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14 Great Games Like Sim City

SimCity is a series of city-building game, 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 imagination and ideas play out on a grand scale to see the implications.

Unfortunately, Sim City is not available on PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme:

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Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

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

Platforms: Android, Mac, PC and iOS

Genres: Creative, Simulation and Strategy

Players: This is a single player game

Costs: Purchase cost



 

Craftlands Workshoppe

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 13/10/2020

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure, Creative, Open World and Role-Playing

Developer: @CraftlandsGame

Players: This is a single player game

Craftlands Workshoppe is a strategy game where you build and manage a crafting empire. You start the game by opening your own workshop that can specialize in one of three trades: Blacksmithing, Alchemy, or Cooking.


Cities Skylines

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

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

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Creative, Simulation and Strategy

Players: This is a single player game

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...


Zoo Tycoon (Series)

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

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

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

Genres: Creative, Simulation and Strategy

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 4 players online

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


Two Point Hospital

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 25/02/2020

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Creative, Simulation and Strategy

Players: This is a single player game

Two Point Hospital is a light-hearted healthcare simulator. You take charge of a hospital, similar to Theme Hospital, where you must construct and maintain wards, machines and staff.


Island Saver

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 13/05/2020

Platforms: Android, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Open World and Simulation

Developer: @NatWest_Help

Players: This is a single player game

Island Saver is action-adventure about cleaning up litter and goop to make money. It's created by Natwest with the aim of teaching children how to manage money. Unusually for a game with ideological ambitions, it's also a lot of fun.


Universal Paperclips

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 09/10/2017

Platforms: Android, Web Browser and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @flantz

Players: This is a single player game

Universal Paperclips is an adventure game about making paperclips. It sounds simple, but behind the incremental process of clicking a button to create these paperclips is a story about how the desire to make paperclips (or anything) if fully realised...


Satisfactory

Expected Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

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

Platforms: PC

Genres: Creative, Open World and Simulation

Developer: @Coffee_Stain

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

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...


Astroneer

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 16/12/2016, updated in 2019

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Players: This is a single player game

Astroneer is an open-world space adventure where you colonize planets by creating habitable structures, farming and mining resources. There is no specific story, although the challenges of each planet give rise to struggles of achievement to placate the...


Lego City: Undercover

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 04/04/2017

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World and Shooting

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Lego City Undercover offers an open world to explore. While most Lego games have an open-world element in at least some areas, this one keeps play open throughout so that children can enjoy exploring at their own pace.


Planet Coaster

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 17/11/2016

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Simulation

Players: This is a single player game

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...


The Wandering Villiage

Expected Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @StrayFawnStudio

Players: This is a single player game

The Wandering Village is a strategy game where you build a city to escape a world made toxic by spores. You seek shelter on the back of a giant, wandering creature called Onbu. It's unusual because as well as building a thriving settlement, you have to...


Civilization (Series)

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

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

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Fighting, Open World, Strategy and Turn-Based

Players: This is a single player game

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.


Age of Empires (Series)

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

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

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 2 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World and Strategy

Players: You can play this with 8 players online

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...


Assassin's Creed Discovery Tour

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 10/09/2018, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure and Simulation

Developer: @Ubisoft

Players: This is a single player game

Discovery Tour is a special mode that uses the worlds created for the main Assassin’s Creed games to offer an educational exploration experience. It is available both as a free part of the original games and as a...


Sim City 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 Sim City in the following lists:

Expand LEGO Style 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 Collosus 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.
 
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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 visitor 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.
 


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