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Frostpunk (2018)

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PC Windows Mac OS Android Xbox One

Frostpunk is the first society survival game. As the ruler of the last city on Earth, it is your duty to manage both its citizens and infrastructure. What decisions will you make to ensure your society's survival? What will you do when pushed to breaking point? Who will you become in the process?


  • city-building
  • survival
  • steampunk
  • resource
  • resource-management
  • management
  • strategy

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Surviving Mars (2018)

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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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Cities: Skylines (2015)

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Playstation 4 Xbox One Linux Mac OS PC Windows

Cities: Skylines is a modern take on the classic city simulation genre. The game introduces new game play elements to realize the thrill and hardships of creating and maintaining a real city whilst expanding on some well-established tropes of the city building experience. From the makers of the Cities in Motion franchise, the game boasts a fully realized transport system. It also includes the ability to mod the game to suit your play style as a fine counter balance to the layered and challenging simulation. You're only limited by your imagination, so take control and reach for the sky!


  • city-building
  • simulation
  • building
  • management
  • education
  • economy
  • farming
  • grid
  • crime
  • sandbox

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Townscaper (2020)

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Instant town building toy


  • city-building
  • building
  • cozy
  • grid
  • experimental
  • relaxing
  • cute
  • sandbox
  • procedural
  • illustration
  • buildings
  • design
  • colourful
  • balcony
  • non-creative

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Airborne Kingdom (2020)

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The sky city builder awaits. Create your own flying kingdom and lead it on a quest across an expansive world. Explore the varied landscape, build up a floating metropolis, aid struggling people below, uncover lost secrets and, ultimately, bring back the Airborne Kingdom legend.


  • city-building
  • resource
  • relaxing

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Per Aspera (2020)

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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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Dorfromantik (2022)

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Nintendo Switch PC Windows

Dorfromantik is a peaceful building strategy and puzzle game where you create a beautiful and ever-growing village landscape by placing tiles. Explore a variety of colorful biomes, discover and unlock new tiles and complete quests to fill your world with life!


  • tile
  • relaxing
  • city-building
  • puzzle
  • strategy
  • turn-based
  • board-game
  • minimalist

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Actraiser Renaissance (2021)

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Nintendo Switch PC Windows Playstation 4 IOS iPhone Android snes mobile phone

Heaven, earth and mankind - Create and destroy everything according to your will! Experience the revival of the '90s classic hit "Actraiser"


  • city-building
  • platform
  • remake
  • simulation
  • side-scrolling
  • action
  • 2d
  • tower-defense
  • boss
  • strategy
  • rpg
  • real-time
  • hack-and-slash
  • scrolling
  • defence

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Tropico 6 (2019)

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The game is tongue-in-cheek in its presentation of semi-democratic banana republics, using a great deal of humor while still referencing such topics as totalitarianism, electoral fraud, and the interventions of powerful companies (United Fruit is implied) and the Cold War superpowers (the United States and Soviet Union).


  • simulation
  • economy
  • city-building
  • political
  • sandbox
  • management
  • strategy
  • construction
  • politics
  • military
  • buildings

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Dice Legacy (2021)

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PC Windows Nintendo Switch

Dice Legacy is a dice-based survival city builder set on a mysterious ringworld. Your ship has reached the shore of an uncharted continent. Roll and use your dice to gather resources, expand and defend your settlement, survive the winter and interact with the strange inhabitants of this eerie world.


  • city-building
  • rogue-like
  • dice
  • real-time
  • strategy
  • colony
  • survival
  • board-game
  • resource-management

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