Description of SimCity 2000
Paradigm wrote : This game had so much depth and complexity, the official tip book for it was half the size of a New York City phone book. Even by today's standards the graphics still look pretty snazy. All I can really say is, it is the best game of its kind and certainly the best in the series.
There are sadly a lot of bugs though. Not all Ordinances work. Some do not work correctly. Some buildings have such a negligible effect they are pointless to build, others have a far greater impact then they should. Road, highway and railroad connections to neighboring cities build but do not seem to register, though this only seems to happen when running under DOS Box. Finally, the game is VERY crash prone when running under DOS Box.
How to play SimCity 2000
IMPORTANT: This is the DEMO version of Sim City 2k, you can buy the full game on GoG.com for $5.99.
To play the game, you have to re-configure the game to use the proper graphic mode.
Launch install.exe first and change the video to Super VGA. You can change the sound to "Sound blaster" for music and "Sound blaster compatible" for the sound effects. Although the sound worker for me with the original setup.
After the setup, you can launch SC2000.EXE
Have fun building your city :)
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Comments and reviews
haemophile 2016-06-04 1 point
have a laugh i don't know if this will work on this version but on the original you held down the shift key while typing 'MONEY' for an instant $10000 bonus but every 4 uses causes an earthquake
katy molko 2016-03-30 1 point DOS version
this is only a demo version. i can save my city or move forward.... :(
RJ 2016-01-10 2 points DOS version
This is demoversion.Full version (for free) can ve obtained elsewhere ...J ust google enough...Full version is awesome for a 1993 game.But the heading given here should have demo written in bracket ..ie SImcity 2000(demo) .I too got deceived (anyways it is written as demo in the description somewhere .But if u download thinking it a full version,be sure to be frustrated after u find out itz a demo .Not having 'demo' written in the heading makes it deceiving !
origin, first time u help me 2015-08-17 3 points
recieved this game for free on origin ;)
also don't download it from here it's demo
get it from somewhere else
WTFISGoG? 2015-08-14 -21 points
Can someone please tell me why everyone is bitching around? And what the f is GoG mean? And you little twit idiot that reckons DOS games don't play on 64Bit Computers, do you even know anything? You were probably born after 1999. What did you idiot expect? Google a little program called Dosbox. But never mind. You are too stupid to be helped.
FlightoftheIntruder 2015-08-11 0 point DOS version
garbage, they used to have the full version up, but now theyve replaced it with a demo and an evil GoG link. Do not download this just google SimCity 2000 Full Version. Do not support EA by purchasing this, they deserve nothing but free loaders. Do not forget to protest them removing full versions if there on GoG.
Joshua R 2014-11-27 0 point DOS version
I got a deluxe edition of this game (From 1995) at a thrift store several years back. The disc contains the CD version of the Game, the construction kit, some demos and interviews with Will Wright. If I'm correct he talks about an idea for a game that would soon become Spore. I remember having to choose between that or Railroad tycoon Deluxe Edition on Floppy. I wish I could have gotten both...
Frank 2014-10-11 1 point DOS version
Wait...this isn't full version ? Then...why...abandon...forget it. Just Google it hard enough and you'll find a copy anyway. Why should I buy something that doesn't even sells anymore ?
Just a heads up BTW, a spanking new game called 'Civilization: Beyond Earth' is going to hit the shelves, maybe, this December.
Good Job guys upgrading the site. Keep up the good work. I recall getting Doom, Doom 2 and Doom Ultimate from here. Awesome
GEEK 2014-10-10 2 points DOS version
Listen up buttheads, try downloading DOS BOX .74 and then add a shortcut of that to desktop then, drag the game application e.g. - DOOM.exe on the DOS BOX shortcut. Next thing you know is you game coming to life... Enjoy folks !
arnaud7380 2014-08-17 0 point DOS version
I bought this game at the time! I still have it in version "big box" as it no longer made.
