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29 Great Games Like Sim City

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

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 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:

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 3

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

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

Genres: Creative, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: EA (@EA)

Players: This is a single player game

Costs: Purchase cost

29 Hand Picked Games Like Sim City

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

Style Boutique / Savvy Style (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 6-11 year-olds

Release Date: 23/10/2008, updated in 2017

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS and DS

Genres: Puzzle, Role-Playing, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Style Boutique (Style Savvy) is a role play game where you play a fashion shop owner. You work on the style of your fashion collection as well as your own clothes, make up and so on.

Microsoft Flight Simulator

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds

Release Date: 18/08/2020

Platforms: PC and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Open World and Simulation

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: Asobo Studio (@AsoboStudio)

Players: You can play this with 30 players online

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...

Island Saver

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 13/05/2020

Price: Free

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

Genres: Adventure, Open World and Simulation

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Nat West Help (@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.

Traffic Jams

Content Rating: PEGI 7

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

Platforms: Oculus, PC, PS4 and PS5

Genres: Action, Physically Active and Puzzle

Accessibility: 11 features

Developer: Vertigo Games (@VertigoGames)

Players: You can play with 5 players in the same room

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...

Satisfactory

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

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

Platforms: PC

Genres: Creative, Open World and Simulation

Accessibility: 26 features

Developer: Coffee Stain (@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...

Zoo Tycoon (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 3

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

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

Genres: Creative, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: Asobo Studio (@AsoboStudio)

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 attract visitors. You can build, expand, and upgrade the zoo by purchasing animals, creating suitable animal habitats, and allocate staff...

Astroneer

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10-16 year-olds

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

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

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

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: SES dev (@SES_dev)

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...

Paralives

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Creative, Role-Playing and Simulation

Developer: A Masse (@_AMasse)

Players: This is a single player game

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...

Two Point Hospital

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 25/02/2020

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

Genres: Creative, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 14 features

Developer: Two Point Studios (@TwoPointStudios)

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.

Sid Meier's Civilization (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

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

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

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

Developer: Sid Meier (@Sid_Meier)

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.

Lego City: Undercover

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Release Date: 04/04/2017

Price: 66% off

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

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

Developer: TT Games (@TTGames)

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.

Balance - Power Grid

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 05/08/2016

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, Mac and iOS

Genres: Puzzle, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: Hyper Games (@HyperGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Balance - Power Grid is a puzzle game about power grids. You place cables, pylons and power generators to make sure there are no blackouts. Through a series of challenges you build power grids that are functional, and that produce the right amount of...

The Wandering Village

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Adventure, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: Stray Fawn Studio (@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...

Age of Empires (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

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

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS2 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World, Point-and-Click and Strategy

Developer: Relic Games (@RelicGames)

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...

Planet Coaster

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 17/11/2016

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

Genres: Creative, Puzzle and Simulation

Developer: Frontier Dev (@FrontierDev)

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...

Terra Nil

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Open World, Puzzle, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 6 features

Developer: Free Lives (@Free_Lives)

Players: This is a single player game

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...

112 Operator (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 12

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

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

Genres: Role-Playing, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 21 features

Developer: Jutsu Games (@JutsuGames)

Players: This is a single player game

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...

Buildings Have Feelings Too

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Release Date: 22/04/2021

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One

Genres: Open World, Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 5 features

Developer: Blackstaff Games (@BlackstaffGames)

Players: This is a single player game

Buildings Have Feelings Too is set in a city where buildings can walk and talk. Not only that, but each has aspirations, hopes and fears. Your job is to create a city that works for all the buildings, a task that will see your city planning pulled in...

Factorio

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 14/08/2020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Creative, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: Factorio Game (@FactorioGame)

Players: You can play this with 700 players online

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).

House Flipper

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10-14 year-olds

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

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

Genres: Creative, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 18 features

Developer: Frozen District (@FrozenDistrict)

Players: This is a single player game

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...

Learning Factory

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds

Release Date: 18/02/2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Switch

Genres: Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 32 features

Developer: Luden io (@Luden_io)

Players: This is a single player game

Learning Factory is a strategy game where you automate an old factory. Unusually, this isn't to make money and conquer the world but a round about approach to understand cats. Peculiar backstory aside, the game tasks you with renovating the factory,...

Cities Skylines

Content Rating: PEGI 3

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

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

Genres: Creative, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: Colossal Order (@ColossalOrder)

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...

Universal Paperclips

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 09/10/2017

Platforms: Android, Web and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Point-and-Click, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 17 features

Developer: Flantz (@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...

Assassin's Creed Discovery Tour

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9-13 year-olds

Release Date: 10/09/2018, updated in 2021

Platforms: PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure and Simulation

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Ubisoft (@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...

