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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 Industrial district
SimCity 2000 Game Boy Advance City ordinances window.
SimCity 2000 SEGA Saturn Title
SimCity 2000 Macintosh Scenarios of simulated events.

Promo Images

SimCity 2000 Magazine Advertisement
SimCity 2000 Magazine Advertisement
SimCity 2000 Screenshot
SimCity 2000 Magazine Advertisement


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

The best of the Sim City bunch Windows Condemned (75)
Reticulating Splines DOS Feem (45)
Great addictive gamplay but the original did it better for me DOS Julian McKenzie (182)
A worthy sequel which not only improves on the original but also adds some exciting new features DOS IJan (1990)
City-building for the Macintosh at its finest! Macintosh Katie Cadet (10195)
Never cared much for this one. DOS Tomer Gabel (4634)
Eh...I guess it's possible to like it. DOS Yeah Right (57)
An awful redo of the fantastic computer game. Mediocre at best. Game Boy Advance J W (107)
Another Maxis classic DOS MiG Attack (9)

Critic Reviews

The Retro Spirit DOS Dec 08, 2005 6 out of 6 100
PC Gamer DOS 1994 94 out of 100 94
CU Amiga Amiga Dec, 1994 93 out of 100 93
PC Games (Germany) Windows 3.x Feb, 1995 88 out of 100 88
Amiga Power Amiga Dec, 1994 85 out of 100 85
The Good Old Days (Staff Reviews only) Amiga Jun 20, 2009 5 out of 6 83
GamePro (US) SNES Jan, 1997 4 out of 5 80
Game Players SEGA Saturn Dec, 1995 72 out of 100 72
N-Zone Game Boy Advance Jan 05, 2004 72 out of 100 72
Joypad Game Boy Advance Dec, 2003 6 out of 10 60


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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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