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SimCity 2000 (PlayStation)

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Title Screen

SimCity 2000

Developer: Maxis
Publishers: Maxis (US/EU), Artdink (JP)
Platform: PlayStation
Released in JP: December 20, 1996
Released in US: July 9, 1996
Released in EU: November 1996

AreasIcon.png This game has unused areas.
DevTextIcon.png This game has hidden development-related text.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
DebugIcon.png This game has debugging material.
DummyIcon.png This game has unusual dummy files.

Unused Areas

The Silicon Valley and Washington D.C. scenarios are present on the disc, but due to a programming oversight, they are not used. The issue lies on an incorrect entry count while parsing directory entries, which causes the last 2 entries in the scenarios directory to be ignored.

A workaround for the US version can be applied to list these scenarios, using the following GameShark codes:

d00c1694 ffe8
8003d3f4 0014
8003e9d8 7600
8003d404 7600

(Source: QUFB)

Children Easter Egg

SC2K-PSX-EasterEgg-3D FACES.png

Pictures of what may be the developers' children can be found in the file 3D_FACES.DAT, located in \DATA\THREED. These pictures are part of an easter egg that is activated with the following steps:

  • Open and hide the chopper cockpit 4 times, leaving it open on the last time;
  • Afterwards, press L1, R2, L1, R2, L1, R2, L1, R2;

On the US version, both conditions are met when 0x8011f720 == 3 and 0x8012067c == 8.

Note that the chopper cheats are incorrect in most sources, they should be activated as follows:

  • Open chopper: L2, R2, L2, R2, L2, R2, L2, R2;
  • Hide chopper: L1, R1, L1, R1, L1, R1, L1, R1;
(Source: QUFB)

Gallery of all the children:

Dummy File

The file DUMMY.DAT, present in the root of the game's disc, is actually the opening video from the Sega Saturn release of SimCity 2000.

Debug Text


The game's executable contains debug-related text.


Inside cCityMap SetWindow



An error has occurred while reading the CD.  Continuing from this point risks data loss.

WARNING: Killing a ghost


User accepted selection

Henry Henke Memorial Station


Exiting Scheduler


Heap init'ed at addr 0x%p, 0x%08lX (%8ld) bytes
[ GZG_FontLoad("%s")  - Font system full ]
 - Can't open font file ]
 - couldn't allocate memory for width data
 - Unsupported bit depth in font ]
 GZG_FontLoad done... ID = %d ]
Kanji font system full
Attempting to open Kanji font tarball '%s'
Can't open Kanji font tarball file %s
Bad ward number encountered--load aborting
Error code %d while loading ward %d
Can't open Kanji font file %s

Build Date/Version

Present in DATA/DB is a file (or files, if the European release is considered) containing the game's text data. The beginning of each file contains a version ID and a build date, as seen below:

SimCity 2000 Sony Playstation
SimCity 2000 PSX US
SimCity 2000 Sony Playstation
SimCity 2000 PSX EUR FRA
SimCity 2000 Sony Playstation
SimCity 2000 PSX EUR FRA
SimCity 2000 Sony Playstation
SimCity 2000 PSX JPN