Sim Tower for windows



This week I’ve been distracted by Sim Tower quite a bit, my older brother found a copy of it on one of his Simcity 2000 discs and I had to have a go. It was released by Maxis in 1994, but wasn’t developed by them. Yoot Saito then working for a company called OpenBook in Japan was the original developer. The sequel Yoot Tower was named after him.

Metro and Recycling

Metro and Recycling

It’s a simulation game in the same vain as Simcity, except on a much smaller scale. You manage and build a tower block from scratch, then watch the daily lives of sims as they come and go from your building. There isn’t really a goal to the game, although you can “win” the game by achieving “Tower” status, which basically means getting 5 stars, lots of people, and a 100 story building with a catherdral.



The main meat of the game is in how you design your tower to get around some of the common problems. One of the big problems I’ve faced is getting enough transport in the form of elevators, I frequently end up overloading many of them. This annoys the sims living in or visiting your tower causing some areas to get lower ratings or even become abandoned if the situation is bad enough. Noise can be a factor for hotel rooms and condos, so building them separate to your offices and commercial spaces is good. Commercial spaces such as shops and food outlets need customers, so need to be placed near high traffic areas.



This is the first windows 3.x game I’ve looked at, and the graphics and sound are pretty typical of windows software of the time. It uses 8-bit colour and looks pretty nice, and is easy to use graphically. The sound is digitised so sounds ok, but really just consists of noises happening in the tower. You may find it annoying, but personally it was kind of soothing for me.

New Tower

New Tower

If you’ve enjoyed playing other Maxis sim games such as Simcity, you’ll likely like Sim Tower. It’s fun to build the towers and watch the sims run around, often getting stressed with elevators. It could use a bit more content however in the form of more types of buildings/tenants, but there is still enough to do to keep someone like me distracted/entertained for most of a week and then some.

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