Tiny Towers is an office management app where your ultimate goal is to build a ginormous skyscraper containing a multitude of businesses and inhabitants. It’s a freemium app so expect to shell out some cash if you want to progress quickly in the game or expect to spread your gameplay experience out over weeks.
Tiny Towers is best played as an app you dip in and out of over an extended period of time rather than something you pick up and play for anything longer than five minutes. As with most simulator apps your achievements are dictated by available cashflow rather than skill or technique.
The more money you have, the more tower block floors you can build and the more tower block floors you have, the more money you earn. This means players quickly get stuck in a vicious cycle of not being able to really do anything other than restock the shops they have, ride potential customers up their building’s elevator and check the Bitbook for insightful status updates from bitizens.
The lack of anything to really do is a bit perplexing, you can pay for more in-game wonga with your real world savings but prices aren’t exactly cheap. Ironically, the best way to play Tiny Tower is to just leave it running in the background of your Android handset and get on with your own life. When you return, you’ll find a new stockpile of money to spend and be able to enjoy a quick five mintues with the app.
Clearly then Tiny Tower is very much aimed at casual gamers who want to use their smartphone in extremely bite-sized chunks. This is fine but it’s hard to recommend an app which only works within such limited parameters. Unfortunately, we can’t imagine feeling compelled to return to this sim when there’s so little to do in the first place.
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The Bottom Line
A slow office management sim for casual gamers only.
Version reviewed 1.3.3
Requires Android 2.0 or higher