The Best City-building Games for Xbox Series X

Update : SteamWorld Build added at rank #3.
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Townscaper (2020)

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PC Windows Nintendo Switch Android Xbox One Xbox Series X IOS iPhone Mac OS

Townscaper is a relaxing and creative town-builder game that lets you design your own picturesque floating towns with ease. With its colorful blocks and shapes that you can mix and match, you can create your dream villages whether you’re fidgeting or multitasking. The absence of missions or objectives allows you to immerse yourself fully in your creative flow and design your perfect idyllic town in no time. Get Townscaper for a soothing and creative gaming experience!


What we like:
  • Simple mechanics
  • Stress-free
  • Perfect for fidgeting
What could be improved:
  • Limited building tools and updates
  • Lack of variety in buildings and structures
  • Unsymmetrical grid pattern
  • No greenery except in enclosed areas
  • Building larger structures can be tedious

  • city-building
  • experimental
  • sandbox
  • short
  • cute
  • minimalist
  • building
  • grid
  • procedural
  • nature
  • relaxing
  • family-friendly
  • stylized
  • colourful

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Airborne Kingdom (2020)

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Xbox One Xbox Series X Mac OS PC Windows Playstation 5 Nintendo Switch Playstation 4

Airborne Kingdom is a strategy simulator game that presents a unique concept of relocating a civilization to the skies. The game has a mysterious set up and setting, which intrigues and immerses the player in a vibrant and alive game world with organic world building and lore. Manage your air kingdom as you move to discover new resources, all while making sure your residents are happy, and enjoy the immersive experience of this visually stunning game world.


What we like:
  • Innovative mechanics
  • Beautiful visuals
  • Compelling gameplay
  • Relaxing and meditative
  • Ear-worm soundtrack
What could be improved:
  • Lack of replay value & short gameplay time
  • Limited depth in city development
  • Slow progression
  • High price for amount of content

  • city-building
  • relaxing
  • steampunk
  • resource

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SteamWorld Build (2023)

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Nintendo Switch Xbox Series X Xbox One Playstation 5 Playstation 4 PC Windows Xbox Series X/s

Break ground on a new frontier as the planet dies around you! Dig deep and build wide to excavate long-lost spacefaring technology, while ensuring everyone has the vital water, fuel and creature comforts they need! Do you have what it takes to reach the final frontier?


  • city-building
  • management
  • robots
  • steampunk
  • economy

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Cities: Skylines (2015)

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PC Windows Xbox Series X Playstation 5 stadia Playstation 4 Xbox One Linux Mac OS

Build and maintain your own city with Cities: Skylines, where you must balance essential requirements like education, electricity, and healthcare while navigating your city's real economy system. With extensive traffic, district, and policy simulations, you have a multi-tiered and challenging environment to master. Customize and share your creations with other city builders. Don't miss out on this modern take on the classic city simulation game!


What we like:
  • Realistic city building simulation
  • Fun to plan, execute, and manage a city
  • Plethora of mods available
  • DLC adds interesting gameplay
  • Can enjoy the game without purchasing DLC
What could be improved:
  • Vanilla game is very basic

  • city-building
  • simulation

5

Kingdoms and Castles (2017)

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Linux Xbox Series X Xbox One PC Windows Mac OS

Kingdoms and Castles is a city-building simulation game about growing a kingdom from a tiny hamlet to a sprawling city and imposing castle. Make trade agreements, alliance, and war with neighboring AI controlled kingdoms. Each villager and resource is individually simulated.


  • city-building
  • colony
  • simulation
  • medieval
  • strategy
  • farming
  • management

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Before We Leave (2020)

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PC Windows Xbox One Xbox Series X Playstation 5 Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch Mac OS

Before We Leave is a city-building game set in a post-apocalyptic world where you can grow your own civilization across various islands and planets. The game's atmosphere is calming and relaxed, and the music matches the gameplay perfectly. There are no violent elements, and you can grow your society at your own pace. With a good mix of resource management and logistics, the game is enjoyable for players who want a peaceful way to spend their time.


What we like:
  • Well-paced tutorial
  • Cute and relaxing game style
  • Variety of progression and resources
  • Good logistics challenge
  • Smart Shipping makes trading easier
What could be improved:
  • Limited tech tree depth
  • Population growth doesn't add value
  • Lack of equalization across planets
  • Game-breaking bug in late trading

  • city-building
  • 4x
  • resource
  • resource-management
  • hex

7

Urbek City Builder (2022)

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Urbek is a city building game where you can build your own neighbourhoods: from nightlife district to industrial district. Don't exhaust your natural resources before you have an educated population to build more efficient structures.


  • city-building
  • voxel
  • agriculture
  • building
  • resource-management
  • simulation
  • modern
  • management
  • economy
  • procedural
  • political
  • sandbox
  • minimalist
  • replay-value
  • family-friendly

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Endzone - A World Apart (2020)

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PC Windows Xbox One Xbox Series X Playstation 5 Playstation 4

Endzone - A World Apart is a post-apocalyptic city-building game that challenges you to rebuild society in a radioactive wasteland. With an extensive tutorial, you'll navigate challenging environmental effects, manage resources, and make meaningful decisions to ensure the survival of your people. The game will test your survival skills and requires strategic placement of buildings and resource monitoring. While a steep learning curve may hinder some players, the game offers hours of enjoyable content and a great sense of accomplishment when your settlement begins to thrive.


What we like:
  • Extensive tutorial for in-depth guidance
  • Challenging environmental effects add immersive gameplay
  • Visually appealing with a trippy soundtrack
  • Trading system sets an example
  • Game mechanics are solid
What could be improved:
  • Poor AI pathing and priorities
  • Unbalanced raiders quickly disrupt game enjoyment
  • Updates are slow with frequent patches needed
  • Building alerts are not prominent

  • city-building
  • post-apocalyptic
  • survival
  • base-building
  • simulation
  • building
  • management
  • simulated
  • resource

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Dice Legacy (2021)

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Nintendo Switch PC Windows Playstation 4 Playstation 5 Xbox One Xbox Series X

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

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The Wandering Village (2022)

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early access Xbox Series X Linux Mac OS PC Windows Xbox Series X/s Xbox One

The Wandering Village is a city-building simulation game on the back of a giant, wandering creature. Build your settlement and form a symbiotic relationship with the colossus. Will you survive together in this hostile, yet beautiful post-apocalyptic world, contaminated by poisonous plants?


  • city-building
  • survival

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