Planning Games Buying Guide

Micromanaging planets or people or civilisations has a certain appeal; you can control certain aspects like the weather, decide that characters deserve a better job, or that specific nations deserve a war. It's also very satisfying to start a game with very little and watch that settlement or character or nation grow and develop, you pruning all the way. It is also satisfying to blow up said settlements or characters or nations. Whichever way you play, it works out in your favour, if not the character's. Planning games are available for most systems, computer games ,console games , and handheld games , so depending on what system you have, there is more than likely a planning game that will be compatible with your system, and hopefully your personal taste.


  • Third person view
  • Similar to the PC game
  • Fewer ways for Sims to die
  • Unlike the PC version, Sims don't age or have babies
  • Available for Mac, PC, Playstation 2, Xbox, Nintendo Gamecube, Nintendo DS, Gameboy Advance, and PSP
  • Remake of 1987 version
  • Single player with multiple player options
  • Take over ships and plunder the Caribbean
  • Pit opposing governments against each other
  • Different talents available for main character
  • Available for PC, Xbox, Xbox 360, PSP, Mac
  • Create a character new to town
  • Multiplayer options available
  • Remake of a Japanese game
  • Operates in real-time
  • Available for Nintendo 64, Nintendo Gamecube, Nintendo iQue
  • Play as a farmer with crops and livestock
  • Characters grow old
  • Crops are dependent on seasons
  • Design Hybrid crops
  • Meet and marry bachelorettes
  • Available for Playstation 2, Nintendo Gamecube


  • Gain access to different districts and build reputation
  • Get better apartments
  • Music by the Black Eyed Peas 
  • Receive tasks
  • Available for Nintendo DS, and Gameboy Advance
  • Based on the films
  • Good Guys VS Bad Guys
  • Attack the opposition as a collective force
  • War simulation game
  • Available for Nintendo DS and PSP
  • Pay off housing debt
  • Played in real-time
  • Observes holidays
  • All of the characters live in the same house
  • The objective of the game is to collect housing furniture, add on to the house, and pay off loans.
  • Available for Nintendo DS
  • Be a Tamagotchi and run a business
  • Get paid in 'gotchi'
  • Work up to twelve stores
  • Make shops better and get higher ratings
  • The higher the ratings the better
  • The goal is to get all shops to the highest rating
  • Available for Nintendo DS


  • Build empires from small cities
  • Be declared world leader
  • Expansion packs available
  • Starts at year 4000 BC ends at 2050 AD
  • Trade with nations and create civilisations
  • Available for Mac and PC
  • Build cities
  • Three views: God mode, Mayor mode, MySim mode
  • 3D graphics
  • Expansion pack available
  • Night and day views
  • Available for Mac and PC
  • Strategy/planning game
  • Political and war strategies employed
  • Control the military
  • Decide national relations
  • Control trade, economics and politics
  • Available for PC
  • Play as Hugh Hefner and build the magazine
  • Interact with other characters
  • Start with a small magazine and work your way up
  • Shoot covers and print the magazine
  • Throw parties at the mansion
  • Available for PC, Xbox and PlayStation 2


  • Originally released in 1991
  • Begins in 4000 BC
  • Build an empire
  • Micromanage your empire
  • Available for Mac, PC, MS-DOS, Amiga, Atari, Super NES
  • Originally released in 1990
  • Build a planet
  • Micromanage weather and evolution
  • Build civilization
  • Planet lasts 10 billion game years
  • Available for most systems
  • Originally released in 1995
  • Science kit game
  • Solve puzzles
  • Tinker with inventions
  • Available for Windows 95

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