A lot of role-playing games let you visit villages. Not a lot let you run them.
In late 2010, developer Kairosoft released one of its older mobile management games, long out in Japan on standard phones, in the West. That game was Game Dev Story. And it was brilliant.
When I was at university, I was designing a game with a friend. With The Sims making buckets of money and Theme Park being a big inspiration, we set out to make a game based on...running a shopping mall.