The Magic Eraser
There is an un-documented hidden feature in the trees/landscape tool which
allows you to erase buildings but not their effects (like population and pollution).
To use the Magic Eraser:
Erasing an Arcology will still yield the population of an Arcology,
but the Arcology will be gone along with it's pollution and crime.
Erasing half of a power-plant would cut it's pollution in half, but
it would also cut it's power-output in half.
Michael Weburg used the Magic Eraser trick to win the
ClubOpolis Population Contest.
Taking a clue from erasing Arcologies, he erased a 2x3 area of a 3x3 building.
He then overlapped the erased section of building with a new 3x3 building.
The tiles left over in the 1x3 building still added up to the population in a 3x3
building. Continuting to do this for his entire city, he ended up with hundreds
of 1x3 buildings each with the population of a 3x3 building.
If he had the patience and time, he could have reduced each 3x3 building to
a 1x1 building thus giving him almost 6 million sims not counting Arcos. Throw in
140 Launch Arcos
and he could have a potential population of nearly 15 million.
His winning city was 11.2+ million (the contest limited cities to 140 Arcos).
Select the tree-tool
Start painting some trees
Hold down the shift key while painting trees
|This Web Page was created by
Patrick Coston July 23, 1995,
Last updated April 4, 2006