SimCity 3000

SimCity 3000 with a few extras.

Application Details:

Version: Unlimited
License: Retail
Votes: 2
Latest Rating: Gold
Latest Wine Version Tested: 6.6

Maintainers: About Maintainership

Test Results

Old test results
The test results for this version are very old, and as such they may not represent the current state of Wine. Please consider submitting a new test report.
Selected Test Results

What works

SimCity 3000 Unlimited

Building Architect Plus

What does not

Intro video does not work, no in-game music. Game will also not launch if installed from the CD (or ran directly from the CD) due to the DRM not being compatible. However, this DRM problem is also an issue in native Windows Vista and later.


Using a no-cd crack that replaces the installed apps (sc3u.exe, baapp.exe) with cracked ones allows the game to launch. Using the no-cd crack is legal only if you own a original copy of SimCity 3000 Unlimited. 


The sound issue can be fixed by manually copying the music folder from the CD and inserting a new line after line 48 in the AUDIO.INI file.

File Locations: (delete (x86) from all paths if using a 32-bit wineprefix)

GAME           C:\program files (x86)\Maxis\Simcity 3000 Unlimited\Apps\SC3U.EXE

BA+               C:\program files (x86)\Maxis\Simcity 3000 Unlimited\Apps\BAApp.EXE

AUDIO.INI     C:\program files (x86)\Maxis\Simcity 3000 Unlimited\Apps\RES\Sound\AUDIO.INI

CD MUSIC     D:\APPS\RES\SOUND\MUSIC (copy this to the same directory AUDIO.INI is in)

-----AUDIO.INI Patch-----

                      47   MusicDataDir=e:\sc3000data\cdimage\res\sound\

                      48   ; MusicDataDir=d:\sc3000data\cdimage\sc3\res\sound\

add this one -->   ; MusicDataDir="c:\program files (x86)\maxis\simcity 3000 unlimited\apps\res\sound\"

                      49  CachePath=c:\temp\

What was not tested

Scenario Creator, and anything else outside of the main game and Building Architect Plus.

Hardware tested


  • GPU: Intel
  • Driver: proprietary

Additional Comments

Installed from cd normally with product key, game only runs with no-cd crack. No other modifications are needed to play the game smoothly. (unless you want music)

The in-game music patch may not be needed if you keep the cd in the drive, but the no-cd patch is required regardless of the CD's presence.

The HD resolution patch is compatible with the no-cd patch, but you have to edit a certain line in a hex editor (i.e manually patching the game). Also, using any resolution where either the height or width (or both) is not divisible by 8 will cause the game to crash. Here's a link to the GOG version patch instructions, which I have confirmed also work with the CD version. You will need a hex editor for this, since all the scripts are for windows.

selected in Test Results table below
Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentmacOS 10.14 "Mojave"Apr 16 20216.6Yes Yes YesGoldAlex 
ShowmacOS 10.14 "Mojave"Jul 20 20205.0.1Yes Yes YesGoldAlex 
ShowUbuntu 18.04 "Bionic" amd64 (+variants like Kubuntu)Jun 05 20183.8Yes Yes NoSilverJames Murphy 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Dec 28 20173.0-rc3Yes Yes NoSilverMaarten Oosting 
ShowArch Linux x86_64Jun 22 20172.10Yes Yes NoSilverAgustín Atahides 

Known Bugs

Bug # Description Status Resolution Other apps affected
22522 5 Freunde and SimCity3000 have black intro videos (smackw32.dll) NEW View
26880 menubuilder fails to extract icon for SimCity 3000 Unlimited's Scenario Creator NEW View

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HowTo / Notes



Wine does not currently work well with copy protection, so this game does not currently run.


Make sure that your game is running on the correct resolution, otherwise problems may occur.

You can change the resolution pass some parameters to the shortcut of the game.If you have not made​​ a shortcut to the game,create it with any text editor by following the rules bellow.

 Supported parameters

-w Starts the game in windowed mode
-r Change the game resolution

 How to use

Open the shortcut file and insert the following:

#/ bin /bash
cd "path to the folder of your game"
(wine SC3.EXE -r1024x768)

The example above starts the game in fullscreen and with
resolution 1024x768

Another example:

#/ bin /bash
cd "path to the folder of your game"
(wine SC3.EXE -w -r800x600)

The example above starts the game in window with resolution 800x600.

