Just last week, we were filling your juicy brains with the knowledge that Kairosoft, the preeminent developer of cutesy mobile simulation titles including the highly lauded Game Dev Story [$3.99/Lite], was getting ready to release their latest title on US soil. We were fairly certain that his next title would be Mega Mall Story, as we spotted a banner for the game on their official website. And in fact, as of right now, our suspicions have been confirmed, as Mega Mall Story [$3.99] is now readily available in the US App Store.

Gameplay appears somewhat similar to the popular Tiny Tower [Free] where you are tasked with populating a fledgling mall building with various stores, staffing them up with qualified employees, and creating a successful and profitable mega complex of commerce where everybody wants to go to shop.

We'll of course be putting Mega Mall Story through its paces over the next few days, and will bring you a full review with our verdict. But, as is the case with any Kairosoft release, there are enough of you out there that have absolutely no problem picking up one of their new games sight unseen, and we totally support this reckless style of game purchasing by providing the App Store link for you below.

If you need some more input on what the game is like before our review, however, swing by the forum thread where our members are leaving their early impressions.

  • Ray

    Be sure to check out http://Kairospot.net for all of your Kairosoft needs :)

    Good review TA.

  • Awesome

    kairosoft trying to release games, like academy and this "tower building",
    it has absolutly NO competition for me against tiny tower so not getting it

    • Lolwut

      yeah...stay away from this game....

      damn addicting, lost sleepless nights because of that damn game dev story

    • Albtraum

      Just so things are clear, this game was released for Japanese cell phones in late 2009, so there is absolutely no chance that in developing or releasing this game that Kairosoft wanted, needed, or had any intention of "competition" with Tiny Tower. If anything it was the other way around.

    • http://twitter.com/Scykei Thicky

      No. I don't think that they actually want to compete with Tiny Tower. That game is addictive too, and it might be focused on building towers but they are really different, mainly the fact that Mega Mall Story doesn't have an iAP option and you don't need to wait x hours before you can get something done.

    • http://twitter.com/JaredTA Jared Nelson

      Actually, after checking it out, this game is a lot closer to Sim Tower than it is to Tiny Tower. But, if you don't want to play this game and keep playing Tiny Tower, then rock on with your bad self.

    • http://twitter.com/Inaba_kun Phil Baxter

      Bizarre thing to say. Tiny Tower has zero depth, it's just a mindless grind fest designed to sell in game currency. Mega Mall is an actual game with deep mechanics. You're right to say there's no competition, but entirely wrong on which one to pick as the victor.

      • MetalHeaded

        Nail on the head.

      • http://twitter.com/tweetDAVEtweet Dave

        I agree. I was hooked on Tiny Tower for a few days, but there's absolutely zero challenge to it, so I lost interest quickly. Kairosoft games actually involve strategy.

    • http://twitter.com/powa1216 Henry Lee

      I hope you are not serious. Tiny Tower is not fun at all, nor addictive. Although I am still playing it and i am at level 70, but everyday I play it, everyday I hate it because it has zero depth. Why do I still play it is another question heh.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MENSXDBRVDLWCTQQSZ44LDLV5I Billy Ameno

        I do the same thing. I just play it to play it. Nothing more. Its pointless. but they did just update it and it is a little more interesting.

    • Bank Rogers

      wow. i bet you also think angry birds is a great game.

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        Angry Birds is a great game.

      • http://www.facebook.com/ngohuyq Huy Ngo

        Crikeys, why are there people that keep doggin' Angry Birds?  I really don't understand.  

        Is it because the simple yet nearly perfect game play has reigned in more cash than your lemonade stand? 

        The color green doesn't suit you. 

  • GiHub

    I just hope they release Grand Prix Story soon for iOS. It rocks on Android! I couldn't care less to run a school or mall to be frank

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jamie-Oliver-Aspinall/100001226864287 Jamie Oliver Aspinall

      YEAH we want Grand Prix Story soon for iOS!!!

  • Anonymous

    Tiny Tower has its lightweight charm, but I much rather have deep gameplay over slow paced grinding a few minutes a day. Mega Mall Story is from the same developer of Game Dev Story; nuff said.

  • Anonymous

    Tiny Tower has its lightweight charm, but I much rather have deep gameplay over slow paced grinding a few minutes a day. Mega Mall Story is from the same developer of Game Dev Story; nuff said.

  • Truth

    No idea why Kairosoft doesn't want to make their games universal.

