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Box artwork for SimCity 3000.
SimCity 3000
Publisher(s)Electronic Arts
Year released1999
System(s)Windows, Linux, Mac OS
Preceded bySimCity 2000
Followed bySimCity 4
Designer(s)Will Wright
ModesSingle player
Rating(s)ESRB EveryoneELSPA Ages 3+OFLC General
LinksSimCity 3000 at PCGamingWikiSimCity 3000 ChannelSearchSearch

SimCity 3000 is essentially SimCity 2000 (SC2K) with several small features added and graphics updated to a standard appropriate for when it was published (1999). Some people consider SC2K to be a better game than SimCity 3000 since the two are essentially the same and because of SC3K's greater system requirements and gameplay issues. For example, SimCity 3000 Unlimited occasionally gives the player the option of hosting a parade, which gives a boost to the player's city. The animation for the parade lasts a long time, the game pauses during the animation with no option of skipping over the animation. Critics note other similar flaws.

A re-release, SimCity 3000 Unlimited, was released in 2000. Unlimited added, among other things, Asian and European building sets, a snapshot feature, an improved version of the Building Architect Tool (a very basic pseudo-3D design tool based on cubes), and scenarios (along with a creator based on MS Access).

The SimCity 3000 Unlimited edition was distributed with different titles in some places outside of the USA:

  • SimCity 3000 UK Edition in United Kingdom and Ireland
  • SimCity 3000 Deutschland in Germany
  • SimCity 3000 World Edition elsewhere in Europe and Latin America
  • SimCity 3000 China in China
  • SimCity 3000 Japan in Japan
  • SimCity 3000 Korea in Korea

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