Its been over a year since I wrote our article on the Best City Building Games on the Switch, which you can find here!
Since that article was written there have been quite a few more building style games released on the Switch. So we thought we would bring you an updated list of some of the best building games on the Switch. These aren’t in any particular order, and some are not just straight city building games where you only build a city. Some of these games have a few other building themes to them as well but also incorporate city building.
Tropico 6 Nintendo Switch Edition ( PS4, Xbox One & Steam)
I reviewed Tropico 6 Nintendo Switch Edition not so long ago. The review is here. This a solid city building game with a lot of layers to it. You play the part of El Presidente of a group of tropical archipelago islands. The game consists of managing the country by developing the cities. Constructing industrial buildings, infrastructure, homes for your citizens.
You’ll take part in presidential speeches and elections and issue decrees that shape both domestic and foreign policies. Obtain blueprints for certain structures, such as the Statue of Liberty or the Eiffel Tower. And you can even modify the presidential palace and make it grander then it already is.
Project Highrise: Architect’s Edition ( available on all formats)
Project Highrise: Architect’s Edition is a 2D building simulation game similar to Sim Tower.
In Project Highrise: Architect’s Edition you play the part of an architect and developer tasked with building world-famous skyscrapers that will be the envy of the entire city, masterpieces of art and engineering. But a skyscraper is more than just steel and glass, its an intricate ecosystem, full of people that live and work in the building.
Experience a deep and complex simulation of a modern skyscraper. Where you can create gleaming commercial towers for titans of trade seeking a perfect downtown office. And build residential blocks of apartments that cater to those seeking a home in the sky.
You have to keep business travellers and tourists happy in soaring hotel towers. You’ll host events in massive convention centres and famous concert halls. Entice visitors into shopping malls with irresistible restaurants and chic shops. Explore open sandbox play to build your dream skyscraper with several difficulty levels conquer campaign mode in the scenario challenges.
Two Point Hospital Nintendo Switch, (Steam, PlayStation 4 & Xbox One)
Two Point Hospital is similar in style to the old Bullfrog Theme Hospital from years ago on the PC.
Instead of building a city in this game as the title suggests you build a hospital. You are tasked with constructing and operating an empire of hospitals in the fictional Two Point County, with the goal of curing patients of fictitious and comical ailments. Tasks include building rooms and amenities that satisfy the needs, such as hunger and thirst of the patients and staff. Building toilets, staff rooms, reception desks, cafés, seating, and vending machines.
The hiring and management of doctors, nurses, janitors, and assistants to maintain the hospital; and dealing with a variety of comical illnesses. And expanding the hospital into new plots.
The game has a crazy sense of humour and you’ll have many people coming through the door of the hospital with bazaar illnesses. You wouldn’t want to be suffering from Light-Headedness in this game as that requires a lightbulb to be unscrewed from your head! Ouch! You can find my review for Two Point Hospital here.
Dragon Quest Builders 2 ( Steam & PS4)
Dragon Quest Builders 2 is a block-building RPG set in a fantasy land threatened by an evil cult. Explore, battle, build and harvest in the charming single-player campaign or build big projects in the online sandbox mode for up to 4-players.
To stop the worshippers of an ancient evil, you must join forces with the mysterious Malroth and build a ravaged world into the realm of your dreams. Where you’ll explore many huge islands, gather and craft with materials, design towns, level them up, and defend them from monsters and bosses alongside townspeople.
But that’s not all, you’ll have free rein to develop the Island of Awakening how you see fit. Along with other online players you can visit each other’s islands and see what others have built. I spent many, many hours with this game and loved it. I wrote a few guides for Dragon Quest Builders 2. You’ll find Yvonne’s review of the game here.
Railway Empire: Nintendo Switch Edition ( Steam, PS4 & Xbox One)
While not technically a city building game even though there are cities in it, in Railway Empire you build railways across the USA from one city to another. You will create an elaborate and wide-ranging rail network, purchase over 40 different trains modelled in extraordinary detail, and buy or build railway stations, maintenance buildings, factories and tourist attractions to keep your travel network ahead of the competition.
You’ll also need to hire and manage your workforce if you want to ensure an efficient train service, whilst also developing over 300 technologies ranging from mechanical improvements to the trains themselves to workplace infrastructures and advanced amenities as you progress through five eras of technological innovations.
I reviewed Railway Empire Nintendo Switch Edition and loved it, you’ll find that review here! I’m not a train enthusiast at all but I did like the building mechanics in this in-depth and engrossing simulation game.
Civilization VI ( Available on all formats)
While Civilization VI is more of a turn-based 4X strategy game it does deserve a spot in this article. As you do build cities in Civilization for your citizens to live in.
Your job in Civilization VI is to develop a civilization from an early settlement through many millennia to become a world power and achieve one of several victory conditions, such as through military domination, technological superiority, or cultural influence, over the other human and AI opponents. You’ll do this by exploring the world, founding new cities, building city improvements, deploying military troops to attack and defend from others, researching new technologies and cultural civics, and engaging in trade and negotiations with other world leaders and civilization’s on the map.
Out of all the games I have talked about here Civilization VI is my top Nintendo Switch games of all time. It provides a fascinating, interesting and entertaining deep strategy game. Yvonne reviewed Civilization VI when it was originally released and you’ll find her review here! And since then Yvonne and I have written numerous guides for the game for our Civilization VI Beginners Guides section here!
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