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SimCity 4

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The most noticeable change in the fourth main game in the series comes through the new graphics, now in full 3D. The basic goal remains the same: build the ultimate city. You do this by balancing funding of community services with taxes, transit fares, and other forms of income.

But now you have more options. The new god mode tools allow you to sculpt a realistic terrain in seconds. And now disasters won't happen in random locations, you choose where to unleash them. There are all new buildings, and the gameplay is a bit more challenging this time: you have to actually start small, the way a real city is developed, or you'll run out of money. You can also import people from The Sims and insert them into your city, and have them give you feedback.

Your advisors are improved. They too are in full 3D, and they won't annoy you as much. They will provide you with helpful advice, and you can listen to them or annoy them to the point that they all turn into llamas. Literally.

SimCity 4 also lets you control your neighboring cities. Low demand for industry? Go next door and build some houses. Then connect the two cities with roads, and soon residents of your neighbor will want jobs. The game stays true to its predecessors, while adding new features and improvements.


SimCity 4 Windows The Region screen, where you can manage different cities of varying sizes.
SimCity 4 Windows You can view your city's budget, tax rate, ordinaces enacted, deals, and other finanical information.
SimCity 4 Windows The basic layout for my city; Residential in the top right, Industry to the left, and Commercial to the bottom right.
SimCity 4 Windows A highway system, ready to connect all the zones.

Alternate Titles

  • "模拟城市4" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "SC4" -- Common abbreviation

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User Reviews

A difficult but engrossing game. Windows Matt Kracht (7)
Slow but beautiful Windows Paranoid Opressor (167)
The best Simcity game yet! Windows JL3001 (20)

The Press Says (UK) Windows Jan 13, 2003 9 out of 10 90 Windows Mar 24, 2003 90 out of 100 90
PC Zone Benelux Windows Feb, 2003 88 out of 100 88 Windows Apr 04, 2003 8.34 out of 10 83
PC Action Windows Dec 16, 2002 82 out of 100 82
Joystick (French) Windows Jan, 2003 8 out of 10 80 Windows Aug 24, 2003 16 out of 20 80
Gamereactor (Sweden) Windows May 08, 2003 8 out of 10 80
Inside Mac Games (IMG) Macintosh Jul 29, 2003 7.25 out of 10 72
Clubic Windows Jan 22, 2003 7 out of 10 70


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When loading a city, one of the random things the loader says is "Pixelizing Nude Patch." This is a reference to nude patches for The Sims, some which even make the nudity more realistic.

Related Web Sites

  • NZMac Review (A (largely) unscored review of the Macintosh version of the game by NZMac, a New Zealand Apple site (Nov. 03, 2003).)
  • Simtropolis (Large fansite with a lot of information and downloads.)
  • Urban Planning For Fun and Simoleons (An Apple Games article (archived on the author's webpage) about the Macintosh version of SimCity 4, with commentary being provided by Producer Sean Decker (July, 2003).)
Contributed to by Corn Popper (69521) and Zack Green (1015)