The Best Construction simulation Games

Update : Prison Architect 2 added at rank #23.
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Klondike Adventures (2018)

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IOS iPhone Android

The wild lands of Alaska hide many thrilling adventures. Build the world of your dreams and enjoy your Gold Rush city and farm. Every corner of your small northern town and the whole game world is packed with wonders of nature and history.


  • diplomacy
  • grand-strategy
  • turn-based
  • wargame
  • immersive
  • 4x
  • simulation
  • strategy
  • cooperative
  • military
  • farming
  • character
  • adventure-savvy
  • construction
  • real-time

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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

3

Nefertari: Journey to Eternity (2018)

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PC Windows HTC Vive

For the first time ever, step inside Nefertari's tomb and immerse yourself in the story of its art, history, construction, and mythology through interactive elements.

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  • simulation
  • mythology
  • vr
  • construction
  • interactive

4

Production Line (2017)

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PC Windows

Production line is the new car factory management/simulation/tycoon game that pushes your organisational and entrepreneurship skills to the limit. Can you build the ultimate optimised, free-flowing car production line whilst beating the competition and still turn a profit?


  • management
  • automation
  • simulation
  • economy
  • base-building
  • sandbox
  • building
  • development
  • resource-management
  • construction
  • overlay
  • strategy
  • moddable
  • isometric

5

Dwarf Fortress (2022)

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PC Windows IOS iPhone Linux

Dwarf Fortress is an incredibly detailed, complex game where you help a colony of dwarves build a settlement by carving out bedrooms, dining halls and other necessary structures from the side of a mountain. You don't control individual dwarves but instead provide instructions for them to follow, with each dwarf having their own needs and wants that you become familiar with as you play.

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What we like:
  • Robust mouse support
  • New tutorial to help new players understand menus
  • Complex web of characters and relationships
  • Simulated world is full of surprises both big and small
  • Ability to create artifacts and engravings that tell stories
What could be improved:
  • Inscrutability can be off-putting for those expecting a more streamlined experience
  • Convoluted user interface can make it difficult to figure out what is even possible in the game or how to access the different menus

  • simulation
  • dwarf
  • management
  • colony
  • construction
  • simulated
  • tile
  • fantasy
  • survival
  • procedural
  • moddable
  • pixel
  • resource-management
  • base-building
  • city-building

6

Bridge Constructor Portal (2017)

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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

Tropico 6 (2019)

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IOS iPhone Linux Mac OS PC Windows Xbox One

Tropico 6 is a city-building game that offers an engaging mix of elements such as ruling your own island dictatorship, sandbox mode with customizable goals, missions, and easy controller support. You can be a big picture person and make decisions that impact the entire island or get into the minute details of urban planning.


What we like:
  • Engaging mix of elements
  • Sandbox mode with customizable goals
  • Missions
  • Easy controller support:No need for mouse and keyboard or touchscreen
What could be improved:
  • Minor performance issues

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

8

Animal Crossing: New Horizons (2020)

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Nintendo Switch

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the ultimate game for those who like to potter, or those addicted to the grind. With a new DIY system that adds some Minecraft-like ideas, Nook Miles system for direction and rewards and the ability to invite real-world friends over to trade fruit, this game has it all.

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What we like:
  • Landforming & crafting mechanics revolutionise the experience
  • Vibrant island setting works beautifully
  • Soothing world
  • Beautiful welcoming game that is everything you want it to be
What could be improved:
  • Random islands can be disappointing

  • crafting
  • simulation
  • real-time
  • online
  • card
  • inventory
  • local
  • construction
  • cute
  • relaxing
  • customization
  • multiplayer

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Tropico 3 (2009)

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IOS iPhoneos Mac OS Xbox 360 PC Windows

Become the dictator of a remote island during the Cold War. Charm, persuade, intimidate, oppress, or cheat your people to stay in power! Are you a kind and generous leader? A corrupt and ruthless tyrant ruling with an iron fist?


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

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Constructor Plus (2019)

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PC Windows Xbox One Playstation 4 Nintendo Switch

Constructor Plus is a building simulation game where you design cities, manage tenants, and sabotage other developers. With 147 buildings, 65 city scenarios, and a humorous British atmosphere, this game offers plenty of content and entertainment. The game combines RTS and city-building genres, adding fun gameplay hours. Although the game has steep learning curves and limited freedom in missions, Constructor Plus is a well-constructed sim that's worth the entry price.


What we like:
  • Plenty of content and gameplay hours
  • Campaign mode with narration and additional missions added
  • Fun and unique mix of RTS and city-building genres
  • Humorous and charming British cultural atmosphere
  • The game has been improved and polished in Constructor Plus release
What could be improved:
  • Buildings are difficult to build and a lot of micro-management is needed
  • Missions have strict time limits and limited player freedom

  • simulation
  • building
  • management
  • construction
  • city-building
  • city-dwelling
  • strategy
  • well-constructed
  • classic
  • buildings
  • space
  • online
  • comedy

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