SimCity™ 4 Deluxe Edition

Developer: Aspyr Media, Inc.

Current Version: 1.1.1

Last Updated: 1 month ago

Download Size: 1.1 GB - Download


The classic city simulation game returns to the Mac!

In SimCity™ 4, you don’t just build your city; you breathe life into it. Sculpt mountains, dig riverbeds, and seed forests as you lay the groundwork for your creation. Then, use your god-like powers to construct the most realistic metropolis you can imagine.

Whether you want to build mansions on mountainsides or cross canyons with bridges, the impact of your decisions is immediate. But while each click of the mouse can create, it has equal capacity to destroy. Capping an erupting volcano might save your city, or it might reroute lava down busy city streets. Sending police to quell a riot might calm down the crowd, or it might spur even further anarchy. With every decision you make, your city and your Sims will respond – for better or for worse. It’s up to you to be their guide.

The SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition includes both SimCity 4 and the Rush Hour expansion pack, which gives you more control over your city’s transportation options, plus two bonus disasters: UFO attack and Autosaurus Wrecks.

We even included the exclusive Mac “Custom Tunes” feature that allows your iTunes library to be played in the game!

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In order to run the game with satisfactory performance, your Mac must meet these minimum system requirements: 2.2 GHz CPU Speed | 4 GB RAM | 2 GB free disk space | (ATI): Radeon HD 3870; (NVidia): GeForce 8800 | (Intel): HD 3000 | 256 MB VRam

NOTICE: This game is not supported on volumes formatted as Mac OS Extended (CaseSensitive)

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Release Notes:

• Bug fixes and tweaks
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are using mods, you HAVE NOT LOST your content with this update. Simply download the mod again, and your progress can continue.


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 1.1.0
Review by ryan42

It works! It really works! - Some ten years ago I bought the first Macintosh release of this game and was quite disapointed with its performance on my then-powerful Dual 1.25 GHz Power Mac G4. The release of the Intel-based Macs brought more powerful computers, but the performance of the game was still hindered by the need to use the Rosetta emulation layer. When I upgraded to Mac OS 10.7 I lost the abiliy to play the game at all. Now Aspyr has re-released the best version (in my opinion) of SimCity ever and all the problems with the original release seem to be resolved. The performance on my Mac Pro (with a GTX 680 Mac Edition card) is fluid and very playable even at 2560x1600 resolution with all graphics quality options at their highest settings. The gameplay is everything I hoped it would be. Great job, Aspyr!

Found helpful by 115 out of 131 people
Version 0
Review by Four4BYU

Dissapointed - Compared to past versions of the game, I was very disappointed. The horrifically awful, mind-numbingly poor, quirky controls aside, the game itself was lacking in a lot of the fun features found in previous versions. Once I fill up my small area of land and build out my city…then what? There’s no cool residential buildings to unlock, building a truly modern city with nuclearn plants, subways, etc. is difficult, if not impossible to do, because of costs. There isn’t room to build a huge city with a giant population to create the tax base that can support the enourmous costs associated with building anything fun and modern. The only thing I can think to do once my city is built out, is tweak it a litle bit with the limited funds I have available, then start a new city completely and run into the same proclems. I have tried multiple new designs to see if I was somehow missing something and there was a “magic formula” to unlock some awesome features. Nothing so far. After just a few days, I was already dreading the same mundane tasks and problems with no hope for something better. Soooo…im done with playing this in less than a week. Such a dissapointment. So much potential, but all the best parts I have always loved are left out . Save your money.

