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City Builder

Category Tier-3 Genre

Top 150 best Steam games of all time tagged with City Builder, according to gamer reviews.

Rank, title, date, tags, platforms and price Score Rating
8.47
95% 85,364 votes
8.40
96% 20,283 votes
8.36
98% 2,796 votes
8.35
95% 25,256 votes
8.30
95% 15,701 votes
8.04
90% 41,356 votes
7.83
88% 14,990 votes
7.80
94% 369 votes
7.79
92% 951 votes
7.72
91% 1,023 votes
7.71
91% 727 votes
7.70
88% 4,451 votes
7.64
94% 203 votes

Correlated tags

Correlation is how often another tag appears together with this tag. If one in every five games tagged with City Builder is also tagged with a correlated tag, the correlated tag has 20% correlation. 100% correlation means the pair of tags always appear together.

Tags most frequently applied to the same games as City Builder, with at least 15% correlation.

  1. Strategy 76%
  2. Simulation 72%
  3. Building 66%
  4. Singleplayer 51%
  5. Management 49%
  6. Casual 44%
  7. Base Building 40%
  8. Sandbox 36%
  9. Resource Management 36%
  10. Indie 36%
  11. Economy 33%
  12. 3D 30%
  13. Colony Sim 29%
  14. 2D 28%
  15. Colorful 24%
  16. Relaxing 21%
  17. Cute 21%
  18. Survival 20%
  19. Early Access 19%
  20. RTS 19%
  21. Crafting 18%
  22. Top-Down 17%
  23. Exploration 17%
  24. Medieval 16%
  25. Atmospheric 16%
  26. Adventure 15%
  27. Pixel Graphics 15%

The City Builder tag refers to a genre of simulation games that focus on the construction and management of cities or communities. In these games, players assume the role of a mayor, city planner, or urban developer and are tasked with creating and overseeing the growth and development of a virtual city.

The main gameplay elements in city builder games typically involve:

  • City Planning Players must strategically lay out roads, residential areas, commercial districts, industrial zones, and other key structures to optimize the functioning and aesthetics of their cities.
  • Resource Management Efficiently managing resources such as budget finances, electricity, water supply, waste disposal systems, transportation networks, and public services is crucial for ensuring the well-being and growth of the city.
  • Economic Development Players often have to stimulate economic activity by attracting businesses, developing industries or tourism sectors. They may also need to set tax rates or establish trade relations with neighboring cities.
  • Social Welfare Meeting the needs of citizens is another key aspect. Building schools, hospitals/clinics, parks/recreational facilities is essential for maintaining a happy population.
  • Policies Many city builder games allow players to implement various policies that affect different aspects - from zoning regulations (residential vs commercial) to public transportation regulations.
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The success or failure in these games depends on balancing all these elements while facing challenges like natural disasters (e.g., earthquakes) or managing unforeseen events that impact the well-being of citizens.

Some popular examples of City Builder games include:

  • SimCity The series that popularized the genre and still remains iconic, allowing players to design, build, and manage their own cities. In SimCity 4 or Skylines editions, players can micromanage almost every aspect of the city.
  • Cities: Skylines This game has been praised for its detailed city-building mechanics, extensive mod support and community-created content.
  • Tropico Series These games are unique in that they focus on building and managing a tropical island nation as its dictator. Players have to balance economic development with political power in order to keep their citizens happy while also surviving various geopolitical challenges.

City builder games offer an immersive experience that appeals to those who enjoy strategic planning, resource management, and the satisfaction of seeing a thriving virtual city grow under their guidance.

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