SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition includes the bestselling SimCity 4 and the all-new SimCity 4 Rush Hour Expansion Pack. Create the most massive region of cities ever, with a farming town, bedroom community, high-tech commercial center, and industrial backbone.
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Release Date: Sep 22, 2003

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"Still the best city builder out there. Warning: a bit buggy on newer machines. Mod community is amazing and it's dirt cheap."

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SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition includes the bestselling SimCity 4 and the all-new SimCity 4 Rush Hour Expansion Pack. Create the most massive region of cities ever, with a farming town, bedroom community, high-tech commercial center, and industrial backbone. Take complete control of your city's transportation system, and solve U-Drive-It missions — from fighting crime to tackling disasters. Watch your population skyrocket as you get your Sims on the go and create the ultimate living, breathing megalopolis — the most expansive SimCity 4 compilation ever.


  • Create an Entire Region of Cities — Weave together a tapestry of cities linked by a fully integrated transportation network and watch them share and compete for resources.
  • Wield God-like Powers — Sculpt the landscape to create a world based on your imagination, then summon volcanoes, tornadoes, meteors, and lightning.
  • Be a Responsive Mayor — Build a world-class city with stadiums, airports, universities, and real-world landmarks. Deploy emergency vehicles and join in the action as they battle blazes, mobs, and more.
  • Get Insight from Your Sims — Read the rhythm of the city, from commuter hell to mellow cruising, noon-time crowds to night-time calm.

Includes SimCity™ 4 Rush Hour:

Have the ultimate level of control over your city's transportation network by completely taking charge of roads, rail, air, waterways, and even vehicles. U-Drive It! missions will be presented for you to solve, such as chasing down a bank robber or apprehending a car-jacker. Choose from all-new road types including wide-avenues, suspension bridges, or one-way streets, as well as map out seamless regional networks that whisk Sims from one city to another. Wreak havoc with all-new disasters including a UFO invasion, massive wrecks at railroad crossings, and the occasional car fender bender. There are also all-new tutorials available to help you get started.

System Compatibility

SimCity was tested for performance and hardware compatibility when it was originally launched. While the classic gameplay of SimCity 4 remains unchanged, unexpected performance and graphics issues with newer systems may occur. If you experience any performance or graphics issues, we recommend running in Windowed Mode and/or Compatibility Mode to maintain the intended experience.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: PIII 500 or equivalent
    • Memory: 256MB
    • Graphics: 32MB supported Direct3D capable video card with DirectX 7.0 or greater
      compatible driver
    • DirectX®: DirectX 8.1
    • Hard Drive: 1.6GB
    • Supported 3D Accelerator Hardware: SimCity 4 Deluxe / Rush Hour requires a 32MB 3D Direct3D chipset, and a display that is at least 800x600 in size, and supports 16 or 32-bit color. It is recommended to always install the latest certified drivers for all your hardware

    Supported Graphics Chipsets

    Cards with these chipsets are officially supported by the SimCity 4 hardware graphics driver:
    • nVidia TNT2, TNT2 M64, & TNT2 Ultra
    • nVidia GeForce SDR, GeForce DDR, GeForce Quadro, GeForce2 GTS, GeForce2 MX, GeForce2 GTS, GeForce3, GeForce4 MX, GeForce4 Ti 4200/4400/4600/4800 SE, and GeForceFX 5200/5600/5800/5900
    • ATI Radeon 7000, 7200, 7500, 8500, 9000, 9200, 9500, 9600, 9700, 9800
    • Known Issues: Due to hardware limitations with the ATI Radeon series, some buildings and graphic effects will be temporarily turned off while scrolling. There is a known ATI driver defect that results in SimCity advisor animations dropping polygons. To fix this, please download ATI driver 7.79 or later (also referred to as CATALYST 02.4) from on the Internet.
    • Matrox G400, G450, G550, Parhelia
    • SiS 315, Xabre 400
    Software Mode: SimCity 4 also provides a software-based graphics driver which will work with most video cards. 32MB of video memory is recommended. The graphics mode driver can be selected from the Graphics Options panel in the game, or may be run from the command line using the switch -d:Software. The following video chipsets will run the game properly in software mode:
    • PowerVR KYRO, KYRO II
    • Trident Blade 64
    • OS: 10.8.5 (Mountain Lion), 10.9.2 (Mavericks)
    • Processor: 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (Dual-Core)
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 2 GB
    • Video Memory: 256 MB
    • Video Card: ATI Radeon HD 3870 / NVidia Geforce 8800 / Intel
    • Additional: Macintosh mouse and keyboard required.

    • NOTICE: This game is not supported on volumes formatted as Mac OS Extended (Case Sensitive)
    • NOTICE: The following video chipsets are unsupported for SimCity4 Deluxe: ATI RADEON HD 2400, 2600, NVIDIA 8600m, Intel Integrated GMA 950, Intel Integrated x3100
    • NOTICE: SimCity4 Deluxe Mac is localized into French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Japanese
    • OS: 10.9.2 (Mavericks)
    • Processor: 2.2GHz Intel Quad Core or better
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Video Memory: 512 MB
    • Video Card: ATI Radeon HD 5750 / NVidia Geforce 650M
Helpful customer reviews
91 of 97 people (94%) found this review helpful
205.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
I spent years playing this game for PC. The CD is still in my laptop right now. For those that don't know, SimCity is the originator of being a mayor, placing down your roads, zoning area for buildings, watching them grow and balancing the budget. This isn't for everyone, but to a lot of us, this is huge fun and SimCity 4 is probably the best in the series.

This is all single player, instead of the more current SimCity 2013 that is focused on multi-player. The game can cycle from night to day, but its just a look and doesn't seem to do anything special. You have terrain control like previous versions of SimCity before you start each game.

You start out in a region map of dozens of land plots. Large, medium and small. You pick a plot of land and make your city. You can then save that city, load the region and start up a new city on a different plot of land or go to a previous city. Why does this matter? Because you can trade between cities, you can export and import water, garbage, energy and so on. Not just that, but the sims / citizens can travel back and forth. Such as living in one town and going to another for work. You'll also have pollution effects that seep into other towns as well. This is all single player, so you need to jump between cities. Because two or more towns can thrive off of one another, you can put your heavy polluting industries in an extremely profitable town on their own with no residents living there to complain about how awful it is. There is no need for police, hospitals or schools if no one is living in your industrial city. Then just make some mass transit system for them to get to and from work.

When you play, you have full control from the start with only a few things locked away unlike Cities XL that requires your city to grow before it unlocks things for you. Because you have full control, that may set you up for failure quickly. Highways, big hospitals, deluxe police stations and so on cost big money and until your city is big, you should keep it small. Once your city grows, the game has ways to tell you that your hospital is too small, such as your staff workers will go on strike. How do you know if its too small? Sadly you can't just hold shift and click the building, you need to click the ? and then the building. It seems tedious, but you'll see what the building can handle and adjust its budget. If you can't adjust the budget high enough, its time to make a bigger version of the building or just plop down another building to do the same thing.

You need to keep your budget balanced, everything will cost monthly money, so you either need to cut spending from places like roads, schools, utilities or raise taxes, which might make some businesses, commerce and residents run to away from your city. When you lower taxes, of course people move in, but then your hospitals, schools and so on will be overcrowded, your buildings will grow larger. Its beautiful.

The game will tell you what kind of zones you'll need, such as low, medium and high density residential, commercial, industry and even agricultural. Its your job to plop them down. It has a graph to show you if you need more and less. If you need less, raise taxes for them, or replace the zone with a new zone. Luckily the game makes it easy to replace zones.

There are all sorts of charts and maps, such as pollution, both water and air. Crime, fire safety, land value and so on. If you want to raise land value, put down police, fire, schools and so on. Then add parks and various things to drive value up. Replace dirty industries that pollute with cleaner industries like medium density manufacturing.

You can also click on zoned buildings to see the crime, water, power, pollutants, and even the driving pattern of where the residents go and where the employees come from. Its a very nice feature. Especially if you're trying to reduce traffic. You have control over roads, avenues, streets, highways, trains, subways, busses and so on. Its fun to see just how far people will ride a bus to work. The game has plenty of charts too, in order to demonstrate how far the average drive is, how much garbage you have, the age and education of your population. Its all a lot of information.

On top of that, you have advisers that will tell you what's good and bad about your city. The game sadly uses pop up windows to tell you what's up, but thankfully there is a setting to turn it off, or else before you know it, you'll have nothing but popups. Instead you can look at the ticker at the bottom of the screen and even go into the advisers section to see their specific needs.

After all is said and done, you can then summon a natural disaster (or truckasaurus) to come and destroy your town. Why you'd want to? Just for the laughs I guess.

Because this is the deluxe edition, it comes with Rush Hour expansion pack, which gives you the ability to take over vehicles and drive them on the road. Not first person, but still from the normal almost top down perspective. This content gives you missions that will give you cash and other rewards, but really, it doesn't feel like a great addition. Its just there.

This game is a classic, but after 10+ years, I don't think that its aged very well. After months of playing Tropico and Cities XL, those games just seem to run smoother control wise and have explanation to them. Having a hot key for pause would have been nice. Fires break out in your town extremely frequently, no matter how good your fire coverage is. It just breaks the flow of the game, you need to send your fire fighters out to stop the fire and wait while they put it out. That's just not fun.

There are also a few minor bugs, but some that will crash the game. Since there is no autosave, you can lose an hour's worth of progress if not an entire city.

It is still an enjoyable game and I can recommend it more than SimCity 2013. Is it worth the $10 - $20? No and yes. If you enjoy mayoring sims, you can sink days and months into this game, then its worth it, but you should wait for a $5 sale if not cheaper.
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50 of 53 people (94%) found this review helpful
535.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
If modded this game even though its ten years old, in my opinion its much better than the new version. I bought this one again after finding out how bad the new one was. You should mod this game for sure though, with larger regions, the NAM and CAM and whatever else you want on the great modding sites for this game. Currently im playing on a very detailed sat. map of the US with over 500 of the largest city tiles in one single region. Just one of my city tiles from what i heard is four times bigger than a city tile on the new version and i have over 500 of them, all are connected to and interact with each other. Building the entire country with things so spread out leaves tons of open land adding to the realism that the region system in this game creates. HANDS DOWN THE BEST CITY SIM IN THE WORLD AND THIS GAME IS OVER 10 YEARS OLD!!!!! C,MON EA??? WHAT HAPPENED?!?!
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39 of 43 people (91%) found this review helpful
271.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
So, you bought into SimCity 5 as a young person wondering why everybody was so excited. Played it for a few hours, days maybe and wondered if those that were excited were completely nuts.

I can't blame you if you are described in the above statement. I hate SimCity 5, the terrible Origin thing, the dreadful online experience, the stupid limitations to what you can and can't do. But if you use SimCity 5 as an excuse for not getting your hands on this classic, than you are destined to fail in life. Heed my warning, spend some cash on this, particularly if it is on offer. You will not regret it.
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32 of 34 people (94%) found this review helpful
92.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
Doesn't require a constant internet connection
Doesn't randomly wipe cities
Doesn't prevent you from using mods
Doesn't restrict control over regions
Doesn't confine you to a 10x10 city grid

It does however put a game that is 10 years newer to shame. If you want SimCity, look no further.
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33 of 36 people (92%) found this review helpful
214.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
Since I won't touch SimCity 2013 (and Origin in general) due to all the problems and irritants those bring to the table, SimCity 4 is the most recent choice of SimCity games that I can really play. It is dated and has some issues such as lack of widescreen support and the other usual issues older games have with newer OS's, but that can be fixed. And despite that, from what I have heard, this game is still better than the recent remake even without all those online issues that game had, with more features and larger maps to build cities on. Also this game has a strong modding community (Simtropolis) with an insane amount of new buildings and stuff to add to your game. Ideally you want a good PC if you plan on making super-big cities and don't want your game to lag like crazy, but even my poo PC can more or less handle this fine despite having built cities more densely populated than any currently existing on Earth.

So if you feel the sudden urge to build cities, and yet realize that so many city building games of the past few years have a host of glaring issues, then SimCity 4 is your best choice. Have fun! :D
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35 of 40 people (88%) found this review helpful
34.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
I have this strange feeling when I'm not playing this game that I'm wasting my life.

And when I do play it - there are people shouting at me and demanding more money.

But it is overall a really amazing simulator, I fully recommend it.
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21 of 26 people (81%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
Who the hell doesn’t love a good city simulator? Just be nostalgic for a minute and remember your old middle school days spent huddled up in your room watching aliens destroy your precious creation that you were so proud of yet disappointing to your parents because you created something that couldn’t be taped to the fridge. You get to be the oh so glorious mayor of Asshat-ville. Asshat-ville can become a glorious mecca if you, asshat, make it so. Create zones for industrial, commercial and residential buildings. Build roads and power lines and those train thingies no one ever uses. Although this game is for the glorious PC Master Race, the graphics aren’t all that glorious and the music will have you banging your head on your desk after a few solid hours. This classic SimCity rehash will have you happy to relive the good ole days, but if you’re looking for something a little more fancy, head over to Tropico for a more in depth gameplay. But if you’re just a fan boy looking for a nostalgia trip, then my dear asshat, this game is for you. 7/10
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18 of 23 people (78%) found this review helpful
52.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
Classic game - the way SimCity is meant to be (unlike their newer game which has failed in so many ways). Big maps, nice options - challenging, slightly dated but definitely still playable graphics.
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24 of 34 people (71%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
The best SimCity game! 10/10
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
75.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 27
Heavily recommended,

Sim city 4 is still competing nowadays to be the 1st city builder (and in my opinion it is). You are here to build a city and cover all it needs, from garbage management, energy distribution, crime reduction, tourism...

Basically Sim city 4 is a big map divided in squares. On each square you can build a city, and all those cities are working with each other. In other terms, build Factory city with its large industries to provide some jobs for the citizens of the neighboring city of SunnyTown. It's pretty funny to handle and requires good attention to keep your world balanced!

Graphically, the game is charming and the music is good. You can spend hours in it and it's rather addictive!

It's also possible to mod the game to improve the road system and add various buildings.
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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
48.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
904.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
You can look how many hours I played.And I can easily say that this game is the Da Vinci of the city-builder games. And modding is incredible.. Mod community is like Louvre Museum. You can find any kind of great, oustanding, authentic mod -buildings, road networks, maps in the community.

Do you want to create masterpieces ? Then, you should play Simcity 4
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
178.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
When I bought this game half a year ago, I wasn't familiar at all with city-building games, but it was on sale and SimCity was of course a known franchise, so I bought it. When I started up the game for the 1st time I saw that I sometimes suffered from unexplainable graphical issues (colored lines ramdomly appearing on the screen). I went on. Then I noticed that the game sometimes chrashes (it happened to me about 10% of the times that I play it). I went on. Then I saw that I had been playing for hours. I went on.

This game is just so good that I dont't really mind these issues that I have from time to time. It is just so nice to start from scratch and create the city of your dreams (or the City of Death, for that matter). But that's just the start. After you're done with one city you will want to start up another neighboring city and connect both. and then a third city. And a fouth. There is just so much replayability because every city has different terrain. And while I can say that it's definetely not easy to make (and keep) your city healthy , it's not too complex to handle.

Since I bought this I have played more than 140 hours in 5 months time. For someone who also plays numerous other games, that's quite something. So yes, I'd definetely recommend this game if you have only a remote interest in city planning/management. It's already quite cheap normally, but when it's on sale there should definetely be no excuse for not buying this game if you think you will like it. It'll be worth the money.
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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
35.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Despite being almost 11 years old, it's still one of the best game I've ever played.
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
109.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
Pretty much the best citybuilder and one of my most played games of all time. I own a physical copy of it, and I recently picked up this Steam copy... definitely one of my favorite games ever.

You need to mod the game in order to make it playable, and the game tends to crash, lock up, and run slowly. There's no autosave and you'll probably lose a lot of hours of gameplay. Loading a custom region is cumbersome, installing mods is archaic, and the whole thing is just clunky. Using some mods will require literal hours of patience... ask me about custom highways or building a mass transit network. Piece by piece, slowly, surely, but satisfyingly.

Beneath all the clunk is a diamond, the absolute best city builder of all time. Every game that comes out can't seem to match a well-modded Simcity 4. You can install a massive amount of options for mass transit and building variety. It's intoxicating, if you're into it.

If you just want to build a pretty city, you're going to need to work slowly and learn how to do it. This game honestly isn't friendly or accessible for new people... But if you work at it, and you enjoy the genre, you're going to love it.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
15.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Greatest and most complicated city builder to date. It's very interesting exploring the ruins of this game's modding community online.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
550.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
One of the best city-building games out there.

The graphics aren't fully 3D like the new SimCity or CXL, but the pre-rendered graphics means that the structures are infinitely more detailed and you can create cities that are much more visually interesting. There's also a very active modding community and you can download plugins to build pretty much anything. Do you feel like building a replica of Hong Kong? A city built around the fringes of a massive international airport? There's even a mod which lets you build cities on Mars!
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
got to feel the real life pressures of managing a city, i became the mayor and built up my city.
i then got bored and destroyed it with a giant robot.

10/10 most accurate game ever
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
209.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
The last Sim City game before it got the treatment Indiana Jones recieved in the Crystal Skull. A true classic that is worth every penny.
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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
Just stop playing your fps and play a real game for once, this game.
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