TheHellforce 2014-08-06 2 points DOS version
When the hell did they start putting demo's for games available on GoG........
Anonymous 2014-07-02 -2 points DOS version
I found the CD set for this game in the dumpster. It works perfectly on my Windows XP Computer XD
Daniel 2014-05-23 1 point DOS version
How do I turn on sound blaster? Sound and music doesn't work.
19 2014-04-19 0 point DOS version
or you can just torrent the game for free the way is should be
admin 2014-03-25 -4 points DOS version
This is the DEMO version of Sim City 2k, you can buy the full game on GoG.com for $5.99, we won't upload back the full game.
RE1Do 2014-03-20 0 point DOS version
Got the game running on DOSBOX, but I can't get the cheats to work (lame, I know, but that's how I enjoy playing it).
When I type 'IMACHEAT' nothing happens.
Any advice? I need the cash!!
MstrFool 2014-03-03 0 point DOS version
No idea how old the comments here are, but I'll offer what help I can. Mili123, try running it in DOSBox. It's trying to use a low res mode that moderns systems hate. Or, you could try setting your screen res to 640x480 and try again. Once in, you should be able to find just what resolutions the game supports. I don't recall off hand. Ilikepie1974, look for spanning options in your zip program. You can normally spread a file over as many disks as you need by spanning. Good luck folks.
mili123 2014-02-22 0 point DOS version
i cant seem to install it. after i run install.exe i get an error
this system does not support fullscreen mode. Choose 'close' to terminate the application
Can anyone help me?
ilikepie1974 2014-02-22 0 point DOS version
now the trouble is getting it onto my compaq armada... no USB support cuz its 98, wont fit on floppy disks...
L3d 2014-02-19 0 point DOS version
ycan eaven fly thru the whole city using sim-copter ,am i right ? xD
thats a newer verion ,and i have the newest one took me ages just to get the best streets going on etc ,but i think the new one is way smaller ,so i want the future pack way beyond xD
L3d 2014-02-19 0 point DOS version
i miss my pc ,this new minitop i have ,is kinda funny ..oh no dvd-player tho OH !!
yash 2014-02-08 0 point DOS version
super cooooool.......................................a very very nice game
Alb 2014-02-02 0 point DOS version
I try to build a city but my population is not growing. After 20 years population is still zero. Is this a bug?
helpful guy 2013-12-24 0 point DOS version
if you are having trouble with the spaces in the game name just rename the folder to something under 8 chracters, and with no spaces
donald westington 2013-12-19 0 point DOS version
@ NeedHelp: Search engine. OK? Search engine. There. I helped.
NeedHelp 2013-11-17 0 point DOS version
Idk how to do this. Usually you just drag the folder to DosBox and type in the name. But theirs spaces, so i can't. Help.
Macgruber 2013-10-22 0 point DOS version
dos box will alow you to play any of these games or look into gog.com
LegoManilaShow 2013 2013-10-01 0 point DOS version
i can't play it. these are saying when opening it: SC2000.EXE
The NTVDM CPU has encoutered an illegal instruction.
C2.c000 IP:5091 OP:ff ff 83 fc 00 Choose 'Close' to terminate the application.
Redditor 2013-09-16 0 point DOS version
This isn't abandonware. It is still available from Good Old Games.
Sarevok 2013-08-12 0 point DOS version
I solved the problem with dosbox just go to install change your video card and the game will run properly
Simpser 2013-07-21 0 point DOS version
@rcbc: Use an emulator (ex: DosBox) and make sure to change both the game audio settings, but also change the DosBox config file.
Dillon 2013-07-10 0 point DOS version
I cannot get water to spread... it used to work on my computer and now it isn't anymore, i have tried different computers and different frontend programs for Dosbox, any suggestions ?
RuindWarrior 2013-05-27 0 point DOS version
can somebody hit me up with the proper settings used to run sc2000 in DOSBox...?
