A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, and Linux

Website/Forums - Cytopia.net - https://www.cytopia.net/
YouTube - Cytopia - https://www.youtube.com/Cytopia
Twitter - @CytopiaGame - https://twitter.com/CytopiaGame
Reddit - r/Cytopia - https://www.reddit.com/r/Cytopia/
Discord - Cytopia - https://discord.gg/brrVspBUZu
Patreon - Cytopia -  https://www.patreon.com/cytopia
itch io - Cytopia - https://cytopia.itch.io/cytopia
GitHub - Cytopia by CytopiaTeam - https://github.com/CytopiaTeam/Cytopia

Cytopia is a free, open source retro pixel-art city building game with a big focus on mods. It utilizes a custom isometric rendering engine based on SDL2.

Current Key Features:

  • Custom UI System, based on JSON. Highly moddable
  • SDL2 based rendering engine written in C++
  • Camera panning, zooming, relocating
  • Terrain manipulation
  • Procedural Terrain Generation
  • Pixel-art graphics made by graphics team lead by Kingtut 101
  • An original soundtrack, ambient noises, and sound effects made mostly by MB22
  • A Qt based tile editor for editing TileData JSON files

Planned features:

  • Biomes
  • OpenGL Renderer
  • Gameplay mechanics
  • In-Game Mod downloading mechanism
  • Android / iOS
  • Scripting language for mods (like LUA)

For code documentation see the projects Doxygen Documentation.

If you have questions or if you want to join the project, visit the Projects Discord Server If discord is not for you, visit our IRC channel on freenode at #Cytopia

In case you want to support our project on patreon, visit our Patreon Page

Project Leads / Lead Developers

SimplyLiz(Engine, UI, ...)
Ercadio (Engine, Unittests)
Cad'ika Orade (Procedural Terrain Generation) 


adct23 (Engine, Audiosystem)
AnotherFoxGuy (BuildSystem, WebSite, Community Manager)
Kollix (TileData Editor)
lizzyd710 (UI, Translator)
Notakas (Engine, Gameplay)
Paragoumba (Engine, Gameplay, Translator)
utilForever (Code Reviews, Consulting)
Westrox (Engine, Gameplay)
Yukyduky (Engine, Gameplay)

Graphics Artists

Kingtut 101 (Lead Artist, Community Manager)
Pineapples Trix
RockFort (Translator)
MaroonShaded (Translator)
Panzerkampfwagen 2 ausf (Junior Graphics Artist)

Sound Design

MB22 (OST, Sound Effects, Ambient Noise)
sqwdmusic (OST)

Updated 18 hours ago
StatusIn development
PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux
Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars
(13 total ratings)
AuthorsCytopia, AnotherFoxGuy
Made withSDL
Code licenseGNU General Public License v3.0 (GPL)
Average sessionAbout a half-hour
InputsKeyboard, Mouse, Touchscreen
LinksBlog, Homepage, Community, Patreon


Linux Devel 59 MB
Version CIBuild-1952-commit-28d36c057fd8b8a1f5088d09976a7132020368db 18 hours ago
MacOS Devel 59 MB
Version CIBuild-1952-commit-28d36c057fd8b8a1f5088d09976a7132020368db 18 hours ago
Windows Devel 57 MB
Version CIBuild-1952-Commit-28d36c057fd8b8a1f5088d09976a7132020368db 18 hours ago

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Under Linux, the first thing I did was try to make a road. The road menu falls off the left side, so... no.

Does not work under Linux.

The game doesn't really work in general tbh. The UI is broken on every platform


I'll be watching for a fixed version

Looks promising but needs more work (on Linux version at least). I can't resize the window and a lot of the icons are off the left edge and I can't click on them.

Also the hover time is too long when hovering over an icon to bring up the tooltip (so I can see what that button does).

I'm running it on Android 12 and there are no UI elements whatsoever. I'm just looking at a green landscape. It's definitely running. I can zoom in and out and look around but that's it.

I think the UI is just off screen. I think the game has issues with adjusting its resolution properly.

