SimCity (1989)

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This page is for the first game. For the latest game, see SimCity (2013).

SimCity
SimCity cover
Developers
Maxis
Publishers
Electronic Arts
Release dates
DOS October 3, 1989
Mac OS (Classic) 1989
Windows 3.x 1992
Windows November 21, 1995
Taxonomy
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Top-down view
Controls Point and select
Genres Building, Simulation
Themes Contemporary
Series SimCity
SimCity (1989) guide on StrategyWiki
SimCity (1989) on MobyGames
SimCity (1989) on 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

Warnings

Key points

The source code was released in 2008. See Micropolis for the open source version of the game

General information

SimCity Wiki - A massive wiki for everything SimCity related
/r/SimCity
Simtropolis Forum

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Prompts for answers from manual, code wheel, etc.
DRM: Reference card.
Windows 3.x support was only included with the Classic re-release.
Some Windows copies do not support Windows 3.x.
DOS
Windows 3.x
Windows
Mac OS
Demo (DOS)

Version differences[edit]

The Enhanced CD version has improved VGA graphics.
Micropolis is an open source version of SimCity Classic. It has been modified to work under browsers, add compatibility to modern systems, and enhance graphics.

Essential improvements[edit]

Patches[edit]

The latest patch can be found here.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
DOS
Windows
Mac OS (Classic)

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
DOS
Windows
Mac OS (Classic)

Video[edit]

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Windowed
For DOSBox toggle with Alt+ Enter (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
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[edit]

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Remapping
For DOSBox use the DOSBox Mapper (see the glossary page for other workarounds).
Mouse acceleration
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[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
French
Russian
Fan translation by Igor Belikov

Issues fixed[edit]

Game crashes or closes when saving or loading a game on Windows 10[edit]

Use Elisha's Windows 10 Patch[citation needed]
  1. Download the SimCity Classic Windows 10 Patch.
  2. Unzip the files to the installation folder.

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
DOS video modes
ExecutablePPC16-bit 32-bit 64-bitARM Notes
Windows
Windows 3.x version might be playable on a 64-bit OS using winevdm.
Linux
Micropolis only.[1]

System requirements[edit]

DOS
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 3.1
Processor (CPU) Intel 386SX
System memory (RAM) 570 KB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 MB
Video card (GPU) 16-bit SVGA graphics card
Windows 3.x
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 3.0
Processor (CPU) Intel 80286
System memory (RAM) 2 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) EGA
Windows
Minimum
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel i486 DX2
System memory (RAM) 4 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Mac OS
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 6.0.2
Processor (CPU) Motorola 68000
System memory (RAM) 512 KB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
2 MB of RAM required for color version.

References

  1. Debian -- Details of package micropolis in sid - last accessed on 15 July 2021