SimCity 4: Rush Hour

aka: SimCity 4: Godziny Szczytu, SimCity 4: Hora Punta, SimCity 4: Hora do Rush, SimCity 4: Ruuhka-aika
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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: שעת השיא - Hebrew spelling
  • 模拟城市4:高峰时刻 - Simplified Chinese spelling

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Average score: 80% (based on 23 ratings)


Average score: 3.9 out of 5 (based on 18 ratings with 2 reviews)

Great addition to SC4, but should have been included from the beginning!

The Good
Reviewing the "Rush Hour" version of Sim City 4, which adds items like one-way streets, ground level highways, elevated commuter trains and the like, one wonders why EA Games didn't include these great add-ons right out the gate with SC4. Still, these are terrific upgrades. The best part, though, is the traffic-query tool, which allows you to click on any building and view all the traffic patterns to/from this location, including pedestrian, auto, bus and elevated train, basically any traffic pattern type that you have in play at the time. It's incredible.

The Bad
Rush Hour includes some optional side-games that allow you to earn additional cash, or mayor rating points, by piloting a helicopter or automobile around the city. The gameplay controls for both of these are sub-standard, and difficult to master. I had a much easier time with the helicopter than the automobile, but it was still pretty lame. A nice idea, though, but needs more work.

The Bottom Line
Overall, another fine installment in the ever-evolving Sim City series, and well worth the wait -- and the additional money. Once again, I'm completely hooked on this game and find myself staying up into the wee hours of the night playing!

Windows · by Kat_Girl (7) · 2003

What's the point?

The Good
There isn't really a whole lot to say about this. The graphics are the same as the original, the sounds are too. There are some new roads like the one-way road, but these don't add a whole lot of gameplay value in my humble opinion. Same for some new buildings. Being able to be a corrupt mayor (to a point) is pretty interesting. (Hmmm, could that be a Beta for "SimChicago" ?)

The Bad
Well, the main feature was supposed to be the ability to drive around the city etc. but this is done very poorly. The controls are difficult to learn, the aircraft handle like crap, the cars are very fragile and are difficult to steer, making laughable crashes between cars common place, and making pedestrians (which aren't affected by you running them over I might add) common. The missions themselves are lame. Most of them consist of

  1. Getting your vehicle to point A, than B, etc.


  1. Destroying building A.

The graphics even seem off. The texture quality may fluctuate between great and terrible. Slowdowns are not uncommon, cars will appear in the street from out of nowhere, and invisible walls keep you from running into houses and buildings.

The Bottom Line
This is basically a revenue generator. Avoid avoid avoid.

Windows · by James Kirk (150) · 2004

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Game added by JPaterson.

Macintosh added by Corn Popper.

Additional contributors: Unicorn Lynx, JRK, karttu, tbuteler, Crawly, Plok.

Game added September 29th, 2003. Last modified March 8th, 2023.