The Best Base-building colony simulation Games

Update, : The Wandering Village added at rank #30.
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RimWorld (2018)

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PC Windows Mac OS Linux

A sci-fi colony sim driven by an intelligent AI storyteller. Generates stories by simulating psychology, ecology, gunplay, melee combat, climate, biomes, diplomacy, interpersonal relationships, art, medicine, trade, and more.


  • colony
  • simulation
  • management
  • survival
  • base-building
  • sandbox
  • sci-fi
  • farming

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Per Aspera (2020)

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PC Windows

Make Mars your own! Take control of the world’s most sophisticated AI (AMI) and terraform the surface of the Red Planet for a city-building experience on a planetary scale. Transform this barren world into a lush paradise and explore the surface for any ancient secrets that may be waiting.


  • city-building
  • simulation
  • colony
  • science
  • management
  • base-building
  • mars
  • sandbox
  • resource-management
  • automation
  • artificial
  • intelligence
  • sci-fi
  • minimalist
  • strategy

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Surviving Mars (2018)

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PC Windows Mac OS Linux Playstation 4 Xbox One

There will be challenges to overcome. Execute your strategy and improve your colony’s chances of survival while unlocking the mysteries of this alien world. Are you ready? Mars is waiting for you.


  • city-building
  • simulation
  • mars
  • colony
  • space
  • sci-fi
  • base-building
  • survival
  • resource-management
  • strategy
  • management

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Imagine Earth (2021)

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PC Windows Xbox One Xbox Series X

In this sci-fi strategy sim you build up global civilizations on distant worlds. Harvest resources and produce goods to establish space trade. Form alliances or wage economic warfare to take over competing corporations. Do research to protect your colonists from disasters and avoid a climate crisis.


  • simulation
  • diplomacy
  • colony
  • lore
  • nature
  • city-building
  • grand-strategy
  • science
  • management
  • base-building
  • economy
  • procedural
  • sandbox
  • space
  • resource

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Empires of the Undergrowth (2017)

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early access Linux Mac OS PC Windows

Ant colony management game, in a fast-paced real-time strategy style. The player excavates their nest underground, constructing tunnels and chambers to store food and raise brood. On the surface, the ants claim territory, gather resources, overwhelm fearsome arachnids and clash with other colonies.


  • colony
  • simulation
  • god-game
  • management
  • nature
  • strategy
  • base-building
  • science
  • life
  • city-building
  • documentary
  • real-time
  • resource-management
  • humor
  • dark

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Oxygen Not Included (2019)

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PC Windows Mac OS Linux Android

Oxygen Not Included is a space-colony simulation game. Deep inside an alien space rock your industrious crew will need to master science, overcome strange new lifeforms, and harness incredible space tech to survive, and possibly, thrive.


  • survival
  • simulation
  • colony
  • management
  • base-building
  • resource-management
  • space
  • sandbox

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Offworld Trading Company (2016)

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Mac OS PC Windows

Mars has been colonized, and Earth's corporate titans fight to dominate this new market. Competition is fierce in this fast-paced economic RTS from Civilization IV Lead Designer, Soren Johnson.


  • real-time
  • strategy
  • economy
  • colony
  • resource-management
  • base-building
  • moddable
  • sci-fi
  • cooperative
  • simulation
  • city-building
  • building
  • space
  • futuristic
  • sandbox

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A Planet of Mine (2017)

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IOS iPhone Android PC Windows

A Planet of Mine is a mini procedural 4X. Starting from a single and unique planet, survive, gather and combine resources, develop your technologies and start the conquest of space.


  • 4x
  • colony
  • mining
  • base-building
  • simulation
  • resource-management
  • building
  • god-game
  • minimalist
  • science
  • procedural
  • space
  • sandbox
  • trading
  • resource

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Startopia (2001)

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PC Windows

A once thriving network of space stations and planets have been left lifeless, redundant scars of the apocalypse. Into this age of darkness comes light. You will lead the way in rebuilding the network of space stations to a standard accepted by the individual alien races, attracting them to harness their expertise and research new technologies. Thus begins the hilarious battle of wits and cunning, full of daring escapades.Key Features:Fully functioning alien society, with racial animosity and friendships, crime and punishment, leisure and entertainment, and functioning economy Unique 'Torus' play area gives a viewpoint never before seen in a game 16 habitable subsections spanning three decks in each space station Bio-deck with editable landscape and manageable ecosystem allowing complete control of terra-forming Multiplayer support for up to three other stationmasters Varied levels of play, from simple sandbox to detailed station micromanagement


  • aliens
  • simulation
  • management
  • colony
  • base-building
  • space
  • city-building
  • resource-management
  • strategy
  • sandbox
  • real-time
  • sci-fi
  • god-game
  • multiplayer
  • crime

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Academia: School Simulator (2017)

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Mac OS PC Windows

Design, build, and manage a high school with terrific teachers and fantastic facilities or simply let your students poop in the bushes? Academia : School Simulator is a management/tycoon game where you get to decide!


  • colony
  • capitalism
  • base-building
  • city-building
  • moddable
  • building
  • management
  • sandbox
  • simulation
  • economy
  • education
  • family-friendly
  • top-down
  • colourful
  • 2d

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