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Experts Tell Us the Best Empire Building Games

This article showcases our top picks for the Best Empire Building Games. We reached out to industry leaders and experts who have contributed the suggestions within this article (they have been credited for their contributions below). We are keen to hear your feedback on all of our content and our comment section is a moderated space to express your thoughts and feelings related (or not) to this article This list is in no particular order.

Hasbro Risk Game

This product was recommended by Emily Cummins from Food Shelter PR

Risk is the original empire building game, and it’s an accessible easy-to-get-into classic from 1957. For all the imperfections and ridiculous dice rolls, if you’re looking for nostalgia, look no further than this classic.

Machi Koro

This product was recommended by Emily Cummins from Food Shelter PR

Released in 2012, Machi Koro is a kinder, gentler mash-up of the luck-driven excitement of the original Risk and the breezy economic conflict of Acquire. A great pick for families with amazing Japanese-inspired art, Machi Koro is a great pick for families with kids as young as 5.

Through the Ages

This product was recommended by Emily Cummins from Food Shelter PR

First released in 2007, and perfected in the 2015 edition, this gem is the synthesis of deep decisions, clever strategy, and amazing immersive gameplay as players take on the mantles of great leaders, develop historic technologies and compete both, directly and indirectly, to come out on top. You’re all in for a half-day, but the stories the players weave will be retold for years. It’s my personal favorite.

7 Wonders Architects

This product was recommended by Emily Cummins from Food Shelter PR

If you take the genius of the original 7 Wonders and aggressively hew the parts which are less than excellent, you’ll end up with this 2021 gem. Decisions are simple. Gameplay is fast. Explanations are short. And competition is fierce. If you are looking for something easy to digest for your sister’s new boyfriend at a family game night, this is your pick.

Age of Empires 2

This product was recommended by Stella Scott from EasyPaydayLoan

Age of Empires 2 was developed by Ensemble Studios and published by Microsoft in 1999. This is the second game in the Age of Empires series. It was set in the middle ages and contained thirteen playable civilizations. The players gather resources that they use to create armies, defeat their enemies and build towns. You can run campaigns based on those of history’s great military leaders with new units and technologies. There are several amazing missions in the new linear campaigns, and each culture has its unique features and wonders.

In Anno 2205, the players take the role of a leader from a corporation and must compete against other corporations in developing cities and their economies. You colonize continents and transform your cities into thriving metropolises. Manage multiple locations on earth and the moon to secure the prosperity of your people. Off-line, you enjoy fully single-player gameplay, but again you can connect online with friends for bonuses.

This product was recommended by Stella Scott from EasyPaydayLoan

In Anno 2205, the players take the role of a leader from a corporation and must compete against other corporations in developing cities and their economies. You colonize continents and transform your cities into thriving metropolises. Manage multiple locations on earth and the moon to secure the prosperity of your people. Off-line, you enjoy fully single-player gameplay, but again you can connect online with friends for bonuses.

Townsmen

This product was recommended by Sudhir Khatwani from The Money Mongers

Townsmen is your favorite empire building game, only that everything is on steroids. The graphics are popping,the empire is vast, and everything has to be done on a grand scale. The tutorial period after downloading was a little drab, but I really enjoyed the game once I went past the learning stage. If anything, this game is about perfection. Finding your way through the myriads of construction projects, and trying to balance morale, cash, and the community makes it intriguing, and enthralling.

Civilization V

This product was recommended by Max Shak from SurvivalGearShack

With the new hexagonal grid, players have the option to surround enemies as well as plan better attacks in Civilization V’s combat system, which is highly tactical compared to previous versions.

Crusader Kings 2

This product was recommended by Max Shak from SurvivalGearShack

The online multiplayer mode can support 32 players. This can create a very intense and strategic gameplay session that is not often found in games of this kind.

City Skylines

This product was recommended by Maria Mc Dowell from EasySearchPeople

The game begins with a blank canvas. The player has the opportunity to create a beautiful city. Whether the player wants to build a bustling metropolis or a peaceful rural town, it’s all up to them. Changing the aesthetics of the buildings, adding in parks, creating a sustainable environment and constructing an efficient transportation system are a few of the features that make this game so fun. The menus are easy to navigate and the controls are simple. The soundtrack is lovely as well. I guarantee that anyone who picks up this game won’t be disappointed!

