The Best Base-building colony simulation Games - Page 3

Update : Workers & Resources: Soviet Republic added at rank #27.
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Honey, I Joined a Cult (2022)

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PC Windows

It's time to start working towards that ultimate goal of enlightenment, faith and money…lots and lots of money! Become the ultimate tycoon - create, customise, and manage your own cult whilst listening to funky music. Welcome to Honey, I Joined a Cult!


  • management
  • illuminati
  • simulation
  • cult
  • base-building
  • faith
  • sims
  • comedy
  • resource-management
  • dark
  • colony
  • god-game
  • sandbox
  • building
  • political

22

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
  • mars
  • base-building
  • sandbox
  • resource-management
  • automation
  • management
  • artificial
  • intelligence
  • strategy
  • minimalist
  • sci-fi

23

Offworld Trading Company (2016)

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80
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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

24

Startopia (2001)

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PC Windows

Startopia is a space station management game with near-absolute camera control and a beautiful setting. The graphics are simple but timeless, and managing a bustling station is fulfilling.


What we like:
  • Timeless graphics
  • Fulfilling gameplay
  • Rewarding busywork
  • Beautiful setting
What could be improved:
  • Micromanagement irritations
  • Infrequent resource trading
  • Combat feels like a different game

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

25

Surviving the Aftermath (2020)

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PC Windows Xbox One Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch

Surviving the Aftermath is a post-apocalyptic city building and management simulator that focuses on surviving and thriving in a world ravaged by various disasters. The gameplay loop is addictive, with players constantly micromanaging their colony and working towards long-term goals like unlocking upgrades in the tech tree. Your choices affect the colony's happiness and future, making for an immersive and challenging gaming experience.


What we like:
  • Good variety of starting and difficulty options
  • Interesting story and exploration mechanics
  • Wide variety of buildings and environments
  • Fun hero and exploration system
  • Severely punishing gameplay
What could be improved:
  • Slow pacing in late game
  • No smart road building/pathing
  • Too many unintuitive blocks in tech and resources

  • post-apocalyptic
  • survival
  • simulation
  • management
  • city-building
  • colony
  • base-building
  • building
  • strategy

26

Planetbase (2015)

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Mac OS PC Windows Xbox One Playstation 4

Guide a group of space settlers trying to establish a base on a remote planet. Grow food, collect energy, mine resources, survive disasters and build a self-sufficient colony in a harsh and unforgiving environment.


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

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Workers & Resources: Soviet Republic (2024)

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PC Windows

Build a soviet republic from an impoverished country into a rich industrial superpower in a city builder with intricate production chains and a fully simulated global economy. Manage the lives of your citizens from education to work and party loyalty to criminal activity.


  • grand-strategy
  • city-building
  • colony
  • moddable
  • building
  • simulation
  • 4x
  • base-building
  • sandbox
  • real-time
  • resource-management
  • economy
  • management
  • historical
  • strategy

28

Factory Town (2019)

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Mac OS PC Windows

Dive into Factory Town, a vibrant world where you shape a bustling village into an industrial powerhouse. Master logistics, research technologies, and harness magic to create the ultimate production utopia. With a soothing atmosphere and endless possibilities, you're in control of every conveyor and railway. Turn your creative visions into reality and watch your civilization flourish!


What we like:
  • Deep and complex management
  • Engaging and rewarding gameplay
  • Beautiful, immersive visuals
  • No stressful combat
  • Creative freedom in sandbox mode
What could be improved:
  • Overwhelming tutorial for beginners
  • Potential for repetitive gameplay

  • automation
  • base-building
  • colony
  • resource-management
  • city-building
  • sandbox
  • transportation
  • simulation
  • buildings
  • crafting
  • management
  • moddable
  • editor
  • economy
  • level

29

Catizens (2022)

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early access PC Windows Mac OS

Inspired by RimWorld and The Sims, Catizens is a colony management simulation game where you watch over unique cats with quirky personalities, as you help them build and grow their settlement while exploring new lands, facing off against wildlife and overcoming the challenges of each environment.


  • simulation
  • colony
  • city-building
  • farming
  • building
  • sandbox
  • cats
  • fishing
  • base-building
  • agriculture
  • life
  • character
  • crafting
  • survival
  • management

30

Ixion (2022)

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PC Windows

IXION is a unique and engaging city-building survival game set in space where you manage a space ark while searching for a new hospitable planet. The game's innovative gameplay encourages exploration and introduces external risk factors such as space weather and sentient threats. The graphics and sound design add to the immersion, and the story is presented through unobtrusive recorded dialogue with great performances. With an overall excellent execution, IXION is a must-play for city-building lovers and fans of sci-fi genres.

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What we like:
  • Innovative gameplay that encourages exploration
  • External risk factors add excitement and challenge
  • Graphics and sound design are top-notch
  • Story presented through unobtrusive recorded dialogue with great performances
  • Overall excellent execution.
What could be improved:
  • Some fleet control challenges
  • Sheer amount of tasks, resources and responsibilities may be overwhelming
  • Regular crashes even on an upper mid-tier PC
  • Lack of tutorials may be a deal-breaker for some
  • Hard game, even experienced players may need to bump down the difficulty level.

  • city-building
  • survival
  • management
  • resource-management
  • colony
  • simulation
  • space
  • building
  • base-building
  • exploration

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