Tiny Tower is a very simple game, like many ipod games today. The aim is to build your tower as high as possible, by adding various types of shops from five different groups which are: Food, Service, Recreation, Retail and Creative. You may also build Apartments to let you employ more bitizens who work in the various types of shops. Buying new levels to your building requires coins which can be gained from selling various products in your tower, or helping bitizens reach their desired floor via the elevator attached to the left side of the building. Occasionally a bitizen will give you a “Tower Bux” for taking them to their desired level which is equal to around 200 coins or more depending on how many you have. Tower bux are used for speeding up the game monumentally, because you don’t want to have to wait 3 hours for them to build a floor when you can build it right now. You can also get some if a bitizen has a birthday the same day you are playing, or you can download games which come as a popup when you start the game although you don’t actually need to download it, just click yes, press the home button and re-launch the game. The final method of obtaining tower bux is purchasing them through the store on the menu.
Left is a picture of the business demand in the building, what shops the customers need and don’t need, however I keep this fairly even by building a “set” of every building available before starting on another.
My tower as you can see from the pictures above is currently 73 rooms high and that’s without purchasing any tower bux, over time you develop techniques to get good at this game without putting in much time at all. You simply update your tower once a day and try to buy one level a day as well.
I really love the bitbook, seeing all the bitizens comments are hilarious about their work, what they like and dislike and other random comments too, i’ve added a picture of this three pictures down.
The overall goal is to make the tower as tall as possible, however I set myself my own challenges, such as placing all of my bitizens in their dream jobs before I reach level 100 of my tower. Another goal I’ve set myself once, was to upgrade my elevator which often costs anywhere from 50 to 500 bux, which certainty takes time to acquire without purchasing them.
Overall Tiny Tower is a great time waster, which is what it’s made for, you’ll spend hours building and upgrading the levels in your tower to have the most efficient design. Being a free game I recommend you download it to give it a try, just don’t get too addicted and buy heaps of tower bux from the store as I’ve read a few people have done.
There’s actually nothing I can think of to say bad about this game, the graphics are a nice consistent 8 or so bit theme, and look good on my non-retina display ipod touch. The music is a nice and relaxing jazz/shopping theme blend which could double as a lullaby, and the sound effects suit each shop perfectly with a plus on the great 3D sounding plate when clicking on any food shop. I would have liked the game to be a little more fun, there was something lacking in it which I couldn’t quite put my finger on. The game also crashed a couple of times when loading it which tends to get annoying when it happens a few times in a row, but that’s probably my old-ish ipod’s fault.
There’s rarely story lines in ipod games so that’s why I haven’t considered it in the final result below.
Here’s the final score out of 100%:
Fun Rating: 65%
0% – 24% = Hopeless Game, Definitely not worth buying! if you have it sell it now while its worth something!
25% – 49% = Terrible Game, This game will not prove to be very enjoyable, and may only be played once and forgotten.
50% – 59% = Average Game, A very mediocre game that you may play occasionally to pass time but doesn’t prove to be very enjoyable.
60% – 69% = Nice Game, A game you would play once or twice to see how it is, but ultimately lacks replay-ability and immersion.
70% – 79% = Brilliant Game, This game would satisfy your gaming needs for a very long time but would eventually be forgotten over time.
80% – 89% = Fantastic Game, A very fun game that proves time and time again to be enjoyable and addictive.
90% – 99% = Amazing Game, Extremely Enjoyable and has lots of replay-ability content, as well as pushing the boundaries for future games.
100% = Epic Game, Go and buy 20 copies right now! (In-case there’s a nuclear war and they get destroyed)