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SimCity 4

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SC4RHMac1.1RevA.dmg (12.78 MB)
For Mac OS X
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SC4update102.sitx (4.79 MB)
For Mac OS X
This game is still available from its publisher
Guides on emulating older games

SimCity 4 was released for the Mac in 2003, ported by i5works and published by Aspyr.

In September 2005, SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition was released which packs SimCity 4 and the Rush Hour Expansion Pack on one DVD.

A beta Universal Binary patch for Rush Hour was released in 2007 by Aspyr, it appears a final version was never released.

In 2014, Deluxe Edition was re-released for Intel Macs, and can be purchased from Aspyr or the Mac App Store.

Because of EA, only updates are being hosted, not the full game

The 1st download is the beta Universal Binary patch for the DVD edition of Rush Hour.
The 2nd download is the 1.0.2 update for SimCity 4

Architecture: PPC x86 (Intel:Mac)

Operating System: Mac OS X 10.2.8
CPU Processor: PowerPC G4
CPU Speed: 700 MHz
Memory: 256 MB or higher
Hard Disk Space: 2.0 GB free disk space
Video Card (ATI): Radeon 7500
Video Card (NVidia): GeForce2 MX
Video Memory (VRam): 32 MB or higher
Media Required: DVD Drive


Veneteaou's picture
by Veneteaou - 2019, November 8 - 8:10am

There are certainly some, but the biggest issue lies in the fact that SC4 continues to get more and more demanding as your city/region gets larger. On top of that, the PPC version of the game is the original unpatched release, so it does have bugs and crash issues.

As much fun as classic mac gaming is, I'd point people towards the modern SimCity 4 experience instead (or playing 2k/3k). The modding community loves the game, and still heavily supports it. There are mods (like NAM) that are the kind you don't want to play without. And there's so much content to work with: my mods folder is at 12GB, and I could probably double it if I wanted all the bells and whistles to be had.

Steam and GOG both have it I believe.

SolarstrikeVG's picture
by SolarstrikeVG - 2019, November 2 - 6:39am

Aren't there a lot of problems with this port?

Ataru29's picture
by Ataru29 - 2019, August 21 - 1:21pm

Thanks a lot for the Universal Binary patch; my Mac Mini 2,1's gonna love this!

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by Bolkonskij - 2016, December 20 - 8:00am

mrpippy, thanks! I spent quite some happy hours with Sim City 4. Though as the game progresses, it becomes increasingly slow. It seems this was an issue already with the PC version. Even though my MacMini with 1.5 Ghz, 1 GB of RAM and a 64 MB graphics card was way above the official system requirements. I don't wanna think about running something New York-style on the Mini. I think it got a bit better with the Add-on Rush Hour, not a huge improvement though.

Fun facts: When you hold the APPLE key during startup of the game, it would use iTunes for background music and let you choose a playlist. Also I seem remember that the original Sim City 4 didn't offer a window mode in the options menu. By editing the simcity4.plist file in the library/preferences folder you could nevertheless enable window mode which was cool.

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by mrpippy - 2016, December 16 - 1:12am

Created this page to host the updates and general info, which are becoming increasingly hard to find. Would also be a good place to host add-ins