Best Building Games on Steam

Steam currently has 4,251 Building games available to download and play. Explore our list of the best picks ranked by Player Score. Our Player Score rankings are calculated directly from reviews left on the Steam store and will be updated in real-time as more players leave their feedback. Building game rankings were last updated on 5/18/2024.

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1. People Playground

Shoot, stab, burn, poison, tear, vaporise, or crush ragdolls in a large open space.

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People Playground holds the #1 spot for "best Building game on Steam" with a Player Score of 97. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 243,890 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 240,611 positive reviews and 3,279 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $9.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is possible to play People Playground on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $9.99
Release Date 7/23/2019
Developer mestiez
Publisher Studio Minus
Steam App Id 1118200

2. Stardew Valley

You've inherited your grandfather's old farm plot in Stardew Valley. Armed with hand-me-down tools and a few coins, you set out to begin your new life. Can you learn to live off the land and turn these overgrown fields into a thriving home?

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Stardew Valley has achieved a Player Score of 97, placing it in the #2 spot for the best Building games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 707,234 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 695,010 positive reviews and 12,224 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $14.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $14.99
Release Date 2/26/2016
Developer ConcernedApe
Publisher ConcernedApe
Steam App Id 413150

3. Terraria

Dig, fight, explore, build! Nothing is impossible in this action-packed adventure game. Four Pack also available!

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Terraria has achieved a Player Score of 97, placing it in the #3 spot for the best Building games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 1,284,858 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 1,254,360 positive reviews and 30,498 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $9.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $9.99
Release Date 5/16/2011
Developer Re-Logic
Publisher Re-Logic
Steam App Id 105600

4. RimWorld

A sci-fi colony sim driven by an intelligent AI storyteller. Generates stories by simulating psychology, ecology, gunplay, melee combat, climate, biomes, diplomacy, interpersonal relationships, art, medicine, trade, and more.

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RimWorld has achieved a Player Score of 97, placing it in the #4 spot for the best Building games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 186,560 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 182,909 positive reviews and 3,651 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $34.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $34.99
Release Date 10/17/2018
Developer Ludeon Studios
Publisher Ludeon Studios
Steam App Id 294100

5. Dyson Sphere Program

Build the most efficient intergalactic factory in space simulation strategy game Dyson Sphere Program! Harness the power of stars, collect resources, plan and design production lines and develop your interstellar factory from a small space workshop to a galaxy-wide industrial empire.

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Dyson Sphere Program has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #5 spot for the best Building games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 78,827 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 77,013 positive reviews and 1,814 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $19.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Dyson Sphere Program on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $19.99
Release Date 1/20/2021
Developer Youthcat Studio
Publisher Gamera Games
Steam App Id 1366540

6. Garry's Mod

Garry's Mod is a physics sandbox. There aren't any predefined aims or goals. We give you the tools and leave you to play.

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Garry's Mod has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #6 spot for the best Building games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 1,067,095 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 1,032,248 positive reviews and 34,847 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $9.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Garry's Mod on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $9.99
Release Date 11/29/2006
Developer Facepunch Studios
Publisher Valve
Steam App Id 4000

7. tModLoader

Dig, Fight, and Build your way through the world of player-created mods on Terraria with tModLoader - this DLC makes modding Terraria a reality!

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tModLoader has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #7 spot for the best Building games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 248,755 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 241,425 positive reviews and 7,330 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is completely free to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play tModLoader on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Release Date 5/16/2020
Developer TML Team
Publishers
Steam App Id 1281930

8. Factorio

Factorio is a game about building and creating automated factories to produce items of increasing complexity, within an infinite 2D world. Use your imagination to design your factory, combine simple elements into ingenious structures, and finally protect it from the creatures who don't really like you.

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Factorio has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #8 spot for the best Building games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 179,113 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 174,024 positive reviews and 5,089 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $35.00 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $35.00
Release Date 8/14/2020
Developer Wube Software LTD.
Publisher Wube Software LTD.
Steam App Id 427520

9. Satisfactory

Satisfactory is a first-person open-world factory building game with a dash of exploration and combat. Play alone or with friends, explore an alien planet, create multi-story factories, and enter conveyor belt heaven!

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Satisfactory has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #9 spot for the best Building games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 159,793 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 154,963 positive reviews and 4,830 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $29.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Satisfactory on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $29.99
Release Date 6/8/2020
Franchise Coffee Stain
Developer Coffee Stain Studios
Publisher Coffee Stain Publishing
Steam App Id 526870

10. Oxygen Not Included

Oxygen Not Included is a space-colony simulation game. Deep inside an alien space rock your industrious crew will need to master science, overcome strange new lifeforms, and harness incredible space tech to survive, and possibly, thrive.

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Oxygen Not Included has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #10 spot for the best Building games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 114,656 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 110,906 positive reviews and 3,750 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $24.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $24.99
Release Date 7/30/2019
Franchise Klei
Developer Klei Entertainment
Publisher Klei Entertainment
Steam App Id 457140

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7/23/2019
97
$9.99
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54,997
2/26/2016
97
$14.99
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Terraria steam charts
15,570
5/16/2011
97
$9.99
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RimWorld steam charts
18,614
10/17/2018
97
$34.99
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Dyson Sphere Program steam charts
2,654
1/20/2021
96
$19.99
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Garry's Mod steam charts
10,988
11/29/2006
96
$9.99
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tModLoader steam charts
17,441
5/16/2020
96
Free
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Factorio steam charts
7,352
8/14/2020
96
$35.00
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Satisfactory steam charts
4,288
6/8/2020
96
$29.99
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Oxygen Not Included steam charts
7,089
7/30/2019
95
$24.99
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Cookie Clicker steam charts
8,688
9/1/2021
95
$4.99
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Stronghold Crusader HD steam charts
639
10/21/2013
95
$2.99
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Blender steam charts
7,960
4/24/2015
95
Free
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The Forest steam charts
1,607
4/30/2018
95
$19.99
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Mon Bazou steam charts
133
12/16/2021
95
$15.99
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Stacklands steam charts
281
4/8/2022
94
$7.99
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Thronefall steam charts
212
8/2/2023
94
$9.99
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The Planet Crafter steam charts
2,696
4/10/2024
94
$23.99
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Opus Magnum steam charts
23
12/7/2017
94
$19.99
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Outpath: First Journey steam charts
3
12/17/2022
94
Free
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  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 20). Stardew Valley on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 16). Terraria on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 20). RimWorld on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, April 25). Dyson Sphere Program on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 20). Garry's Mod on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 20). tModLoader on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 19). Factorio on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 20). Satisfactory on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 21). Oxygen Not Included on Steam. Steam Store.

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