AirportA strange thing in SimCity: If you query (Q) the RADAR (or is it something else? The moving part, anyways) at the airport, it is reported as industrial, instead of airport
Browser versionTo celebrate the release of SimCity 4: Rush Hour, EA Games put a web-based version of this original SimCity game up on their website for play.
As of 2006, the URL is http://simcity.ea.com/play/simcity_classic.php
Commodore 64 versionThe Commodore 64 version is missing various features. Some of the things missing are fire and police stations, the eval stat screen, stadiums, and meltdowns.
Copy ProtectionIn the original DOS release of SimCity, the copy protection was handled a bit different than most games.
The game gave you 3 square symbols, and then asked you to enter a City and Population. The copy protection itself was printed on dark red papers (therefore uncopyable).
Cover artThe change in box designs (see cover scans) was due to trademark infringement- the use of Godzilla on the cover wasn't appreciated by Toho Studios.
DevelopmentThe first version of the game was finished in 1985, but publishers at the time refused to release it because it was a non-standard game without a clear goal. So Will Wright and Jeff Braun had to found their own company, Maxis, to get it out. In hindsight, the publishers were terribly wrong and the game became a huge success.
DisastersSome of the game's "random disasters" aren't really random at all. For instance, if you demolish a church a tornado will strike your city...every time! According to Johnny L Wilson's SimCity Planning Commission Handbook, this connection was implemented in order to discourage "impious" players from bulldozing churches due to perceived (not actual) effects on these public buildings' effects on the tax base. The connection only exists in the IBM version and is inspired by the phrase "acts of God" used in the insurance industry to describe property damage-causing natural disasters..
LanguagesThe Japanese PC-98 port can be switched to English in the configuration screen.
MonsterIn the PC releases of SimCity, the monster that can destroy your city in a large red lizard. In the SNES release, the monster is Bowser, from the Mario games!
One LaptopIn 2007 it was announced that SimCity will be one of the games included with the One Laptop Per Child Program's $100 laptops.
Source code releaseThe original game's source was released under a GPL license in January 2008. The game's name was changed to Micropolis because Electronic Arts holds the license, and plane crashes have been removed because of the 9/11 incident.
Super Smash Bros.Dr. Wright from the SNES version appears as an assist trophy in the Wii game Super Smash Bros.: Brawl.
Contributed by Robert Morgan (863) on Jun 04, 2000. [revised by : Patrick Bregger (98689), Jo ST (6437) and Trypticon (6011)]. -- edit trivia