5 Best City Building Games For Android

If you’re looking to satisfy that strategy and construction itch in your life, then you may want to consider downloading a city building game to your phone. There are all sorts of city building games out there — whether you want to outfit a virtual home with new construction and furniture or build an entire city from the ground up, there’s something for you on this list.

If you follow along below, we’ll show you the best city building games that you can pick up on Android right now. Here are our top picks.

SimCity BuildIt

First up on our list is a game called SimCity BuildIt. With EA at the helm, they’re trying to bring the wonder and reputation that the original SimCity game had to mobile. This game allows you to build a city from the ground up, but it gets more complex as you go. The game gets more difficult as you gain more citizens that you have to make happy with amenities, fair taxes, and more.

The controls are fairly easy to grasp — you can rotate the city in a 360-degree rotation so that you can easily zoom into your city, look at the specifics, adjust building placement, and so on. The unique aspect of SimCity BuildIt is that it’s a multiplayer mode that lets you compete against other players for the best city.

Download it now: Google Play

Fallout Shelter

Depending on your interest in video games, you may have or may not have heard of Fallout Shelter, another city building game, but with a twist. The game is based on the Fallout series on consoles and computers. Fallout Shelter is essentially your typical city building game, but instead of building out a city, you’re building out an underground shelter. In the game, you can actually send Vault Dwellers (your citizens) to the surface to go on adventures and acquire resources — you have to make sure that, with the proper stats, your dwellers don’t die or get harmed while on the surface. It’s a fairly complex game that won’t cost you any money.

Download it now: Google Play

City Island 3

City Island 3 is another city building game, and it is essentially your typical city building game at the heart of it, but instead of taking place on the mainland, your city building takes place on various islands. You have to build out your islands and make sure that citizens have the proper resources and transport options between islands. The game is free to download, but you can speed up construction through the in-game currency.

Download it now: Google Play

Village City: Island Sim

Next up, we have Village City: Island Sim. This is a wonderful city building game, but with a unique spin on the genre. First and foremost, it is a city building game, and you have to build houses and expand your community to attract citizens from other communities. Then, you have to be sure to make your citizens happy through job creation and plenty of amenities. There are actually over a hundred different unique buildings that you can place throughout your city, including things like hotels, offices, theaters, bakeries, restaurants, entertainment, and more. The game is free to play and has some high quality graphics, but there is an in-game currency for speeding up building and upgrading buildings.

There’s also plenty of adventures and quests for the player to compete, allowing them to earn rewards and make the game a little more fun. Check it out for yourself at the link below.

Download it now: Google Play

The Battle Of Polytopia

Last up on our list is a game called The Battle Of Polytopia. This is a turn-based game that will remind you of Age of Empires from back in the day. The game isn’t continuous like the other city building games on this list — it essentially is a match-based games where you get a new tribe and unit with every round. You can build out your tribe and city, and you’ll also have to build out proper defenses to defend against enemy tribes run by the AI. The game keeps things unique by giving you new environments to build and explore in.

Download it now: Google Play


As you can see, there are a lot of city building games available on Android. If you’re looking for the best and most exciting city building game, then you’ll want to check out SimCity BuildIt or Fallout Shelter. The other games are fun, but you’ll get the most long-lasting replayability out of those two.

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Brad Coleta

Brad Coleta is a passionate reporter for The Droid Guy, covering all aspects of mobile, gaming, software, apps, and services. He graduated from the University of Rochester in New York with a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering. When he's not reporting, he's a huge fan of the New York Giants and Yankees. But what might surprise you is that he also enjoys reading Manga during his down time. Brad is a dedicated reporter, always looking to tell the stories of the tech world. Contact me at Email or LinkedIn

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