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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.


SimTower: The Vertical Empire Windows 3.x Due to a lack of housekeeping facilities, our Hotel rooms are getting dirty
SimTower: The Vertical Empire Windows 3.x We add a second elevator car to ease the vertical traffic
SimTower: The Vertical Empire Windows 3.x Santa Claus is coming to your tower!
SimTower: The Vertical Empire Windows 3.x we rename the cafe to add some personality

Promo Images

SimTower: The Vertical Empire Magazine Advertisement
SimTower: The Vertical Empire Magazine Advertisement
SimTower: The Vertical Empire Magazine Advertisement

Alternate Titles

  • "The Tower: Bonus Edition" -- PlayStation title
  • "The Tower" -- Japanese title
  • "SimTower: L'Empire Vertical" -- French title
  • "SimTower: 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 (58)

Critic Reviews

High Score Macintosh Mar, 1995 4 out of 5 80
PC Format (UK) Windows 3.x Dec, 1995 80 out of 100 80
Power Unlimited Windows 3.x Jul, 1995 8 out of 10 80
Play Time Windows 3.x Jun, 1995 77 out of 100 77
Génération 4 Windows 3.x Jul, 1995 74 out of 100 74
PC Joker Windows 3.x Jul, 1995 72 out of 100 72
Score Windows 3.x May, 1995 7 out of 10 70
Joystick (French) Windows 3.x Jul, 1995 65 out of 100 65
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows 3.x Aug, 1995 62 out of 100 62
Pelit Windows 3.x Aug, 1995 60 out of 100 60


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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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