10 Indie City and Base Builders To Try Right Now!

SimCity 2000 was one of the first games I got really hooked on. I was utterly terrible at it for a very long time, instead loading the pre-made scenarios and imagining that I, in my infinite city planning and growth hacking prowess, could have conjured such magnificent metropolises from the click of my fingers.

That was way back in 1994. The latest SimCity bitterly divided opinion[1], and Cities: Skylines[2] has arguably since moved into pole position in the city-builders battle. But there are a raft of indie developers working on a host of amazing city and base-builder style games, eschewing the traditional RCI methods of measurement, providing extremely visually engaging sandbox play, and winning countless supporters.

Let’s have a look at some of the best independent base and city builders you can play today, focusing on some of the latest and greatest releases.

Base Builders

We’ll start with indie base builders. Designing, building, maintaining, and expanding are the bread and butter of most base building games. Depending on the game genre, you could be building a base for the production of armed forces, manufacturing products, establishing an outpost on a newly discovered planet, or simply sandboxing it up[3]. Whether micro or macro management, base builders can offer a broad combination of many of the most popular gaming styles in a single package.

Rimworld[4] – Base and City Builder

I’ve tagged Rimworld as both base and city builder, because it’s “a sci-fi colony sim driven by an intelligent AI storyteller.” It doesn’t let down. Your game begins with just three survivors, destined to start a new civilization following a recent space-liner crash. Still in development, Rimworld is an ongoing project to seemingly combine the depth of Dwarf Fortress[5] with the epic scale of Dune.