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SimCity 2000

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SimCity 2000 is the successor to the city simulation game Sim City. You are once again the mayor, but this time you can fully customize the terrain before building your city. The graphics are isometric, whereas the original had graphics displayed in a top-down fashion.

This title adds numerous features over the original such as the ability of building "light" zones, subways, hospitals, colleges, zoos, and arcos which are actually cities in cities. You can now give names to places, and your city is surrounded by neighboring towns with which you can make trade. Finally, instead of the poll in the first game you now have the option of reading several newspapers to get an idea of your progress.


SimCity 2000 FM Towns Try to expand this pitiful town
SimCity 2000 Amiga Building some roads. (Hi Res AGA)
SimCity 2000 SNES Title Screen
SimCity 2000 Amiga The newspaper keeps you informed of what's going in your city and in the world. (Hi Res AGA)

Alternate Titles

  • "模拟城市2000" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "סים סיטי 2000" -- Hebrew spelling
  • "SimCity 2000: The Ultimate City Simulator" -- Tag-lined title
  • "SimCity 2000: Symulator Buddwy I Rozwoju Miasta" -- Polish tag-lined title
  • "SimCity 2000: La Super-Simulation D'Urbanisme" -- French tag-lined title
  • "SimCity 2000: Der ultimative Städte-Simulator" -- German tag-lined title
  • "Sim City 2000" -- Alternate spelling
  • "SC2K" -- Formal abbreviation
  • "SC2000" -- Informal abbreviation
  • "シムシティー2000" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

The best of the Sim City bunch Windows Condemned (70)
Reticulating Splines DOS Feem (45)
Great addictive gamplay but the original did it better for me DOS Julian McKenzie (159)
A worthy sequel which not only improves on the original but also adds some exciting new features DOS IJan (1920)
Never cared much for this one. DOS Tomer Gabel (4394)
Eh...I guess it's possible to like it. DOS Yeah Right (57)
An awful redo of the fantastic computer game. Mediocre at best. Game Boy Advance J W (101)
Another Maxis classic DOS MiG Attack (9)

The Press Says

Entertainment Weekly DOS Jan 13, 1995 A 100
PC Gamer DOS 1994 94 out of 100 94
PC Games (Germany) DOS Feb, 1994 93 out of 100 93
Power Play DOS Feb, 1994 90 out of 100 90
X64 Nintendo 64 Apr, 1998 4 out of 5 80
GameSpot Windows May 01, 1996 7.2 out of 10 72
All Game Guide Macintosh 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Total! (Germany) SNES Jan, 1997 2.75 out of 6 65
Digital Entertainment News (den) Game Boy Advance Jul 23, 2004 6 out of 10 60
Defunct Games SEGA Saturn Dec 18, 2004 59 out of 100 59


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1001 Video Games

SimCity 2000 appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


SimCity 2000 is viewed from a dimetric rather than isometric perspective. This means that two sides of an object are at the same angle, while the other is not.


Few gamers must have noticed that trees actually multiply in this game. Leave the game running for a few days at top speed with all automatic functions, a surplus budget and disabled disasters and you'll see the results. This leaves the game in a useless state as environmental activists complain each time you to try to build something on a square.


  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #12 Hardest Computer Game
  • PC Gamer
    • April 2000 - #20 in the "Readers All-Time Top 50 Games" poll
    • April 2005 - #29 in the "50 Best Games of All Time" list
  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1995 – Best Simulation in 1994
Information also contributed by PCGamer77 and Zack Green

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