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SimCity (a.k.a. SimCity Classic)

SimCity is a popular city building simulation in which you play the mayor of a city. You can build police and fire departments, assign industrial, residential or commercial areas, manage power distribution, build ports and airports. Grow your city from village to metropolis and try to keep your citizens happy.
SimCity (a.k.a. SimCity Classic) splash screen
Rating: 4.25
(107 votes)
"As a stand-alone title, the first SimCity is an impressive execution of a very smart concept. Yes, there's room for obvious improvement, the limited interface holds you back, and much like with Theme Park you're building to maximize the efficiency of a model, not free-building the town as you please. Still, it's a fun challenge, and a great milestone to the genre." - Just Games Retro review

SimCity (a.k.a. SimCity Classic) downloads

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Additional info

SimCity was Maxis' first product, which has since been ported into various personal computers and game consoles.

The inspiration for SimCity came from a feature of the game Raid on Bungeling Bay that allowed Wright to create his own maps during development. Wright soon found he enjoyed creating maps more than playing the actual game, and SimCity was born. In addition, Wright also was inspired by reading "The Seventh Sally", a short story by Stanislaw Lem, in which an engineer encounters a deposed tyrant, and creates a miniature city with artificial citizens for the tyrant to oppress.

The original working title of SimCity was Micropolis.

SimCity inspired a new genre of video games. "Software toys" that were open-ended with no set objective were developed trying to duplicate SimCity's success.

Facts, trivia and collector's notes are licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. These texts use material from this Wikipedia article.

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  • #1 - 29.12.2014 16:34 Traveler
    How exactly do I download SimCity? Not some screen shot program or Mplayer but SimCity?
  • #2 - 29.12.2014 16:57 AbandonwareDOS
    Just click on "Download SimCity (a.k.a. SimCity Classic)" in the download section. What do you mean by Mplayer? There are no screenshot programs.
  • #3 - 19.05.2016 18:19 vtk
    Can't find the download link on this website. I see a few ads pretending to be download buttons, but not the actual download button or link. There's a big green download button, which scrolls me down the page a bit, but I can't figure out what exactly it's trying to scroll me to.
  • #4 - 19.05.2016 18:39 AbandonwareDOS
    @vtk there are two bright red links just under the Download section, you can't miss them
  • #5 - 12.11.2016 23:01 daniel
    HiI just uploaded SimCity classic using D-Fend reloaded and DosBox DOS. I dragged and drop SimCity from the download on the abandonwaredos.com site, but I am having trouble getting a full screen. It appears as a mini-screen with black out dominating the backdrop. Plz advise and thank you! Daniel
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