 Supported Resolutions

640x480, 800x600, 1024x768, 1280x1024

 Note: if you uses multicore cpu, read tutorial Fix Multicore Freezing / crashing (below)

Fix Multicore Freezing / crashing
If you run SC3K on a multicore/multicpu system the game may fail, either on the menu or after clicking play. To work around this, you need to limit Wine to run on 1 core only, you can do this using schedtool.

 Install with: # apt-get install schedtool


$ wget $ tar xf schedtool-1.1.2.tar.bz2 $ cd schedt* $ sudo make install run sc3k by:

$ schedtool -a 0x1 -e wine SC3.EXE

NOTE: If you use different resolution and multicore, use this model of shortcut:

#/ bin /bash cd "path to the folder of your game" (schedtool -a 0x1 -e wine SC3.EXE -r1024x768)

for more information read the tutorial Resolution (above)


The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. WineHQ is not responsible for what they say.

Works fine, even solved the "fast scrolling" problem
by Francisco on Sunday July 15th 2018, 15:13
In order for me to be able to play the game with 1) Map scrolling with reasonable normal speed and 2) Big user interface so I can play the game in a big window while being able to read everything easily, I used a program called DxWnd. It has various features such as forcing games to play in a window, scaling resolution up, bilinear filtering, forcing framerate-limit and much more. When you use DxWnd for the first time (just right-click and select Run With Wine), be sure to select "Expert Mode" at the menu, this will show many more tabs, including the Timing one. First of all, right click and select Add, to add a shortcut to the game. In order to force framerate-limit, go to the "Timing" tab, in the "Frame per second" area, check the Limit box and type 50 (msec). This will give you a 20 FPS limit. You can fine tune this value to your tastes, 20 is fine for me. Scrolling problem solved! Now, to scale the game to a big window with big text: In the "Main" tab, check Force Aspect Ratio. Down, below type Initial size 928x704 (depends on your desktop resolution) and check Desktop Work Area, this will give you a borderless window occupying all available vertical space. When you start the game, go to options and select 640x480, this way you will have big user interface but zoomed-in to a bigger window. On the "Input" tab, select Correct Mouse Position and Release Mouse Outside Window. On the "DirectX" tab, select Filter Fast Bilinear 2x, this will make the text readable and get rid of most pixelation. That's it, you can play the game now, in a big window, and due to framerate-limit the CPU usage will be kept low (mine stays at 20%)
Install Problem
by Michael on Thursday January 23rd 2014, 10:28
When I try to install, I have the issue "serial number entry text fields are one digit too small". However, I am running Wine 1.7.8, so how can I be running an old version of wine configuration? I even tried to install after moving .wine to .wine-old, with no luck. Any suggestions?
RE: Install Problem
by Jarkko Korpi on Saturday September 6th 2014, 13:39
It's because of the font it uses. There is a bug open about this but I think the program was different. You may try winetricks corefonts
Simcity on linux and mac snow leopard
by Craig Hadady on Friday July 6th 2012, 10:06
It's great running wine to play this game. I wanted to post my observations:

o 1.5.8 on linux works but is slower than 1.5.4
o 1.5.4 on linux works great!
o 1.5 on snow leopard (macports) allows game install but the game pops up in a blank window, with sound.
o 1.4 on snow leopard (macports) plays great, but can't play in a window - full screen only regardless of command line switches.

My linux box is a laptop running Ubuntu 11.04. I compile wine from source, thinking it would work better while I was debugging.

My Mac is a macbook pro (January 2011) with the cd-rom supplied development environment.


by Ken Sharp on Thursday April 21st 2011, 8:41
Things for me to check:

100% CPU on BOTH cores (might be normal).
Loading takes WAY too long.
Start-up video fails in full screen.
No sound or music.

Looking into these.
RE: Problems
by Ken Sharp on Thursday April 21st 2011, 8:50
Plus it takes a hell of a long time to close once exited!
RE: Problems
by Ken Sharp on Monday May 2nd 2011, 10:29
This sometimes crashes out on Windows 7, so it probably isn't a Wine bug.