Kasedo Games and Somasim have come together to bring the world a new look at the tower building sim genre. In Project Highrise, available on the Steam Store on September 8th, you will bring the stressful life of a building owner in downtown to center stage. Most large skyscrapers throughout the world are not filled with one company’s’ offices. Project Highrise will show you that making a building profitable means having a wide variety of tenants to manage and also making tough choices. Things might seem simple from the beginning but as the Jenga tower starts getting taller the more difficult it will become to keep it steady.
Project Highrise pulls back the curtain of the inner workings of a busy skyscraper in the city. You as the player will be given the task of overseeing the development of this building from day one. This includes managing requests, complaints, making sure units are in good condition, deciding who receives rent space and who should just find space elsewhere. Project Highrise gives you all the features of running a large business building and more.
As the player starts developing their skyscraper, they must decide who will be running a business inside and who will be living inside of their building. Some of the types of tenants you can have are companies, restaurants, stores, and apartments. Each one of these tenants requires different services for their business or living space. Of course, each tenant will need power, but some will need water, gas, cable, or phone lines. This will be something you need to keep in mind as you expand your building. If you place a tenant in the wrong spot you might have to spend more money to redirect the electricity, gas, or water lines to reach higher floors.
There are two main game modes in Project Highrise: a game mode and a scenario mode. In game mode, the player decides how they want to start out their game. You get a chance to decide how difficult you want your game to be from the start. This can range from if you want to have a large amount of money to get the game moving quickly, or start with less to challenge where you want to spend it. The final option before you start your game will be the type of lot you want for your skyscraper. These choices allow you to create the perfect level of difficulty for your gaming experience.
The second mode in Project Highrise is scenario mode. The player will have four different scenarios to play through. In each of the scenarios, there are different goals that you must reach to complete the game. For this mode, you will not be starting from scratch. Each scenario will have you picking up from where someone else left off, giving you the challenge of figuring out how to fix the mess. This game mode will be great for people who want to test their skills in the game.
Project Highrise does an amazing job of giving the world that perfect level of art design. The detail they put into each tenant’s space is perfect and each space captures that tenant perfectly. To add to the art design of the game you will be able to add more flair to each space in the building.
I was excited when I learned I could choose my own wallpaper to the expanding building, but after I placed a tenant in that space the wallpaper just disappeared. I feel like having a wallpaper design in your game to just cover it up makes me not want to even add my own personal flair to the building. For some people, they might take the interior decorating to levels I could never possibly reach. Just another feature in this game that calls out certain players.
In Project Highrise the ability to change to different play styles give players a reason to keep coming back for more time and time again. When I first sat down with this game, I thought I would put in a couple minutes and before I knew it 3 hours had gotten away from me. I was no longer worried about getting dinner ready, or finishing my laundry. I had to get my tenants more shopping centers, or I needed to figure out how to get 10 more people, so I could unlock the metro station for my building. Seeing what features you need to get that perfect tenant for your building makes you want to invest more time into your game.
One area where this game did fall short is the music. When I first played the game I was not pulled into the game by the music that some games do. About after the 3rd hour of playing, I turned on a podcast and listened to that instead. Now the lack of a decent soundtrack does not ruin the game for me by any means, but a good soundtrack can bring a game together.
I am sure if you enjoy games like Fallout Shelter, Civilization, and others in that genre, Project Highrise will be perfect for you. Head over to the Steam Store and give this game a try. With all the variations to play, there is something here for everyone.
What I liked:
- Excellent tutorial
- Great looking game
- Addictive gameplay
- Varied gameplay
What I didn’t like:
- Lacking soundtrack
- Can’t decorate tenants’ spaces