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The best base building games

Base building is a self-explanatory gameplay activity featured mainly in strategy and simulation games. In the X-Com series, part of the game involves building your base to properly fight an alien invasion. In Dungeon Keeper the goal of the game is to build an underground base and defend it from heroes. Recently some devs took base-building to a whole new level with games such as Dwarf Fortress and Rimworld.

Most popular base building games

Zoo Tycoon
simulationWindows XP/98/95
Age of Empires
strategyWindows XP/98/95
Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings
strategyWindows XP/98/95
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X-COM: Ufo Defense

DOS1994protected4.3/5 MicroProse Software
UFO: Enemy Unknown (or X-COM: Ufo Defense) is a sci-fi tactical strategy game created by Julian Gollop set in a not-to-distant future where aliens are invading the Earth. The gameplay switches between tactical combat, where you fight aliens in a turn-based fashion, and strategic micromanagement, where you manage your X-COM base and personnel.
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Age of Empires 2: The Age of Kings

Windows XP/98/951999protecteddemo4.3/5 Ensemble Studios
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Free Enterprise

Windows XP/98/9519964.2/5 Tsunami Media
Dehumanizing offices? Check. Depressing environment? Check. No windows in the whole place? Check. Good, I'm ready to exploit my workers and become great entrepreneur. All of this thanks to Free Enterprise, a simulation for Windows by Tsunami Media, published in 1996.
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Age of Empires

Windows XP/98/951997protecteddemo4.2/5 Ensemble Studios
Age of Empires, published by Microsoft and developed by Ensemble Studios, is one of the most popular historical RTS and started a successful series. The player must guide a civilization from prehistory to the iron age, battling other civilizations, building and gathering resources.
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Age of Wonders

Windows XP/98/951999protecteddemo4.2/5 Triumph Studios
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The Settlers

DOS1993protected4.2/5 Blue Byte Software
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X-COM: Terror from the Deep

DOS1995protected4.2/5 MicroProse Software
X-COM: Terror from the Deep is a DOS science fiction tactical strategy game, the sequel of one of the most popular DOS games in history X-COM Ufo Defense. Terror from the Deep was designed by Stephen Gross (the X-COM original being designed by Julian Gollop) and was published by MicroProse Software back in 1995. Terror from the deep doesn't change ...
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Castles 2: Siege and Conquest

DOSMac1992protected4.2/5 Quicksilver Software
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X-COM: Apocalypse

DOSWindows XP/98/951997protected4.1/5 Mythos Software
X-COM: Apocalypse is the third installment of the very popular X-COM franchise. After X-COM: Ufo Defence and Terror From the Deep, fans expected another smash hit. Apocalypse is quite different under many aspects, from gameplay to aesthetics. X-COM Apocalypse was designed by Julian Gollop (the same designer that brought the original X-COM to l...
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Zoo Tycoon

Windows XP/98/9520014.1/5 Blue Fang Games
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Dungeon Keeper 3: War for the Overworld

Windows2000canceled4.1/5 Bullfrog
Dungeon Keeper 3 was a cancelled dungeon management strategy game being developed by Bullfrog that was never released. Dungeon Keeper 3 was cancelled in 2000 and the Dungeon Keeper franchise ended without a third chapter.
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SimTower

Windows 3.x19944.1/5 OPeNBooK Co.
SimTower is an old Windows 3.x (1994) building and business simulation game where the player is tasked with the management of a skyscraper nonetheless. Raise floors, build apartments, shops, offices and try to avoid bankruptcy if you can. SimTower spawned some similar games for mobile devices, most notably the wonderful Tiny Tower, It's surprisingl...
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Age of Wonders 2: The Wizard's Throne

Windows XP/98/952002protected4.1/5 Triumph Studios
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Dungeon Keeper

DOSWindows XP/98/95Mac1997protected4.1/5 Electronic Arts
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SimFarm

DOS19934.1/5 Maxis
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Castles

DOS1991protected4.1/5 Quicksilver Software
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Theme Hospital

DOSWindows XP/98/951997protecteddemo4.1/5 Bullfrog
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Dungeon Keeper 2

Windows XP/98/95Mac1997protected4/5 Bullfrog
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Yoot Tower

Windows XP/98/9519994/5 OPeNBooK Co.
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Rampart

DOS19924/5 Atari
Rampart is an abandoned mix of strategy and shooter game designed by Dave Ralston and John Salwitz, developed by Atari and released by Electronic Arts in 1992 for DOS. Rampart was converted from the original arcade version to a number of platforms, including Amiga, Atari ST, C64, Game Boy, Genesis, Lynx, NES, SEGA Master System, SNES. Rampart is a ...
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The Settlers II: Veni, Vidi, Vici

DOSMac1996protected3.9/5 Blue Byte Software
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Theme Park

DOS1994protected3.9/5 Bullfrog
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Reunion

DOS19943.7/5 Dinamic Multimedia
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Dinopark Tycoon

DOS19933.6/5 Manley Associates
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