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SimTower: The Vertical Empire (Windows 3.x)

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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 Windows 3.x The new express lift transports tenants quickly between the lobbies
SimTower: The Vertical Empire Windows 3.x a new service elevator on the left for housekeeping access
SimTower: The Vertical Empire Windows 3.x Sample Desktop
SimTower: The Vertical Empire Windows 3.x Sample Building

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 classicpoki (9) 3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars3.25 Stars
Fun Big C (49) unrated

The Press Says

Power Unlimited Jul, 1995 8 out of 10 80
PC Games (Germany) Jun, 1995 79 out of 100 79
PC Player (Germany) Jun, 1995 76 out of 100 76
Génération 4 Jul, 1995 74 out of 100 74
PC Gamer Aug, 1995 74 out of 100 74
PC Joker Jul, 1995 72 out of 100 72
Entertainment Weekly Jan 13, 1995 B- 67
Joystick (French) Jul, 1995 65 out of 100 65


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The game evolved out of a program to test elevator management software.

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Olivier Masse (421) added SimTower: The Vertical Empire (Windows 3.x) on Oct 16, 1999
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