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SimCity 4: Deluxe Edition (also Covers Rush Hour Expansion) (Prima's Official Strategy Guide) Paperback – September 23, 2003


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Prima Games; Deluxe edition (September 23, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761543287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761543282
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,502,748 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Get Behind the Wheel with Sim City 4!
·Essential details on U-Drive-It! mode, including how to use vehicles to complete missions
·Exclusive strategies for building a smooth-running metropolis
·All-new civic, reward, and landmark structures covered
·New mass transit and bridge options to streamline your city
·Exhaustive tips for thwarting disasters such as road accidents and train derailments
·Fun hints for creating your own street names and otherwise personalizing your cities
·Get creative with Lot Editor and SimCity Scape

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Customer Reviews

Stil this book has been very helpful.
audrey
Read it if you've never played any SimCity games before, but otherwise, try out the tutorials first before you spend money on this book.
Busy Accountant
There were quite a few things I just couldn't understand or make them work correctly - mass transportation for one.
Batmanbrb

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Markus Egger on March 22, 2003
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This book is pretty good and will be helpful for every Sim City 4 player. It explains many overall strategies, and gives valuable tips.
Unfortunately, the book could have been much better. The game itself doesn't have a real manual, leaving the player wondering about the most basic game mechanics. While it shouldn't be up to a strategy guide to explain these things, it would have been a great oportunity for the authors of this book to provide that type of information, which would have made this book a must-buy.
Without that information, this book is a good resource for people who are serious about this game and have already figured out the basics through trial and error.
Overall I am glad I bought this book.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Richard White on August 9, 2003
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In terms of offering hints and tips on how to build your dream city, this guide offers very little. This book is essentialy 350 pages explaining all of the different features and gaming tools Sim City 4 has to offer. The book offers pages and pages of charts and tables that explain hom this city simulator works. But I would recommend playing the built in tutorials to learn how to play instead of wasting your money on book. The book offers little that you can't figure out on your own through playing the game, and I couldn't find a single "strategy" in the book that could help me with city layout and money management
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jessica L. Orsini on November 19, 2003
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This guide is a step up from the travesties that were foisted off on fans of SimCity 3000, but still leaves much to be desired. Long on mostly-useless facts, but short of any real strategy or commentary.
Why, oh why, can't we see something on par with the old SimCity 2000: Power, Politics and Planning guide? Now THERE was an excellent companion book for a simulation game.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Busy Accountant on February 12, 2004
Format: Paperback
This is highly technical, but not very helpful. It doesn't give you any ideas on how to build a better city. Read it if you've never played any SimCity games before, but otherwise, try out the tutorials first before you spend money on this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By audrey TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 8, 2006
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Everyone in our family LOVES Sim City 4. It is addictive. But while the game interface may be fairly intuitive, the strategies and tips that help you build really big cities can be elusive. This guide gives you all the details you need and gives many useful tips for taking your simulation to a higher level. The book is well organized into chapters on getting started, modes of play, zoning, finance, utilities, transportation, education, rewards etc, and finishes with multiple city play, business deals, disasters, landmarks and even cheats; however, this book does not offer help with the Rush Hour expansion that may be included with your game, so there is no help on driving the many vehicles and their accompanying missions. I also found that some of the things I especially wanted to learn about, like monorails, were not included, so there must have been subsequent changes to the software. Stil this book has been very helpful. There are lots of pictures, though they are a bit fuzzy.

I would recommend this book to someone who wants a handy list of the many details needed to step up the gameplay.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Distant Voyageur on March 20, 2004
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This manual is a very weak and nearly completely useless manual for newbies trying to tackle the scope of this complex game. The game itself is challenging enough but this manual only scratches the surface of what needs to be done in order to run a successful city. A dissapointment. The Simcity 4 "Rush Hour" expansion pack though corrects many of the mistakes of this older manual.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Batmanbrb on June 7, 2003
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SimCity 4 is very different than the previous games. I had trouble at first building cities without going bankrupt. I also realized quickly that land values aren't nearly as important as in previous games. There were quite a few things I just couldn't understand or make them work correctly - mass transportation for one. This book does help you understand quite a bit about how each building or prop affects the game - which is helpful since it is so different than previous games. But, all in all, most of the information in this book I had already learned from other game players on the SimCity4 Website Bulletin Board. So, it was kind of a waste of money to me.
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I knew what I was getting, when ordering the Prima Guide for SimCity 4. Therefore, what I received fully met my expectations.
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