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SimTower: The Vertical Empire

aka: SimTower: Das vertikale Imperium, SimTower: L'Empire Vertical, The Tower, The Tower: Bonus Edition

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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, aesthetically pleasing, popular, and, most importantly, economically profitable. To be successful, your building cannot just be endless levels of office space or purely an apartment sky-rise, but rather 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 management is key.

You can watch your Sims enter and leave your grand tower, getting impatient waiting for elevators, or having a hectic workday at the office. You can even train in on one or two, to serve 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 rescue crews race as disasters like bomb threats and fires rampage through your well-crafted skyscraper.

The PlayStation version adds an additional bonus map.


  • ザ・タワー - Japanese spelling

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Credits (Macintosh version)

50 People (30 developers, 20 thanks) · View all




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


The bell sound at the end of a year is the same ring as a bell in the Charlie Chaplin movie City Lights. There it indicates the beginning of a new day.


SimTower was one of a scant few commercial games to use WinG, a game library developed by Microsoft during the brief period between the Windows game SDK and DirectX.

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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by Olivier Masse.

SEGA Saturn added by Lance Boyle. PlayStation added by gingerbeardman. 3DO added by Kabushi. Macintosh added by Iggi.

Additional contributors: Ye Olde Infocomme Shoppe, Ray Soderlund, Rebound Boy, Alaka, Iggi, formercontrib, ケヴィン, Indus.

Game added October 16th, 1999. Last modified April 28th, 2023.