Empire: Four Kingdoms

This product was recommended by Sarah Ross from CocoLoan

Though it does offer very useful in app purchases, this game is in no way pay to play or pay to win, everything is obtainable and nothing is too difficult to obtain to the point where you almost have to buy it, you can just sit back and build your castle in your spare time rather than constantly having to worry about missing a key event or an attack. All of the events in the game last for several days, allowing everyone to play regardless of their schedule, and they all provide really generous and helpful awards. It is extremely simple to grasp and grow in, and I highly suggest it.

Last Empire – War Z: Strategy

This product was recommended by Lyle Florez from EasyPeopleSearch

The Last Empire is the first game we chose, and it is one of the finest strategy games in which your only goal is to preserve your empire. But you’ll never guess who the adversary is! The undead zombie, not another human. To be sure, it’s a unique form of empire-building and defence game in that you have to combat zombies to defend your people.

Clash of Clans

This product was recommended by Lyle Florez from EasyPeopleSearch

One of Android’s most popular online battle royale and city-building games. You may play it without any problems on any Android phone or tablet. You can join warrior clans and fight alongside major alliances in war events. This game also has frequent events and campaigns. These events provide a variety of in-game awards and experiences that may be used to help you level up your Town Hall.

Forge of Empires: Build your City

This product was recommended by Lyle Florez from EasyPeopleSearch

Forge of Empire, a highly rated strategy game for Android users, is available from InnoGames GmbH. This game is free, but you may see advertisements within the game interface. Furthermore, you may like to purchase in-game products or premium features, for which an in-app purchase function has been implemented. This game will make you feel like a genuine monarch as you construct and arrange cities according to your preferences.

Rise of Empires

This product was recommended by Lyle Florez from EasyPeopleSearch

Rise of Empires is about more than just dominating the city; it’s also about putting together a team to win points. The game begins with a real-time nation and medieval tactical conflict in which you must assume command. The game begins in a little village that has been ravaged by the Eastern Dynasty’s siege and the fabled killing of Harbingers. They appear to be in command of dragons’ old strength.

Civilization VI

This product was recommended by Michael Rose from Union Law Firm

It’s a game that allows you to slowly build your empire the way you want to, through conquest, scientific advancement or economic power from the beginning of history all the way through to the modern age. Build your civilization and forge your empire, your way…

Grand War: Rome

This product was recommended by Alex Buchnev from Paddling Space

If you want a legit empire-building game where you can capitalize on your capability to strategize, Grand War: Rome is the best. You can mobilize armies and orchestrate kingdom sieges and defend your land. You will need in-app purchases to help you gain an advantage during your campaigns.

Total War- Three Kingdoms

This product was recommended by Steven Walker from Spylix

Three Kingdoms, the most recent historical instalment in the series, borrows a few elements from Warhammer, which you’ll find elsewhere on this list, to create a massive Chinese civil war fueled by the game’s unique characters both on and off the battlefield. Each is part of a complex network of ties that influences everything from diplomacy to battle performance, and they’re all superhuman warriors like their Warhammer counterparts.

Mount & Blade 2

This product was recommended by Steven Walker from Spylix

Bannerlord is the long-awaited sequel to Warband, and it has been favourably welcomed by Warband fans since its Early Access release earlier this year. The Mount & Blade series is known for its empire-building mechanics and real-time fighting, and Bannerlord enhances and expands on these elements by allowing players to form their mediaeval realm. Players in Bannerlord control a single character in a large sandbox universe. From here, players can choose their path, whether it’s working as a mercenary for hire, attempting to become a vassal of a powerful lord, or founding their kingdom by capturing land and expanding their empire.

Crusader Kings 3

This product was recommended by Phillip Villegas from Three Pedal Mafia

As history flows around you, lead a mediaeval dynasty through the generations. In this award-winning strategy game from Paradox Interactive, you can rule a little country or a vast empire while confronting a bevvy of individuals each with their own personalities and priorities. To supplement your royal levies, recruit men-at-arms battalions and formidable knights. Collect information for blackmailing or call in favours when your plans require a little additional clout.

CIVILIZATION 5

This product was recommended by Joseph Greene from Trinidad Birding

I love the civilization series, and I do like civilization 6, but for me, Civ 5 is where the series hit its peak. I have logged so many hours onto that game, I love building up my empire, fighting for the lands around it against other players, and racing to get to space. I love the mismatched wars of different eras and I love all of the different ways you can play the game. It has to be one of the best games of all time not even from my point of view but from a gaming point of view. If you are one of the few people that haven’t had the pleasure of playing Civ 5 yet then I really recommend you do.

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Written by Zak Parker

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