When news hit last month that social gaming giant Zynga decided to release their own clone of Tiny Tower [Free] on the App Store, we were all over it. NimbleBit has a massive fan following in our community, so it wasn't much of a surprise to see each subsequent story generating so much interest. Well, Dream Heights [Free] is now out of its Canadian "beta" stage, and is available for free on the US App Store if you want to see what the fuss is all about.

Unsurprisingly, so far the game has been met with overwhelmingly negative iTunes reviews as users who are wise to this whole fiasco post their feelings on the game. Not everyone hates the game though. Zynga Senior User Experience Designer John Lerma mentions in his iTunes review:

Meanwhile, Zynga Producer Matthew Ott writes in his review:

Now that you no longer need to be a Canadian (or a "Canadian") to download Dream Heights, what do you guys think? Is it as bad as you thought, or, like Zynga employees, do you find yourself "loving it"?

  • Anonymous

    zynga bought another developer who made my all time favorite drop-7 and doesn't even continue to support it. dumbasses

  • http://kneppgamer.de/ Arne Punkt

     They are still releasing it and then even write fake 5 stars reviews on the app store? Zynga, you know what, you are that one company nobody likes anymore. 

    • Alex Tu

      those reviews are probably people pretending to be Zygna throwing fuel into the fire

      • http://twitter.com/hotspaghetti Hotspaghetti

         I doubt it.  The default changed at one point to show the real name of a reviewer in the app store.

    • Andrey Losev

      If nobody liked them they probably wouldn't be making a fortune right now, and I seem to observe that they are. Most people don't really care who wrote a game, if it's shoved in their face they will play it. sad but true 🙁

    • michael chen

      i have absoloutly no idea how zynga became so popular

      • MMMick


  • http://twitter.com/stooneyoriginal Erhard Steiner

    What should I do?
    Install it to give them their well deserved 1-Star Copycat-review or rather not boost their Download-Statistics?
    Nimblebit Rules, Zynga stinks!

  • http://twitter.com/woodesh matthew wood

    is tiny towers really that good? any publicity is good publicity, Tiny towers are getting good pr without even doing anything. everybody hates Zynga.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/7Q7SRTVVTMQXC7ZB3DX2GBL26A Billy

      It is not about "good quality game vs bad quality clone" but about "big guy steals lil guy success" imo. Nobody likes the idea when situation when Biggy can come to you, take your stuff out of the box, pack it into pretty box labeled "Big Guy's Stuff" and declare "This is New Biggy's Must Have!" will become ordinary.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1299365516 Connor Johnston

        Tiny Tower was a ripoff of another game you know that right guys o.o

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kevin-DiAmore/100001188730087 Kevin DiAmore

         I thought Tiny Tower was more inspired by Sim Tower but they aren't that alike?  Whereas Dream Heights is a complete ripoff of Tiny Tower, simply re-skinned.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Henry-Gaps/1442410597 John Henry Gaps

        Yeah, Sim Tower was made by Maxis in 1994. Over 18 years ago. It was designed for  Windows 3.1. I think the moratorium on making a copy cat video game is probably 10 years. It's not as is everyone cries foul that Blizzard's Diablo is just a rip off of Rogue, NetHack, or Mines of Moria with a graphical upgrade.

      • Anonymous

        TinyTower is nothing like SimTower (or Yoot Tower). The game mechanics, play, and objectives are completely different.

      • michael chen

        well sim tower is like city building and tiny tower is like hotel building. sim tower is more control and if you beat the level feel successful. tiny tower is like PLAY AND HAVE FUN WHILE YOU ARE AT IT! i even have fun just waiting and keeping track of the time. it just makes you feel excited and like a kid again.

    • http://twitter.com/aagold3 Aaron G

       It's a pretty good time waster. Really not a "game", but more of a time sink that's easy to navigate and has enough "strategy" to keep you interested for a while.

      • Lee West

        Of course it is / has. That is the description of Tiny Towers.

