SimCity is released with legal cheats

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I’m a massive SimCity fan but I must have missed the memo that SimCity is all about the cheating as I honestly didn’t know that. But it seems to be such a big thing that EA have actually developed some straight forward cheats in the system for you to try.

Thanks to IGN for the list but apparently if you want some free money or to turn off homeless people then you can do that by simply clicking some hot keys.

  • ALT+W – Add §100,000 to City Budget
  • 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

Just be warned that once you hit a cheat key your achievements are then disabled and since you cannot save a city and go back to it then you could ruin your entire game my hitting ALT+Anything really. Unfortunately, there’s no cheat to enable you to log in to the game by bypassing server issues. Hooray for games that require a permanent internet connections!

I don’t think cheating a required part of SimCity but then I’ve always been a bit anal about people cheating –  so maybe it’s just me.

Last Updated: March 6, 2013

Gavin Mannion

I for one welcome our future robotic overlords

  • i don’t mind cheats … those were fun back in the day, complex inputs activates god mode or nets you a quick tank, heck yeah!,its fun when you are not into the main game but ALT + … really? That’s like running a trainer and you’re just enabling crap.

    • Eric Viljoen


      • lol see we got blizzard man amongst our ranks

        • Admiral Chief Erwin

          isn’t bigdaddy AoE?

          • yup, most of the cheats were warcraft and stêr kraft

          • Eric Viljoen

            forgot to add e=mc2

            and glitteringprizes is warcraft 2

            the rest is Starcraft, yes 😛

      • loftie

        show me the money

        feel the power

        hahah the good ol days 😛

    • Tbone187

      U,D,L,R,R, A,B,C and then Start and Select together to activate cheat mode in MK1….if I remember correctly…hehe…

  • Tarisma

    What is this madness! I thought I would have to pay for cheats!

  • Admiral Chief Erwin

    Holy crap, you can cheat in games?
    *mind blown*

    On a sidenote, when last did you cheat in a game? Or did you outgrow that nonsense?

    • Twakkie

      Personally the last time I cheated was in the original Starcraft. But I did help my wife to cheat in Anno 1404 to get the monies.

      • Admiral Chief Erwin

        In my opinion, useless cheat 😛

        • But it’s origin is legendary

          • Admiral Chief Erwin

            haha, yeah, agreed.

        • Twakkie

          Nee wat, the only cheat I knew was “power overwhelming” and in age of empires the only cheat you needed was “PHOTON MAN”.

    • ‘glittering prizes’ was probably the last cheat I ever used…

      • Darth_Clericus_The_Ultimate

        Mind blown – upmark given. Mine was A,B,A,C,A,B,B

        • DieJason

          Blood enabled!

        • lol thought that was from mortal kombat. In those days your parents had to first leave the room before you could use that ‘cheat’…

    • Nicholas Rowan


      • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

        Doom codes

      • Admiral Chief Erwin


      • Johan du Preez

        show me the money is the last one I remember from warcraft 1 or 2

    • Admiral Chief Erwin

      Best cheats for me were for Rise of the Triad

      • Nicholas Rowan

        I need to play that game again now.

  • Hondsepop

    “and since you cannot save a city and go back to it then you could ruin your entire game my hitting ALT+”
    ……..meaning not at all, or only to the state of your city before cheating. If the first, then I can see a lot of half build Cities.

  • Admiral Chief Erwin

    I loved those AvP cheats(mods) you could replay a level with, with the big heads and mirror mode etc.

  • Deon Steyn

    I’d bet the server does not return an error number when the connection goes down. That way people can’t make jokes or print t-shirts like they did with Error 37

    • matthurstrsa

      It just makes you wait half an hour before trying again.

  • Mikhil

    The only cheats I use, are the ones for GTA, but only once I’ve completed the story. It’s more just so I can get all weapons and run around causing mayhem as a time killer.

  • Darth_Clericus_The_Ultimate

    How can you NOT have a Simcity game without cheats. So awesome! hahaha

  • I think this is awesome. It’s a great way to explore different city options and just have fun. I’d love to see cheats that allow you to trigger apocalypses at will!

  • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    *facepalm moment*

  • TriangularRoom

    The Sims still comes with ‘legal’ cheats that are actually listed in the readme file! So I’m not too surprised that SimCity is the same.

    What concerns me from the above is this bit: “…you cannot save a city and go back to it…” I’m hoping that I’m reading that wrong and it doesn’t mean you can’t save your game in SimCity!

    • Weanerdog

      I read it that your city saves as it is, no restoring a previous build i.e. one before using the cheat code.

      • TriangularRoom

        Ah, that does sound more reasonable. Still, that will make it hard to save your perfect city and then unleash all the disasters on it at once… Man, I hope that is still a thing.

        • Banana Jim

          Same here, I love to build a city, and then when I’m tired of the little people and their grumbling I unleash my HOLY TERROR!

          I really don’t like where EA has gone with this. In order to latch onto social media and social interactivity, they’ve forgotten about the armchair psychopath .. the guy who loves to set their sims on fire, or create the most worthless sim ever and role-play being the most-worthless, most-annoying unemployed wang to have ever existed on this planet. :/

          I mean I want to be an ANC mayor. I WANT TO LEAD MY CITY DOWN A PATH OF NO RETURN! 🙁 Gah! I guess, tonight I’m reinstalling SimCity 2000…

  • Boontjie

    But Isn’t this only in sandbox mode which isn’t ranked?

  • matthurstrsa

    Is there a way to disable the hot keys? What a lame addition. It seems they ruined Sim City with their tiny city sizes, always on DRM and server issues.

  • Jorroo

    Lets see who’s get this one
    6031769 … used that freaken 30years ago more or less

  • Christian


  • Banana Jim

    If it wasn’t for the online-DRM I would have bought SimCity this afternoon (for this evening), instead I’m on lazygamer expressing my displeasure at always-online DRM.

    Oh… and Fuck you EA! I guess you’re back to being the most hated gaming company…

  • KidRobot

    Simcity is for you to play god all the time , so why cheat ???

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