SimCopter

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SimCopter
SimCopter cover
Developers
Maxis
Publishers
Electronic Arts
Release dates
Windows October 31, 1996
SimCopter guide at StrategyWiki
SimCopter 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

Game works on modern systems (see Installing on 64-bit versions of Windows).

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
Windows
Demo

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

Patch 1.02 adds a better flight model and experimental 3Dfx acceleration.
The patch comes in a 16-bit installer executable and so cannot be installed natively on 64-bit Windows.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\[Note 1]
Config files require a hex editor to read and are not easy to interpret.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\My Saved Cities\*.sc2[Note 1]

Video settings[edit]

Graphics option Option Notes
Widescreen resolution
SimCopter is locked at a display mode of 640x480 256 colours.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
Create a shortcut with the command line option -w and enable reduced color mode (8-bit 256 color) in the compatibility settings. Using Alt+ Enter to change from fullscreen to windowed causes major graphical issues, but it works fine the other way round.
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Frame-rate is uncapped, however running the game above 120 FPS may cause it to speed up and/or crash. See Game crashes
Color blind mode

Input settings[edit]

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Sliders for Game and Radio volume. Ability to turn off radio commercials and DJ.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
EAX support
A3D 1.0[1]

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 disc somewhere temporarily.
  3. Download the InstallShield 3 32-bit Generic Installer.
  4. Extract the new installer into the setup folder.
  5. Run setup32.exe and follow the steps.

Game crashes[edit]

The game often runs too fast on modern CPUs and must be slowed down.
Slow down CPU speed[citation needed]

Use a CPU slowdown utility, such as CPU Grabber.

Use an external framerate limiter[citation needed]

Use an external framerate limiter such as one found within FRAPS, RivaTuner, Nvidia Driver, etc. to limit the framerate to around 30 FPS.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Glide 2.1.1 Only available after installing the 1.02 patch and activated via the command line option -v. This mode is experimental and so the HUD and some other features are missing, with a number of graphical glitches also present. Supported by nGlide.
Software renderer
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium/75 MHz
System memory (RAM) 16 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 15 MB
Video card (GPU) SVGA video card
512 KB of VRAM

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 When running this game without Administrator elevation, activity in %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMFILES(X86)%, and %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore\ (more details).

References