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40 Great Games Like Cities: Skylines

Our experts have spent time searching for great games similar to Cities: Skylines and have found the following:

Cities: Skylines is a city-building simulation. It rekindled the attention to detail and ambitious city planning of the Sim City games. You zone buildings, place roads, set taxation, provide public services and public transportation. The aim is to do this while also maintaining your budget, health, employment, and pollution levels.

Unfortunately, Cities: Skylines is not available on Android or iOS. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 10/03/2015, updated in 2018

Price: 75% off

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Players: 1

Genres: Creative, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: Colossal Order (@ColossalOrder)

Costs: Purchase cost. Season pass and in-game purchases

33 Hand Picked Video Games Like Cities: Skylines

These are our hand-picked Video Game games similar to Cities: Skylines. This doesn't use automatic matching, instead, we hand-pick games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Cities: Skylines. These selections also include Video Game games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

Satisfactory

Release Date: 19/03/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: PC

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Satisfactory is a factory building set on a foreign planet. Like the popular Tycoon and Factory games in Roblox, you start with humble beginnings, you harvest what you can by hand but steadily you build a sprawling empire of automated harvesting...

Microsoft Flight Simulator

Release Date: 18/08/2020

Platforms: PC and Xbox Series X|S

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Microsoft Flight Simulator (Microsoft Flight Sim 2020) is the latest flight simulator game in the long running series. Along with a huge range of aircraft you can learn to fly, the game recreates the entire Earth using textures and data from data maps...

Zoo Tycoon (Series)

Release Date: 17/10/2001, updated in 2017

Platforms: DS, PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Zoo Tycoon is a zoo simulator series where you take charge of a zoo business, build the park, care for animals and attract visitors. You can build, expand, and upgrade the zoo by purchasing animals, creating suitable animal habitats, and allocate staff...

Farm Together

Release Date: 25/02/2018, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Farm Together is a low-pressure farm simulator. You develop your farm by yourself or cooperate with your friends. Starting with an empty plot you can grow crops, plant trees, take care of the animals, add buildings and facilities, and unlock new items...

House Flipper

Release Date: 17/05/2018, updated in 2019

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

House Flipper is a simulation game where you renovate old broken houses to make money. It's a blend of money management, detailed interior design and repair right down to the electric circuitry. It fosters a sense of creativity and imagination in how...

Paralives

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac and PC

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Paralives is a simulation game where you build houses for people and then control how they live. It's inspired by games like the Sims, however, you have complete control over every aspect of the design of the house and its residents. Its balance of...

Sid Meier's Civilization (Series)

Release Date: 21/10/2016, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Civilization is a long running strategy game where you develop a society from hunter gatherer to space travel. There are many ways to approach this challenge; socially, militarily, politically or perhaps building wonders to impress other nations.

Traffic Jams

Release Date: 08/04/2021, updated in 2021

Platforms: Oculus, PC, PS4 and PS5

Traffic Jams is a puzzle party game where you direct traffic in VR using just hand gestures. It looks like a Pixar movie when you put the headset on, but the fun here is controlling the chaos (or often not controlling it). Along with the single-player...

Bear and Breakfast

Release Date: 28/07/2022, updated in 2022

Platforms: PC and Switch

Bear and Breakfast is a strategy game where you build a bed and breakfast in the woods. You play as an aspiring bear host, renovating a dilapidated area in town into one fit for tourists. However there is an underlying darkness in the woods and you are...

Age of Empires IV (Series)

Release Date: 02/02/1998, updated in 2019

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS2 and Xbox One

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Age of Empires is a strategy game where you command an ancient civilisation in real-time and must develop from hunter-gatherers to advanced forms of defence and war. This is similar territory to Civilization but focus on...

Sim City (Series)

Release Date: 02/02/1989, updated in 2014

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

SimCity is a series of city-building games, created by Will Wright. Since their inception as educational experiences in 1989, the games have enabled players to design ambitious cities. The attraction is the open-ness of play, where you can let your...

