The best city building games to play in 2022

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The best city building games give you the keys to all the cities

The best city building games let you run your own empires, manage expansive metropolises, and help civilizations grow... 

Wrapped up in a delightful art style, you can design and build your very own city from a little town to a busy metropolis with the swipe of your finger. For a mobile title, it's impressively detailed.

7. Pocket City

Platform(s): iOS, Android

With no oxygen, cold temperatures, and barren landscapes, settling down and calling Mars home proves quite the challenge in this stylish city buidler.

6. Surviving Mars

Platform(s): PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Mac

This cool little indie sees you transform a colorful 3D terrain into a well-oiled factory town, decked out with conveyor belts and chutes to process all the resources the landscapes have to offer you.

5. Factory Town

Platform(s): PC

Anno 1800 plants you at the start of the Industrial Revolution at the turn of the 19th century, demanding that you craft and maintain a city built on the innovation of you research.

4. Anno 1800

Platform(s): PC

A delightfully vibrant city builder that lets your creativity flourish. As a sandbox-style game, you have the freedom to build up your own little towns, cities, hamlets, and more.

3. Townscaper

Platform(s): Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch, iOS, Android

At the heart of 11-bit studios' unrelenting survival city-builder lies a campaign peppered with choice. Whether everyone freezes to death is entirely up to you. No pressure.

2. Frostpunk

Platform(s): PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One

As fun as it is challenging, Skylines has so much depth and detail, you’ll find that mastering everything is a bit of a juggling act. Once you do though, you’ll truly feel like a management expert.

1. Cities: Skylines

Platform(s): PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Switch
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