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SimCity 4 (Windows)

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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 Building subway rails allows you to use a mass transit system while saving development space above ground.
SimCity 4 Windows You can view your city's budget, tax rate, ordinaces enacted, deals, and other finanical information.
SimCity 4 Windows You can choose to play certain songs, or you can use your own MP3's.

Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

A difficult but engrossing game. Matt Kracht (7) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars
Slow but beautiful Paranoid Opressor (167) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars
The best Simcity game yet! JL3001 (20) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

The Press Says

Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Feb 25, 2003 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Armchair Empire, The Jul 06, 2003 9.2 out of 10 92
ActionTrip Jan 15, 2003 91 out of 100 91 Jan 23, 2003 90 out of 100 90 Apr 04, 2003 8.34 out of 10 83
UOL Jogos Jan 29, 2003 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gamereactor (Sweden) May 08, 2003 8 out of 10 80
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Jan 28, 2003 80 out of 100 80
GameSpy Jan 25, 2003 75 out of 100 75
FiringSquad Jan 27, 2003 71 out of 100 71


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Contrary to popular belief, the graphical perspective of SimCity 4 is actually trimetric rather than isometric, meaning none of the three visible sides of an object are equally viewable. SimCity 2000 and 3000 had dimetric perspectives, meaning the sides are equally visible, but the top is less visible. There has never been an isometric SimCity.

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).)
Zack Green (1015) added SimCity 4 (Windows) on Dec 21, 2002
Other platforms contributed by Corn Popper (69521)