A couple months ago, NimbleBit (creators of Pocket Frogs [Free]) revealed their upcoming Universal freemium title, Tiny Tower. Since then, I've had a chance to get hands on with the game, and so far I really like what I've seen.

Your role in Tiny Tower is part building developer, part elevator operator. You're responsible for the lives of the Bitizens that live and work in your tower, and you're also responsible for building a tower that brings in the big bucks. Tiny Tower is still in beta, so just about anything could change before release, but let me run down how things work currently.

The tutorial walks you through the basics of building. For each floor you add on to your tower, you can choose from hundreds of different production and residential designs. Residential floors hold your Bitizens, production floors employ them. Whether a production floor is a coffee shop or a hair salon, it needs Bitizens to stock its goods or services.

You have two currencies to work with: coins, and Tower Bux. You build your tower with coins. If you want to speed things up, Bux can be used to instantly finish construction, stock an item or move a new Bitizen into the tower. They can also be converted to coins. As you can probably guess, Bux are the premium consumable in Tiny Tower. No word on what the cost will be yet, but much like Pocket Frogs, you can get by just fine without if you'd rather not pay. Bux can be earned a few ways through normal gameplay, so paying will just speed things up.

Early on, most of the interaction is limited to the elevator. You can ferry people up your tower for tips, and special visitors with unique abilities show up occasionally to mix things up. There's also an element of time management as you try to get all your production floors fully stocked. As the game progresses, you'll start to get very busy keeping on top of your tower. This isn't one of those freemium games that's best played by setting things up and walking away, that's for sure.

NimbleBit hasn't set a release date for Tiny Tower, but they hope to release some time next month. After what I've played so far, I can't wait to get my hands on it when it arrives.

  • http://phantommoose.com Jordan

     How does this compare to SimTower? Or whatever it's called now...

    • http://twitter.com/VULTR3 Mike

      Who cares... HAHA

    • Anonymous

      Yoot Tower suffers from an awful interface. It's very clunky and hard to use. I loved SimTower back in the day, but I really don't like Yoot Tower because of this. It was developed by a team who probably just wanted to make some money on the AppStore - not by a team who really understands the platform.

      NimbleBit "gets it" so I am sure this one will be good.

      • Jordan

        I don't have Yoot Tower, but I played SimTower back in the day on my Mac and it was one of my favorite games. So I'm wondering how well this compares.

    • Anonymous

      It's been a loooong time since I played Sim Tower, but Tiny Tower seems a lot simpler.

  • Anonymous

    No doubt in my mind this will be as addicting as Pocket Frogs.

  • http://twitter.com/coolpowers Simon Windmill

     NimbleBit are one of the few people who can do freemium right, I think.

    Also, as a software developer I sure hope "just about anything could change before release" isn't true at the beta stage :D

    • Anonymous

       Hah. Fair enough. That may have been a slight exaggeration for effect, but they're still making changes so nothing's set in stone.

  • Ensign Garak

    VegasTowers is very SimTower-like, and I have spent many hours with it since getting my iPad a couple of weeks ago. Tiny Tower sounds very similar, although it's production aspect sounds much more interactive than that in VegasTowers. Will be looking out for this one...

  • http://twitter.com/AhiruDuck Ahiru Nakamura

     can't wait!!! NimbleBit is one of my favorites iOS devs ever!!!

  • Arthur L

    i am going to DEFINITELY GET THIS GAME!
    because i am a huge retro graphics fan and also a simulation fan.
    (well it looks like one) 

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