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"Sim Tower FAQ" Guide for SimTower
------------------------------------------------------------ Walkthrough/FAQ for SimTower ------------------------------------------------------------ ============================================================ ------------------Table of Contents---------------------- ============================================================ Section 1 Table of Contents Section 1a Updates Section 2 Controls Section 3 Diclaimer Section 4 How to Start Section 5 Tranportation Systems Section 6 What you can build(and where) Section 7 Some are good, some are bad(or events) Section 8 How to get those Stars. Section 9 Cheats(one that is) Section 10 Lil tidbits O' Info Section 11 FAQ Section 12 Creds Section 13 Contact Info Section 14 Copyrights =========================================================== --------------------[1a]Updates---------------------------- =========================================================== Version 1.0June 12 06: started FAQ. This should be a short FAQ to write. Mid June 06: Just about finished it. This is only about 50 characters or so wide, gets Wider in section 7.. Donno why. August 9: Edited a lot of stuff because it wasn't right or at least didn't actually fit what I had done because I guessed(D'oh) August 17: Fixing minor problems, too numerous to mention. Good News finally got uploaded to GameFAQ's and Neoseekers. GameFAQ's It was uploaded on Neoseekers It was uploaded on August 15. (First FAQ uploaded anywhere!!) =========================================================== ---------------------Controls--------------------------- =========================================================== Easy section... One control.. the mouse!! thats it no arrow buttons not even the right mouse nor the mouse wheel!! The LMB.. =========================================================== ---------------------Disclaimer------------------------- =========================================================== This FAQ is meant for PRIVATE USE ONLY This FAQ may not be redistributed for profit by anyone!!! =========================================================== -------------------How to Start------------------------- =========================================================== Start up Simtower. Load new/old tower. In the new tower you start with a completely blank screen it has a dirt brown color in the bottom and a darkish color for the top of the window. It starts out at 5:00 in the morning on wd1/1q/year one the only importantance of this is wd1/2 and we which means weekday 1/2 or weekend some things happen only on wd1 or we. There are 3 days a week and 4 qtrs a year so that means a year is only 12 days long... before you do any building though with a new tower click the Lobby button and have a full lobby section in other words have a whole square down in the very lowest left hand corner and you get double your money(the cats outta the bag, this is the only "Official" cheat...) Or load an already started tower. =========================================================== ----------------Transportation Systems------------------ =========================================================== Escalators This method is the first method of transportation searhed for by the sims. These can be used for up to 6 floors Only 64 can be placed Express Elevators This is the next method of transport. Has many limitations I usually put one in the middle.42 sims per car 8 cars max 24 shafts per tower. Goes every lobby and all 10 basement floors Elevators Sims use this most often but get very very mad when they are not picked up right away. They go every floor, can only reach 30 floors on one shaft 21 sims per car 8 cars per shaft 24 shafts combined with express and service elevators Stairs Will be used but the very last system to be used hold 21 sims per stair well 4 sets of stairs will be used by one sim per trip Service Elevators Only used by Housekeeping counted toward shaft max with the other shafts Emergency Stairs The outside stairs used by the Security people and possibly by people in emergencies.. not sure. =========================================================== ----What you can build(and where and the prices)-------- =========================================================== * means the building is needed for next star 1 Star all of the building rooms that can be built at level 1 Lobby 5,000 dollars per section(four sections placed if possible) Only above ground and only every 15 floors, 1 through 90 Empty Floor 500 per section I usually dont do this unless the floor will be not all the way finished... only available above ground all 100 floors. Stairs 5,000 each avaliable above or below ground Standard Elevators 200,000 per shaft /80,000 per car. available above/below... only goes 30 floors including B1 to B10 which is basement 1 to 10. Offices 40,000 each only above ground 6 people per office Fast Food Places 100,000 each (5 different types)above or below ground... usually the best spots are below or above the lobbies. Condos 80,000 each available above only... 3 people per 2 Stars Service Elevator 100,000 each... above needed only and only for hotels if you put them in, I haven't been. Only put in a hotel suite when needed incase of bomb or fire.(stupid screw up of whoever is in the hotels when this happens stay.. messes with the population.) Single Hotel Rooms 20,000 per.. above needs to be cleaned every night by HouseKeeping income from them when they leave 1 person per night Security * 100,000 each... needed for next star they check for bombs, and combat fires(Bombs and fires not good. Ive had all now, fires go up so have plenty of security or pay the 500'000, and bombs blow up a 5 floor area, so be warned.) HouseKeeping 50,000 each Needed for hotels to clean, use Service elevator only. 3 Stars Escalator 20,000 each above or below better then stairs and can be used in blank spots of building and then used by offices and all else Express Elevator 400,000 each goes every lobby and all B floors only Restaurant 200,000 each above or below like the fast food but more expensive and more income Five types of this Retail Shop 100,000 each above or below like the fast food and restaurant but are sold to renters then you get rent money. 