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Games often create worlds and spaces for us to explore. Some of these come pre-made, but some allow us to create the world as we play. This maybe by terraforming the landscape with complex tools, or placing bricks and tiles to represent new areas.World Building games bring us in to the game creation process while still setting boundaries and rules within which our building must take place.
Release Date: Coming soon
Coming Soon: PC
Skill Rating: 5+ year-olds
Components: 2D Overhead
Tiny Glade is a simulation game that gets you doodling picturesque castles. More of a toy than a game, you play by placing and moving different elements of your construction. As you do the game magically connects everything together to create beautiful...
Release Date: 24/10/2016
Out Now: PC
Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds
Components: 3D First-Person
My Summer Car is a strategy game about doing up a broken-down car over one long summer. It sounds simple, but the level of detail is the attraction here. You start the game with hundreds of loose parts and assemble both your car and engine. Not only do...
Release Date: 01/01/2021
Components: Cards, Placeables, Score Board and Tokens
Cascadia is a collecting world-building game where you create habitats for the wildlife of the Pacific Northwest. You balance building habitats and placing wildlife to score points. It's like Solitaire where you match habitats and wildlife, but with...
Release Date: 16/12/2022
Out Now: Mac and PC
Skill Rating: 3+ year-olds
Components: 2D Overhead, Blocks and Grid
The Block is a creative city-building game where you place buildings and trees to make beautiful miniature scenes. Inspired by games like Dorfromantik, there are no time limits, objectives or enemies. The randomly generated...
Release Date: 01/01/2020
Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds
Components: Board, Figures, Placeables, Score Board and Tokens
Meeple Land is a world-building game where you race to create the most successful theme park. You place Ride and Concession tiles to attract visitors to your park, but you are also racing other players to collect people from the buses, so can't take too...
Release Date: 05/08/2022
Skill Rating: 13+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person and Open World
Retreat to Enen is a peaceful survival game where you explore a tropical island and make your life there. With no hostile creatures, you craft a base that must exist alongside nature rather than treating it as an endless resource. The ecological premise...
Release Date: 28/09/2023
Out Now: PC, PS5 and Xbox X|S
Skill Rating: 11+ year-olds
Components: 3D First-Person, Cartoon, Day and Night, Open World and Weather
Wildmender is a world-building game where you unearth the past in the desert. Play involves exploring to discover what has gone before, so you can restore the environment for your future. You work to revive withering plant life, cultivate a garden and...
Release Date: 06/09/2022, updated in 2023
Out Now: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Skill Rating: 6+ year-olds
Components: 3D Third-Person
Disney Dreamlight Valley is a world building game about restoring a broken Disney world. You interact with famous Disney Characters and decorate the valley with a wide variety of items and famous locations. Like a cross between [link to...
Release Date: 20/01/2016, updated in 2018
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox X|S, iOS and iPhone, iPad
Components: 2D Overhead, Day and Night, Open World and Pixels
Crashlands is a world-building game where you fight monsters, craft resources, and build a base on an alien planet. As you explore, either on your own or with a friend, you encounter locals, complete quests and missions, and meet strange new enemies. It...
Release Date: 25/05/2021, updated in 2021
Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Imagine Earth is a simulation strategy where you manage space colonies for a huge corporation. You gather resources, manage your finances, shape the planets and expand your cities while fending off rival companies and alien invaders. It stands out for...
Release Date: 08/03/2022
Components: 2D Overhead, Grid, Open World and Pixels
Core Keeper is a life-simulation strategy game set in a vast cave system where you construct a sprawling base. It crosses the exploration and discovery of Stardew Valley with the camaraderie and adventure of [link to...
Release Date: 01/01/2018
Components: Board, Cards, Figures, Placeables and Tokens
Everdell is a strategy game where you lead a group of animals seeking to build their home in woodland. You play by placing workers, playing cards and collecting resources. It is a game where every tiny decision has a powerful effect on the success (or...
