5 Best City Building Games of the 2010s (& 5 Best Simulation Games)

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City building games are one of the most unique genres of gaming, and not everyone gets addicted to them.

This particular genre in the gaming industry has a cult following. It allows players to create a mega-city of their dreams from scratch.

It is a genre of game centered on building a sprawling colony and managing it.

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City-building titles make users feel like gods as they plot a metropolis in the middle of an infinitely expandable space just for fun. Over the past decade, a few developers have done a fabulous job creating the perfect city building game that everyone dreams of, as seen below.


Five amazing city building games to try

1) Sim City (2013)

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SimCity is a massive online multiplayer simulation game published by EA Arts. It is the fourth major installment in the SimCity series, with the previous SimCity title being released ten years ago in 2003.

The SimCity franchise is one of the oldest city-building game franchises in the world. The first title was launched in 1989, and the series has since pioneered the genre.

Along with a substantial change in 3D graphics, SimCity brought many more welcome changes than previous games. For example, it had a Google Maps-inspired user interface, making it easier to navigate, unlike previous editions of SimCity.

Roads were once again an essential part of SimCity. Unlike previous titles, they carried tons of lifelines such as power, sewer, and water.

Moreover, almost all resources were limited. This added an extra layer of strategy that players had to take care of to expand their cities.


2) Cities: horizons (2015)

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Co-developed by Paradox Interactive and Colossal Order in 2015, Cities: Skylines has become the number one city building game in just seven years.

It was able to offer users what SimCity failed to offer. Cities: Skylines offered them the possibility of extending their cities to infinity and protecting them against natural calamities.

Cities: Skylines also introduced many new elements to the game in the form of challenges and trials to overcome, which made it an exciting city building title.

There were no barriers and players could build any customizable building they wanted, only limited by their imagination. No wonder Cities: Skylines has become the flagship city building game of this generation and is still played by millions of people every day.


3) The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom (2010)

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The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom is a unique game that combines city-building elements and real-time strategy games. It borrows mechanics from the Civilization series, where users had to pick a faction or society and try to make it the most successful of them all.

The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom takes place in a medieval world. The ultimate goal was to make the colony an empire through military actions, diplomacy, development activities and many other means.

The combined elements of city building and real-time strategy made this a gem of a city building game.


4) Cities XL (2012)

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When CitiesXL was first released in 2012, it was applauded for the game’s ambition. At first glance, it seemed like a simple city-building game, but it also had a multiplayer component.

This allowed players to interact with each other online. Each player had their own unique city and could trade resources between them.

Unfortunately, the franchise has removed the online multiplayer component from the game. Although CitiesXL is currently only a single-player city-building game, it still offers plenty of reasons for users to keep coming back for more.


5) Banished (2014)

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Developed by Shining Light Software in 2014, Banished is yet another spectacularly huge city building game. It stands out from the rest of its competitors in two ways. First of all, the entire game was designed by a single game developer named Luke Hodorowicz.

Second, the title’s mechanics are far more complex than any other city-building game, enough to keep players engaged for hours as they attempt to turn their small village into a thriving megacity.

In Banished, as they progress from a simple hamlet to a full-fledged town, the title’s priorities also change from collecting the right resources to expanding, managing resources, and trading with others. cities.

Overall, this gives players enough engagement to keep playing for several days. As a result, this city building game still gets great reviews from the gaming community even though eight years have passed since its launch.


Five great simulation games to try

Although all city building games can be grouped under the category of simulation games, not all simulation games are city building games. Here’s a list of some of the best simulation games of the last decade that aren’t city-building games.

1) The Sims 4 (2014)

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Developed by Maxis Studios and published by EA Sports, The Sims is probably the best-known simulation game franchise. It is a series of social simulation titles where players have to create their unique characters and act out that character’s life in a fictional town.

The first Sims title was released in 2000, and the franchise dominated the simulation genre for the next decade. After successfully launching three Sims titles between 2000 and 2010, the franchise released its fourth installment, The Sims 4, in 2014.

It broke all previous records by becoming the best-selling game in the franchise, with over 20 million copies sold. Unlike previous Sims offerings, The Sims 4 focused more on improving character creation, including new emotions and personality traits.

On top of that, Sims 4 offers deeper exploration of the game and more comprehensive character story building.

The Sims 4 has over 12 paid and free expansion packs. Moreover, it has launched numerous free updates throughout its lifecycle, the latest being The Sims 4: High School Years released last month in July 2022.


2) Stardew Valley (2016)

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Stardew Valley is a unique role-playing simulation game in which users take charge of a dilapidated farmhouse left behind by their deceased grandfather. It’s a fun and easy to play simulation title about farming in a world called Stardew Valley.

It was particularly well received due to its simple gameplay mechanics and diverse engagements available in the open world. The atmosphere of the game is also very heartwarming and relaxing.

Stardew Valley offers players plenty of activities to do from mining, fishing, crafting, and fighting monsters, to making friends with others. It features something or the other to keep everyone coming back for more.


3) Euro Truck Simulator 2 (2012)

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Developed and published by Microsoft Windows, Euro Truck Simulator 2, as the name suggests, is a one-of-a-kind truck simulation game where players have to drive in a vast open world inspired by the real landscape of Europe. It offers seven licensed truck brands and over 15 unique truck models.

Euro Truck Simulator 2 allows players to become king of the roads in Europe as they travel vast distances across Spain, France, UK and many other parts of the continent to deliver heavy goods and trucks. essential goods.

The open world is dramatically designed to give users the most accurate experience of driving a truck across Europe. Originally released in 2012, it beat many other simulation titles in terms of map beauty and precise driving mechanics.

As a result, the game is still played by millions of people around the world.


4) Microsoft Flight Simulator X (2014)

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Microsoft Flight Simulator is a free PC game developed by Microsoft to provide players with the most realistic flight simulation experience. It’s one of the oldest simulation game franchises, with a legacy of flight simulation games dating back 39 years.

Since then, Microsoft has launched several editions of its airplane flight simulation title. If anyone is wondering if Microsoft’s Flight Simulator is good enough to teach users the basics of flying an airplane, the answer to the question is yes. They can check out this 2014 version for proof.


5) Kerbel Space Program (2011)

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Kerbel Space Program is the perfect simulation game for those who enjoy exploring space and colonizing a new world while maintaining real-time flight simulation. Developed by Intercept Games in 2011, it took the gaming world by storm when it was first released.

The Kerbal Space Program made the world realize what they lacked in the real-time flight simulation genre. The title allows players to hone their piloting skills in a sandbox environment with precise propulsion methods and various surface building modules.

In 2020, Intercept Games announced that it would launch the second edition of Kerbel Space Program by the end of 2021. However, the launch was delayed and loyal fans of this simulation game now have to wait until 2023.

Note: This article is subjective and reflects the opinion of the author.


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