Back in July, we brought you word that Seaman developer Yutaka "Yoot" Saito and Digi Toys had plans to bring its simulation game The Tower for iPad to the US App Store after a Japanese release. Due in part to the language barrier, it's been hard to keep tabs on the international project, but we've received new intel via Digi Toys' official Twitter account that The Tower is slated to come "soon" to the US.

But how soon is soon? On Twitter, Digi Toys is refusing to pin down a date. Instead, it has said release is hinging on "Apple's intention." There's a couple of ways to interpret this, but we think this means that the title has been recently submitted to cert, so unless there's a "Christmas miracle" as my brother-from-another-mother Eli said to me this afternoon, we probably won't see The Tower until next year. (We've heard from many developers that Apple's cut-off for pre-holiday approvals was over a week ago.)

But we'll never see "The Tower" on the US App Store anyway. One big mention in the Digi Toys' reveal of the game's impending release is that it's been renamed to "Yoot Tower." Your guess is as good as ours on this one, we're thinking it might have to do with licensing, but we welcome flashier names.

You, me, the rest of us here, and perhaps your tech savvy grandmother are excited about this game for good reason. Yoot Tower is a simulation joint that plays like a vertical take on Sim City. In the game, you'll play as a building manager with a mission to build a massive tower. This tower, however, won't just be filled with bricks, iron, and cement. No, it'll also house people -- residents and workers and the like -- who all have individual stress levels and needs. Negotiating these needs, while continuing to build your tower and placing desire facilities, composes the core of a game. So, like a good sim, Yoot Tower appears to have quite the interesting juggling act between you and outside forces.

Here's a video, released long ago, featuring the game in action. You'll see the similarities between Yoot Tower for iPad and Saito's first major release SimTower for the Macintosh and PC.

We'll continue, obviously, our watch on Yoot Tower's progress and will fill you in on anything we possibly can. You'll have to excuse the ticky-tacky nature of this post, but this is an exciting game, for sure, that also presents an interesting challenge on the coverage side of things.

  • Asa

    Yoot Tower was the name of a computer game from 1998 by the same developer, which was a sequel to SimTower. So I suspect the iPad version will be similar.

  • Carl

    Screw Sonic the Hedgehog 4... I'm buying this game! Oh wait, just remembered it's iPad only :(

    • http://twitter.com/snowy2004 Stéphane

      They need to release this for iPhone... or I have to get an iPad... To be honest, iPads seem to be worth the purchase just to play simulation games.

  • an3000

    I've been waiting for this one since it first popped up on Touch Arcade... super-excited to see it hasn't fallen by the wayside.

    • Anonymous

      i also have been waiting eagerly.. it has been out in japan though since the announcement basically, so it was only a matter of time before they finished the translation.

      if it doesn't come out before xmas, i would have preferred a bad translation (who can say no to engrish??), over having to wait until 2011 to play it.

  • Anonymous

    I really hope this comes out before xmas. I'd love to play this on the plane...

  • Condawg

    You made the connection to Sim City, but what about SimTower?

    This looks *just* like SimTower. Which is a good thing, that game kicked ass.

    • Anonymous

      I thought that at first, too.. but then i kept reading the article :)

      "Here's a video, released long ago, featuring the game in action. You'll see the similarities between Yoot Tower for iPad and Saito's first major release SimTower for the Macintosh and PC."

    • Anonymous

      It basically is Sim Tower. Which is amazing...

  • HipHopTouch

    This game looks really interesting, I can only hope it's a great game for my iPad. I don't feel I use it enough as a games console, I seem to sink all my money on a kindle e-book.

  • detectivekid

    oh wow I played the original game back in 1999 on the Sega Saturn. It was such an awesome game! I hope I get to play it soon on the iPad!

  • http://twitter.com/benvanik Ben Vanik

    I actually bought a Japanese iTunes gift card and setup an account just to buy this game - it's pretty good, but the UI leaves a lot to be desired. I hope they'll fix it up a bit before the US release.

  • Anonymous

    Glad to hear it's the sequel. Yoot Tower had some great improvements, including unique locations––Hawaii and a mountain tower. They also added a Statue of Liberty tower as a free download, but it was (ironically) never released for the English version.

  • Anonymous

    Glad to hear it's the sequel. Yoot Tower had some great improvements, including unique locations––Hawaii and a mountain tower. They also added a Statue of Liberty tower as a free download, but it was (ironically) never released for the English version.

  • Anonymous

    So need an ipad... =(

  • Ecco6t9

    I'm still holding out for an iPhone release considering there are GBA,DS, and DSiWare versions out.

  • Ecco6t9

    I'm still holding out for an iPhone release considering there are GBA,DS, and DSiWare versions out.

  • Thomas B

    This is THE pièce of news I've been waiting for since The Japanese version was released... Please Apple, do us a favor and review the game -it has already been- and let it be released before Xmas!

  • Schnapple

    Yoot Saito worked on The Tower in Japan which was released as SimTower in the USA (EA made it a Sim tie-in)

    He then worked on The Tower II in Japan which was released as Yoot Tower in the USA (no more Sim tie-in)

    It's probably being called Yoot Tower in the USA to keep it consistent with what the old game was called here.

  • Stormchild

    Yoot Tower was the name of the original game that was eventually renamed SimTower.

  • Blaise

    anyone know where you can source yoot tower for mac (ie not ios)?