29 must-have PC management games

Management games are a curious variation of strategy games. They focus less on domination and more on creating a well-oiled machine. This machine can be an army, a city or a soccer team, but they all share the same functionality of building infrastructures and developing systems, but above all the same love for excessive customization.

Management games were extremely popular in the 90s. But, there were fewer and fewer of them at the beginning of the millennium. And recently, thanks to retrogaming, they're making a comeback. To celebrate this newfound popularity, we've compiled a list of 29 must-have management games.

Sim City 1

Sim City

27,72 £ on Amazon

Control an entire region with up to 16 cities at a time, each with its own unique characteristics. Multiplayer adds a new facet to your game, as your decisions will affect both your city and your region and create new ways to play by collaborating or completing with others.

Tropico 5: Complete Collection 2

Tropico 5: Complete Collection

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Featuring a host of new gameplay features and new artwork designed from the ground up, Tropico 5 takes the series in a new direction: dynasties! As El Presidente, you'll first take control of the infamous island of Tropico in the early colonial period, then guide it through the centuries as the world changes and moves on.

Microsoft Flight Simulator Standard 3

Microsoft Flight Simulator Standard

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From light to wide-body aircraft, fly highly detailed and accurate aircraft in this 2020 version of Microsoft Flight Simulator. Test your piloting skills against the challenges of night flying, real-time atmospheric simulation, and live weather in a dynamic, living world.

Autobahn-Polizei Simulator 2 4

Autobahn-Polizei Simulator 2

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Start your even more exciting career as a police force on Europe's fastest road with the successor to the popular Autobahn Police Simulator. For the first time in Autobahn Police Simulator 2, you can use the character creator to customize your avatar's head, body and even clothing in the game.

Euro Truck Simulator 2: Road to the Black Sea DLC - Map Extension 5

Euro Truck Simulator 2: Road to the Black Sea DLC - Map Extension

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Road to the Black Sea brings three new European regions. Drivers will be able to expand their business and deliver to the countries of Romania, known for the wooded Transylvania region and the surrounding Carpathian mountain range, Bulgaria with its diverse terrain and Black Sea coastline, and the Trakya region of Turkey which is the gateway to Europe's largest city, Istanbul.

Euro Truck Simulator 2 : Vive la France DLC - Map Extension 6

Euro Truck Simulator 2 : Vive la France DLC - Map Extension

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Vive la France! is a great map expansion for Euro Truck Simulator 2. Drive along wide boulevards of industrial cities and narrow streets of rural hamlets. Enjoy the typical French landscape with its diverse terrain and disparate vegetation from north to south, and from east to west.

Farming Simulator 17 7

Farming Simulator 17

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Farming Simulator 17, developed by Giants Software, invites you into the challenging world of a modern farmer. Take on all the challenges of farming life, including raising livestock, growing crops, selling goods and cutting wood. You decide how you want to manage and develop your farm in a huge, open world.

Farming Simulator 19 8

Farming Simulator 19

7,74 £ on Amazon

The Farming Simulator franchise takes a giant step forward in 2018. The ultimate farming simulation returns with a complete graphics engine overhaul, offering the more striking and immersive visual effects, as well as a deeper and more complete farming experience.

The Sims 4: At Work 9

The Sims 4: At Work

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Live the exciting life of an emergency room doctor and spend your days saving lives, delivering babies and performing emergency surgery. Pick up your badge and start investigating crime scenes, interviewing suspects and solving cases as a detective. Use your analytical brain to make discoveries as a scientist and decide if you will use your inventions for good or evil. Create a variety of retail businesses including bakeries, clothing stores, art galleries, bookstores and more.

ANNO 1800 10

ANNO 1800

47,99 £ on Amazon

Take the lead in the industrial revolution! Welcome to the dawn of the industrial age. The path you choose will define your world. Are you an innovator or an exploiter? A conqueror or a liberator? How the world remembers your name depends on you. That's what the ANNO 1800 experience is all about.

Civilization: Beyond Earth 11

Civilization: Beyond Earth

3,99 £ on Amazon

Civilization: Beyond Earth sends players on an expedition from Earth to lead their people to a new frontier to explore and colonize an alien planet and create a new civilization.

Civilization Beyond Earth: Rising Tide 12

Civilization Beyond Earth: Rising Tide

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After the first wave of large colony ships left Earth, humanity's jubilation was short-lived. Those who remained fell into a violent struggle for the rapidly diminishing resources of their arid world. Out of this tumultuous period, four new factions emerged. These newcomers were founded not in the idealism of their predecessors, but on opportunism, resilience, ruthlessness, and, most importantly, a commitment to their own survival.

Civilization V 13

Civilization V

15,99 £ on Amazon

With over nine million units sold worldwide and numerous positive reviews, the Civilization license is recognized as one of the greatest strategy management franchises of all time. Now, Firaxis Games will take this fun and addictive strategy game to unprecedented heights by adding new ways to play and win; new tools to manage and grow your civilization; expanded modding capabilities; and intensely competitive multiplayer options with Civilization V.

Civilization VI 14

Civilization VI

25,34 £ on Amazon

Civilization VI offers new ways to interact with your world, expand your empire across the map, advance your culture, and compete with the greatest leaders in history to build a civilization that will stand the test of time.