    • Anonymous

      Speaking as someone who likes social games but hate the "social aspect" then tiny towers is better. It's more faster pace since you collect money when not playing. In Heigts u have to manually pick it. Even though TT has IAP, the gameplay alone makes it like 100% optional.

      Dream on the other hand forces the social and IAP aspects down your throat like a porno star. TT even has missions giving you another way to earn the IAP cash freely. If you play it both I think you'll agree on TT.

    • Anonymous

      Actually no. Tiny Tower pretty much sucks. Which is part of the lame of this Zynga move. They are reviewing their own app and giving it 5 stars and it's a clone of a lousy game with the exact same lousy game play. they didn't improve it a single bit

  • http://clickplow.com/ John

    Download, one star with a bad review and then uninstall. Tell your friends to do the same. With a one star average it won't do very well.

  • https://me.yahoo.com/rekzkarz#a0df5 rekzkarz

    I dloaded it just to give them a 1-star review.  Sorry Zynga, but generally downloading is copying -- but in your case this is actually piracy!  I'm in favor of copying for users & big corps losing some revenue from their overpriced software (adobe & apple + others), but not for big bloated corporations stealing possible profits from devs by completely ripping off their ideas.
    Double standard?  Nope. 
    I stand for the little guy/gal 100% of the time.

    • michael chen


  • Marek Ratvaj

    copycats review, their own game?

     I see what you did there 

  • http://twitter.com/ethandude01 Ethan

    So is that why Zynga has 2000 people working for them?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ross-Patton/682129211 Ross Patton

      It's to make them look like a healthier company than they really are for IPO purposes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kevin-Donovan/660749692 Kevin Donovan

    Downloaded to see what all the fuss is about........wow, never have I seen such an exact ripoff of another game. Deleted.

  • Anonymous

    That's absolute bullshit that their employees are writing disingenuous reviews of this game!  I know what we need to do guys!  Let's all go click the download link, cancel the download, leave a one star review with a slanderous message about copying Tiny Tower, then feel proud that we stuck up for the "little guy"!

    I already know how unpopular this'll be around here, but that's never concerned me too much.  Those of you following the plan I've outlined above are, in my opinion, no better than the Zynga employees writing five star reviews.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CKBNMJGLGCBQOSH2BM264QIHLI Bridget

      Alot of those one-star reviews will be HONEST, though.

      I know I for one do NOT like seeing direct rip-offs.  It shows a total lack of creativity, skill, and talent.

      Do you know what games that are very lacking in those things get, as a rule?

      ....low-scoring reviews.

      It's not just about "helping the little guy".  It's about the fact that games like this REALLY ARE CRAP. 

      Tiny Tower is a fun little game with interesting ideas.

      THIS is a direct copy with a new paint job.   I cant rate it high, because there's almost nothing to rate.

      It *earns* those low scores, no matter how you look at it.

      • Anonymous

        Then why do none of those reviews mention any aspect of the game other than it being a ripoff?

        "Wow.  Totally not a ripoff of Tiny Tower.  Not at all.  Completely different in every way."

        "No originality and blatantly stolen.  I hope this is removed."

        "Would be a better rating if only it wasn't a blatant copy of Tiny Tower."

        A couple reviews claim it gave them a virus.  Those sure do sound credible, huh?
        I could go on and on, as there are now 360 one star reviews with similar reasons.  I'm not saying all of them are like this, but the majority are, and some even say in the review that they had no intention of playing the game.  Most on this very post have said they intend to leave a one star review and never play the game.  I really don't know who you are defending here.

        If nothing else, it's easy enough to spot who has any integrity around here.

        Edit: I'm not going to argue that it's a ripoff. We all know that it is. This post is about Zynga employees writing false reviews for the game, so that's what I'm addressing.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kevin-DiAmore/100001188730087 Kevin DiAmore

         I'm not seeing your point.  You know it's a ripoff, we know it's a ripoff.  People writing one star reviews because it's a ripoff seems like a perfectly legit reason to leave a one star review.  Developers leaving five star reviews is a bit different seeing as they made the game, and they do make money from it, so... It's a stolen game.  So they steal the game, attempt to make money off of it.  We, the internet community realize this, and leave one star reviews to compensate.  I don't see where this makes the one star reviewers as bad as the people who stole a game and then attempt to create a false rating.