Terra Nil

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac and PC

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Terra Nil is a strategy game where you are using clean technology to bring back life to a barren world. It's a city building game where you aren't building a city at all, but a clean thriving ecology. It raises interesting themes of how humanity plays...

Planet Coaster

Release Date: 17/11/2016

Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Planet Coaster Console Edition is a pleasure park construction and management game. It draws on games like Theme Park and RollerCoaster Tycoon. You build different theme park rides and roller-coasters in considerable detail, to score design points and...

Timberborn

Release Date: 15/09/2021

Platforms: Mac and PC

Timberborn is a construction strategy game where you control a population of beavers, building a civilization and preparing for drought. You build waterways, storage houses, dams and more in a densely packed city as you manage resources, allocate...

Tren (Dreams)

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds

Tren is a puzzle platform game where you explore a hand-crafted world as a wooden train, sailing boats and helicopters. You control points, shunt trucks around, operate cranes and generally move cargo from one location to the next. Like an escape room...

Factorio

Release Date: 14/08/2020, updated in 2022

Platforms: Mac, PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Factorio is a construction strategy game where you crash-land on an alien planet and must harvest resources to create industry to build a rocket to escape (or fall in love with running your factory and stay on longer).

Parkasaurus

Release Date: 13/08/2020, updated in 2022

Platforms: PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Parkasaurus is a strategy simulation game where you create a dinosaur park for people to visit. You need to construct well-designed exhibits, research specialised technology and maximize profits so you can expand with more dinosaurs. It combines pet...

112 Operator (Series)

Release Date: 23/04/2020, updated in 2020

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

112 Operator and its predecessor, 911 Operator, are strategy games that put you in control of the emergency services as they fight natural disasters, crime and terrorism. You choose how to deal with each scenarios and work your way up the chain of...

Lawn Mowing Simulator

Release Date: 10/08/2021

Platforms: PC, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Lawn Mowing Simulator is an adventure game where you ride an authentic and expansive roster of lawnmowers. The novelty is a combination of absolute control over lawn care and weed eradication. This is extended beyond a brief distraction by the inclusion...

Foundation

Release Date: 01/02/2019, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Foundation is a city-building simulation game where you create networks of supply and consumption in a medieval village. You not only develop structures, gather resources and create your own unique settlement, but also manage the individual needs of...

From Dust

Release Date: 27/07/2011, updated in 2011

Platforms: PC, PS3 and Xbox 360

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

From Dust is a strategy game. You play as an all powerful God of a primitive people. The land is ancient but devoid of humans. Unusually, you control the landscape rather than the people, moving land and water and lava to give villagers pathways to...

Humankind

Release Date: 17/08/2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Humankind is a strategy game where you develop a civilisation through the many ages of humanity's existence, from the nomadic tribes of ancient history to the space age. In many ways comparable to [link to game/Sid+Meiers+Civilization The Civilization...

Disney Dreamlight Valley

Release Date: 06/09/2022

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds

Disney Dreamlight Valley is a world building game about restoring a broken Disney world. You interact with famous Disney Characters and decorate the valley with a wide variety of items and famous locations. Like a cross between [link to...

Against the Storm

Release Date: 18/10/2021

Platforms: PC

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Against the Storm is a construction-based strategy game where you build outposts, towns and villages in an eternally rainy world. Unlike other city builders, this is a game where you attempt and fail over and over. Each run you use intricate gameplay...

Air Traffic Controller (Airport Hero)

Release Date: 01/01/1998, updated in 2020

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, DS, PC and PSP

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Air Traffic Controller (Airport Hero) is a series of games where you take charge of an airport. You deal with landing planes, directing them to runways and gates while ensuring things run on time and without accidents. Each session is a unique set of...

Claustrofactory (Dreams)

Release Date: 30/11/2021, updated in 2021

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Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Claustrofactory is a time management factory simulation. You build factories on a grid to connect their processes and make products using conveyors and assemblers and pickers. It's an unusual efficiency challenge where the best system will score the...

