Best City Builder Games on Steam

Steam currently has 1,683 City Builder 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. City Builder game rankings were last updated on 5/27/2024.

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1. 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 holds the #1 spot for "best City Builder game on Steam" with a Player Score of 97. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 186,951 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 183,288 positive reviews and 3,663 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

2. 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 #2 spot for the best City Builder games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 78,910 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 77,092 positive reviews and 1,818 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 1/21/2021
Developer Youthcat Studio
Publisher Gamera Games
Steam App Id 1366540

3. 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 #3 spot for the best City Builder games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 179,349 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 174,254 positive reviews and 5,095 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

4. Stronghold Crusader HD

The highly anticipated sequel to the best-selling Stronghold, Stronghold Crusader HD throws you into historic battles and castle sieges from the Crusades with fiendish AI opponents, new units, 4 historical campaigns and over 100 unique skirmish missions.

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Stronghold Crusader HD has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #4 spot for the best City Builder games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 17,808 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 17,373 positive reviews and 435 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 Stronghold Crusader HD on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $9.99
Release Date 10/21/2013
Franchise Firefly Studios
Developer FireFly Studios
Publisher FireFly Studios
Steam App Id 40970

5. Dorfromantik

Dorfromantik is a peaceful building strategy and puzzle game where you create a beautiful and ever-growing village landscape by placing tiles. Explore a variety of colorful biomes, discover and unlock new tiles and complete quests to fill your world with life!

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Dorfromantik has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #5 spot for the best City Builder games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 25,721 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 24,853 positive reviews and 868 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $13.99 to play and can be played and ran on Windows systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $13.99
Release Date 4/28/2022
Developer Toukana Interactive
Publisher Toukana Interactive
Steam App Id 1455840

6. Age of Empires II (Retired)

Age of Empires II has been re-imagined in high definition. With the release of Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition, this product will not be updated further.

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Age of Empires II (Retired) has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #6 spot for the best City Builder games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 99,523 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 95,301 positive reviews and 4,222 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. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $19.99
Release Date 4/9/2013
Franchise Age of Empires Franchise
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Publisher Xbox Game Studios
Steam App Id 221380

7. Stacklands

Stacklands is a village builder where you stack cards to collect food, build structures, and fight creatures. 🃏 For example, dragging a Villager card on top of a Berry Bush card will spawn Berry cards which the villagers can eat to survive. 🃏 Play your cards right and expand your village!

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Stacklands has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #7 spot for the best City Builder games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 23,274 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 22,478 positive reviews and 796 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $7.99 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Mac systems. Valve has also verified it as playable on the Steam Deck and will run well.

Steam Price $7.99
Release Date 4/8/2022
Franchise sokpop
Developer Sokpop Collective
Publisher Sokpop Collective
Steam App Id 1948280

8. Thronefall

A minimalist game about building and defending your little kingdom.

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Thronefall has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #8 spot for the best City Builder games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 13,257 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 12,850 positive reviews and 407 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

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

Steam Price $9.99
Release Date 8/2/2023
Developer GrizzlyGames
Publisher GrizzlyGames
Steam App Id 2239150

9. Kenshi

A free-roaming squad based RPG. Focusing on open-ended sandbox gameplay features rather than a linear story. Be a trader, a thief, a rebel, a warlord, an adventurer, a farmer, a slave, or just food for the cannibals. Train your men up from puny victims to master warriors.

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Kenshi has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #9 spot for the best City Builder games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 83,573 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 79,630 positive reviews and 3,943 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 Kenshi on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $29.99
Release Date 12/6/2018
Developer Lo-Fi Games
Publisher Lo-Fi Games
Steam App Id 233860

10. Mini Motorways

Mini Motorways is a strategy simulation game about designing the road map for a growing city. Build a traffic network, one road at a time, to create a bustling metropolis. Redesign your roads and place your motorways to get everyone where they need to go. How long can you keep the city moving?

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Mini Motorways has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #10 spot for the best City Builder games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 19,044 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 18,287 positive reviews and 757 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

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

Steam Price $9.99
Release Date 7/20/2021
Developer Dinosaur Polo Club
Publisher Dinosaur Polo Club
Steam App Id 1127500

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94
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94
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93
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93
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  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 25). Thronefall on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 23). Kenshi on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 27). Mini Motorways on Steam. Steam Store.

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