The Best Construction Games

Update : Prison Architect 2 added at rank #1.
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Prison Architect 2 (2024)

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Android

Design and develop your own personalized penitentiary in Prison Architect 2. The classic prison-builder has broken out into 3D, and it's up to you to contain it!


  • simulation
  • sandbox
  • management
  • construction
  • building
  • strategy
  • top-down
  • economy
  • base-building
  • real-time
  • dog

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Factorio (2016)

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Linux Nintendo Switch Mac OS PC Windows

Factorio is an absorbing factory management game. You play the role of a handy person who needs to build a rocket and craft almost anything with little more than spit and elbow grease. Automation is the key to success as you establish production chains and assembly lines to make sure all the hard work is done for you.


What we like:
  • Complex puzzle-solving
  • Open-ended gameplay
  • Automation mechanics
  • Creative assembly lines
  • Captivating story
What could be improved:
  • Tedious combat
  • Limited environmental resources
  • Environmental consequences of mass manufacturing

  • management
  • construction
  • automation
  • trains
  • robots
  • base-building
  • simulation
  • crafting
  • sandbox
  • empire
  • resource-management
  • multiplayer
  • cooperative
  • resource
  • aliens

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Construction Simulator 4 (2024)

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Nintendo Switch IOS iPhone Android

Construction Simulator returns to mobile devices. Explore three large areas within a map never before seen in the Construction Simulator series. 80+ vehicles, machines, and attachments from 20+ license partners. Original map, inspired by the Canadian landscape. Multiplayer mode for 2 players.

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  • construction
  • truck
  • vehicle
  • concrete
  • driving

4

TerraTech (2018)

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PC Windows Nintendo Switch Playstation 4 Xbox One Mac OS Linux

TerraTech is the perfect game for creative kids who love to build their own vehicles and explore a randomly generated world. Construct powerful machines, bases, and weapons to defend against rival miners, gather resources, and improve your standing with the Mining Corporations. Explore treacherous mountain ranges, luscious grasslands, and huge deserts while building and creating your own unique style. The gameplay is fun and intuitive, and the simplistic graphics don't require high-end hardware.


What we like:
  • Fun and intuitive gameplay
  • Creative freedom with lots of room for your own style
  • Enticing game with interesting mechanics
  • Simplistic graphics don't require high-end hardware
  • Provides a unique and addictive experience
What could be improved:
  • Feels empty with repetitive fetch quests
  • Lack of big updates
  • Multiplayer needs a lot of work

  • sandbox
  • building
  • crafting
  • open-world
  • construction
  • vehicle
  • survival
  • robots
  • physics
  • early-access
  • exploration
  • funny-looking
  • online
  • vehicles

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Gnomes Garden 5: Halloween (2023)

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Playstation 4 Mac OS PC Windows IOS iPhone Android Xbox One

Gnomes Garden: Halloween — get ready for mysterious adventures! Help the princess lift the curse and find her missing uncle!


  • strategy
  • time-management
  • construction
  • casual
  • ogre
  • city-building
  • management
  • zombies
  • goblin
  • fantasy
  • long-running
  • puzzle
  • clicker
  • resource-management

6

Bridge Constructor Portal (2017)

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IOS iPhone Android Linux Mac OS PC Windows Xbox One Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch

Take on the role of a tester at the Aperture Science Enrichment Center and help guide the little stick folk - Bendies - in their vehicles from their starting point to the nearby exit. Use scaffold planks, strong cables and triangles to create an appropriate structure for them to traverse each test chamber. Enjoy GLaDOS' dark humour as she guides you through your missions!


What we like:
  • Authentic feel with Ellen McLain's voiceover
  • Fun and challenging puzzles
  • Easy-to-use controls
  • In-game handbook of best practices for constructing structures
  • No punishment or limit to money spent on materials
What could be improved:
  • Limited list of different materials available
  • Not much variety between levels

  • physics
  • puzzle
  • construction
  • vehicle
  • simulation
  • building
  • challenging
  • bridge-building

7

Watch DogsA: Legion (2023)

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PC Windows

Build a resistance as you fight to take back a near-future London facing its downfall. Welcome to the Resistance.

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  • open-world
  • construction
  • stealth
  • dystopian
  • driving
  • military
  • political
  • skill
  • narrative

8

When Ski Lifts Go Wrong (2019)

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Nintendo Switch Mac OS PC Windows

Ride into a hilarious construction puzzler; packed with over 100 creative physics-based challenges, sports and bloody disasters! Build contraptions to help every passenger reach their destination. Enjoy the sports by controlling your riders away from (or towards if you feel like it) peril!


  • building
  • construction
  • physics
  • skiing
  • simulation
  • sandbox
  • editor
  • level
  • sport
  • management
  • puzzle
  • funny

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Goosebumps Horror Town (2018)

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IOS iPhone Android

Lizzy visited Horrorland with her family in the past and hardly survived it. This time Lizzy is persuaded and escorted by Derek & Margo Strange, two presenters of “The Strange Report”.

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  • simulation
  • never-ending
  • horror
  • build
  • construction
  • book
  • city-building
  • buildings
  • in-depth
  • squad
  • inventory
  • zombies
  • strategy
  • mystery
  • survival

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Build a Bridge! (2017)

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Nintendo Switch Android Xbox One Xbox 360

Test your engineering and improvisation skills in a puzzle game where the stakes are as high as they get. Game features: - Different materials to build from - Wood, Metal, Cables - 36 levels of increasingly difficult puzzles - Varied, detailed environments full of interactive elements - Multiple cars to test out your constructions - Realistic physics engine - Beautiful, stylised art style - Available in 13 languages

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  • construction
  • puzzle
  • simulation
  • 2d
  • physics
  • interactive
  • skill

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