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SimCity BuildIt Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Nadia Oxford on December 23rd, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: BUILDING AN OK TOMORROW
SimCity BuildIt is a competent city-building game, but its free-to-play trappings are borderline monstrous.
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TowerUp! Plus Channels SimTower for iOS

Posted by Blake Grundman on February 22nd, 2011

If you are a relic of times long since past, like myself, you might be familiar with a lesser known PC game by the name of SimTower.  While it was published by Maxis, the same people behind anything that bears the "Sims" moniker, it had a much different lineage than their other releases.  For one, it wasn't developed by Maxis internally, making it very different in game mechanics from other titles in the brand.  For that reason and that reason alone, it was one of my favorite PC games of all time.

There was just something about building, managing, and renovating a skyscraper of your own design that struck a chord with me.  That's why when I had to make the jump to the latest in greatest in operating system technology, I was heartbroken to find that my SimTower, which had followed me since youth, was so old that it wouldn't survive the upgrade process.  It has been a couple of years since that tragic day, when just yesterday I stumbled across a game by the name of TowerUp!

Developed by Uken Games, TowerUp! takes the tower building mechanics of SimTower and marries it with social gaming in a way that could prove to be very interesting. Some of the many features highlighted include:

  • Build hotel rooms and apartments to increase your population

  • Add entertainment rooms to keep people happy.

  • Decorate the outside of your tower.

  • Show off your tower and compete with friends to see who can build the biggest tower!

  • Mute the in game sound and listen to your music while playing.

  • Always FREE to play!

So not only does the game hit on some of the touchstones of my youth, but I can play it for free? Count me in!  However, don't jump in thinking that this is a completely free experience, because while you can play the game at no cost, the quality of your experience can be improved greatly through the purchase of their in-game currency.  This will unfortunately cost you some money, but honestly if it is a quality game, why not give the developer your support?

It has also been brought to my attention that not only does SimTower live on through Tower Up, but there is actually an iPad game from Sim Tower's original developers that has been available on the App Store for quite some time!  So if you are interested in further expanding your vertical empire, by actually PLAYING SimTower on your iPad be sure to download Yoot Tower as well.  You won't regret it.

Give both apps a look and let us know what you think in the comments.


SimCity Deluxe Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Chris Hall on August 2nd, 2010
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: AS EXPECTED
SimCity Deluxe is finally the SimCity experience that people were waiting for in the App Store.
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iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Gary Lucero on January 28th, 2009
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
SimCity for the iPhone is a full featured version of the venerable series. That EA has packed such an immense amount of content, including advisors, help, reports, and all of the zones, utilities, and disasters of the original, is amazing. While the game
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