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LinCity-NG: A city simulation game


LinCity-NG is a city simulation game. It is a polished and improved version of the classic LinCity game. In the game, you are required to build and maintain a city. You can win the game either by building a sustainable economy or by evacuating all citizens with spaceships.

Building and Installation

Note: For best results, follow the instructions included in your version of the source. That is, consult your local version of Following instructions for a different version than what you are building can cause build failures.

Run Dependencies

On Ubuntu, install all these by running

apt-get install libsdl2-2.0-0 libsdl2-gfx-1.0-0 libsdl2-image-2.0-0 libsdl2-mixer-2.0-0 libsdl2-ttf-2.0-0 libphysfs1 zlib1g libxml++2.6-2v5

Build Dependencies

On Ubuntu, install all build dependencies by running

apt-get install build-essential cmake libsdl2-dev libsdl2-gfx-dev libsdl2-image-dev libsdl2-mixer-dev libsdl2-ttf-dev libphysfs-dev zlib1g-dev libxml++2.6-dev libxslt1.1 libxslt1-dev xsltproc gettext git


To clone, configure, build, and install:

git clone
cd lincity-ng
cmake -B build
cmake --build build --parallel
sudo cmake --install build  # optional

To create a package (currently tar.gz and zip):

cmake -B build -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release
cmake --build build --parallel --target package

Run cmake --help to see all the available options.


To run the game from the source directory without installing:


When the game is installed, you may run it with:


From the main menu, you can quit the program by pressing ESC or ^C. This can be useful to terminate the program even if the selected video mode is not working properly.


See the ingame help [F1] for more details.


You can win Lincity-NG either by building a sustainable economy or by evacuating all citizens with spaceships.



any click:

  • Click on Minimap shows the selected Area on mainscreen.

right click:

  • right click on mainscreen to show info on building under cursor.
  • show help on tool

middle click:

  • pan map on mainscreen.

left click:

  • Perform action depending on selected tool. Bulldoze, show Information, construct building.
  • open Tool-Selection-Menus
  • select tool from menus

scroll wheel:

  • up: zoom in
  • down: zoom out


  • move cursor near the screen edge to scroll main screen


  • KP_PLUS: zoom in

  • KP_MINUS: zoom out

  • KP_ENTER: zoom 100%

  • KP5: center screen on map

  • KP9: scroll main screen north

  • KP1: scroll main screen south

  • KP7: scroll main screen west

  • KP3: scroll main screen east

  • KP2: scroll main screen SE

  • KP4: scroll main screen SW

  • KP6: scroll main screen NE

  • KP8: scroll main screen NW

  • arrow keys and WASD: more ways to scroll the main screen

  • SHIFT: scroll main screen faster

  • ESCAPE: switch to query tool

  • h: hide high buildings. Press h again to show them.

  • v: cycle through MiniMap-overlay modes

  • b: toggle between current tool and bulldoze mode

  • g: toggle between right click showing building or tile info

  • F1: Help

  • F12: quick save

  • F9: quick load

  • ` (backtick): minimap outline

  • 1: minimap nourishments

  • 2: minimap unemployment

  • 3: minimap power

  • 4: minimap fire cover

  • 5: mimimap cricket cover

  • 6: minimap health cover

  • 7: minimap traffic

  • 8: minimap pollution

  • 9: minimap coal

  • 0: minimap commodity inventory


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