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SimCity 2000 Network Edition

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SimCity 2000 Network Edition
SimCity 2000 Network Edition cover
Release dates
Windows June 26, 1996
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Bird's-eye view, Isometric
Controls Point and select
Genres Building, Simulation
Themes Contemporary
Series SimCity
SimCity 2000 Network Edition on MobyGames
SimCity 2000 Network Edition on Wikipedia
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

SimCity 2000: Network Edition is a version of SimCity 2000: CD Collection which includes a multiplayer mode (co-operative or competitive city building) via LAN or modem for up to 4 players.


Source DRM Notes Keys OS



Essential improvements


Patch 1.1 is the official update for the retail version.

Network Edition Interoperability Patch

This game has compatibility issues with modern versions of Windows.
Install manually using the fix package[1]
  1. Download the SimCity 2000 Network Edition Interoperability Patch.
  2. Extract it somewhere convenient (the game will be installed within this folder).
  3. Run _setup.cmd and follow the steps.
The Interoperability Patch can use a retail CD or download the trial version from the Internet.
Refer to the reddit thread for further details.
The server takes a while to send data updates to the players, but you can use this server executable for faster updates. More info here

SimCity 2000 Network Edition Launcher

This launcher allows players to view a list of servers like modern games and host their own server so people on the Internet can see and join it.
Install the Network Interoperability Patch first[citation needed]
  1. Download the Network Edition Launcher.
  2. Extract all files to the <path-to-game>\2knet folder, overwriting any existing files. Note that the included 2KServer.exe includes the server send data rate fix.
  3. Run SC2KNEL.exe to host and play the game from now on.

Game data

Configuration file location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\2KCLIENT.ini[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
  • .scx
City files (*.scx) can be saved anywhere.



Keyboard and mouse State Notes
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Mouse acceleration
Native Windows mouse cursor.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Controller types


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
On/off only (set in Options menu).
Surround sound
No speech.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Japanese release only.


Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
LAN play
Online play

Connection types


Protocol Port(s) and/or port range(s)
TCP 2586
UDP 2586
This game supports Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) for automatic port configuration.
UPnP is added by the Network Edition Interoperability Patch.

Other information


Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) 80486DX2-66
System memory (RAM) 8 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 25 MB
Video card (GPU) 256 color SVGA
Other IPX/SPX or TCP/IP modem or network card


  1. When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).


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