Release Date: 08/09/2023
Out Now: PC and Switch
Components: 2D Overhead and Cartoon
Fae Farm is a simulation game where you build a farmstead, harvest your crops, and go adventuring. It's an increasingly common set-up for a game. Here though, you use magical spells to grow your plants, defeat enemies and interact with a varied cast of...
Release Date: 11/08/2022
Out Now: PC, PS4, Switch and Xbox One
Skill Rating: 14+ year-olds
Components: 2D Overhead, Cartoon and Hand-Made
Cult Of The Lamb is a god-sim strategy game, where you are a cult leader rather than an actual god. You play a lamb and start your own cult as you venture out into the world of woodland worshippers. It combines explorative combat like Binding of Isaac...
Release Date: 09/09/2021
Components: 2D Overhead, Day and Night, Dice, Grid and Weather
Dice Legacy is a city-building simulation game where dice represent your civilians. You roll the dice and then place the skill that lands face-up on the map to gather resources, expand your outpost, or fight hostile invaders in real time. It combines...
Release Date: 01/01/2011
Components: Board, Dice, Placeables, Score Board and Tokens
Kingdom Builder is a strategy world-building game where you create a kingdom by placing settlers' houses. You work to build settlements with positions and orientations that meet three specific criteria chosen at the start. This, along with special...
Release Date: 12/05/2015, updated in 2022
Out Now: Android and iOS
Components: 2D Overhead, Cartoon, Day and Night and Weather
Seabeard is a simple adventure game where you follow in the footsteps of the great sea captain to explore and civilise. Play involves working on each island, tapping to move around, collecting items, talking to locals and developing your economy. It's...
Release Date: 30/07/2019
Components: 2D Side-On, Day and Night and Pixels
Oxygen Not Included is a creative strategy game where you build an underground colony for survivors of a spaceship crash-landing. You need to manage everything, placement and planning for oxygen distribution, energy, plumbing and living arrangements. It...
Release Date: 01/01/2022
Components: Cards and Tokens
Verdant is a puzzle card game where you create cosy interiors with houseplants and other objects. You take turns choosing plants and rooms from the middle and place them in your growing grid of rooms. The novelty is that to grow plants you need to match...
Release Date: 10/11/2022, updated in 2023
Out Now: PC, Xbox One and Xbox X|S
Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds
Common'hood is a squatter simulator where you craft the means to survive in an abandoned factory. You work to create a thriving community by growing food, constructing shelters, workshops, and eventually high-tech manufacturing. It stands out for the...
Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds
Components: Placeables, Score Board and Tokens
Dorf Romantik is a cooperative world-building game where you strategically place tiles to create countryside regions to score points in a variety of ways. Play is solitaire-like, but rather than matching suits you're matching landscape. It stands out...
Release Date: 14/07/2015, updated in 2022
Out Now: Android, Mac, PC, Switch and iOS
Components: 2D Overhead, Cards, Grid and Hand-Made
Guild of Dungeoneering is a humorous dungeon exploration adventure, but instead of controlling the heroes, you build the dungeon. You play cards to create rooms and place monsters, traps, and shiny loot to lure the hero where you want them to go. The...
Happy City is a city building collecting card game where you buy buildings to attract Residents and increase their Happiness. You do this by purchasing cards that generate short-term Coins as well as add those long-term benefits. As you race to build...
Skill Rating: 4+ year-olds
Components: 2D Overhead, Blocks and Hand-Made
Islands & Trains is a world building game where you place landscape, buildings, bridges, tracks and trains for no other purpose than to make satisfying vignettes. Inspired by games like Townscaper and Dorfromantik you play at your own pace, clicking to...
Release Date: 13/09/2023
Components: 2D Overhead and Blocks
Land Above Sea Below is a calm landscape-building puzzle game where you raise an island out of the sea to keep the flora and fauna above water. You work to increase your island’s area and height by placing tiles one after one.
