SimTower? While many people will fondly talk and reminisce about games like Sim City and Theme Park. There was actually another very popular and fun sim/building game that was released in the 90s and that game was SimTower.
If You Build It They Will Come
The goal of SimTower is to build the world’s largest, coolest, craziest and most profitable skyscraper the world has ever seen. You start off by just having a bare piece of land and some money, but that piece of land is your canvas. To start off you will need to build your ground floor lobby and then you can start to plan how you are going to design your skyscraper.
It Is All About The Stars
SimTower features a pretty good progression system. You are always working to have your skyscraper move up in the star ranking system. When you are only rated at one start you can build condos, offices and some pretty janky fast food type places. As the money comes in and more people move in, you will eventually move up the ratings. You make money by selling condos. These are a one-off payment, but you get a steady income of money from places like shops and restaurants. As you progress you can start to add things like hotel rooms, medical facilities, carparks, a movie theatre, fancy restaurants, a subway station and much more! Of course, you need to also have staff there to keep the place running and to make sure that the people who live there and the people that visit are happy.
Watch The Elevators
Believe it or not, the elevators play a huge part in the game and you will have to keep an eye on these. The people visiting places like the shops and the movie theatre as well as the workers can get stressed if they have to wait too long for the elevator. You have to be very clever about how you organize your elevators. For example, you can have one that will only stop on odd floors, one that only stops on even floors then maybe one that is only for the higher floors.
How Does It Look And Sound?
The presentation of SimTower does have a certain 90s charm to it. the little people who come to your skyscraper have a lot of personality and you can see them going about their day and they do have some pretty fun animations. There is not a lot of detail here and some of the places can look the same, but as I said there is a certain charm to the basicness of SimTower. The sound though is one area that the game is lacking. There is not an actual soundtrack to the game. There is ambient sound and the sound of people going about their business which can get annoying after a while. This is certainly the kind of game where you need to have Spotify or something like that on while you play.
While it may not be as fondly remembered as games like Sim City and Theme Park. I think that SimTower is a really fun and addictive game. While we are looking at the PC version today it was actually released on many consoles as well like the PS1, Saturn, Gameboy, and even the 3DO! I really feel that this one is worth checking out and I am surprised that it has not been re-released as it would work perfectly on a phone or tablet.
- Building your skyscraper is very addictive
- The game has a lot of personality
- It is crazy how high you can build your skyscraper
- You can be a real micromanager if you want
- It can be found pretty cheaply
- There is no soundtrack
- It is not the best looking game
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP