We live in happier times for building cities for imaginary people, after several dark but mostly tedious years. Cities: Skylines has done a fine job picking up where Sim City-ish left off before it stumbled, tumbled, broke its legs, and was shot on the track by a licensed sim doctor. If you prefer your city-building more in the style of Caesar and Pharaoh, hey, here's a game inspired by them.
Path of Progress takes cities up from the mud to small villages and towns, through the industrial revolution and ultimately to steampunk brick and brass sprawl with vast monuments and visiting airships. As well as building cities, you obviously need to keep your citizens happy - our own cities still ripple with aftershocks from the industrial revolution. Along with a 26-mission campaign, it has a sandbox mode to build as you please.
It does look jolly pretty, from its quaint Victorian terraced houses to steampunk laboratories bubbling with green fluids.
Lethis - Path of Progress will run you £15/19€/$20 on Steam. Mac and Linux versions are to follow "soon". Developers Triskell Interactive plan for this to be the first game in the wider Lethis universe.
Here, have a launch trailer: