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SimCity 2000

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SimCity 2000
SimCity 2000 cover
Developers
Maxis
Publishers
Electronic Arts
Release dates
DOS 1994
Mac OS (Classic) 1994
Windows 1995
macOS (OS X) October 18, 2012[1]
SimCity 2000 guide at StrategyWiki
SimCity 2000 at Wikipedia
SimCity
Subseries of Sim
SimCity (1989) 1989
SimCity 2000 1994
SimCity 2000 Network Edition 1996
SimCopter 1996
Streets of SimCity 1997
SimCity 3000 1999
SimCity 4 2003
SimCity Societies 2007
SimCity (2013) 2013

For the Network Edition, see SimCity 2000 Network Edition.

Key points

Original Windows versions work well on modern systems (see Installing on 64-bit versions of Windows).
Original Windows versions run windowed and can be resized/maximised to make full use of any modern resolution.
The GOG.com and Origin releases are the DOS version in DOSBox so have a fixed resolution and many limitations.
Incorrect aspect ratio for DOSBox version can be corrected with configuration file tweak.

General information

SimCity Wiki
Simtropolis - A fan site for the series
GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
DRM-free
No disc check.
DOS
Windows
Retail
DRM details are not known
Mac OS
GOG.com
DRM-free
DOS Special Edition pre-packaged with DOSBox.[2]
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Origin
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DOS Special Edition pre-packaged with DOSBox.
Windows
Demo #1 #2

Version differences[edit]

The Special Edition (or CD Collection) is a complete edition containing the base game, Urban Renewal Kit, Scenarios Volume 1: Great Disasters, and additional cities and scenarios not available separately. Includes DOS, Win16, and Win32 versions, though the Win32 version unfortunately has a 16-bit installer.

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

Patch 1.1 (DOS) and 1.2 can be found here.

Skip intro videos[edit]

These steps are for the DOS version; for the Windows version simply run the game without the CD in the drive.
Remove INTRO command[citation needed]
  1. Go to the installation folder.
  2. Edit SC2000.BAT.
  3. Remove the INTRO line.
  4. Save your changes and close the file.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
DOS
Windows <path-to-game>\SC2000.CFG
Mac OS (Classic)
macOS (OS X)
Many settings (e.g. game speed) are stored in the city file itself.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS <path-to-game>\Cities\*.sc2
Windows <path-to-game>\Cities\*.sc2
Mac OS (Classic)
macOS (OS X)
The original Windows version can save cities anywhere (<path-to-game>\Cities folder is the default).

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Origin

Video settings[edit]

Graphics settings (GOG.com version)
Graphics settings (GOG.com version)
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Original Windows versions only.
Multi-monitor
Game window has a maximum width of 4096 pixels.[3]
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Use Alt+ Enter or set in Graphic Mode Setup (GOG.com).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
For DOSBox use an unofficial build (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
60 FPS and 120+ FPS

Input settings[edit]

Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Remapping
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Mouse acceleration
Uses native pointer - mouse settings are adjusted in your Windows/DOS mouse driver.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller
Controller support
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
On/off only.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Everything is text-based.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English

Issues fixed[edit]

Installing on 64-bit versions of Windows[edit]

The original disc release uses a 16-bit installer.
Install with a modified 32-bit installer[citation needed]
  1. Insert the CD.
  2. Copy the contents of WIN95 folder somewhere temporarily.
  3. Download the InstallShield 3 32-bit Generic Installer.
  4. Extract the new installer into the WIN95 folder.
  5. Run install32.exe and follow the steps.
  6. If you want CD videos to be available go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Maxis\SimCity 2000\Paths and change the Goodies key to the drive letter you are using the CD in.
  7. Apply the SimCity 2000 compatibility patch.
Install with SimCity 2000 Installer[citation needed]
This installer includes the compatibility patch.
  1. Download SimCity 2000 Installer.
  2. Extract the new installer anywhere.
  3. Run Sk2kInstall.exe and follow the steps.
  4. When asked for the SC2K folder, insert the CD and navigate to WIN95/SK2K on the CD.

Traffic and water animations are frozen[edit]

Set the game to run in 256 Colors compatibility mode. This will not fix the problem on Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 since they are locked in 32-bit depth, and 256-color mode is simply emulated without actually being used.

Saving or loading crashes the game[edit]

Saving and loading cause crashes on Windows 7 and later without this fix.
Use patched executable[4]

Apply the SimCity 2000 compatibility patch.

Changing the game speed from pause crashes the game[edit]

Game runs too fast (DOSBox)[edit]

Fast computers may cause disasters in Cheetah speed to run rampant before you can react.
DOSBox - CPU speed[citation needed]
  • Type config cpu cycles auto limit 65000

Correcting aspect ratio (DOSBox)[edit]

Running the game on contemporary 16:9 or 16:10 monitors can result in a distorted picture. This can be fixed by altering a DOSBox configuration file.
Correct aspect ratio[citation needed]
  1. Go to your game install directory, for example C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\SimCity 2000 SE
  2. Locate the DOSBox subdirectory, located at \SimCity 2000 SE\Game\Game\DOSBox
  3. Open the file dosbox.conf in a basic text editor like Notepad.
  4. Locate the line fullresolution=original. Change this to fullresolution=desktop
  5. Save the file and run the game.

Black scrollbar padding (Windows 10)[edit]

On Windows 10 the right-hand scrollbar may have a margin of black pixels at some resolutions.
Use Windows 8 compatibility mode[citation needed]

Set the Compatibility mode to Windows 8.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel 486 DX2/66 MHz
System memory (RAM) 8 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 20 MB
Video card (GPU) SVGA video card
512 KB of VRAM
Mac OS
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 7.0 or higher
Processor (CPU) 68030 processor or higher
System memory (RAM) 8 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 20 MB

References