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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 ... except two walking piles of re-used car parts that destroys everything they step on.
SimCity 4: Rush Hour Windows There are also "alternative" missions.  These are evil.  They usually net you a lot of cash, but they lower your Mayor Rating.
SimCity 4: Rush Hour Windows A nice, quiet, high income residential area sitting on an island.
SimCity 4: Rush Hour Windows I did it!  Completing missions increases your Mayor Rating, and may unlock a reward.

Promo Images

SimCity 4: Rush Hour Screenshot
SimCity 4: Rush Hour Screenshot
SimCity 4: Rush Hour Other UK cover art - RGB
SimCity 4: Rush Hour Screenshot


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 (168)
Great addition to SC4, but should have been included from the beginning! Windows Kat_Girl (9)

Critic Reviews Windows Oct 03, 2003 90 out of 100 90
GameZone Windows Oct 07, 2003 8.6 out of 10 86
GameSpot Windows Sep 29, 2003 8.3 out of 10 83
ActionTrip Windows Oct 01, 2003 81 out of 100 81
Joystick (French) Windows Nov, 2003 8 out of 10 80 Windows Oct 01, 2003 16 out of 20 80
Inside Mac Games (IMG) Macintosh Sep 29, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Computer Active Windows Oct 02, 2003 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80 Windows Jan 19, 2004 71 out of 100 71 (UK) Windows Oct 17, 2003 7 out of 10 70


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