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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 Game Boy Advance City ordinances window.
SimCity 2000 PlayStation Loading screen
SimCity 2000 Macintosh A thriving city
SimCity 2000 Amiga Starting a new city. (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 (1918)
Never cared much for this one. DOS Tomer Gabel (4388)
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

The DOS Spirit DOS Dec 08, 2005 6 out of 6 100
PC Gamer DOS May, 1994 95 out of 100 95
PC Player (Germany) DOS Feb, 1994 90 out of 100 90
PC Player (Germany) Windows Mar, 1996 90 out of 100 90
PC Games (Germany) Windows 3.x Feb, 1995 88 out of 100 88
Mega Fun SEGA Saturn Dec, 1995 87 out of 100 87
GamePro (US) SNES Jan, 1997 4 out of 5 80
GameSpot Windows May 01, 1996 7.2 out of 10 72 Game Boy Advance Nov 12, 2003 11 out of 20 55
IGN Nintendo 64 Feb 28, 1998 3.5 out of 10 35


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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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