Tom Gifford 2013-05-04 0 point DOS version
Windows 7, HAVE DOSBOX, HAVE D-fend, tried four machines, four locations. none work. HELP!!!!!!!!!
kermur 2013-03-31 0 point DOS version
If you ppl cant get it to run, use google, do some research. learn something. you'll better yourself and you'll stop wasting other people's time.
figure it out.
SheWolf 2013-03-23 0 point DOS version
How do you set it up? I'm failing horribly! Its just so confusing.
Zed 2013-03-14 0 point DOS version
Thanks for the comment about the DOSBox, I was having trouble getting this to run but that worked perfectly!
Jesus is LORD 2013-03-13 0 point DOS version
It works fine for me, im using Win7 64 bit, after download the game and DOSBox ( i use version 0.74 ). unzip the game, left click and drag ( any ) file that you want to run, then drop it to the DOSBox icon ( on your desktop ) then enjoy it. Tam biet
Me 2013-03-05 0 point DOS version
Good game. Doesn't work on newer versions of windows - and does not operate in DOS or DOS emulators. Attempting to play it using the compatibility mode can work, but often glitches out.
I recommend that you don't download this version. At least not until someone puts up a patch to fix the issues.
Rita 2013-03-05 0 point DOS version
Well done Maxis for destroying the original game!
OM 2013-02-13 0 point DOS version
...There were like 19 or 20 different versions of SC2K, with only minor tweaks and variations to differentiate them. Most of them were OEM related to reflect the company that made the computer and bundled a bunch of games with it, including SC2K. I've got three or four of those versions sitting on a beehive spindle somewhere in a box, and for a while you could find them almost as easy as an AOHell install disk. Not as numerous so as to use them for coasters, but almost!
Qatayam 2013-05-02 0 point DOS version
Great game but i recommend version for MacOS.
You can try this version with FreeDOS or DOS emulator DOSbox.
...OR Mac OS version (much better):
Find some classic MacOS emulator (SheepShaver or Basillisk) for Windows, Linux or Mac OS X and install MacOS 7.5. You can download it free from Apple server:
You must download all files and use them as virtual floppy disks inside emulator.
You also need Mac DiskTools and real 68k Mac ROM for boot. You can find both on Google.
After that just install Mac version of Sim City 2000.
For instructions how to configure and use MacOS emulator see documentation on official page of emulator.
It's really easy after you download all stuff. :)
aptos 2013-02-10 0 point DOS version
Try to download from www.xtcabandonware.com.
And 16 bit games can not work on 64 bit windows....
CMDeml 2013-05-02 0 point DOS version
You can get this game by going to
and downloading it and then
and it should work.
Joel 2013-01-31 0 point DOS version
no, this download will not run on Windows 7 64 bit. I just tried everything they said, and it isn't compatible.
Ola 2013-01-29 0 point DOS version
I can't install this game, can you please make a tutorial ?
it can be much more simple
Saint 2013-01-20 0 point DOS version
For those who are having problems with this game freezing in Windows 7 64 bit. There is a install.exe file found in the folder containing the game. Run this file and change Graphics into VGA and sounds into Sounder Blaster. Then the game will work. Enjoy!
amma 2013-01-18 0 point DOS version
Install mostly successful using DOSbox. However when I ALT / ENTER to fullscreen, things freeze, can't use the mouse. If I exit out back to minimal screen the game works fine. I would love to play fullscreen though. I'm using windows 4 64 bit
FIBER0PTIC 2012-12-28 0 point DOS version
Maxis had a promotion back in the day... Bank over $500,000 and send a screen shot too them, in return you get a Maxis T-Shirt...
Shamus cracked the IBM version of SimCity 2000 and found the secret... People like Parks, and you only need 1 piece of Rail/Road/Water touching each property.
It's not a pretty city, just a profitable one.
I will post a pic of the Shirt next time teh c64 section of my site is updated.
FIBER0PTIC/FBR, Teh HUMBLE Guys, Napalm, & Worship.
