
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    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.

    iOS, Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    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."
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    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.

    Android, iOS


    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."


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 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.

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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

    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."
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    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.

    Android, iOS, Windows, Mac

    Free- with in-app purchases

    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."
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    #6Virtual City 2: Paradise Resort

    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.

    iOS, Android

    Free- with in-app purchases

    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. "
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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

    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."
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    #8Venture Towns

    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.


    Android, iOS


    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!"
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    #9Virtual City

    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.


    $4.99- with in-app purchases

    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."
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    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.



    $0.99- with in-app purchases

    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!"
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    #11Virtual City 2: Paradise Resort HD

    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.



    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!"
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    #12Pixel People

    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.



    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."


Best What are the best city building games for iOS
1City ManiaGames 23 Free
2MegapolisGames 21 Free
3RebuildGames 19 Paid
4DomiNations Games 18 Free
5SimCityGames 17 Free
6Virtual City 2: Paradise ResortGames 15 Free
7Virtual City Playground: Building TycoonApps 12 Free
8Venture TownsGames 11 Paid
9Virtual CityGames 7 Paid
10MegaCityGames 7 Paid

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