      • michael chen

        well if you played tiny tower then you have played dream hights. they bascially are the same thing. no need to play both.

  • http://twitter.com/stooneyoriginal Erhard Steiner

    Just left the review they deserve.
    Funny to see that there are just a couple of 5*-ratings from Zynga-Employees and -Collaborators (how sad is that?) and 1*-ratings from everyone else 😉

  • scott slomiany

    Okay, so Apple apparently DOESN'T care if a big name company breaks the App Store code, then:

    " If you attempt to cheat the system (for example, by trying to trick the
    review process, steal data from users, copy another developer's work, or
    manipulate the ratings) your apps will be removed from the store and
    you will be expelled from the developer program."

    Seems like this is clear case of copying another developer's work AND now cheating the system by having your employee's give 5-star reviews.

    • Adam Luter

      I don't see what the big deal is about an employee stating his opinion about the game. They didn't create false accounts and rate it. They are people too. On the other hand if you don't like the game because of it's "pedigree", you can download it, not play it, and rate it. It's about as superficial, but just a genuine.

      • Anonymous

        I agree. As long as they put their REAL name on it, I have no problem. The end result is this oh-so-pleasant slam from TA.

      • Anonymous

        Almost everybody doesn't know that they are employees untill it was pointed out right here and now. As an employee you are expected to do your best for the company, that's what they are PAID for. You can call up any employee from any company and ask them what they think of their product/service and they will tell you all the same thing, or they'll get fired.

  • http://twitter.com/electricfoo ELECTRICFOO

    If Apple follows its own policies, it has to terminate Zynga's presence on the app store now

  • Anonymous

    Well if Zynga employees think it's a good game, then it must be =D

    • michael chen


  • Lloyd

    apple should adopt something similar to the old "nintendo seal of approval" label, just so we know what games are considered quality game over the other rip offs and other flash game ports.

  • Callum Trundley

    Something similar happened when a Jurrassic Park game was release and the devs were giving it excellent reviews on metacritic, they got slammed, and hard. Zynga devs reviewing their own game at 5-stars? FOR SHAME!

    First, they have the tenacity to clone someone elses hard work and then they go and rate up their own game! GOD! I cant believe how sinful that place has become.

    • michael chen

      how did zynga become so dang popular?

  • http://twitter.com/crunchewy Crunchewy

    I will vote by not downloading it at all.

    • michael chen

      download, bad review, 1-star, delete =D

  • http://twitter.com/oooooomonkey Oooooomonkey

    Downloaded, 1* and delete. 🙂

    • michael chen

      download-bad review-1 star-delete =D

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PTVE7NIV3QTO2HMYTKDG63ORW4 Kevin



  • Adams Immersive

    I love the one or two 5-star reviews (more of Zynga’s 2000 employees?) who say things like “this game is totally new and original, there has never been anything like it! Zynga is always really creative!”

    • michael chen

      zynga has bad treatment to employees so all employees dislike zynga but maybe zynga hired somebody...

  • Anonymous

    All you people want is something to b!tch about. GET OVER IT. Zynga has many games that have borrowed themes or ideas. So why is this one any different? No one is crying and whining about words with friends (which is eerily similar to scrabble) Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so stop griping.

    • scott slomiany

      First of all, the Tiny Tower guys are just three people, and Zynga is a huge monolith. There is absolutely no reason why someone at Zynga could not take the Tiny Tower formula and make some changes and improvements. It wouldn't be hard to make some functional changes. How about being able to stock four items per floor? 6 people per rental floor? The need for a parking garage for the bitizens? Aside from the art style, it's  the same game.