Defy Kay 2012-11-05 0 point DOS version
I got this working after running perfectly under Boxer (dosbox for mac).
Be sure to run the installer first and change the default video option to SVGA or VGA. Whatever the default is.. it doesn't work in dosbox and you'll just get a blank screen with music as others posted.
You might need to adjust your sound card and music card selections as well depending on your setup. (General Midi + Sound Blaster Pro worked for me)
Ty 2012-11-01 0 point DOS version
I can start the game (without sound) but it asks me to check my sound/video settings (within the game) it says everything is ok then I click the button to exit the "settings" menu and it crashes the game. It wont start!
helloworld 2012-10-27 0 point DOS version
For people using Windows 7 64-bit and D-Fend reloaded, run the setup (INSTALL.exe) via D-Fend, and choose the Packard Bell VESA video card, it worked for me.
Antonio 2012-10-15 0 point DOS version
I'm having the same problem as Nick. I can hear the music from the game, but all I'm getting is a black screen with some odd text. I'm using D-Fend Reloaded.
Nick 2012-10-14 0 point DOS version
I'm using Windows 7 64 bit and everytime I load the game in Dfend or straight from DOSbox I get a black DOS screen with weird text but I can here the game's music. I can't seem to run the install so I have no idea what's going on, any help?
DemonRax 2012-09-07 0 point DOS version
Hi! I tried following the tutorial for playing SimCity 2000. I Have the game in the list, i double click it. Black screen. some loading time
a colored text appear..
then nothing.. (just a message about secure mode).
I waited 5 minutes but game not start ;/
then ctrl+f9 and exited the window :(
I have windows vista.
please I really loved simcity 2000, help me to play it again
Shadowner 2012-09-04 0 point DOS version
You can use D-fend Reloaded to have the game start with sound.
It will automatically detect your card and have it configured automatically.
alecion420 2012-08-29 0 point DOS version
I can't seem to find which sound card I have to select or which sound fx card to use. The list only shows old cards. What do I do??
Darkguardian1314 2012-08-13 0 point DOS version
This is a very good game that holds up over time. Had to run install disk in D-Fend Reload before it would run. Reading the instructions will save you headaches. Thanks :)
cheese 2012-07-25 0 point DOS version
It tells me that it won't open on full-screen. I press ignore and it just closes out completely.
Alpha Guy 2012-07-12 0 point DOS version
This give me SOOOOOO much nostolgia because i played this as a kid
DargaBarga 2012-06-14 0 point DOS version
@sauce - works like sexy for me on win7 x64 too. I used the mount command and ran the install.exe file in DosBox, which I used to change the card and fx settings to soundblaster, then ran SC2000.exe and everything worked great.
a1sauses 2012-06-10 0 point DOS version
i clicked install.exe, gave some weird symbols in a box and froze my computer, when i restarted. my delete key didn't work and double clicking made anything pop open properties. bad download
sauce 2012-05-24 0 point DOS version
It works on Windows 7 64x.. because I just started it. Run install.exe in the command prompt, then set the sound card and music effects to soundblaster and make sure the video card is on Vega. Don't do all the complicated mount c:/// xxxwww and all that... just drag the sim city folder onto the Dosbox shortcut. Hope this helped someone.
doinken 2012-05-01 0 point DOS version
I'm guessing the Windows version isn't considered Abandonware?
thatguy 2012-04-19 0 point DOS version
Hey, the game doesn't load of the first screen right, any ideas whats wrong?
westburian 2012-02-05 0 point DOS version
looks like you are trying to use NTVDM (cmd.exe), instead download and install DOSBOX, then run DOSBOX and run install.exe
better yet, get an older machine and run DOS or win98 on it for these old classic games.
better yet, stop using windoze, run linux with DOSBOX
john 2012-01-28 0 point DOS version
how do you get the full screen to work on this game or can you? i want to play it in full screen cause i cant see the game very well
beginner 2012-01-15 0 point DOS version
keeps hanging on copyright systems in dosbox.... anyone an idea what i do wrong? other games work....
