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.
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: http://simcity.ea.com/update/index_update.php?product=EP1 Are cars/sims missing? Make sure they're actually turned on (set to "High") in the settings window!
|Operating system||Test date||Wine version||Installs?||Runs?||Used|
|Show||Ubuntu 16.04 "Xenial" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Mar 01 2017||2.2||Yes||Yes||Silver||Jacob Cameron|
|Show||Ubuntu 16.04 "Xenial" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Feb 04 2017||2.0||Yes||Yes||Silver||Jacob Cameron|
|Show||Ubuntu 10.04 "Lucid" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Oct 04 2014||1.6.2||Yes||Yes||Platinum||an anonymous user|
|Show||Ubuntu 12.10 "Quantal" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Feb 03 2013||1.5.23||Yes||No||Garbage||an anonymous user|
|Current||Ubuntu 10.04 "Lucid" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)||Jun 16 2011||1.3.21||Yes||Yes||Silver||an anonymous user|
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:
Replace 1920x1080 with your desired resolution.