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Yoot Tower (Sega, 1998) is an improvement over the Maxis/Electronic Arts game SimTower. The same fellow, Yutaka "Yoot" Saito, who created that decided he could do a better one without as many restrictions as Maxis placed on him so he rewrote the game and convinced Sega to market it. Many consider Yoot Tower to be SimTower 2 because they are similar in game play and written by the same person. This game was available in both Mac or PC formats and works great in XP with 95/98 compatibility mode so no need for any other utility to emulate that ancient OS.
You try to build the best tower you can with hotel rooms, offices, condos, shops, entertainment facilities and the extras to keep them clean or accessable like elevators, stairs, escalators, parking lots/ramps, trash recycliers, along with housekeeping and security rooms. Random VIP's will stop by your tower from time to time depending on your star rating. These things will vary depending on which location you build in and are based on the number of stars your building receives.
Playability is simple point & click with icons. There are three starting areas: Kegon Falls, Hawaii or Tokyo with each location having different costs, size limits and citizen or visitor tastes. You can adjust the rent of each of your shops, offices or condos to suit your needs with full zoom and color coded warnings for your hotel rooms that show status. Unlike SimTower though, you don't have to keep the time running to build. You can pause, build a few things then unpause to let people access them; this can save you cash on interest rates for loans you take out.
Sadly it appears that the official website has disappeared along with the few plugins that were made for this game. The graphics are a little dated even compared to SimCity or SimTower. And if you aren't into these types of games, you'll be bored with the amount of micromanagement you have to do on things like elevators, hotel rates, advertising, etc.
There is so little difference between Yoot Tower and SimTower that many magazine and individuals said this game was a waste of time but if you like building things or management sims, then give it a download. Of course if you search hard enough you can find a few cheats for this game if you think you need them. This game has no multiplay option.
By Bee_94 - Oct 22 2014 - 19:16
The box reads: Bonus Location Included: Waikiki
By Bee_94 - Jun 08 2014 - 20:56
It was 4.8 on Gamespot, but IGN was a positive 7.
By Bee_94 - Jan 09 2014 - 13:51
Okay, they did some movie work.
By Bee_94 - Oct 29 2013 - 11:54
Does anyone know Vacca Mode? If so, respond.
By Bee_94 - Sep 04 2013 - 12:36
Err, .mov format
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