The Simpsons: Tapped Out

Release Date: 29/02/2012, updated in 2022

Platforms: Android and iOS

The Simpsons: Tapped Out is a city-building game based on the popular and long-running cartoon. After Homer causes the destruction of Springfield, you complete quests to earn money, unlock buildings and characters, and rebuild the town. The free to...

Pharaoh

Release Date: 01/01/1999, updated in 2016

Platforms: PC

Pharaoh (and expansion pack Cleopatra: Queen of the Nile) took the Caesar real-time strategy games to Ancient Egypt. It's a strategy game where you make decisions about a particular city and scenario. The combination of planning and real historical...

Concrete Jungle

Release Date: 23/09/2015

Platforms: Android, PC and iOS

Pieces: Cards

Concrete Jungle is a city-building puzzle game. It's the follow up for MegaCity. Rather than manage resources like a traditional city management strategy game, here you place cards to create buildings, parks, amenities and services on each square. The...

Fallout Shelter (Series)

Release Date: 14/06/2015, updated in 2016

Platforms: Android, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and iOS

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Fallout Shelter is a time management simulation game. Set in the Fallout wasteland after a nuclear war, you play as an Overseer of an underground bunker. You accrue currency to build rooms, attract people and train them to provide resources, craft...

Stellaris

Release Date: 09/05/2016, updated in 2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Stellaris is a strategy game where you play a space-faring empire seeking to expand your territory. It offers complete customisation of your civilisation, with different sets of ethics and morals to choose from that change how you play, from limiting...

Tiny Pier Simulator 1904 (Dreams)

Release Date: 12/09/2019, updated in 2020

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Tiny Pier Simulator 1904 is a strategy simulator. You are a manager of a Victorian pier on the seafront. Build rides and shops to make money and please the town's Mayor. Make the pier fun and the crowds flock in, but make too many mistakes and you won't...

Train Valley 2 (Series)

Release Date: 16/09/2015, updated in 2022

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S and iOS

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Train Valley 2 is a toy train puzzle game where you build a railroad company from the days of the Industrial Revolution into the future. It looks like a kids train-set but simulates real economics of the valley's cities and industries. The result is a...

6 Board Game Alternatives to Cities: Skylines

These are our hand-picked alternatives to Cities: Skylines. This doesn't use automatic matching, instead, we hand-pick games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Labyrinth. These selections also include games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

7 Video Games Like Cities: Skylines Based on Genre

These are games of a similar genre mix to Cities: Skylines. This includes games from the Simulation, Strategy and Creative genres. We pick out games of a similar PEGI rating to further hone these generated suggestions.
 

Cities: Skylines is in These Lists

In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to Cities: Skylines in the following lists:

Create An Attraction

Many games let you create your own items, object or levels. But some are specifically designed for you to do this in order to attract characters and visitors to your creation in the game.

Whether it's the perfect garden in Viva Pinata, the ideal visitor island in Animal Crossing or the most thrilling ride in Planet Coaster, these games are fun because they combine creativity and management.

Then there are games where your attractions are more understated. The ideal home and live to keep your Sims happy. Or maybe create something that doesn't impact the environment negatively like in Eco.

Whatever you create, as well as attract characters in the game, the creations you make are ideal to share with other people (parents and carers maybe) to show them what you've been doing.
 

LEGO-Like Play

These are games that involve actual Lego bricks or offer an experience that has the same plug and play building and creating as the classic toy.
 

Attempt The Impossible

How hard a game is considered to be depends on who is playing it. A three-year-old tackling Zelda will struggle. But equally a new-to-games-parents will find Mutant Mudds quickly gets beyond them. The games in this list are known for being difficult. They wear the difficulty as a badge of honour. "None shall pass," except this with the will, time and belligerence to get good enough at this particular activity to beat the high bar the game sets.

This might be grappling with the flying mechanics in Rocket League, getting endlessly lost trying to find the next guardian in Shadow of the Colossus or coming up with the right tactic to get enough money for the ship you need in Elite. Of course, some of these games can be made easier, but to play them at their best is to ramp up the difficulty to max (crushing on The Last Of Us for example) and let them give you all they've got.
 
Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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