Found helpful by 114 out of 327 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 1.1.1
Review by Sabretooth78

A Mixed Bag - This release, while greatly improved with the latest version allowing for the greater use of custom content, is still a bit of a riddle. The Cons: - Night lighting on custom content (created with the official Building Architect Tool, aka BAT) still does not work. The SimCity 4 Deluxe available for Windows comes fully updated with all official EA/Maxis patches and does not have this issue. - Custom content (aka “plugins”) folders (there are two of them) are located one inside the app (IMHO a bad idea) and the other buried deep in ~/Library/Containers. Perhaps for most users this is not a problem, but I consider myself to be fairly advanced with the management of this game and I like to have more control over my file system. It wouldn’t be so bad if the game recognized symlinked folders, but it does not seem to do so. (It will recognize symlinked files, however, so the amount of tedium you choose to embark upon to correct this limitation is up to you. In fairness, the Windows version exhibits this issue as well.) - There is no way to set launch options; just “full screen” or “window”. I like to play in a window that occupies about 90% of my available display - not possible without finer control. - Windows version users familiar with some mods, such as “extracheats.dll” (which isn’t so much cheats but rather a suite of debugging tools) and “DAMN” don’t work. The Pros: - Runs smoothly and quickly, even with a load of custom content. Granted, I didn’t test it on a huge city, so your mileage may vary. - It won’t crash to desktop (CTD) regularly because you have multiple processor cores (which the Windows game can’t handle out-of-the-box). - Fonts and interface appear slightly cleaner than the Windows version. - Energy use is a bit better than running the Windows version in a Virtual Machine. I actually purchased this game on the app store shortly after it came out and was grossly disappointed by the limitations of it vs. the Windows version. After I read that the custom content file count limitation was lifted I decided to give it another whirl, but I’m still not convinced. It’s definitely a viable alternative (for one reason being that I don’t typically use the night mode) but the loss of some flexibility and the above-mentioned content might be a deal breaker. Currently, I have VM and WINE copies of the Windows version which run almost as smoothly and without any real additional investment in time or performance. So in the end, I suppose it boils down to how much you’re trying to invest into the game - if you’re a “power user”, so to speak, I might suggest you stick with the Windows version, which can be had for a very reasonable price from several retailers and which your Mac will run just as well if not better than a comparable Windows PC. If you don’t mind the cons I listed, then by all means purchase - it’s still a solid version of the pinnacle iteration of one of the most popular PC gaming franchises of all time. Sabretooth78 @ Simtropolis

Found helpful by 9 out of 17 people
Version 1.1.1
Review by sevrandy

Good game, but I recommend Cities Skylines - Classic, great game, but Cities Skylines takes the platform to modern systems. I loved this until I got Skylines, now it just feels too old, honestly.

Found helpful by 7 out of 9 people
Version 1.1.1
Review by Birdmantt

BIG FAIL - Waste of money - The first time I loaded the game it worked fine. But it hasn’t worked since. I can’t get the mouse to operate some of the essential city building icons. The game speed will not change, I can’t open the *** icon to save a game, change regions or settings…nothing. I contacted Aspyr and they had me erase some files somewhere and reload the game. Still will not work. Neither Apple or Aspyr will give me my money back. I will EVER, FOREVER NEVER buy another Aspyr game again. I downloaded virtual box and loaded up windows xp and loaded my windows version and am now playing the game. It wasn’t easy but trying to get help from Aspyr was useless.

Found helpful by 7 out of 8 people
Version 1.1.1
Review by RCI Sim Player

Satisfactory! - Works fine on 10.8.5. Old but gold! I recommend this game to anyone who is looking to kill some time. It's like a virtual garden, but with buildings. Recommend playing on medium settings for a balance of performance and aesthetics. 4/5! 1 star off because the game is not perfect, the only problem with it is it may freeze or crash at times (rare but possible), but that is why you save. It is either my mac that is the problem or the game regarding the crashing, otherwise its a satisfying purchase!

Found helpful by 6 out of 8 people
Version 1.1.1
Review by macaddicted81

Still a great game to play - Through its many revisions and despite not always treated as paying customers by Aspyr and EA the game still deserves respect. It functional, performs well not as speedy as it should considering it is over 10 years old.

Found helpful by 6 out of 9 people