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SimCity 2000 is the successor to the city simulation game Sim City. You are once again the mayor, but this time you can fully customize the terrain before building your city. The graphics are isometric, whereas the original had graphics displayed in a top-down fashion.

This title adds numerous features over the original such as the ability of building "light" zones, subways, hospitals, colleges, zoos, and arcos which are actually cities in cities. You can now give names to places, and your city is surrounded by neighboring towns with which you can trade goods. Finally, instead of the poll in the first game, you now have the option of reading several newspapers to get an idea of your progress.


SimCity 2000 DOS Peeking underground
SimCity 2000 DOS Health is important - two hospital
SimCity 2000 DOS Fail :(
SimCity 2000 DOS Industrial district

Promo Images

SimCity 2000 Screenshot
SimCity 2000 Screenshot
SimCity 2000 Magazine Advertisement Part 1
SimCity 2000 Screenshot


Alternate Titles

  • "模拟城市2000" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "סים סיטי 2000" -- Hebrew spelling
  • "SimCity 2000: The Ultimate City Simulator" -- Tag-lined title
  • "SimCity 2000: Symulator Buddwy I Rozwoju Miasta" -- Polish tag-lined title
  • "SimCity 2000: La Super-Simulation D'Urbanisme" -- French tag-lined title
  • "SimCity 2000: Der ultimative Städte-Simulator" -- German tag-lined title
  • "Sim City 2000" -- Alternate spelling
  • "SC2K" -- Formal abbreviation
  • "SC2000" -- Informal abbreviation
  • "Draco" -- Saturn code name
  • "シムシティー2000" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Reticulating Splines Feem (45) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars
Great addictive gamplay but the original did it better for me Julian McKenzie (182) 3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars
A worthy sequel which not only improves on the original but also adds some exciting new features IJan (1990) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Never cared much for this one. Tomer Gabel (4634) 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars
Eh...I guess it's possible to like it. Yeah Right (57) 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars
Another Maxis classic MiG Attack (9) unrated

Critic Reviews

Entertainment Weekly Jan 13, 1995 A 100
PC Gamer May, 1994 95 out of 100 95
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Mar, 1994 94 out of 100 94
PC Games (Germany) Feb, 1994 93 out of 100 93
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Mar, 1994 11 out of 12 92
MikroBitti Mar, 1994 91 out of 100 91
PC Player (Germany) Feb, 1994 90 out of 100 90
Svenska Hemdatornytt Mar, 1994 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 83
Edge Mar 03, 1994 8 out of 10 80
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Feb, 1994 Unscored Unscored


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1001 Video Games

SimCity 2000 appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


SimCity 2000 is viewed from a dimetric rather than isometric perspective. This means that two sides of an object are at the same angle, while the other is not.


Few gamers must have noticed that trees actually multiply in this game. Leave the game running for a few days at top speed with all automatic functions, a surplus budget and disabled disasters and you'll see the results. This leaves the game in a useless state as environmental activists complain each time you to try to build something on a square.


  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #12 Hardest Computer Game
  • Electronic Entertainment
    • March 1994 – Editors' Choice Awards: Best Game (Honorable Mention)
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • March 1997 (Issue 92) - Strategy Game of the Year (multiplatform) (Readers' Choice)
  • PC Gamer
    • April 2000 - #20 in the "Readers All-Time Top 50 Games" poll
    • April 2005 - #29 in the "50 Best Games of All Time" list
  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1995 – Best Simulation in 1994
Information also contributed by PCGamer77 and Zack Green

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