When it comes to forgotten gems of the 90s, SimTower is a game that would 100 percent make my list! Fans of stuff like Sim City, Theme Park, and Theme Hospital more often than not have no clue that this one here even existed. Well, I am here today to tell you that this is a super fun game and the kind of game that when you are playing can result in an intended 20-minute play session lasting an hour or more.
From The Bottom To The Top
The idea of the game is one that sounds strange and simple. You need to build a skyscraper, but this is the greatest skyscraper ever created and you need to make fat stacks of cash as you go. The game gives you a bit of land and a handful of cash and this is where your skyscraper starts. You need to start right at the bottom with a lobby and then from there, things can get pretty crazy.
Moving On Up
One of the things that I feel SimTower does better than many other sim style games is the way it allows you to progress. The game has this star-based ranking system and the ranking you are at allows you to do certain things. For example, at one start you can have offices, fast food places, and condos. However, as you get more money and your tower expands you can start to add some really cool stuff to your tower like a movie theatre, a nice restaurant, and more.
Of course, you need a steady flow of income so that you can keep progressing in the game. You can do this in a few ways. For example, you can sell condos, but these are a one-off type of deal. Places like a restaurant and a movie theatre and so one will give you a steady flow of income.
Keeping people happy is just as important as building up your tower. SimTower has some pretty interesting little people. These need to be kept happy and there are many ways that you need to do this. Keeping things clean and making sure that new stuff is added is a great way to keep people happy and interested. The way I found people would get mad is with the elevators. I was surprised at how much strategy was required when it came to the elevators! You can have these stop that they only stop at certain floors and you need to do this as nothing makes these little pixelated people madder than waiting for an elevator!
Shinning Tiny People
As far as the presentation goes, SimTower certainly has that “Maxis” look and charm that we would expect. I will say that this game has tiny sprites, much smaller and less detailed than games such as SimCity and Theme Park. The little people do have some charm to them, but I do wish that the game went a little bit more in-depth with the presentation. The sound can get pretty annoying and there is not a proper soundtrack so make sure you are rocking your own tunes as you play.
I would certainly say that SimTower is a fun time. It is one of those weird 90s games that does not get enough love. For me, it came out at a time when people were just starting to expect 3D in their games so maybe that is why not as many people were as hooked by this as they were Sim City? If you like Sim City and games like Theme Park or even that Tiny Death Star iOS game that came out a few years back. I am 100 percent certain that you will have fun with this.
- The whole game has a ton of charm to it
- You will be amazed at how addictive this game can be
- I liked being able to add all kinds of cool stuff to my tower
- It is very easy to get into
- You can waste many hours playing this
- It could have a tad more in the visual department
- It is the kind of game that is super addictive, but then you just stop playing
Processor: PC compatible, P-100
OS: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game Features:Single game mode