What are the best city building games on Steam?

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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.

    Windows, Mac, Xbox One, PlayStation 4


    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."
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    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.



    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."
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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.



    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."


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.


    Windows, Mac, Android, iOS


    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!"
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    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.

    Windows, Mac


    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."
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    #6Rise of Nations

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



    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! "
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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.

    Mac, Windows


    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."
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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.

    Windows, Mac, Xbox One, Linux, PlayStation 4


    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. "
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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.




    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. "
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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.



    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."


Best What are the best city building games on Steam
1Cities: SkylinesGames 24 Paid
2BanishedGames 20 Paid
3Age of Empires IIIGames 12 Paid
4Rebuild 3: Gangs of DeadsvilleGames 8 Paid
5NorthgardGames 7 Paid
6Rise of NationsGames 7 Paid
7Concrete JungleGames 6 Paid
8Tropico 5Games 5 Paid
9Age of Empires II HDGames 3 Paid
10Stronghold Crusader HDGames 2 Paid

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