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Frostpunk (2018)

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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

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Townscaper (2020)

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Instant town building toy


  • city-building
  • sandbox
  • cute
  • experimental
  • grid
  • relaxing
  • base-building
  • building
  • minimalist
  • colony

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Dorfromantik (2021)

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PC Windows Nintendo Switch

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
  • city-building
  • relaxing
  • puzzle
  • strategy
  • tile-matching
  • board-game
  • sandbox
  • turn-based
  • minimalist
  • metroidvania
  • competitive
  • procedural

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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
  • relaxing
  • steampunk
  • resource

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Paragon Pioneers (2022)

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Paragon Pioneers is a city-building idle game in which you discover, conquer and then build on islands to fulfill the needs of your inhabitants. Even with limited time to play you can enjoy this deep simulation game and follow one of the countless ways to optimize your empire.


  • idler
  • city-building
  • colony
  • tutorial
  • management
  • base-building
  • building
  • simulation
  • medieval
  • crafting
  • economy
  • top-down
  • relaxing
  • 2d
  • resource-management

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Cities: Skylines (2015)

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PC Windows Mac OS Linux Xbox One Playstation 4 stadia

Cities: Skylines is a modern take on the classic city simulation. 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.


  • city-building
  • simulation

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Pocket City (2018)

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IOS iPhone Android PC Windows Mac OS

A casual city building game. Become the mayor and create your own metropolis! Create residential, commercial, and industrial zones. Build parks and recreation spots. Respond to crime and disasters. Watch your city come alive!


  • city-building
  • cartoony
  • 2.5d

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ISLANDERS (2019)

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ISLANDERS is a minimalist strategy game about building cities on colorful islands.


  • city-building
  • relaxing
  • minimalist
  • strategy
  • colony
  • beautiful

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Tropico 5 (2014)

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Xbox One IOS iPhone Linux Playstation 4 Xbox 360 PC Windows Mac OS

Return to the remote island nation of Tropico and expand your Dynasty’s reign from the early colonial period to beyond the 21st Century, facing new challenges including advanced trading mechanics, technology and scientific research, as well as cooperative and competitive MULTIPLAYER.


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

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Grow: Song of The Evertree (2021)

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Xbox One PC Windows Nintendo Switch Playstation 4

Grow your own worlds and nurture a deep natural connection with everything they hold. See your actions change the world for better! Bring the Evertree back to life in this breathtaking world-crafting sandbox, with life management and adventure elements.


  • farming
  • city-building
  • simulation
  • wholesome
  • sandbox
  • open-world
  • exploration
  • relaxing
  • cute
  • agriculture
  • management
  • world-crafting
  • life
  • colourful
  • fantasy

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