SimCity 3000

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SimCity 3000
SimCity 3000 front cover.jpg
The Coverart for the US Version of SC3000
Developer(s) Maxis
Publisher(s) EA Games
Designer(s) Will Wright (game designer)
Series SimCity
Platform(s) Linux, Mac OS, Windows
Release date January 31, 1999
Genre(s) Construction and management simulation, city-building
Mode(s) Single-player
Rating(s) ELSPA: 3+
Media CD
Input methods Keyboard and mouse (PC, Linux, Mac); touchscreen and gamepad buttons (DS); touchscreen (iPhone OS)

SimCity 3000 (SC3K) is a city building simulation personal computer game and the third installment in the SimCity series. It was published by Electronic Arts (EA) and developed by series creator Maxis, a wholly owned subsidiary of EA. It was released for Windows, Macintosh, and, through an arrangement with Loki Games, Linux.


[edit] System requirements

[edit] Minimum system requirements

  • OS: Windows 95/98
  • Processor: 166 MHz
  • RAM: 32 MiB
  • Hard drive: 450 MiB
  • Video memory: 2 MiB
  • Sound card: DirectX 7.0 compatible
  • DirectX: 7.0
  • Keyboard and mouse
  • CD/DVD ROM drive

[edit] Cheat codes

To use a cheat code, press Ctrl-Shift-Alt-C. This will bring up the cheat window for you to type in the following codes:

Code Result
I AM WEAK makes the following free: buildings, utilities, zoning, transportation, planting trees, and creating surface water
CALL COUSIN VINNIE a new petitioner item will appear in the Meet window, announcing a "local fundraising event"; this guy will offer you some cash, no questions asked
ZYXWVU use the above cheat, but refuse the offer of cash; then type ZYXWVU, and the SimCity Castle will appear in your Rewards menu; in addition to looking cool, the castle boosts land value, aura, and more
GARBAGE IN, GARBAGE OUT makes all garbage buildings available, no matter what year
POWER TO THE MASSES makes all power buildings available, no matter what year
WATER IN THE DESERT makes all water buildings available, no matter what year
NERDZ ROOL industry becomes high tech, no matter what year
PAY TRIBUTE TO YOUR KING receive most awards
SALT ON changes the sea to salt water
SALT OFF changes the sea to fresh water
TERRAIN ONE UP raises the terrain by one
TERRAIN ONE DOWN lowers the terrain by one
TERRAIN TEN UP raises the terrain by ten
TERRAIN TEN DOWN lowers the terrain by ten

[edit] Game tips

[edit] You can get extra buildings by doing the following while in the game

1. Go to the Power Plant menu (where you buy power plants) and click on the X in the corner to close the menu. 2. Go to the Rewards menu (where you can choose to place awards) and click on the X in the corner to close the menu. 3. Go to the Garbage Management menu (where you buy incinerators and so on) and click on the X in the corner to close the menu. 4. Go to the Landmarks menu. If you successfully activated the cheat, this menu should be incredibly long. If this does not work, then reverse steps 2 and 3.

[edit] All landmark buildings

Open the power plant window, then click on the "X" in the upper right corner of the window to close it. Open the rewards and opportunities window, then close it in the same manner. Open the garbage disposal window, then close it in the same manner. Open the landmarks window to find all buildings available.

[edit] SimCity 2000 music

Note: This procedure involves editing a game file; create a backup copy of the file before proceeding. Use a text editor to edit the "audio.ini" file in the "/game/res/sound" sub-directory in the game directory. Locate the "SimCity 200 Theme" line in the file. Change the numbers that follow that entry from "0,0,0,1" to "0,1,0,1". The music from SimCity 2000 will now accessible during the game from the preferences screen.

[edit] Import unlimited money

Note: SimCity 2000 is required for this trick. Create a city within SimCity 2000 using the "More money" cheat in that game. After accumulating enough money, save and exit the game. Start SimCity 3000, click "Load City" and load the recently created SimCity 2000 city. You will have the desired terrain with the money.

[edit] UFO surprise

Build a farm in your city, then go to the "Start Disasters" option and cause a UFO swarm to appear. Keep the emergency siren running until the attack is over, then watch what happens. After the UFOs disappear back to space, go back to your farm. If you are lucky, you will find a surprise that will make you famous.

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