      Noone is arguing about borrowing themes and ideas. As an example, Scramble with Friends is a good example of this; it's a combination of (mostly) Boggle and Scrabble scoring...someone actually did some work in terms of creating something new from existing pieces. And that's awesome.

      Words with Friends was originally created by a tiny developer (and bought out by Zynga). And yes, WfF is eerily similar to Scrabble, but WfF actually has a VERY key difference than Scrabble...in that you can try out words to see if they qualify before submitting, which makes the game much more user-friendly than Scrabble to non-wordsmiths. Also, they use an altered tile point system that will result in higher scores than Scrabble. Plus the board layout is difference (mainly due to avoiding copyright lawsuit issues)

      And finally, I feel that Apple deserves some of the blame here. Recently, Apple removed a bunch of clone games from the App store. In the past, Atari has asked Apple to remove cloned games from the store with success. So, there is a precedence set here that when a big name publisher complains about clones, Apple responds.

      In this case, a tiny group of guys who don't have the resources to hire lawyers to yell at Apple have had a successful game of theirs outright copied by a monolith game company. And yet, even pursuant to Apple's rules of the App Store, their game has not been removed. Can Apple still claim that they are friendly to the small-time basement garage shop developer any more? And again, this isn't some no-name game...this is one of Apple's games of the year.

      • Adams Immersive


        For what it’s worth: the official Scrabble app (which has WWF-style asynchronous multiplayer plus a dictionary you can use when it’s not your turn) DOES let you try words first with no penalty.

        The UI is a little slower than WWF, but in other ways I like it more. Plus it is, after all, the real thing! (But I don’t blame Zynga for cloning Scrabble; they didn’t, they bought the already-existing WWF... and ruined it for me.)

        (Note that the iPad version of Scrabble is a little behind the iPhone one—the iPhone one is better.)

      • michael chen

        apple actually started as a 2 man garage shop itself... apple should feel sympathy... this is like killing the person that rescued you... and yet nimblebit can't afford lawyers. i feel so sad.

    • michael chen

      well tiny tower was apple's game of the year. that's whats different. taking out WwF is like taking out a single troop in the army but taking out tiny tower is like taking out the general. and also Nimblebit won't be able to hire any lawyers to go against them. this one of those huge companies taking out indies to prevent more foes in the future. because as i see it Nimblebit is going to be huge. i mean if all other online social gaming companies are taken out would'nt it be like monopoly? yeah that's zynga's idea. monopoly. first plan try to hire nimblebit. that failed so now they copy nimblebit? =P zynga

  • Anonymous

    Looks like Zynga has tried to update away all of the bad reviews.. hahaha

    • Adams Immersive

      I saw that! I wonder if anyone will renew their negative reviews...

      (The current update also touts “HD graphics” for iPad... but it’s not a universal app! Sorry, not good enough.)

  • http://twitter.com/BrotherX85 Dustin X

    An elevator/tower game consisting of five residents per floor, three employees per business, five character traits(same ones also), three items to stock, restocking, VIPs, towerbucks to hurry build time/stocking/selling, dream jobs, upgradeable elevators. That's not a "genre" of game; that's Tiny Tower.

    There is one key difference though: You can't earn additional "towerbux" in Dream Heights.

    • michael chen


  • http://www.gamersramble.com/ Retronaut42

    And this is the part where I ignore all new releases from Zynga.

  • http://twitter.com/xhunterko Robert C. Jr.

    Hey y'all. Do you really wanna help Tiny Tower? Do you really? Okay, do this. For however many people downloaded dream heights to give it a one star, download, if you have not yet, Tiny Tower. Got that done? Good. Nows the hard part. Go to the get bux section of the menu and purchase the cheapest amount you can. It's only a dollar.

    So. who's with me!?



    Right. Carry on then.

