City-building games?

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by malikk, Jan 31, 2011.

  1. malikk macrumors member

    Jul 16, 2008
    Does anybody know of any good mac games that are city-building/micromanagement type games for mac? Or for windows too (although I am running windows 7 under parallels so that may be an issue). I am playing Settlers 7 right now a little but I don't like the victory points idea. I enjoy Civilization game series. But that does not delve into the actual city in terms of building it the way settlers 7 does. I would enjoy it being more modern city-building. Most of the city-building games like settlers 7 and such (as far as i know) deal with building farms/blacksmiths etc. I wouldn't mind one that gets up to more modern techs and such. So any ideas would be great.

    Qua Sar
  2. malikk thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 16, 2008
    well simcity does not deal with trade and all the stuff that settlers 7 and civilizations also deal with. I guess I am looking for civilizations type game but where you control a city like in settlers 7. Idk if it exists with that much freedom/management though.
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    I don't know of any such game besides Settlers.
  4. PatrickCocoa macrumors 6502a

    Dec 2, 2008
    City Building games, mostly Windows

    - Colonization (Sid Meier's Civ IV version). Either via Steam or on CD. The cities in this game are more Civilization-like (not surprisingly).

    Under Parallels, you may get reasonable speed with these games as they are several years old:
    Caesar IV
    Glory of the Roman Empire
    Sim City Rome

    The games above all have you laying roads, building buildings, and allow you to roam around your creation.

    There are also many older games, mostly Windows, that are clunkier but you may enjoy:
    Caesar III
    Children of the Nile
  5. Photics macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2011
    FarmVille / CityVille should run on the Mac. It's a web/Flash game.
  6. milbournosphere macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2009
    San Diego, CA
    Cities XL looks interesting with its trade economy, and I always recommend SimCity. Wasted many an hour on earlier versions of that game as a child...
  7. bluebomberman macrumors 6502a


    Jan 9, 2005
    Queens, NYC
    If you can tolerate OnLive's streaming performance, you can try Patrician IV, Tropico 3, and a few others. [I suffered through horrible connections while trying to play King's Bounty during their recently-ended subscription service beta; too much squinting at fuzzy text for me.]

    In addition, a lot of the gritty, in-depth city builders you're talking about are Windows-only, so if you can get Windows up you should look through Steam and/or Paradox Interactive's catalog.
  8. citybuilder macrumors newbie

    Jul 18, 2011
    Windows City Building Games for Mac

    Any one who wants to play old Windows games such as Caesar III, Cleopatra/Pharaoh, Emperor, or any of those others and more, need to go to I am now playing Caesar III, Cleopatra/Pharaoh, and Emperor, Rise of the Middle Kingdom because of this site. The site is pretty self-expanitory and he has video tutorials on how to install the games. I really recommend that all interested check it out.
  9. doh123 macrumors 65816

    Dec 28, 2009
    Paul is a good guy... puts in a lot of work getting Windows games running on OSX. If there are any bugs in Wineskin, I'm always sure he'll let me know if I haven't found them myself, since he uses it for many things... and he does great video tutorials too explaining how to get games working. I have links to his website in the Manual and the front page over at the main Wineskin Website.
  10. BlindSoul macrumors 6502

    May 30, 2010
  11. PowerGamerX macrumors 6502a


    Aug 9, 2009
    Tropico 3 sounds like it fits the bill pretty well.
  12. doh123 macrumors 65816

    Dec 28, 2009
    I got the Demo for it ported easily with Wineskin a few months ago... I don't still have the wrapper, but it should be easy enough for anyone to do themselves... much better than needing Windows.
  13. Heilage macrumors 68030


    May 1, 2009
    They might be known as A.D.-games for these guys, but yeah. They're great.

    I think the latest one is 1404 A.D./Anno 1404?
  14. Ronald Williams macrumors member

    Jul 11, 2011
    i have only played sim city upto now, but got bored from it after playing it a lot....:D, looking forward to try some of them listed here.

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