Kalaga 2013-05-02 0 point DOS version
I try to start install.exe, but it responds with this:
The NTVDM CPU has encountered an illegal instruction.
CS:0000 IP:0077 OP:f0 37 05 0c 02 Choose Close to terminate the application.
None of it makes sense, and I really want to play this game based on your criticism!
baig 2011-12-28 0 point DOS version
this game is fantastic .....beautifull game .......... i love this game............
SimAddicted 2011-10-17 0 point DOS version
Ahhh is this windows not dos because i have dos copy of the game
i need windows because of cheat like debug menu...
maddog 2011-10-16 0 point DOS version
I love this game. I'm trying to find it for my Sprint htc 4g evo..
Rho 2011-10-15 0 point DOS version
After installing your DOSBox, you can type 'help' to get more tips; also remember this is DOS- you have specific commands available and have to learn how to MOUNT YOUR DIRECTORY to the system. I have my files under, "C:\DOS\(game/application name)" so you "mount c C:\DOS\(game name)" and ENTER key to give it the command- hit "C:" and the ENTER key (minus the quotation marks, of course) again to finish the mount. You also need to look at the file, and identify the appropriate application file to know which command to give it next. For example, for my Sim City game, the file is called, "sim" so I hit those little letters in and the ENTER key, and my game will start. ALT / ENTER to fullscreen, and your windows key to get out of the Box without exiting the program. =)
kid 2011-10-01 0 point DOS version
can any body tell me whats im going to do after installing DOsBox... :(
myabandonware 2011-08-16 0 point DOS version
here is how to run
first get dosbox
fFrst run install in dosbox you need to change the card to an svga card the exit then drop the dc2000 exi into dosbox and your off
Ceristimo 2011-07-29 0 point DOS version
Please people, stop asking if games will run on Windows 7 or not. Just download the free program calles DosBox (google it!), and use that. DosBox is a DOS emulator, and all these old games will run using that, just fine. You do have to have some minimum knowledge of the most basic DOS commands (CD=change dir, C: will select C:\ drive, and MOUNT will mount a specific folder as the emulated C:\ drive), but if you're old enough to know these games, you should be able to somewhat navigate your way with DOS. And DosBox comes with a help function anyway...
So, download DosBox, and have fun playing all these old gems!
Zeke 2011-05-31 0 point DOS version
As a kid I only played this to cause disasters and destroy everything. Now I'm actually gonna play it right!
F0XX 2011-05-26 0 point DOS version
A great example of Maxis and Will Wright's early achievements.
XXX Clan 2011-04-21 0 point DOS version
Its fun play this game ! you can build your city alone now.
eperezf 2011-04-11 0 point DOS version
I have the original CD and the two manuals (Game and SCURK)!!! Now it's abandonware... Awesome game!
Tiago 2013-05-02 0 point DOS version
Install VBox and Win95. Run the game.
hugo vasconcelos 2010-12-29 0 point DOS version
it game is very fun for me i'm proud i intend have this game....
GAMER 2010-11-16 0 point DOS version
how do i download the game so i can play it not just look at pics of other cities?
mattnanokid 2009-07-30 0 point DOS version
These games work perfectly on windows 95! got an old laptop, and it seems like it is one of the faster ones playing these games.
nick 2009-07-28 0 point DOS version
DosBox sucks. Install Windows 3.11, they work like a charm on it :)
Jon 2008-11-18 0 point DOS version
I downloaded DosBox but the game is still not working what do I do next? I need detailed instructions. Thanks.
ToR 2008-08-10 0 point DOS version
They will work with vista, download DosBox like was already suggested to make it compatible.
elizabopolous 2008-06-02 0 point DOS version
Does anyone know which .exe file we should be using for this game?
scotty3281 2008-05-13 0 point DOS version
anyone that has problems with these games, they are DOS games. Download DosBox and install to get games to work.
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