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SimTower: The Vertical Empire

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Windows 3.x
SEGA Saturn
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Maxis takes their Sim-building line vertical with SimTower, an original concept from Japan (where vertical living is much more commonplace than in many parts of the world).

Your goal is to build a skyscraper that is both tall, aethestically pleasing, popular, and, most importantly, economically profitable. To be successful, your building cannot just be levels upon levels of officespace, or just an apartment sky-rise, but a multi-functional haven for humanity featuring everything from penthouses to theatres, restaurants to shopping malls. The centerpiece of your tower design is your elevators and proper managment is the key.

You can watch your Sims enter and leave your grand tower, getting impatient waiting for elevators, or having a hectic work day at the office. You can even train in on one or two, to server as a metering stick for their compatriots, or just to peek into the average workday of the little people living in your building. Or watch the security and resuce crews race as distasters like bomb threats and fires rampage through your well-crafted skyscraper.


SimTower: The Vertical Empire SEGA Saturn Detailed view of an office.  A feature unique to the SEGA Saturn version is that a short movie clip plays showing the tenants interacting with the room instead of a static image.
SimTower: The Vertical Empire Windows 3.x Adding some more office space
SimTower: The Vertical Empire SEGA Saturn Location Selection
SimTower: The Vertical Empire Windows 3.x we rename the cafe to add some personality

Alternate Titles

  • "The Tower" -- Japanese title
  • "Sim Tower: Das vertikale Imperium" -- German title
  • "ザ・タワー" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

So simple...yet somehow addicting Windows 3.x classicpoki (9)
Fun Windows 3.x Big C (49)

Critic Reviews

Computer Gaming World (CGW) Macintosh Apr, 1995 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
High Score Macintosh Mar, 1995 4 out of 5 80
All Game Guide Macintosh 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Games (Germany) Windows 3.x Jun, 1995 79 out of 100 79
PC Player (Germany) Windows 3.x Jun, 1995 76 out of 100 76
Génération 4 Windows 3.x Jul, 1995 74 out of 100 74
PC Joker Windows 3.x Jul, 1995 72 out of 100 72
Entertainment Weekly Windows 3.x Jan 13, 1995 B- 67
Joystick (French) Windows 3.x Jul, 1995 65 out of 100 65
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows 3.x Aug, 1995 62 out of 100 62


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This game was designed by Openbook Ltd in Japan and was originally called "Tower". Maxis has distribution rights for this game worldwide except Japan.

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