The world-building genre first began in 1989 with the release of SimCity. And since then the genre has continued to expand its library of games each and every year. Whether you enjoy planning roads and traffic patterns or simply trying to manage a city's economy, there is a world-building game out there for you.
In recent years, developers have been able to create some of the most realistic world-building simulators we have ever seen -- and thanks to the addition of community-created mods and unique new mechanics, the world-building genre has seen a huge increase in popularity.
World-building games can be very hit-and-miss though. Some have done a terrific job at capturing the true feeling of a world building simulator, while others have been lacking features and mechanics that should have just initially been in the game since launch -- we're looking at you, SimCity 2013.
Here are 5 world-building games that you will without a doubt find yourself playing for hours on end.