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Rush Hour is the first expansion pack for SimCity 4.

This expasion allows you to take complete control of your city by allowing you to jump directly into the action. You can take control of a speedboat and chase criminals through your canals, you can take your Sims on a tourist ride by hopping into the engineer's booth of a train, you can track down criminals in a police car, being sure to avoid traffic, you can call in the heavy artillery and take control of your army's tank, or you can please the populace by taking control of a single engine plane and and impress everyone with skywriting.

You have a plethora of new transportation options available, to make your Sims trips easier and faster. You can build elevated railways, saving precious ground space, you can create a ferry system to transport Sims from one of your islands to another (residential to industrial, perhaps?), you can construct a monorail network to get Sims to long destinations fast, and you can add double-wide avenues along your city streets to increase speed, and possibly traffic.

Rush Hour allows you to personalize your city by giving you the ability to name streets, highways, neighborhoods, mountains, and bodies of water.

Three new disasters have been added. The major disaster lets you rain down a UFO attack on your city. You may also cause traffic accidents and train derailments.


SimCity 4: Rush Hour Windows I did it!  Completing missions increases your Mayor Rating, and may unlock a reward.
SimCity 4: Rush Hour Windows Do your citizens hate you?  You can hop in your limo and start throwing out piles of cash.
SimCity 4: Rush Hour Windows This Convention Center was a reward for completing four straight civic missions.
SimCity 4: Rush Hour Windows These buildings are gray and almost abandoned, due to a sinking land value.

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Alternate Titles

  • "模拟城市4:高峰时刻" -- Chinese Title (Simplified)
  • "SimCity 4: שעת השיא" -- Hebrew spelling
  • "SimCity 4: Ruuhka-aika" -- Finnish Title
  • "Sim City 4: Hora do Rush" -- Brazilian Title
  • "Sim City 4: Godziny Szczytu" -- Polish Title

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User Reviews

What's the point? Windows James Kirk (159)
Great addition to SC4, but should have been included from the beginning! Windows Kat_Girl (9)

Critic Reviews

GameZone Windows Oct 07, 2003 8.6 out of 10 86
PC Games (Germany) Windows Nov, 2003 84 out of 100 84 Windows Oct 01, 2003 16 out of 20 80
Inside Mac Games (IMG) Macintosh Sep 29, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Withingames Windows Nov 01, 2003 4 out of 5 80 Windows Oct 09, 2003 79 out of 100 79
GameStar (Germany) Windows Nov, 2003 79 out of 100 79
Armchair Empire, The Windows Apr 09, 2004 7.9 out of 10 79 (UK) Windows Oct 17, 2003 7 out of 10 70
GameSpy Windows Oct 02, 2003 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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