Early last month we first heard that developer Yoot Saito had plans to bring The Tower to the iPad. Saito is a Japanese game designer who is responsible for both SimTower and Yoot Tower (also known as The Tower II in Japan) as well as Seaman, a virtual pet game of sorts that focused on voice recognition for the Sega Dreamcast. The Tower games focus on building a skyscraper with all sorts of different facilities in it while providing as good of a living experience for the residents inside of it as possible. If you've never played the game before, think of it basically as a vertical Sim City.

The Tower for iPad [¥450] was just released on the Japanese App Store, and there are plans for an international English version soon. Judging by the below screenshots, quite a bit of the game is in Japanese. You could jump through some hoops to register a Japanese App Store account and figure out how to fund it with yen, but unless you speak some Japanese you're likely going to be fairly lost when it comes to actually playing.



As a huge fan of the original SimTower, I really can't wait for The Tower to get an English translation and show up for download in the US App Store. If you played the original game, it's really not hard to imagine how well it would work with touch controls, as evident from the following gameplay video:

I've sent off an email to the developers to determine how soon they expect the English version to be released, and of course when it finally appears expect to see a full review.

Japanese App Store Link: The Tower

  • Deagon

    I hope the english version comes out soon....I want this!

  • Deagon

    I hope the english version comes out soon....I want this!

  • Fafner

    I played the he'll out of SimTower!!

    I can't wait for a English version!

    • Fafner

      Hell!

      Stupid iPad spell checking!

  • Fafner

    I played the he'll out of SimTower!!

    I can't wait for a English version!

    • Fafner

      Hell!

      Stupid iPad spell checking!

  • http://twitter.com/parsifal SeanG

    man I loved this game. can't wait!!

  • http://twitter.com/parsifal SeanG

    man I loved this game. can't wait!!

  • Psy-Phi

    Hope an iPhone version comes. Still no iPad for me :(

    • snowy2004

      I've already convinced myself that an iPad would be a pointless extra device for me. But having Yoot's Tower series come to the iPad (and the idea of other sim games on iPad) makes me almost want to get one. That said, I'd definitely go for The Tower on iPod touch/iPhone.

  • Psy-Phi

    Hope an iPhone version comes. Still no iPad for me :(

    • snowy2004

      I've already convinced myself that an iPad would be a pointless extra device for me. But having Yoot's Tower series come to the iPad (and the idea of other sim games on iPad) makes me almost want to get one. That said, I'd definitely go for The Tower on iPod touch/iPhone.

  • Eng

    Looks freakin sweet, seriously can't wait for the english version.

  • Eng

    Looks freakin sweet, seriously can't wait for the english version.

  • jules2k

    I used to play something very similar to this on my Windows Mobile PDA some years ago, and it was pretty awesome. So hopefully the'll release the english version asap. I'd happily buy 5-10 dollars for it.

  • jules2k

    I used to play something very similar to this on my Windows Mobile PDA some years ago, and it was pretty awesome. So hopefully the'll release the english version asap. I'd happily buy 5-10 dollars for it.

  • Yrogerg212

    It's actually not hard to play...the menus are incomprehensible but once you start building a tower most of the commands are picture based. (see in the screenshot where each nodule is an app logo-style picture). If you know the game from the PC you could get something out of it. I'm impressed. I still want an English version of course.

    • Yrogerg212

      Some more notes... One thing that makes the game a little more challenging is the lack to hover over a space to see if your nodule outline (hotel, restaurant, etc) will fit in the space you have like the pc game. You don't really think about it but it does change the game once you notice. This is impossible on a touch screen (some point and click ports have tried a draggable cursor to emulate hovering, but they don't work well). The game compensates for this by being able to move nodules around the floor once you've placed them - which was not possible in the original SimTower.

  • Yrogerg212

    It's actually not hard to play...the menus are incomprehensible but once you start building a tower most of the commands are picture based. (see in the screenshot where each nodule is an app logo-style picture). If you know the game from the PC you could get something out of it. I'm impressed. I still want an English version of course.

    • Yrogerg212

      Some more notes... One thing that makes the game a little more challenging is the lack to hover over a space to see if your nodule outline (hotel, restaurant, etc) will fit in the space you have like the pc game. You don't really think about it but it does change the game once you notice. This is impossible on a touch screen (some point and click ports have tried a draggable cursor to emulate hovering, but they don't work well). The game compensates for this by being able to move nodules around the floor once you've placed them - which was not possible in the original SimTower.

  • Mike

    This is perfect for the iPad screen but the iPhone screen is too small, imo.

    I wonder what EA/Maxis has to say about this.

    • ecco6t9

      Sega released a GBA version during that systems dying days.

      • MidianGTX

        It's also out on the DS in Japan.

  • Mike

    This is perfect for the iPad screen but the iPhone screen is too small, imo.

    I wonder what EA/Maxis has to say about this.

    • ecco6t9

      Sega released a GBA version during that systems dying days.

      • MidianGTX

        It's also out on the DS in Japan.

  • http://mayblogmaynot.blogspot.com Maniacfive

    Ooooh do want! Cannot wait for an English translation to hit the UK store. Would trade any future first born for this.

  • http://mayblogmaynot.blogspot.com Maniacfive

    Ooooh do want! Cannot wait for an English translation to hit the UK store. Would trade any future first born for this.

  • http://www.unrealphd.com UnrealPHD Games

    This looks great. I want to try this game.

  • http://www.unrealphd.com UnrealPHD Games

    This looks great. I want to try this game.

  • Seemarz

    This game will be awesome. SimTower is still to this day a really cool game, wich will be just perfect for the iPad.

  • Seemarz

    This game will be awesome. SimTower is still to this day a really cool game, wich will be just perfect for the iPad.

  • Steven

    Any update on when this will be appearing in the US app store?

  • Steven

    Any update on when this will be appearing in the US app store?

  • otomato

    I'm desperate to see this game in my appstore, does anybody have any news of an english version?

  • Clueless

    It came out! Search Yoot in the App Store!!! I think it was $7.50 or $7.99 TOTALLY WORTH IT!