On a recommendation from a friend, I downloaded Tiny Tower to see what all the fuss was about. Well boy was there reason for all the fuss! Developed by NimbleBit LLC, Tiny Tower is an insanely addictive game that puts users in control of designing their own tower, complete with residential apartments, as well as shops in order to generate revenue to continue building the tower.
This game was originally developed in November of 2011, but has since produced over 99,000 positive reviews, ranging from “insanely addicting” to “great free game, also very addicting”. With an overall star rating of 4.5 in the app store, this game is obviously one worth dowloading.
So again, I downloaded this game with caution at the possible addictive behavior that might follow. Not only have I not been able to put my phone or the game down since I downloaded it, but I have been so blinded by a compulsive need to build my tower higher and higher that I drained $9.98 of my own hard earned cash into builng BitBux so I could in turn by coins to build my tower higher. The whole premise of this game is simple, you are given a tower with a lobby and, after a brief tutorial told to just build, keep your Bitizens happy by placing them in jobs that they want (provided in each Bitizens personal fact page) and never stop building.
There are several different categories of the types of establishments users can put in their tower: Food, Service, Recreation, Retail and Creative, in addition to Residential. The formula for success in this game is simple, 5 Bitizens per apartment built equals 5 employees, each establishment built has a max of 3 employees, so about 1.5 apartments for every two establishments built. To ensure maximum success, place our Bitizens in jobs that they desire, which are featured on the Bitizens list, to the right of each ones name, just below the colorful numbers, slightly greyed out. Placing a Bitizen into their Dream Job not only makes a cute green smiley face appear next to their tab, but also makes that Bitizen more productive, aiding in the production of the wares that each establishment sells. For example, if you have a Sky Burger, under the Food category, they sell Fries, Nuggets and Burgers. It costs coins to produce each item category, though when you select lets say nuggets, 300 are produced, to be sold to customers in order to generate more money for you.
The basic idea is that for each floor, it takes time and money to build. Time can be spend up by using tower bucks, but they are earned if you choose not to pay for them, and come few and far between. In addition to it costing to build floors, each category of merchandise that the stores sell in your tower costs coins to make, but also generates coins. In addition to that, when you have Bitizens working at their dream jobs, the business earns a percentage off the cost to produce items in their store. It also takes time to make these items, which is why its good that this game is able to be left on and forgotten for long periods of time, who wants to wait for the nuggets to be done? The obvious downside to this is that if left long enough, the stores run out of merchandise to sell and therefore aren’t generating money, which doesn’t help the user. Enabling notifications is an easy remedy to this, as the app notifies you when production is complete in a particular store in your tower so that you may stock the item and prevent financial loss.
Though the app can be tedious at times, the best thing about it is by far Bitbook. Made as an obvious homage to Facebook, Bitbook is where the Bitizens of your Tiny Tower go to sound off about their lives. Their posts are “liked” by other Bitizens, and range from discussion about other residents at Tiny Tower, to announcing their frustration that their shop had to close down because they ran out of merchandise (hint hint user!) Reading the posts on Bitbook is sometimes a great way to pass the time between when your next floor is built or when the Mexican Food shop is ready to restock their taco supply.
With a max floor height of 100 floors, Tiny Tower is formitable opponent to anyone that believes sandbox games can be defeated quickly. To put it simply, this game rocks. From its ability to keep tens of thousands of users entertained after less than six months of existence in the app store, to the simple addictiveness of the game as a whole, this game is truly one worth downloading for the incredible price of FREE!
Overall, I would give this game a 5 star rating. Definately worth your time, if you have even ten minutes a day to spare playing.
Until next week…