I highly recommand the tropico serie. One of my favourite games.
I enjoyed equally tropico 1 and 2 (Differences aren’t important, although there was a bug with house renting prices in T1 and I’m not sure it has ever been fixed by an official patch). Didn’t try 3.
It’s more complex than SIMCITY, with more factors to take into account, but also offers much more variery of goals and methods to achieve success (as mentioned, you can rule democratically what will become the wealthiest, happiest industrialized island of the caraibeans, or divert towards your Swiss bank account the money of tourists and tax-evaders who enjoy your luxurious resorts long away from the shanty towns where your impoverished populace lives under the thumbs of your well-paid thugs).
It’s also funnier due to the caricatural theme of 1950-era banana republic. Also, contrarily to Simcity, you have a score, and can lose (by being ousted by a popular revolt or your own military).