Want to be a good mayor for your city and create a prosperous region in the 4th version of the Sim City series? By reading on, you will know how to do it.
Method 1 of 4: Create your first city
Step 1. Create a new region
Choose whether you want it in a lowland or maritime region. Give your region a name. Then click on a section in your region and choose "Play".
Step 2. Customize your region
Go to "God Mode" mode and start building your landscape. You will not be able to build on steep mountain areas and on water. Remember trees are free at this time, they will increase the value of your land as well as health. Adding the trees at this point in the game will be very beneficial.
Step 3. Go to “Mayor” mode and give your city a name
Next, determine a residential area with low population density.
Step 4. Install a natural gas power plant to provide electricity or residents
Natural gas is a little more expensive to maintain, but it is worth it since the pollution is much lower. Place the power station at a certain distance from living areas and adapt its budget to your needs, adding 30%. You should see the development value increase a bit. The power plant only provides a few jobs, so growth will be weak at this level of the game. This is normal, however.
Step 5. Identify a small industrial area of medium density close to the power plant
This will also provide some jobs. Once the development starts to slow down, save your city and return to the region level.
Method 2 of 4: Create a second city
Step 1. Start another city close to the first one and create a connection
You will need flat terrain, so don't worry about creating a landscape. A city needs to be built on flat land because industrial areas don't adapt well to uneven land.
Step 2. Identify a large industrial area of medium density
Do not add a residential zone. Instead of installing a new power station in that city, you can use a power grid from another city and thus create a nearby connection. Accept the energy deal that is offered to you. This way, you will be buying cheap energy rather than having to make your own.
You should see factories and other buildings growing very quickly. This is because the demand for employment is very high in your other city and this one offers few work opportunities. The demand will establish a flow between the 2 cities. This will work in industrialized cities. Once development slows down, save and return to your area.
Step 3. Return your city first
Eliminate the small amount of industrial estates you put in before. Most of your characters now work in the Industrial City. A small number of them, however, still work in the power station. Continue to develop a sparsely populated residential area until development slows down. Once your residential town has reached a population of around 1,100 Sims, you can start building medium density areas. Make sure to supply these areas with water.
Step 4. Add a school system to your city, and make sure you fund it
A community of Sims with a good education will attract good quality businesses to your commercial town and high-tech industries to your industrial town. Add health facilities to help your Sims reach middle age.
Step 5. Continue to go back and forth between your cities
As the population grows, so does the demand for industrial jobs. In turn, industrial development will bring new Sims to your home town. Once you have reached a good level of exchange between your 2 cities, it is time to create a 3rd one
If the connecting roads to your industrial city become overcrowded, you should improve them by building avenues, to handle the additional traffic.
Method 3 of 4: Create your 3rd and 4th city
Step 1. Give the 3rd city a name and set up some low density shopping areas
Add a natural gas power station to it. Keep it a short distance from shopping areas. As of now, the demand for business development is probably very high. Your area will grow quickly
Step 2. Continue to play between your cities
You may need to add medium and high density shopping areas to your trading life. This will attract more offices and wealthier Sims. They will pass between one and the other of your other 2 cities. Make sure you have good communications between your cities.
Step 3. Create and name your 4th city
In it, only develop agriculture. By this time, your region should be in very good economic health.
Step 4. Continue playing between your four cities
By now, you should have several thousand Sims living in your home town. You will develop the high-tech industry in your industrial city. And once you have over 45,000 Sims working in your Commercial Town, you'll get Skyscrapers.
Initially, your industrial city will have the most workers. Your commercial city will not be far behind. On the other hand, you won't have too many workers in your farming town. Over time, your commercial city will overtake your industrial city in terms of the number of jobs. Your Residential Town will grow to have 20,000 or more Sims living there. There could even be more than 100,000! Your region is booming right now.
Step 5. Continue to add new cities to your area if you wish
You can mix and match the development types to make the game fun. Your region should continue to grow around your four main cities.
Method 4 of 4: Developing Successful Cities
Step 1. Find medium sized spaces in any region
You can also find a new one with flat terrain.
Step 2. Place the key facilities in the center of the first quarter of the map
These include primary and secondary schools, hospital, fire department and police.
Step 3. Place a water tower and water pumps at any location dedicated to these facilities
Make sure there are pipes connected to it.
Step 4. Place a diesel power station in any corner of your map
Set it for 1000 capacity to start and continue to monitor your power meter. Adjust it regularly until the power supply in your city is stable.
Step 5. Impose realistic taxes for your city
For example, could charge 7-8% for residential and commercial towns.
Step 6. Put some parks in your city
This guarantees the increase of your population.
Step 7. Place water treatment plants to greatly reduce water pollution
However, you should only do this when the difference between your income and expenses is between $ 1,000 and $ 2,000.
Step 8. Set goals for your population
The maximum population for a region of the map that you can reach is approximately 100,000 to 120,000 Sims. For first-time users, this number will be around 40,000 to 50,000. More advanced players may have millions of them in a single region. If you balance the needs correctly, you should be able to fit almost half a million people into a large city.
- It is not necessary to have cities with only one type of development. You can vary it a bit for fun.
- Monuments and parks promote development, particularly residential and commercial. However, try not to add places until you have a relatively high amount of money. Sites of interest are expensive and costly to maintain.
- Make sure you provide efficient transportation networks to get Sims to and from work. Also upgrade road networks once they are overloaded. You can even use public transport to improve traffic problems.
- Always watch your money to make sure your income is greater than your expenses. If not, consult the financial advisor who will help you determine your budget.
- A good education system will attract wealthier Sims and businesses. It also provides more possibilities.
- Having efficient police and firefighters makes Sims feel safer.
- You will develop a hideous fog of pollution in your industrial city. This does not matter since no one lives there and pollution cannot travel between cities.
- If your area is growing slowly, be patient. Your region will have better growth sooner or later.
- If you have Sim City Rush Hour 4 or Sim City 4 Deluxe Edition, U Drive It missions can lead to some cool perks.
- The Sim City website has a lot of tips and answers to questions.
- Do lots of police missions to get luxury police station. This will make you have access to a TV studio and a radio station, among other things.
- Instead of starting with an average industrial density in your second city, start with farming. Agriculture does not need water and uses very little electricity. When the area is full of farms, start changing the areas to another medium density industrial and increase the tax rate to 20% on agriculture. You will make a lot of money which you can now use to lay water pipes.
- Without a fire station or police station, chaos can arise. Your city could very easily catch fire or be overrun by criminals.
- Low funding allocated to police stations, fire stations, schools and hospitals can lead to strikes.
- Sim City 4 has a bug that causes the game to crash under certain circumstances. Save your game often just in case.