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This page is about the computer game SimCity 4, and its expansion SimCity 4 Rush Hour.

Stuff is stored on media/Software/Archiv/Games/SimCity.


Intel Mac

The Universal Binary patch is absolutely required in my experience. Although in theory it should be possible to run the PowerPC application via Rosetta emulation, this did not work well on my machine: The game froze as soon as I ran the tutorial and I was unable to do anything about it. Even force-quitting the application did not work, so unfortunately I had to power off the machine the hard way :-(

After installing the UB patch, the tutorial ran fine. I have to check if everything still works out with larger cities, but I guess everything is better than hard-resetting a frozen machine.

Installation of the original game

  • The CD-ROM of the basic game contains an installer that is PowerPC only
  • If Rosetta is installed on your system, simply double-clicking the installer to run it should work fine
  • If Rosetta is not installed... no idea :-(
  • By default the installer wants to put the game into the user's ~/Applications folder, but another location (/Applications) can be selected
  • The version of the game that is installed is "SimCity 4 for MacOS, Version 1.0"
  • This version already includes patch 1 and 2 of the Windows version
  • The installer requires you to enter the license key printed on the game box
  • Minimum system requirements given by the installer:
    • Mac OS X 10.2 or newer
    • PowerMac G3/G4, iMac G4/eMac, PowerBook G4/iBook
    • Processor speed 500MHz or faster
    • 256 MB RAM
    • 1 GB of hard disk space
    • Hardware 3D acceleration is required: ATI Radeon or NVidia GeForce with 32 MB VRAM or more

Installation of the expansion (Rush Hour)

  • Same procedure as with the original game installer
  • Again, Rosetta is required to run the installer
  • The original game must be installed before thee expansion can be installed
  • Minimum system requirements given by the installer:
    • Mac OS X 10.2.8 or newer
    • PowerMac G4/G5, or faster
    • Processor speed 500MHz or faster
    • 256 MB RAM (512 MB recommended)
    • 2 GB of hard disk space
    • 3D graphics card with 32 MB VRAM
    • 8x speed CD-ROM

Installation of the Universal Binary patch

  • Download link see below under "Useful links"
  • Filename = SC4RHMac1.1RevA.dmg
  • Description = SimCity 4 Rush Hour Universal Binary 1.1 Rev A (patches Aspyr's SimCity 4 Rush Hour)
  • Open the .dmg file and double-click the installer, this will automatically apply the patch

Useful links

Community websites:

Official links:

Addon stuff


The following things can be downloaded from the official game website:

  • Building Architect Tool (B.A.T.): A suite of tools that contains the following things. Requires login and product registration.
    • Building Architect gamepack for gmax: Used to create models in a 3D environment and export SimCity 4 Deluxe game ready content.
    • Plug-in Manager: Used to create plugins for the game and modify the simulation properties for those plugins. This tool allows to define a model as a house, a prop or even (but not limited to) a landmark.
    • Lot Editor: Used to place new plugins on lots and get them into the game.
  • Terrain Generator: Used to generate and download small, medium and large terrain maps for any area in the continental United States. Requires login and product registration.
  • Lot Editor: See above. Requires login and product registration.
  • Landmarks: Requires login and product registration.
  • Cities and Regions: Requires login and product registration.
  • Soundtracks for Rush Hour and SimCity 3000. No login/product registration required.

Landmarks Addon Mod for Mac


Network Addon Mod