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"SimCity 4" Official Strategy Guide Paperback – 1 Mar 2003

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Prima Games (1 Mar. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761540016
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761540014
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 18.7 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 813,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A lot of my friends had purchased SimCity 4, and because they also owned previous versions of the game, I decided to buy a copy. It seems a fantastic game, with plenty of aspects to mess aorund with, but when it came down to the main part of the game - setting up and successfully running a city of my own, I was a complete failure. As with the official The Sims guides, the SimCity 4 guide was very beneficial in informing me in all the ins and outs of the game. The only downfall is that it is in black and white only, but this doesn't stop the book being an essential buy for SimCity 4 players.
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Ah yes the new game Sim City 4, evolved from the original Sim City back in the old days. This prima guide as usual does a good job in informing the reader with plenty of tips and tricks along with helpful diagrams. This book in perticular can become handy for those in the business industry as it does have concepts based on the real world.
The book is for both beginners and experts alike therefore it can remind you about forgotten this as well as conveying more advanced features. The book is big so do not expect to read it from cover to cover as it's only a guide.
The downfall in this guide is the lack of colour in pages. All the inside is black and white. Shame it would have been a really colour book otherwise.
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I purchased this item for my husband who has always wanted to play sim city, he loves it and is conquering the world.
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I love it, it is perfect for begginers or experts if you want to succed in Simcity 4.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good to have but could have played a more important role... 23 Mar. 2003
By Markus Egger - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars "Strategy" Guide - NO, Detailed "How To Play" Guide - YES 10 Aug. 2003
By Richard White - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK, but not great 19 Nov. 2003
By Jessica L. Orsini - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre at best 12 Feb. 2004
By Busy Accountant - Published on Amazon.com
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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very good guide to an excellent game 8 Aug. 2006
By audrey frances - Published on Amazon.com
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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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