There are dozens of games that have a city building element.
Some like Age of Empires require you to build cities to get income. The income can then be used to fight wars and conquer other cities.
Other games are pure city building games. Sim City is one of the oldest city building games and has been getting regular updates for the last ten years. Sim City 4 is the latest and greatest update. The trick is to solve all the problems that come with maintaining cities. You need to keep the inhabitants happy. You need to set the right tax rates and get enough money coming in to build the city you want to build.
The list below is a starting point if you looking for a city building game that will most suit you.
Sim City 4 lets you build mega cities or small towns.
Some of the Best City Building Games
1602 A.D. Medieval Lords Age of Empires Pharaoh Caesar SimCity 2000 Caesar IV SimCity 3000 Children of the Nile SimCity 4 Cities XL SimCity Classic City Life SimCity Societies
CivCity: Rome Space Themed City Buildin Civilization 3 Stronghold Cultures Stronghold 2 Emperor RMK Tropico Free City Building Games @Tycoon City: New York Glory of the Roman Empire Zeus
Tropico 3: Lead a small tropical island to a prosperous future. Build a great city in the sun.
Part of the fun is that you are a leader of dubious worth- a dictator, who gets cooperation through threats or bribes!
Rise of Nations: build and defend your cities in this famous strategy game. Conquor the world to win!
CivCity Rome: build and maintain various cities in the Roman Empire