SimCity Series

Updated: 11/06/2021 by Computer Hope

SimCity overview

SimCity game box cover art

Type: Strategy
ESRB Rating: Everyone
Release Date: 10/03/1989
Developer: Maxis
Publisher: Maxis

SimCity is one of the most popular and well known simulation games in the computer software market. In SimCity, the player can create his or her own city. During the construction process, the user will encounter different issues, such as money, landscape issues, riots, and other natural disasters.

This game can also serve as an educational game that teaches players the aspects of building, such as the different building zones, controlling traffic, and other educational aspects.

System Requirements: Microsoft Windows - Apple - Linux

Windows System Requirements
Operating System: MS-DOS 3.0, Windows 3.1
Processor: Intel 286SX
Memory: 512 KB RAM (640KB to utilize hi-res EGA graphics)
2 MB RAM required for Windows 3.1
Graphics Card: VGA, EGA or CGA graphics (also supports Tandy & Hercules)
Sound Card: Sound Blaster compatible sound card
Hard Drive Space:  
Drives: 5¼″ and 3½″ Floppy Drive
Controls: Keyboard & Mouse
Multiplayer: Yes - later versions of SimCity

SimCity 2000 overview

SimCity 2000

Type: Strategy
ESRB Rating: Everyone
Release Date: 1994
Developer: Maxis
Publisher: Maxis

The second game in the series, SimCity 2000 continues the fun and success that SimCity brought to the gaming market. New features include the ability to build prisons, schools, libraries, museums, and hospitals, highways, bus depots, railroads, train stations, subways, and even a seaport and airport. Players can also choose from nine different types of power plants, like oil, gas, coal, nuclear, wind turbine, hydroelectric dams, solar, and even fusion or satellite microwave.

The options available in SimCity 2000 are nearly limitless, which allows you to build a dream city and learn about infrastructure, businesses, and housing to keep the residents happy.

SimCity 2000 is a great game for anyone and has a number of educational elements to make it a great choice for kids.

System Requirements: Microsoft Windows - Apple - Linux

Windows System Requirements
Operating System: MS-DOS 5.0, Windows 3.1
Processor: Intel 386 25 MHz
Intel 486 33 MHz (CD-ROM edition)
Memory: 4 MB RAM
8 MB RAM (CD-ROM edition)
Graphics Card: SVGA graphics, 256 colors, 640 X 480 resolution
512 KB Video RAM required for CD-ROM edition
Sound Card: Windows compatible sound card
Hard Drive Space: 7 MB
Drives: 3½″ Floppy Drive or 2X CD-ROM
Controls: Keyboard & Mouse
Multiplayer: n/a

Cheats

  • BUDDAMUS - Get $500,000
  • CASS - Get $400
  • FUND - Issues a 25% bond
  • GOMORRAH - Nuclear meltdown occurs
  • IMACHEAT - Get $500,000
  • JOKE - Shows a weird picture
  • MOSES - Allows you to stop a flood
  • MRSOLEARY - Starts a fire
  • NOAH - Starts a flood
  • SODOM - Starts a fire storm

SimCity 3000 overview

SimCity 3000

Type: Strategy
ESRB Rating: Everyone
Release Date: 01/31/1999
Developer: Maxis (PC), Software MacKiev (Mac), Loki Entertainment Software (Linux)
Publisher: EA Games (PC), Maxis (Mac & Linux))

SimCity 3000 is the next edition of the SimCity classics. SimCity 3000 brings back the great fun, excitement, and thinking of the favorite SimCity series with great new looking graphics, much more customization and ease of use.

One of the more notable additions in the game is concept of waste management. The player must learn to manage garbage accumulation in the city and the expenses that go along with garbage removal.

System Requirements: Microsoft Windows - Apple - Linux

Windows System Requirements
Operating System: Windows 95, Windows 98
Processor: Intel Pentium 166 MHz
Memory: 32 MB RAM
Graphics Card: SVGA graphics, 2 MB Video RAM
Sound Card: Recommended 100% Sound Blaster compatible sound card
Hard Drive Space: 230 MB
CD/DVD Drive: 4X CD-ROM
Controls: Keyboard & Mouse
Multiplayer: n/a

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