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SimCity 3000

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SimCity 3000
SimCity 3000 cover
Developers
Maxis
Linux Loki Software
Publishers
Electronic Arts
Release dates
Windows January 31, 1999
Mac OS (Classic) 1999
Linux 2000
SimCity 3000 guide at StrategyWiki
SimCity 3000 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

Key points

Use the compatibility fixes to fix issues with the interface frame rate and windowed mode on modern versions of Windows.

General information

GOG.com Community Discussions for game series
GOG.com Support Page

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
SecuROM DRM for the original version.
SafeDisc DRM[Note 1] for Unlimited.
Windows
Mac OS
Linux
GOG.com
DRM-free
Unlimited Edition.
Windows
Demo

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Use -intro:off parameter[3]

Use the -intro:off command line argument.

Linux Python Installer[edit]

Requires the CD of Loki Software's Linux port.

The following python script allows you to install the game into the modern Linux system much easier, which can be found here. Works only with Ubuntu and Debian or any distribution based on these two.

Patches[edit]

The latest Patch updates the game and adds the Building Architect Tool. This patch is also available for the World Edition and Linux.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Game\SC3.cfg
<path-to-game>\Game\sc3.ini
Mac OS (Classic)
Linux
It's unknown whether this game follows the XDG Base Directory Specification on Linux. Please fill in this information.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\Cities\
Mac OS (Classic)
Linux
Cities (*.sc3) can be saved anywhere; this is the default location.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy

Video settings[edit]

General settings.
General settings.

Windowed[edit]

The game must be running in 16-bit color mode (you can use the compatibility fixes to apply this).
Use launch parameters[4]

Use the command line argument -w -r:800x600 (replace with the resolution you want).

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Ambient Sound and Sound Effects.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
DirectSound3D, EAX.[5] Possibly A3D.[6]

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Dutch
French
German
Italian
Retail only.
Korean
Retail only.
Portuguese
Retail only.
Italian
Retail only.
Spanish
Retail only.
Swedish
Russian
Unofficial translation by «7 Wolf»

Issues fixed[edit]

Slow interface movement[edit]

Use the compatibility fixes to fix issues with interface frame rates on modern versions of Windows.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95, 98 95, 98
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium 166 MHz Intel Pentium 233 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 230 MB 230 MB
Video card (GPU) DirectDraw compatible
2 MB of VRAM
DirectDraw compatible
4 MB of VRAM

Notes

  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]

References