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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 I'm about ready to take the medical helicopter out for a run.
SimCity 4: Rush Hour Windows A nasty accident!  This may be a sign to provide alternate routes around here.
SimCity 4: Rush Hour Windows When your roads start getting bogged down, you're advisor will tell you and help you solve the problem.
SimCity 4: Rush Hour Windows The green target circle is used for missions, like picking up a heart transplant patient.

Promo Images

SimCity 4: Rush Hour Logo CMYK
SimCity 4: Rush Hour Logo RGB
SimCity 4: Rush Hour Screenshot
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

GameZone Windows Oct 07, 2003 8.6 out of 10 86
PC Games (Germany) Windows Nov, 2003 84 out of 100 84
Games4Mac Macintosh 2004 83 out of 100 83
GameSpot Windows Sep 29, 2003 8.3 out of 10 83
ActionTrip Windows Oct 01, 2003 81 out of 100 81
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Jan, 2004 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Joystick (French) Windows Nov, 2003 8 out of 10 80
Computer Active Windows Oct 02, 2003 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
IGN Windows Sep 22, 2003 8 out of 10 80 (UK) Windows Oct 17, 2003 7 out of 10 70


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