General Tips


A few noteworthy tips to keep in mind when building your city.

  • Use mixed zoning to improve the looks of your city and to reduce building repetition.
  • To increase your cashflow significantly, export garbage (or water/power) for cheap money and import for big money.
  • Always accept every deals you can early in the game. Just place far away from town and destroy them when your city gets big enough to generate a big tax income.
  • Don’t lower your taxes (unless your income is very big) until your advisor tells you to, don’t ever listen to your Sims in this matter.
  • Spread out your rewards over the entire map to give the city a better overall land-value.
  • Build your industrial zones on the coast, in the corners of the map, and on low elevation land, do this to increase land-value for the rest of the city and to reduce pollution.
  • Always plant trees on slopes and on unused areas of your city to reduce pollution.
  • There’s no need to build a mass transit system early in the game, build it later when you have some spare money that you can spend.
Next Post

How to Get a Good Start

It’s not always easy to get a good start with your city. Often you have to take a loan or two to get the city going. But with a little patience and hard work it is possible to skip those pesky loans and make a profit of your own. Here […]