Northgard 15


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Northgard is a strategic management game based on Norse mythology in which you control a clan of Vikings vying for control of a mysterious new continent.

Total War: Rome II - Spartan Edition 16

Total War: Rome II - Spartan Edition

27,99 £ on Amazon

The Spartan Edition contains the base game Total War: Rome II and the new epic campaign expansion Wrath of Sparta, which focuses exclusively on the Hellenic world and immerses players in the turbulent events of the famous Peloponnesian War.

Total War: Warhammer II 17

Total War: Warhammer II

47,99 £ on Amazon

Total War: Warhammer II offers players a new narrative campaign, set across the vast continents of Lustria, Ulthuan, Naggaroth and the Southlands. The Great Vortex campaign expands to a final and decisive endgame, an experience unlike any other Total War title to date.

Cossacks 2 - Battle For Europe 18

Cossacks 2 - Battle For Europe

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The Cossacks II: Battle for Europe expansion is a direct sequel to Cossacks II: Napoleonic Wars. The game depicts the relatively short historical period of the Napoleonic Wars. Napoleon's wars changed Europe for good, leading to the formation of empires and ending nearly a thousand years of constant conflict between small states that had broken up Europe. The game features mass battles between armies involved in conflicts during this period.

Warhammer 40K: Mechanicus 19

Warhammer 40K: Mechanicus

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Take control of one of the most technologically advanced armies in the Imperium: the Adeptus Mechanicus. As Magos Dominus Faustinius, you will lead the expedition to the newly rediscovered planet of Silva Tenebris. Manage resources, discover long-forgotten technology, plan tactical operations using Noosphere technology, and control your Tech-Priests with every move.

Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War III 20

Warhammer 40K: Dawn of War III

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Join a brutal battle between three warring factions in Dawn of War III. You will have no choice but to confront your enemies when a catastrophic weapon is found on the mysterious world of Acheron.

Age of Empires III: The Complete Collection 21

Age of Empires III: The Complete Collection

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Age of Empires III: Complete completes the celebration of one of the most beloved real-time strategy franchises with remastered graphics and music, all previously released expansions, and brand new content to enjoy for the very first time.

Immortal Realms: Vampire Wars 22

Immortal Realms: Vampire Wars

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For as long as historians can remember, the ancient line of Dracul has ruled the mysterious land of Warmont - Kingdom of the Blood Throne. Within the isolated borders of this land, an unholy court of vampires feast on the blood of their human subjects. And, as long as they willingly give it, a vicious peace between mortal and immortal is maintained under the watchful eye of the vampiric rulers - Vlad and Cecilia Dracul, forever bound by eternal love.

Total War: Shogun 2 Collection 23

Total War: Shogun 2 Collection

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Shogun 2 is the ultimate refinement of the original formula with new state-of-the-art AI, more polish and online features than ever before. The result is the perfect blend of real-time and turn-based strategy games that invites both Total War veterans and new players to discover the fun and depth of the series.

Soccer Manager 2018 24

Soccer Manager 2018

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Write your own story in soccer history with Football Manager 2018. Soccer Manager 2018 delivers a realistic experience in depth, emotion and control like never before. Manage your favorite club or create one, and lead it to the top of world soccer.

The Settlers 5: Legacy of Kings 25

The Settlers 5: Legacy of Kings

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The Settlers 5: Legacy of Kings is a world-building strategy game with fully rendered 3D visuals and inevitably addictive gameplay. Players can dive into a detailed medieval world offering a unique blend of RTS and simulation.

Iron Harvest 26

Iron Harvest

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Iron Harvest is a real-time strategy/management game (RTS) set in the alternate reality of 1920+, just after the end of the Great War. The game allows you to control giant machines, combining epic single-player and co-op campaigns as well as skirmishes with intense battlefield action for multiplayer fans, Iron Harvest is the classic real-time strategy game that fans have been waiting for.

Phoenix Point 27

Phoenix Point

23,92 £ on Amazon

An unusual virus discovered in the melting permafrost is exciting the scientific community. It has a massive genome and only 1% of its genes match anything in the known worlds. This opens a Pandora's box. What kinds of discoveries will come from studying the contents?

Command & Conquer : Red Alert 3 28

Command & Conquer : Red Alert 3

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Red Alert 3 breaks new ground in the RTS genre, with a fully cooperative campaign while bringing back the series' lighthearted style and classic action-oriented gameplay. In Red Alert 3, the desperate leadership of a doomed Soviet Union travels back in time to change history and restore the glory of Mother Russia. The time travel mission goes awry, creating an alternate timeline where technology has evolved entirely differently, a new superpower has been thrust onto the world stage, and World War III rages.

Desperados 3 - Collector's Edition 29

Desperados 3 - Collector's Edition

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On his epic journey across the United States and Mexico in the 1870s, John Cooper will have to take responsibility for mistakes made in the past. In his quest for redemption, Cooper joins forces with runaway bride Kate O'Hara, shady Arthur Doc McCoy, giant trapper Hector and a mysterious New Orleans lady. They make their way from the mountains of Colorado to the heart of Louisiana, and finally to New Mexico.


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