Best Economy Games on Steam

Steam currently has 1,857 Economy 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. Economy game rankings were last updated on 5/25/2024.

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1. Euro Truck Simulator 2

Travel across Europe as king of the road, a trucker who delivers important cargo across impressive distances! With dozens of cities to explore, your endurance, skill and speed will all be pushed to their limits.

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Euro Truck Simulator 2 holds the #1 spot for "best Economy game on Steam" with a Player Score of 97. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 726,093 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 708,883 positive reviews and 17,210 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $4.99 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 $4.99
Release Date 10/12/2012
Franchise SCS Software
Developer SCS Software
Publisher SCS Software
Steam App Id 227300

2. Touhou Mystia's Izakaya

A brand new pixel art restaurant simulator based on the Touhou Project! Play as Mystia, the owner of a small izakaya. Collect ingredients by day, cater to the customers by night, learn recipes from familiar characters, and become the best izakaya owner in all of Gensokyo!

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Touhou Mystia's Izakaya has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #2 spot for the best Economy games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 20,632 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 20,356 positive reviews and 276 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $5.99 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 $5.99
Release Date 10/1/2021
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Steam App Id 1584090

3. American Truck Simulator

Experience legendary American trucks and deliver various cargoes across sunny California, sandy Nevada, and the Grand Canyon State of Arizona. American Truck Simulator takes you on a journey through the breathtaking landscapes and widely recognized landmarks around the States.

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American Truck Simulator has achieved a Player Score of 96, placing it in the #3 spot for the best Economy games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 149,704 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 145,114 positive reviews and 4,590 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $4.99 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 $4.99
Release Date 2/2/2016
Franchise SCS Software
Developer SCS Software
Publisher SCS Software
Steam App Id 270880

5. 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 #5 spot for the best Economy 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

6. Sid Meier's Civilization® V

Create, discover, and download new player-created maps, scenarios, interfaces, and more!

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Sid Meier's Civilization® V has achieved a Player Score of 95, placing it in the #6 spot for the best Economy games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 197,547 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 189,943 positive reviews and 7,604 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $7.49 to play and can be played and ran on Windows, Mac, and Linux systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Sid Meier's Civilization® V on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $7.49
Release Date 9/23/2010
Franchise Civilization Franchise
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Steam App Id 8930

7. Sticky Business

Experience the joy of running your own cozy small business: Create stickers, pack orders and hear your customers’ stories. Time to build the cutest shop on the internet!

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Sticky Business has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #7 spot for the best Economy games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 4,111 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 4,012 positive reviews and 99 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 7/17/2023
Franchise Assemble Entertainment
Developer Spellgarden Games
Publisher Assemble Entertainment
Steam App Id 2303350

8. Game Dev Tycoon

In Game Dev Tycoon you replay the history of the gaming industry by starting your own video game development company in the 80s. Create best selling games. Research new technologies and invent new game types. Become the leader of the market and gain worldwide fans.

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Game Dev Tycoon has achieved a Player Score of 94, placing it in the #8 spot for the best Economy games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 41,954 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 40,010 positive reviews and 1,944 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 Game Dev Tycoon on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $9.99
Release Date 8/29/2013
Franchise Greenheart Games
Developer Greenheart Games 💚
Publisher Greenheart Games 💚
Steam App Id 239820

9. OpenTTD

OpenTTD is a business simulation game in which players earn money by transporting passengers and cargo via road, rail, water, and air. It is an open-source remake and expansion of the 1995 Chris Sawyer video game Transport Tycoon Deluxe.

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OpenTTD has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #9 spot for the best Economy games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 12,028 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 11,564 positive reviews and 464 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 OpenTTD on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Release Date 4/1/2021
Developer OpenTTD
Publisher OpenTTD
Steam App Id 1536610

10. Rusty's Retirement

A relaxing idle-farming simulator that sits at the bottom of your screen while you do other things.

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Rusty's Retirement has achieved a Player Score of 93, placing it in the #10 spot for the best Economy games. Its score was calculated by analyzing a total of 5,881 reviews on Steam. This breaks down to a total of 5,688 positive reviews and 193 negative reviews — making it "Overwhelmingly Positive" on Steam.

It is priced at $6.99 to play and can be played and ran on both Windows and Mac systems. At the moment, it is possible to play Rusty's Retirement on the Steam Deck (though some functionality may be limited).

Steam Price $6.99
Release Date 4/26/2024
Developer Mister Morris Games
Publisher Mister Morris Games
Steam App Id 2666510

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10/12/2012
97
$4.99
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178
10/1/2021
96
$5.99
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American Truck Simulator steam charts
11,542
2/2/2016
96
$4.99
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Cookie Clicker steam charts
15,449
9/1/2021
95
$1.74
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Stronghold Crusader HD steam charts
837
10/21/2013
95
$9.99
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Sid Meier's Civilization® V steam charts
18,497
9/23/2010
95
$7.49
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Sticky Business steam charts
98
7/17/2023
94
$9.99
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Game Dev Tycoon steam charts
258
8/29/2013
94
$9.99
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OpenTTD steam charts
629
4/1/2021
93
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Rusty's Retirement steam charts
3,070
4/26/2024
93
$6.99
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Dwarf Fortress steam charts
1,118
12/6/2022
93
$29.99
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Songs of Syx steam charts
972
9/21/2020
93
$24.99
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Against the Storm steam charts
1,788
12/8/2023
93
$29.99
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384
12/14/2023
93
$6.99
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Timberborn steam charts
2,305
9/15/2021
93
$24.99
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Farming Simulator 19 steam charts
2,174
11/19/2018
93
$17.99
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House Flipper steam charts
1,682
5/17/2018
93
$24.99
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Stronghold HD (2012) steam charts
129
10/21/2013
93
$5.99
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Railroader steam charts
657
12/7/2023
93
$29.99
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Derail Valley steam charts
218
1/25/2019
92
$39.99
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  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 25). Touhou Mystia's Izakaya on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 25). American Truck Simulator on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 27). Cookie Clicker on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 23). Stronghold Crusader HD on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 24). Sid Meier's Civilization® V on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 27). Sticky Business on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 24). Game Dev Tycoon on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 27). OpenTTD on Steam. Steam Store.
  • Valve Corporation. (2024, May 26). Rusty's Retirement on Steam. Steam Store.

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