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SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition

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SimCity 4: Deluxe Edition is a city building simulator developed by Maxis.

Deluxe Edition features

Deluxe Edition features the base game and Rush Hour expansion pack.


The player becomes the mayor of a small town. Use terraforming to create a convenient building area or a unique landscape. Players are able to divide the town's areas into special areas: commercial, industrial, and residential. You also have to create a social policy, a transportation system and improve the quality of life for your residents.

The players are able to choose any area available for building a new city. It is possible to create several cities near each other.

Game modes

There are three game modes present in the game: God Mode, Mayor Mode, and Sim Mode.

In God Mode, the players build a new city and are able to inflict natural disasters upon it such as earthquakes or volcano eruptions. It is possible to choose the exact spot where the disaster will take place.

Mayor mode is endless. You take part in creating a city, maintaining it, and facing the typical city problems, such as the migration of its population or the drop in income per household. The game emulates the world's economy, financing, and city development.

While in Sim Mode, the player creates a sim, which will live in a player-built city. You can't control the sim apart from choosing where will they live. The sims go through their whole life. After death, their relatives will take their place.

Release date
Electronic Arts Maxis
Aspyr Media
Aspyr, Electronic Arts
Age rating
0+ Everyone
Parent game

System requirements for macOS

  • OS: 10.8.5 (Mountain Lion), 10.9.5 (Mavericks), 10.10.5 (Yosemite), 10.11.6 (El Capitan), 10.12 (Sierra)
  • 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 HD 3000
  • 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: 10.9.5 (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

System requirements for PC

  • 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: http://www.nvidia.com
  • 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: http://www.ati.com
  • 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 http://www.ati.com on the Internet.
Matrox: http://www.matrox.com
  • Matrox G400, G450, G550, Parhelia
SiS: http://www.sis.com
  • 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:
  • Trident Blade 64

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SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition reviews and comments

Look, there's a lot you could quibble with in this game (mostly issues endemic to the genre), from weirdly low taxes to an inability to build any functional city that doesn't resemble a lusher Phoenix, Arizona. That said, there's still something beautiful about watching cities grow from what you create, and SimCity 4 is one of the best ways to do it. 
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I love SimCity 4 - I really do but having a Mac is a disadvantage if you want to play SimCity 4 Rush Hour. So when Aspyr came out with the Mac DVD port back in 2004 I was happy - I was joyful for their support to bringing this Masterpiece to the great Mac. Alas this was not meant to be due to gameplay/technical problems and night mode glitch, game crashes and numerous problems that eventually deemed it unplayable. I couldnt forgive Aspyr! A decade passed. A grown man emerged out of boyhood dreams. Matured, self-reliant and respected by his peers. And what about now you ask? Well, hopes and joy were rekindled by this new digital edition from Aspyr. A new Simcity 4 port for the Mac but now conveniently downloadable! A bastion of simulation gameplay. Updated and corrected Aspyr said. Mac SimCity 4 fans all over the world rejoiced! Our saviour has returned! Could it really be true? Could I relive the lost years, regain the fun and joy that our PC Windows bretheren enjoy? Could I really experience true happiness instead of that void - that emptiness that lives in my core? I hastened myself to press the download button and spend my hard earned cash on this 129 DKK / 13.99 updated download for OS X 10.5.8 and up with a nifty and exclusive Mac "Custom Tunes feature. Oooh-lala" I said to myself. Oh the nostalgia. Soon unconditional love filled the body for the true Maxis company when loading SimCity 4 Rush Hour for the first time whilst being embraced by the splash screen of yester-years. Renewed respect emerged for Aspyr. I played and played, seconds turned to minutes, minutes turned to hours and hours turned tocrashes. Wait what happened? I regained composure. As any well respected gentleman I tried to relaunch the game and play again. A crash emerged again. I perspired profusely unbeknownst of this malfunction. I grabbed on refusing this defeat. I was Ceasar. I wasnt born to be destined for failure. I played again, cautious of this falsehood and noting any change in environment, alas insanity knocked on the door and entered. A crash. Yes, at 5700 population the crash came again. I managed to grow to 6000 strong Sims saving every turn after each construction or change. A tiresome task. Alas the crash came again and again and again, alerting me of its unknown error, its disease. All I was left with was a feeling of delayed gratification and a mundane choice of either ignoring or reopening SimCity 4 Rush Hour. A pattern came to existance. Oh the horror. Oh the terror. I was powerless. Gibbon was right: The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire was destined to be written. Rome had failed. The system was corrupt. The higher officials had been dishonest and taken all the riches. As for Aspyr, well Carl Jung said it best: "The man who promises everything is sure to fulfil nothing" It was immoral and unfair and there was nothing I could do to mend it. Thats when a feeling of loss embraced me as if you knew you were losing someone you dearly loved. It was too soon. If I only had more time, a day more but it was not meant to be. I wept uncontrollably. Farewell my dear friend. The time that we had was a joyful one alas too short. RIP SimCity 4!
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