  • Awesome

    kairosoft needs to hurry up with gdev story 2, i havent found releases after GDS not to be that chaming, just because facility building is boring, as we see it in facebook, some mobile apps every day.
    however, tiny tower with their charming graphics is really good, while im like wtf at same and same game type (facility) that kairosoft makes games with
    kairosoft, who made really good game has now let down the bar of "polishment" of games after gdev

    • http://www.facebook.com/ZEROFACES Dreimos Heijnen

      Haha, WHAT?! Did you even bother reading over what you wrote before you clicked "post"? 

      I immediately found this game much more satisfying than both Tiny Tower and Pocket Academy. Tiny Tower was awesome at first, but the hourly grind started getting to me. And Pocket Academy, although seemingly deep and fun, was too initially "obscure" for me. Why couldn't they include more comprehensive instructions? Is that so hard? It turned me off really quick when I just didn't understand what I should be doing. 

      Anyway, Mega Mall Story immediately felt fresh, simple, and VERY Kairosoft-y. Which is a good thing. I played through both GDS and HSS multiple times, and I'll probably do the same for this one =]

  • Anonymous

    No!!!! My parents said I was 'addicted to buying apps' and so they banned me from buying apps for 2 weeks and this comes out with two weeks to go?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paul-Hopper/1238691947 Paul Hopper

    I really REALLY wish these guys would buy a ipad lisense and port their games.

    • http://twitter.com/phatbhuda Eric Ma

      I was going to inform you that you don't need an iPad license, then I realized your Game Dev Story joke.  Haha!

  • Briker Ed

    It's kind of funny how people compare this game to Tiny Tower when they're completely different gameplay wise. I suspect most of those comments come from players that got Tiny Tower (free) that never actually purchased Mega Mall Story, that only see the floor-building aspect in the reviews and then decide their Tiny Tower is better since they're already playing it.
    Don'y get me wrong, I'm addicted to Tiny Tower myself, but it compares more to games you can find on facebook with separate purchase options and the building timers, whereas Mega Mall Story is more like a legit standalone, one time purchase game. Much, MUCH more depth in Mega Mall Story. I love them both, but for COMPLETELY different reasons. Tiny Tower for when I want a quick fix, when I can finish everything I want in 2 minutes and Mega Mall Story when I want to waste hours on my iPod. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000797981241 Dora Breckinridge

    Is it just me or does anyone wish they'd stop churning out these ___ Story games? I feel like they're fun for about an hour, but none of them are as well conceived or fleshed out as they could have been, and it just feels like the same thing over and over with token variations in setting and gameplay. They feel messy, like they could all have benefited from a longer development time, and it just seems like if they released these games less often and really buckled down on one, they could deliver something really impressive and engaging... as it is, they're all pretty forgettable.

    • Hew Weng Xin

      Well everyone has their own taste. So if you don't like it. There's usually someone does. So the world is a fair place like that.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000797981241 Dora Breckinridge

        Of course. And I was just stating how I feel about it. I enjoyed Game Dev Story and Pocket Academy to an extent, and I just feel they're talented and could do better. :)

    • Hew Weng Xin

      Well everyone has their own taste. So if you don't like it. There's usually someone does. So the world is a fair place like that.

    • Briker Ed

      I kind of feel the same about Kairosoft's games. I think I'd enjoy a more elaborate and better put together versions of their games, but seeing how these are only ports from mobile devices couple years old it doesn't bother me that much. Quite impressive actually if you consider their origin. I WOULD like to see Kairosoft make a completely new game from scratch that fully uses the advantages of iDevices.

  • Andiron

    Am I the only one who now intentionally *avoids* Kairosoft games simply because they are the equivalent of digital crack and I know that right after purchase I will be in a *_Story induced binge for the following 24-48 hours?

  • http://www.facebook.com/ZEROFACES Dreimos Heijnen

    @meerca253

    Just think of it this way: in two weeks, Mega Mall Story will be on sale for $1.99! 

    So technically you should THANK your parents, they're teaching you how to save money (indirectly).

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Albert-Lee/823721 Albert Lee

    Was on the fence about getting Final Fantasy Tactics for $16. Thank you Kariosoft for making it easy for me, currently in year 13.5, I NEED FAST FORWARD on all Kairosoft games lol, best reward ever to encourage replay!!!

  • Max Carter

    plz release these for android

  • Lolwut

    i say this then, and i say it again....i WILL buy anything that kairosoft sells

    heck...i'll even buy a mug with game dev story pixel art on it if they sell it

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Albert-Lee/823721 Albert Lee

    Is the museum the final unlock?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4JB2QIEYV7QBN7HC4WOGFOOHUI Jamie Oliver Aspinall

    like this one. Pocket Academy was a Little boring, but mega mall story really rocks!