SimCity 4

Application Details:

Version: CD - Vanilla
License: Retail
Votes: 2
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 2.2

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What works

Game launches, plays intros, gets to region screen, loads cities. Sound, for the most part, seems fine. Performance, when the correct render is selected, is more than satisfactory.

What does not

Window mode results in the game running abysmally slow. Direct3D render gives graphical glitches and poor performance overall. The Software and OpenGL renderers are about the same, each far better (roughly Windows speeds) than D3D.

Specify the renderer using a command line switch w/ simcity 4.exe like so:




Specify widescreen resolutions with this switch:

-CustomResolution:enabled -rXXXxYYYx(16 or 32)

example: CustomResolution:enabled -r1600x900x32


As I said, game runs reasonably well, but adding in my 1.1GB of plugins is an entirely different story - game crashes as it attempts to display the Region View. Your mileage may vary.


What was not tested

Everything was tested.

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Additional Comments

I don't expect this game to ever run correctly under Wine, as, for the most part, this game doesn't even run correctly under Windows! Applying the SKU 1 update seemed to get rid of the "off-center screen" bug for me: Are cars/sims missing? Make sure they're actually turned on (set to "High") in the settings window!

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowUbuntu 16.04 "Xenial" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Mar 01 20172.2Yes Yes NoSilverJacob Cameron 
ShowUbuntu 16.04 "Xenial" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Feb 04 20172.0Yes Yes NoSilverJacob Cameron 
ShowUbuntu 10.04 "Lucid" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Oct 04 20141.6.2Yes Yes NoPlatinuman anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 12.10 "Quantal" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Feb 03 20131.5.23Yes No NoGarbagean anonymous user 
CurrentUbuntu 10.04 "Lucid" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jun 16 20111.3.21Yes Yes NoSilveran anonymous user 

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HowTo / Notes

How to use custom resulutions

By default, SimCity 4 only allows you to use resolutions up to 1280x1024, but it's very easy to use any resolution you want, just add this to your launcher/start script:

-CustomResolution:enabled -r1920x1080x32

Replace 1920x1080 with your desired resolution.