SimCity 3000

  • Developer: Maxis
  • Genre: Adventure
  • Originally on: Windows (1999)
  • Works on: PC, Windows
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  • User Rating: 6.8/10 - 8 votes
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Game Overview

I remember what a huge deal it was when SimCity 3000 was first released. I am a massive fan of this series and have been since my dear old dad brought me the SNES version as a gift when I was a kid. I think that they did a great job with this game and improved on many aspects of SimCity 2000.

It Is Tough To Be In Charge!

One thing that is constant with all the SimCity games is the goal. The goal is to build a fully functioning city and not be broke at the end of the year when the taxman comes calling. What is weird is that on paper I know this sounds like the most boring premise for a video game every. However, SimCity 3000 and the other games in the series pull it off to perfection and this one does it with some tongue in cheek and a ton of personality.

Pretty City 3000

I think that there was a noticeable graphical leap from the last game to this one. While it may share that SimCity style that the first few games had. I feel this one has many more “finer details” you can see cars more clearly driving on the road and pedestrians walking around for example. It may not sound like a lot, but it works wonders to make the city you are working for, feel like a real place.

Blowing The Budget

I feel that by this point most people know what the deal with this franchise is so I will not bore you with the core details about what SimCity 3000 is all about. Instead, I want to talk about some of the new features they added to the game that I feel make the game feel fuller. Waste management is now an issue, the larger your city the more likely you are going to have problems with people and their garbage so you need to manage that!

You also have agricultural stuff going on as well which believe it or not was new to this. There are tons of new buildings and little things to keep you on your toes. You will never keep all of your citizens truly happy, but you can try your best. Getting to the end of the year and not being broke is always something that causes me to be very pleased with myself. Overall, if you have played a previous game in the series, you will feel right at home here.

A Little Help From My Friends

There are a couple of other new things that I want to give a special mention to. One is that you now have a new ticker which will keep you informed of how things are going ranging from stuff like crime, people's opinions, and even a UFO attack. You also have advisors who are kind of like friends that will help you out. Some people did not care about this aspect of the game, but I liked it. Not only do they actually help you, but they also help give the game a tad more charm as well.

I loved SimCity 3000 when it was first released and I feel that it holds up very well to this day. Here is the thing, as good as this game is. They did actually release a better version called, SimCity 3000: World Edition which offers what this game offers and much more. While bog-standard SimCity 3000 is fine, I do feel that if you want to play this game, the World Edition is the version that you need to play.


Final Score


  • It has that SimCity charm!
  • I loved the disasters, especially the UFO attack
  • Lots of new buildings and utilities to consider
  • The game is challenging, but it is also a great deal of fun
  • The graphics are greatly improved over SimCity 2000


  • The game can slow down when your city gets pretty large
  • The World Edition does kind of make this obsolete

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System Requirements

Processor: PC compatible,

OS: Win9xWindows 9x, Windows 2000 WinXPWindows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.

Game Features:SimCity 3000 supports single modeSingle game mode

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