  • GDSage

    If you build it, they will come... and steal it

  • Anonymous

    My Dream Heights Tower Code: CSQIGGA

  • Anonymous

    My Dream Heights Tower Code: CSQIGGA

  • David Horecky

    tower code: BOWVXRT

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Pavel-Svoboda/100002952528566 Pavel Svoboda

    Tower code: CDVLPDO

  • Edward Odum


  • Jake Goodew

    Something fishy going on... The game went from a 1.5 star overall yesterday, up to a 4 star today. 3,000 5-star reviews and ratings came out of nowhere overnight. 

    How does Apple not care about this?! Zynga clearly either paid Apple or a 3rd party to inflate their game's rating... *sigh*

    • michael chen

      3,000 5-star reviews? OVERNIGHT??? let me get this right. in 1 night 3000 people just downloaded the game, gave 5-star reviews and posted good comments. well according to people who are reading this right now we all dislike the game because it copied tiny tower. well there are 3 options for the 3000 people. option 1 they have not heard of tiny tower and played dream hights first. probably not because tiny tower was introduced as apple's game of the year. option 2, they have heard of tiny tower but did not know it was created first. option 3 ZYNGA HIRED PEEPS TO MAKE 5-STAR REVIEWS. well i say that like 10 people for option 1, 20 people for option 2, 2970 for option 3. what do you think guys?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1438891792 Didier Izambard

    my tower code CMOHSHT and if you dont like the game because the other one is better, dont install it and save the drama for yourself, Drama Queens!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/DzhimK Dzhim Kristiansen

    My Dream Heights code is: BMNRCTN

  • Lyanis

    Hello, My Dream Heights Tower Code: CGUCFOF

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  • http://twitter.com/miyu1709 Winnie KLY

    My Tower Code: BLNJWTN

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  • abdelmajid embouazza

     My Dream Heights code is: BMHCTFF

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Maria-Kokavec/100000732758460 Maria Kokavec

    BRBHECD my code 🙂

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3BR4FWIHW7ETFQI4LJ4QRITN2A Kutrok Kutrok


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=699789377 Patrick Ingram JR.


  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WTHOMHZSMJDKIBZ7CNEPYNWJVM Bob B

    LOL on an article saying that Zynga ripped it off.. there's a bunch of tools posting their codes.

  • Anonymous

    Sometimes I rub oil on my body and squirm on the ground and pretend i'm a slug

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KV646UERWI2PDES77LRH7ZKRCI Archany

    You know what's funny? Nimblebit didn't make this game in the first place. It was originally made by ArmorGames under the name of "Corporation Inc."
    this is also not the first time people have made huge amounts of money by ripping off ArmorGames, as Angry Birds is a blatant rip of Crush the Castle

    • michael chen

      well corporation inc is an PC browser game and nimblebit only makes iphone/ipad games so they would probably only get inspiriation from iphone/ipad games and not a PC browser game... but with crush the castle... they were both made in the same year but angry birds was made in December and CTC (crush the castle) was made in april... but CTC was launched as an PC browser game also... so i don't really think anybody copied armor games... corporation inc has an unknown creation date but was definatly released before tiny tower because i was one of the first to play it. corporation inc also has slightly different gameplay because it was a browser game and not much is expected from those. so maybe they did and just added a little extra but then maybe they just were really creative. idk -,-

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FRCOHUKRAEKJ7SDFRKAJAQ2ZFU Elizabeth Tacata

    xuabpu <<< towercode

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/63XUHOAWDED2MQIWGANEIQWN3Y WayneS

    My tower code is BLKNDIV

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    my code is BBCYNIZ

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    Add me: CILMDXF

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    Please Add: CKDYLCD and BNAVFGS

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  • michael chen

     both work for Zynga, and posted the comment on the same day and gave 5 stars good review. seems awfully fishy. Zynga does have a history of scam ads and invading properties such as in a game called street racer (i believe it was cancelled but you can see it in Wikipedia) they used the brands of Nissan without getting Nissan's permission so they were sued. i have absoloutly no idea how Zynga became so dang popular with their scam ads and game copying.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kristopher.a.peterson Kristopher Amethyst Peterson

    I did my part...