SimCity 4

Application Details:

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

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Test Results

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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.

Hardware 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 SilverJacob Cameron 
ShowUbuntu 16.04 "Xenial" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Feb 04 20172.0Yes Yes SilverJacob Cameron 
ShowUbuntu 10.04 "Lucid" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Oct 04 20141.6.2Yes Yes Platinuman anonymous user 
ShowUbuntu 12.10 "Quantal" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Feb 03 20131.5.23Yes No Garbagean anonymous user 
CurrentUbuntu 10.04 "Lucid" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Jun 16 20111.3.21Yes Yes Silveran anonymous user 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
219 Programs refuse to run because of safedisc copy-protection CLOSED FIXED View
917 Cursor jumps strangely CLOSED FIXED View
1631 Sound underruns occur in directsound CLOSED FIXED View
3472 Simcity 4 stopped working. CLOSED WORKSFORME View
4320 simcity 4 installer fails CLOSED WORKSFORME View
5448 Simcity 4 brings always a message box: "SimCity 4 will run with the software driver when next lauched." when started CLOSED DUPLICATE View
5521 Sim City 4 Deluxe crashes with hash_table assertion errors CLOSED FIXED View
7260 Graphical corruptions in Sim City 4 CLOSED FIXED View
9907 SimCity 4 will no longer load. CLOSED INVALID View
10636 simcity 4 3D objects become invisible CLOSED FIXED View
11332 Simcity 4 crashes CLOSED ABANDONED View
13961 SimCity 4 Deluxe fails to install. CLOSED ABANDONED View
20404 SimCity 4 (including Rush Hour/Deluxe) fails to start CLOSED WORKSFORME View
25025 SimCity 4 fails to properly render scenes CLOSED ABANDONED View
27349 SafeDisc v2.x API entry analyzer flags Wine's user32.dll as "bad" (too many exports with PIC loads in prolog code) (SimCity 4, IL-2 FB, NFSU) CLOSED FIXED View
33877 SimCity 4 Deluxe 'AutoRun.exe' crashes when clicking 'install' CLOSED FIXED View

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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.