Cheats are methods to break the rules of a game, and alter its intended gameplay. It's up to each individual person whether they want to use cheats or not. Cheats may be intentionally programmed into the game, or they may exist as unpatched bugs.



Roads not breaking down due to low tax level

SimCity snapshot of roads with electrical lines not breaking down.

  • No maintenance on railroads - Normally, railroads will deteriorate unless transport has 100% funding. However, railroads with electrical lines over them won't. Put electrical lines over all the railroads and set transport funding to 0%.


  • 999,999 simoleons - First spend all your money. Put the game on the fastest setting and wait for the tax grid to appear. As soon as the screen turns black, hold L + R. While holding these buttons, change all settings to 0% and exit the screen (don't release the buttons yet). While still holding these buttons, use the menu to return to the tax screen. Raise all settings to 100% except for the tax rate. Set that to 20%. Exit the tax screen and the menu, then release L and R (be sure that your money is negative).

Congratulations! You now have §999,999. You might want to lower the tax rate now. Give those SimCitizens a break!

SimCity 2000[]

Cheat Effect
Type "priscilla" during the game. Debug Menu  
Type "Noah" during play.  Flood 
Use the "FUND" code twice, then enter the budget window and issue a regular bond. Repay the first two bonds. Now the third will earn $1.5 million a year. Free money
Type "cass" during play. There's a good chance this may cause a disaster. Gain $250 (works in all versions)
Type "imacheat" during play. This often causes disasters. Gain $500,000 (works only in Windows 95)
Type "FUND" during play. Get a 25% bond
Type "damn" or "hell" during play. Get a lot of churches (works only in MS-DOS)
Type "gilmartin" during play. Get a military base (works only in Windows 3.1)
Type "joke" during play to get the Pirate Squid Club picture. Pirate Squid Club
Type "gomorrah" during play. Start a nuclear disaster
Type "Moses" during play. Stop floods (works only in Windows 3.1)

SimCity 3000[]

To use a code, press Ctrl + Alt + Shift + C to open the cheat entry box.

Cheat Effect
let's make a deal Unlock all business deals
garbage in, garbage out Unlock all garbage structures
i love red tape Unlock all ordinances
power to the masses Unlock all power plants
pay tribute to your king Unlock all reward buildings
water in the desert Unlock all water structures
i am weak Building costs reduced to $0
nerdz rool Convert all dirty industries to clean industries
call cousin vinnie After entering this cheat, go to the "Meet" menu, and go to "Local Fundraising Event". If you click "yes", you will receive $100,000. If you click "no", you can unlock the SimCastle
zyxwvu Unlock SimCastle after following the above steps
terrain down one Lower all terrain by one level
terrain down ten Lower all terrain by ten levels
terrain up one Raise all terrain by one level
terrain up ten Raise all terrain by ten levels
the birds Make seagulls fly over the map
simon says x Replace x with your own text to make it appear in the news ticker
traffic lights Reduce traffic and pollution
ufo swarm Add UFO attack to the disaster menu
salt on Turn all fresh water into salt water
salt off Turn all salt water into fresh water

SimCity 4[]

Press Ctrl+X to bring up the cheat box. Type in the correct code for the desired effect. Additional unreleased cheats that are not listed here, and not supported by Maxis are available, but can only be accessed after installing an external mod.

Cheat Result
you don't deserve it Unlock all reward buildings
whererufrom "[name]" Change city name. Replace [name] with a name of your choice.
hellomynameis "[name]" Change mayor name. Replace [name] with a name of your choice.
fps Display frame rate
weaknesspays Gain $1000
riskymoney Gain $10,000. An earthquake will occur every four times you use this cheat.
gol Turn the map into a simulation of "Conway's Game of Life"
zoneria Hide empty zone color
size of x Increase magnification. (x = number between 1 and 100)
dollyllama Make your advisors llamas. Enter the cheat again to turn it off
recorder Open animation recorder menu
stopwatch Pause/resume the clock
fightthepower No power requirement
howdryiam No water requirement
whattimeizit [time] Set the time of the day
terrainquery [on/off] Show coordinates when hovering over an object
tastyzots Toggle zots

SimCity Societies[]

During gameplay, press enter to bring up the console, and insert the following codes for the desired result.

NOTE: Pressing enter does not work.

Cheat Effect
allinjure 0 Heal everyone.
allinjure 1 Hurt everyone.
eureka All buildings available to build.
moneytree X Gives you money (where X = amount of money).
orbo Gives energy.
partridge Makes everyone happy.
reward all All reward buildings available to build.

SimCity (2013)[]

You can only use cheats while playing in a city/region in sandbox mode.

Cheat Result
ALT+W Add §100,000
ALT+F Toggle Fire On/Off
ALT+C Toggle Crime On/Off
ALT+M Toggle Health Issues On/Off
ALT+A Toggle Air Pollution On/Off
ALT+P Toggle Ground Pollution On/Off
ALT+H Toggle Homeless Sims On/Off
ALT+S Toggle Sewage On/Off
ALT+G Toggle Trash On/Off
CTRL+ALT+W Increases hourly earnings by §5000

Cities of Tomorrow DLC[]

Cheat Result
ALT+U Toggles the level of futurization between normal and max (Can crash your game)
ALT+N Toggles ControlNet Need On/Off