Home Quest

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Release Date: 05/09/2021

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Adventure, Puzzle and Strategy

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: Code Stream de (@CodeStream_de)

Players: This is a single player game

Home Quest is a strategy game where you incrementally build a town, recruit an army and manage your economy. Like other idle games, it's a familiar set-up where you tap buttons to assign resources and then wait for the results. However, the unusual...

Little Builders

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 2-5 year-olds

Release Date: 11/05/2015

Platforms: Android and iOS

Genres: Creative, Puzzle, Role-Playing and Simulation

Developer: Fox and Sheep (@_FoxAndSheep)

Players: This is a single player game

Little Builders is a city building game for very young players. You work on your own construction site and can drive a digger, mix cement, roof a building, operate a crane, drive a street sweeper or paint a house.

Khan Academy Kids

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 2-8 year-olds

Release Date: 12/08/2018

Price: Free

Platforms: Amazon Fire, Android and iOS

Genres: Creative, Narrative and Puzzle

Developer: Khan Academy Kids (@KhanAcademyKids)

Players: This is a single player game

Khan Academy Kids is a free series of game activities staring bright animal characters. Matching animals and photos, solving maths, social scenarios or enjoying some art time, Khan Academy Kids provides a playful framework.

Branches of Power

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 10-14 year-olds

Release Date: 29/05/2020

Price: Free

Platforms: Android, Web and iOS

Genres: Puzzle and Role-Playing

Developer: i Civics (@iCivics)

Players: This is a single player game

Branches of Power is a strategy game where you control all three branches of US government. You run the country with the ability to introduce presidential agendas, write legislation, sign or veto bills, and even judge passed laws. It's a lot to deal...

Craftlands Workshoppe

Release Date: 13/10/2020

Platforms: PC

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

Accessibility: 11 features

Developer: Craftlands Game (@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.

4 Games Like Sim City Based on Genre

These are games of a similar genre mix to Sim City. 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.
 

10 Games With More Documented Accessibility Features than Sim City

If you like the sound of Sim City but it doesn’t offer the accessibility you require, the games in this section offer a similar experience but with more Accessibility Features. You can view a full breakdown in our Sim City Accessibility Report.
 

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:

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.
 

Game Time Has Day-Night Cycle

Games use the spaces they create to tell stories. Some games do this by locking you in a key moment where the time of day doesn't change. Other games let you explore and revisit places at different times of day.

These day-night cycles invite players to explore at different times not only to find different things to do but to see how different locations change visually and audibly at different times of day.

Some games, like The Long Dark, do this to offer a different environmental challenge at night, when the sun is in and the cold wind really affects your character. Other games offer more unusual ways to tie in-game light levels to the real world, like Unmaze that uses your smartphone's camera to determine how much light there is in the game.
 
Nuts
Fuel
PEGI Rating 7 for Fuel
Rust
PEGI Rating 16 for Rust
Fez
PEGI Rating 3 for Fez

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.
 

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.
 
Ico
PEGI Rating 7 for Ico
Horace
PEGI Rating 12 for Horace
Qomp
Ord
PEGI Rating 3 for Ord
Rust
PEGI Rating 16 for Rust
ITTA
PEGI Rating 12 for ITTA

Get Children Developing Civic Identity

Success in video games is often framed at the personal level: the last person standing in Fortnite, achieving high viewership on a Twitch stream, the best player in Rocket League. However, many video games choose to focus players on a wider view, on working for the greater good of the world in which they live.

Games can develop a deep sense of civic identity. Civics is the study of the rights and obligations of citizens in society. Our civic identity comes from situating oneself within a larger group, often committing oneself to public action. Games give children a chance to try out taking public action within society for the greater good.

This list of games offers space for players to develop a sense of civic identity. We put it together with Barry Joseph, who has worked in many contexts to empower children to achieve this. Whether at Global Kids, Inc, where he helped youth to acquire leadership skills and engage in efforts to address global issues through the production of digital media, in founding Games For Change, where he worked with video games as a form of youth media, or at Girl Scouts of the U.S.A, where he piloted digital engagement for girls around the country.

There are many mainstream games, not created specifically for education, that are a great way to engage with civic identity. This includes games that invite players to take control of civic space, like Alba, One Hour, One Life, Civilization, Sim City, Thousand Threads and Pine.

Then there are games where civic space is presented as dysfunctional and in need of repair, like Papers Please, Not For Broadcast, Do Not Feed The Monkeys, Orwell. Other games let you take civic space in questionable or futile directions, like Headliner: NoviNews, Beholder, Bad News and Photographs Puzzle Stories.

Finally, there are some games specifically created to teach children about civics. The always-growing collection of games from iCivics explore U.S. Government functions, including Argument Wars, Branches of Power and Immigration Nation. There is the novel Civics! An American Musical that teaches US History through creating a Hamilton-style musical. Digital Compass teaches digital citizenship through an interactive story and MP For A Week that teaches children about being an MP in UK Parliament. Finally, the Democratic Socialism Simulator is a puzzle game where you run for office and then run a country.
 


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