SimCity 3000 by Maxis and EA

Editor's Rating: 4.8/5
GD Star Rating


One of the best in the SimCity series, SimCity 3000 (SC3K) is a very grown-up version of the game with tons of features and a glossy look. One of the best improvements of the franchise is the huge library of actual landmarks included with the game (with more available for download.) It’s kind of cool to have a simple one-horse town with the Arc de Triomphe sitting in the middle of it.

Gameplay, Controls, Interface

The control panel has been completely revamped from the preceding version, with an RTS-style playing field surrounded by controls. You also now have a ticker across the bottom of your screen with news and advice from your various advisors, instead of having to monitor the newspaper as in SimCity 2000 (SC2K). Access to charts, maps and graphs is much easier, too. The game speed is easier to control, as each time you load a city you start out in pause mode, and the various speeds aren’t so hugely different from what they were before.

You can even load in cities from SC2K, though there are some things that have been changed that will make them rather different in this version. Otherwise, the basic gameplay is the same as always and most of the strategies you’re familiar with for building cities before will work here. There are also some strategy updates, though, as some of the ordinances, pollution and crime data are different. The biggest problems I ran into when playing, aside from being a bit confused over seaports and farms, were never having enough schools and dealing with traffic congestion (though this particular aspect is vastly improved over SC2K). I also kind of miss having hydroelectric plants, since those worked so easily before. Building bridges is also a bit of a pain at first, but once you’ve done a few, they make sense.

Whirlpool in Simcity 3000Graphics

There isn’t quite as much improvement in actual game graphics as I had hoped for (I was imagining something closer to what the pre-game cinematics look like), but the overall look is much cleaner, clearer and more colorful. Buildings are much more detailed now, there’s actual animation on many items, and on the closest zooms you can actually see cars and people moving around. The terrain is also smoother and easier to work with, and you can even turn off the grid lines to watch your city in action.


Authentic sounds, especially on the closer zooms, and some really good music. BTW, you can download the music from SimCity 3000 for free on EA's website. No great need for a major sound card, unless you want the surround sound immersion effect.

System Requirements

Minimum: Win 95/98, Pentium 166, 32 MB RAM, 4X CD-ROM drive, 2 MB, 16 bit Video card DirectX 6 certified, 230 MB hard drive space, DirectX 6 sound card
Recommended: 233 Pentium or faster, 8X CD-ROM drive, 4 MB video card

Land, sea and a boatDocumentation

One of the largest play guides I’ve ever seen comes with this game, along with a 15-page reference “card” that’s almost a play guide in itself. Both are very useful and handy. The SC3K website is also a great resource, as it addresses a few issues people have reported with the game, and has some great downloads and updates, too.

Bottom Line

A great update. Lots of hard work went into this, and even though it took forever to finally be released, it was well worth the wait. They obviously listened very closely to what people wanted from the game and delivered very well. Many, many problems were completely resolved (such as water issues) and tons of new features were added that make the game all the more fun. There were still a few minor issues, such as difficulty with farms, seaports and bridges, but information on the website and in the play guide helped you get past those.

Download SimCity 3000

Use the following rapidshare links to download SimCity 3000:

Use the password known@hackhell to expand the archives.

More Screenshots of SC3k

Farm land explosionWinter terrain, zoomed outHeavy Pollution in the Industrial AreaBig Ben construction in the middle of the sea

SimCity 3000 by Maxis and EA, reviewed by Stilgar on 2008-11-18T00:00:46+00:00 rating 4.8 out of 5

This entry was posted in God Games


  1. Andrei
    Posted November 25, 2008 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    What’s the password of the archives?


  2. admin
    Posted November 25, 2008 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

    Woops, I forgot about that, thank you for reminding me.

    The password for the downloadable simcity 3000 .rar archives is: known@hackhell

    Happy gaming!

  3. Andrei
    Posted November 26, 2008 at 2:57 pm | Permalink

    Thank you mate:)
    All the best

  4. kallol
    Posted November 28, 2008 at 9:21 am | Permalink

    plz… send me the password….

  5. Callum
    Posted November 29, 2008 at 5:43 am | Permalink

    Wow, this sure is some site you have here! I could have been searching all day if it wasn’t for this site! Your like the only place with this game! Thanks!

  6. Tom
    Posted November 30, 2008 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

    Hi i really want this game and cant download it anywhere even though i am willing to pay! i have tried with your links but i cant open the win rar files. could you please give better details or is this website years old?

  7. J.C.
    Posted December 3, 2008 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

    The password works with the first download but not the remaining three? Any suggestions?

  8. Adam
    Posted December 12, 2008 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

    I’m having an odd issue with the download… When I play the game, changing the speed setting has no effect, the game still runs at “turtle” speed. INCREDIBLY FRUSTRATING

  9. Rodrigo
    Posted December 13, 2008 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    Hey i download the game and i follow the autorun info but i cant install the game cause if mark an error and if i use the other installation i need the cd could someone help me please

    mail me

  10. john
    Posted December 13, 2008 at 11:24 pm | Permalink

    i can’t download the password. please help thanks!

  11. john
    Posted December 16, 2008 at 11:26 pm | Permalink

    I can’t download the link in known@hackhell

    please help I really want this game

  12. eve
    Posted December 19, 2008 at 4:33 am | Permalink

    when i installed the file and opend the game it just asked me to insert the cd, the installation works, but now it needs a cd?

  13. Paul
    Posted December 21, 2008 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    I have the same problem!
    Why it asked me to insert the cd?

  14. fitra
    Posted December 27, 2008 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

    How about insert the cd?


  15. dhanz
    Posted December 30, 2008 at 12:36 am | Permalink

    Yes, when i installed the file and opened the game it asked for insert the cd, why it is?? Can someone help? I really want to play it…

  16. jj
    Posted December 30, 2008 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    hey thanks

  17. kayoo
    Posted January 7, 2009 at 6:41 am | Permalink

    hei john,

    why kind r u? stoopid? just uncompressed all 4 rar files with winzip or winrar into a folder, and key in the password “known@hackhell” (without the quote). And then u will get one iso file to access with daemon tools lite (just google it). Installed it.

  18. LeDa187
    Posted January 8, 2009 at 7:48 am | Permalink

    “Error in command line” after unzipping and trying to open with deamon tools lite.. Suggestions?

  19. HItesh
    Posted January 15, 2009 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    what is the password of the game

  20. Carol623
    Posted January 16, 2009 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    Why? the Admin encrypt the game, it took me time to downloaded this files and the password is not useless anymore. Is a wasting of time.
    And this person Kayoo…i could bet he didn’t tried yet.

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