I tried the Android version on the Anbernic RG353P and I had two issues.

Firstly, the game’s UI is completely broken on a 4:3 aspect ratio. I tried fiddling a little with the video settings with no improvement.

And lastly, this device has an integrated gamepad but Cytopia doesn’t seem to support controllers on Android at all.

I don't recall the game ever supporting gamepads tbh. Is that listed somewhere on the website?


I was just noting it didn’t work for me, and it would be neat if it did.

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I can't play on Android:

Error: dlopen failed: cannot locate symbol "inflateValidate" referenced by"/data/app/com.cytopia.cytopia-RiEgLpXX...

I downloaded the latest version.

I'll let the developers know about it

Thank you!

What version of Android are you using?

I can't find but I think it's the most recent.

Is project still in development or it is abandoned by its dev? Just asking, 'cause last Dev Blog was created 10 months ago and Discord server link doesn't work.


Lol sorry about that. I always forget to post the dev blogs here. It's the only place where they aren't posted automatically. I'll upload them soon. 

Yes, the game I still under development. The devs are currently working on revamping the GUI system. They have to redo all the custom HUI stuff someone else made and replace it with a library/framework or something.

I also apologize for replying so late. I never got a notification for your comment.

Anyway, here's a link to the discord. Someone must have deleted all the previous invites...


the game is good but on my android phone the screen is cropped, please fix it asap & make the control easy

is v 0.4 is bug look

What's the issue?

is v0.4 bug


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The game doesn't work.

Aug 20 21:28:22 - [ERROR] - Exception thrown from SDL_Surface* ResourcesManager::createSurfaceFromFile(const string&) at src/engine/ResourcesManager.cxx:102 - File /home/luarocks/downloads/cytopia-linux-ci/resources/images/buildings/commercial/com_3x3_BureauDepoStefeCamp_RF.png doesn't exist

There is only `com_3x3_bureaudepostefecamp_RF.png`.


Great game indeed!

was the android port really made, using sdl and c++ ? 

yes, but the build that's currently being uploaded to itch is unfortunately broken.

  1. Un error en mi dispositivo móvil al instalarlo y abrirlo se queda frisado y te saca no puedo jugar

We're sorry about the error! The Android version of the game isn't currently functional.


looks like small version of theotown

how can i un puse

Sorry, but how can I make it full screen?


press ESCAPE, go to settings and there should be a menu to go fullscreen :)

Thank you so much!!

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 My video about Cytopia, building a nice tropical island city

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This game seems to crash frequently upon placing water, electrical utilities, or zoning blocks.

This appears to occur with any object. It occured after almost every game.


I figured it out. Placing roads, demolishing them and them placing something over caused the crash. It's fixed now

Thank you! I've fixed the 1920x1080 crash and the update should be live now. But i cannot get the game to crash by placing objects. can you please provide a more detailled description, so i can reproduce and fix this? 



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Menu tiles do go out of the screen on debug->commercial.

We're working hard on a complete new UI that will resolve this and many other issues. Stay tuned :)

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Works now. No crashes except for when pressing load game with no loadable game.

This will be fixed together with new UI. We'll add a savegame dialog that let you name your save files and choose from different ones.

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Placing ground decoration, under debug->decoration->ground decoration has been fixed again.

roads on slopes do not work.


Roads on slopes should work without problems. The european roads (the grey ones on the right) had no slope sprites since they were not ready, but this was fixed by the artist too.

Fixed in last update.

Two of the european roads (I recommend numbering them to prevent confusion) have noticible gaps in corners now

Their image is not centered

Do you want me to move this to Github?

Game is awesome :)

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Another Gameplay Video by Kingtut 101

A Cytopia "SpeedArt" video by our lead graphics artist, Kingtut 101:

it wont let me download

Are you on Windows? If so, which version and which architecture? (32 / 64bit?)

A gameplay timelapse video by Kingtut 101.


Just showing off what can be done so far


Wow what an amazing game! 5 out of 5 stars!


This is a really good game :)


yusuf8a684 was here B)