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SimTower: The Vertical Empire (aka The Tower)

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SimTower_1.2_Install.sit (1.69 MB)
MD5: 12758dd5445f1049a6221c5975d8ede8
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
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SimTower_1.2.toast_.sit (252.39 MB)
MD5: 0e315c5f5eaecba8df9b14337122b39e
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
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Sim_Tower_Cheat.sit (112.65 KB)
MD5: 3399ff3f2395503a37e91f42998a8224
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
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Simtower_1.0_to_1.1.hqx (352.75 KB)
MD5: 52b5c69fe09809407c1e8506d091bcf6
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
This game works with: SheepShaver, Basilisk II,

The objective of SimTower is to construct and manage a towering skyscraper and keep its occupants happy. Offices, hotels, and condominiums give tenants places to live and work, while shops and restaurants provide commercial balance. Utilities such as hospitals and recycling centers become necessary as the tower grows in size.

One of the key activities of the game is effectively managing and building elevators in order to allow occupants to move between floors efficiently. Waiting for an elevator for too long causes the residents to stress (indicated by a black, pink or red colour as they become more stressed). Too much stress causes them to permanently leave the tower.

The player's progress is based on a star system, similar to how hotels are ranked, with new stars awarded for meeting population milestones and other conditions. Population is measured by the number of individuals currently in the tower; many hotel rooms will cause population to soar during the night. As the tower's rating improves, more facilities can be built by the player, such as a cinema.

The Tower was initially a Mac game, and it was produced by a two-man team – me and a freelance programmer called Abe-san. I did the basic graphic design. First I made a basic scaled design in monochrome, setting it in motion with HyperCard. Next I coloured it with 16 colours, checking that the presentation made clear to the user the intended difference between buildings such as offices and hotels. Towards the end of development, the Mac's performance was starting to increase, so to switch the designs I'd produced in 16-colour mode to 256 colours, I enlisted the help of designer Horita-san. Thanks to his craft, The Tower featured some lovely palette animation, and the day-to-day happenings within the buildings were presented in vivid detail.

As soon as the Mac version became a hit in Japan, the president of Maxis, Jeff [Braun], got in touch with me. The author of SimCity, Will Wright, apparently told him that my game was 'interesting', so Maxis immediately decided to contact me to discuss the prospect of a worldwide release for The Tower. As SimTower, it became a big hit in Europe and the States. I feel really honoured by that.

Experiencing SimCity on a Mac with a monochrome screen was what motivated me to want to produce games. I had played many other games before that, but I hadn't been interested in making my own games until that point. I think that's why, even now, my productions are always strongly coloured with values that are important to the simulation genre.

  — Yoot Saito


If you have the Japanese Mac OS version of The Tower, please upload it.


DL #1 is the installer for v. 1.2

DL #2 is a hybrid Mac/PC install disc for v. 1.2

DL #3 is a save game editor that allows you to change your money or add stars for your Tower.

DL #4 is a game updater from 1.0 to 1.1

There's a SimTower strategy guide.

Please see the sequel Yoot Tower.

Architecture: 68k PPC x86 (Windows)


thecandymancan1423's picture
by thecandymancan1423 - 2021, March 21 - 11:33pm

does this work on a powerbook 165

soudesune's picture
by soudesune - 2020, November 8 - 8:49pm

Review from contemporary magazine (MacFormat March 1995) added.

Nesualk's picture
by Nesualk - 2020, January 18 - 2:28am

Hi, this is the English version

tchimay's picture
by tchimay - 2020, January 11 - 6:24pm

Is the 1.2 version here the Japanese one? I wasn't aware of a "SimTower 1.2", only about "The Tower 1.2J", which is a Japanese release.

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by IIGS_User - 2012, October 21 - 7:49pm

Just a suggestion (I can't decide nor create this) , do you think the "behest" text string should be placed within a red area at the top right corner (near 'Emulation' field) , like the green download area at the "allowed" entries at MacGarden?

Mk.558's picture
by Mk.558 - 2012, October 21 - 6:38pm

The Info-Mac archive has a couple of cheat apps that could be useful.

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by Ferazel-X - 2012, January 7 - 12:22am

Unfortunatelyz, I think giving a d/l link will wake up EA again. - IIGS User

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by lilliputian - 2011, November 24 - 8:52pm

preben123: Unfortunately, EA is very picky about people hosting old Maxis games and software, including SimTower. Your best bet is to just buy a cheapo copy on eBay or elsewhere.

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by preben123 - 2011, November 24 - 1:39pm

Where can i download this game to mac?

Dragnerok X's picture
by Dragnerok X - 2011, February 21 - 10:56pm

I bought this game a couple of years ago but misplaced one of the floppies. Could anyone direct me to a download?

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by gretchenPOH - 2010, August 2 - 5:17am

could someone give me a link to this? I SERIOUSLY WANNA PLAY THIS GAME RAWR! plz respond

Temporary Joe's picture
by Temporary Joe - 2010, June 11 - 5:50pm

Lowering everything to the lowest rent will keep everyone happy, permanently. Then get rid of the highest maintenance things, and let the cash trickle in.

iig's picture
by iig - 2010, June 11 - 1:22am

TAKE THAT EA!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT IS MINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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by GolemdX (not verified) - 2009, May 17 - 4:47am

Hours of entertainment... once you figure it out.
My strategy is to have each floor filled with only 1 type of room, boosts happiness.

Anonymous's picture
by Anonymous (not verified) - 2009, April 13 - 3:44pm

Always loved this game on PC...excited that I found it for mac!

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by Anon - 2009, April 12 - 6:32am

Sim Tower has to be one of my favourite games of all time. Tricky to get into with lots of nuances that you must first discover before you can build a successful tower. For example, building an office right next to a residential will give you unhappy neighbours. Be careful once you're on 3 stars, I once left the game running, only to come back to a building that was ravaged by fire!