Coming Soon: PC and Xbox X|S
Components: 3D First-Person, Day and Night, Open World and Weather
Lightyear Frontier is a peaceful open-world game about farming a new planet. From a first-person perspective, like Slime Rancher, you gather resources and build a working farm to harvest alien crops. It's an unusual game because you are using a Mech...
Release Date: 01/01/2012
Machi Koro is a world-building game where you create a thriving city full of different buildings and landmarks. You play by rolling dice, collecting money and buying buildings with unique powers. It is a game of building big and building quickly and...
Release Date: 26/04/2024
Components: 2D Overhead, Day and Night and Open World
Manor Lords is a medieval city-building strategy game with a focus on visual and simulated realism. You grow your settlement, manage its politics and relations with other kingdoms, and fight in real-time battles, all while gathering resources and...
Release Date: 09/05/2023
Components: 2D Overhead, Cartoon and Grid
Pan'orama is a simulation-building game where you place tiles to score points and lay out an interconnected tapestry world. Play involves deciding where to place each of your tiles to match adjacent land and score the most. It takes the elegant puzzle...
Release Date: 03/11/2022
Components: 3D Third-Person and Blocks
RoboCo is a creative physics-based robot-building game where you design and code robots to perform challenging tasks. With the multitude of parts and templates to build from, there are countless ways to approach each situation, be it by creating an...
Release Date: 08/03/2024
Summerhouse is a creative game where you design little vignettes by constructing buildings by dragging and dropping doors, windows, roofs and other paraphernalia. Play is about design rather than success or failure, but still offers surprising outcomes...
Components: Board, Cards and Dice
Tumble Town is a world-building game where you compete to build the best town in the Wild West. You play by rolling dice to match patterns on Construction cards and using those dice to build 3D buildings. It is a town planning game where you need both...
Release Date: 13/07/2022
Components: 2D Overhead and Grid
Urbek City Builder is a city-building and resource management game where you grow, plan and shape a city. It's like the Sim City games, but the twist is that money doesn't feature. Instead, costs come in the impact to natural...
Release Date: 14/07/2022
Components: 3D Third-Person and Cartoon
Dinkum is a town and life simulator game set in a fantasy Australia. Your main goal is to build a town on an island populated by animals and plants to attract townsfolk and businesses. It's like Animal Crossing but with more multiplayer and a greater...
Release Date: 30/05/2023
Components: 2D Side-On, Open World and Pixels
Farworld Pioneers is a colony-building strategy game where you must adapt to extreme elements, grow self-sufficient communities and deal with aliens. It's a game with simple visuals but surprisingly open play, as you collect resources, develop...
Release Date: 12/10/2021
Components: 2D Overhead and Pixels
Heliopedia is a world-building game where you create and manage tiny planets. You play by exploring a solar system, collecting elements and combining them together to create new discoveries. It is an exploration game where the joy in in experimenting...
Lost Seas is a world-building game where you create a map of a previously unexplored ocean. You play by selecting and placing Ocean tiles into a 4-by-4 grid. It is a game about balancing ambition with possibility, as you aim for the highest scoring, yet...
Coming Soon: Mac and PC
Components: 2D Overhead, Grid and Pixels
Lueur and the Dim Settlers is a simple-looking strategy game where you create a thriving town and reclaim the land from darkness. You expand your settlement by selecting different tiles to meet the resources and people you need. The simple tile-choosing...
Components: Cards, Dice, Figures, Placeables and Tokens
Takenoko is a world-building game where you cultivate a bamboo garden for a Japanese Emperor. You play by placing Garden tiles, adding Irrigation pieces and making Bamboo stacks grow. It's a competitive gardening game where you battle other gardeners as...
Coming Soon: Mac, PC and Xbox X|S
Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds
Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels
The Last Night is a narrative game set in a neon-bathed, hyper-advanced future where you are a second-class citizen wrestling with your place in the world. As you traverse the Blade-Runner-style city districts, you talk with characters, evade constant...