11 types of this. I thought there were ten but I found out it is actually 11. Movie Theater 500,000 each above or below only good when they have good movie sales Party Hall 100,000 each used for weddings and every other day parties or so Twin Hotel Room 50,000 each a bit better then the singles and hold two people Hotel Suite* 100,000 each for the business people who pay people to haul luggage and is needed for star 4 Medical Center* 500,000 each used for offices mostly Recycling Center* 500,000 each all stuff from resturants/and retail go here Parking Spot 3,000 each for offices or hotel suites Parking Ramp/Gate 50,000 each Has to be attached to the Lobby!! below the tower only needed for cars to park in spots 4 Stars Metro station* 1,000,000 People who come on this only shop underground. You only get one and you can't destroy it and nothing gets put under it so build it on the bottom floor, B10 5 Stars Cathedral* 3,000,000 Only needed when you have he 15,000 people because you need a wedding in it and it will happen on a WE day, Not Destroyable. Can only be put on the top of a 100 story building. =================================================================== --------------Some are good, some are bad(Or events)------------ =================================================================== The good, Santa!! He comes every year in the fourth quarter. No he doesnt give you anything though.. I hoped(rather thought)he gave money but he happens to come at 9 when the fast food places close... :P The bad, Fires and Terrorists. Both can be fought against with security teams but apparently not very well the bomb of the terrorist is usually found. I had my first fire a few days ago in the game and I dont think my security ever even got to it.. so I had to pay the 500,000 for the Sim Copter to spray... (I have that game too!!);) Terrorists as long as its not too big of a tower yet usually the bomb can be found. Also I dont know how long that goes on.. usually after I get past the third star nothing much happens(just about every freakin person leaving the building because I used to suck at the elevator system....) The secret... Hold Crtl down before you build the ground lobby and you will get a two story lobby(if you do the lobby tool cheat you have to do this with the cursor at the very left side of the screen, it can be done, according to another FAQ for this game I found/have it says you cant.. Ha I did it in the last game I started) Or hold Crtl & shift for a three story lobby... fyi more expensive but kinda neat lookin. V.I.Ps Very Important to get...You thought I was gonna type person.. Ha Ha(Nelson Muntz of the Simpsons..)VIPs only stay in Hotel Suites, and if you dont get a favorable stay message from them(which you need to get to star four) you will get more chances Underground Event!! Somewhere under your tower will be a 500,000 simolean treasure!! Randomly placed I think.. Even though most of the time I find it its on the left Rain! Very sucky random event, usually slows down business at the food places and has made some of my retail shops become unrented because of bad sales... :( =================================================================== ------------------How to get those Stars.----------------------- =================================================================== Star 1 is easy... You start with it... ;) but to get to star 2 is not If new tower, do the old cheat of course... then start building lobby area for a bit at least a few offices length, I used a lot of offices so far in my last game as a matter of fact I have not used a single Condo I have used hotels and other things because you almost have to, then use stairs for the first two floors or so because they don't have an expense but elevators do. For now, go for a while... I did about half the screen so I did scroll a bit. should be for enough for about 20 something offices or so. A nice bit of population. Build that all the way across though so you should be able to get about 41 or 42.. I think I have 41. Do offices from floor 1 to floor 13 then put food places on the floor below (or above the lobby...) then the lobby put lobbies on every lobby floor.. if you dont the Sims will get confused...with the tower I did this with... I got about 492ish or so people just in offices.. not to mention the food and others. So by the 13th you should definitly have Star 2. Actually you should be on your way to star 3... Star 3... before the first Lobby!! I think I had it by then with the way above then. Lobby 15 to 30. Im up to 6031 people, but thats not including the half dozen or more (lot more) of offices that are having "Terrible Conditions"** FYI Im up to Star 4.. From here up you will probably start having a lot of TC problems. Here's a help for you when they say TC as soon as they do click the eval button and info click one of them you will see the TC problem and the red bar. You simply lower the price of the building then put it right back to where it was and poof no more TC problems. I usually have way too many of these, but when you click the room I think the price changer is default. If you have this condition in Condos get ready for a big hit of a loss of money though, because condoes are bought out right not rented thats why they have no income. You get it when it is bought the first time and you lose the amount it was bought for because you buy it back from the tenants. Yet another reason offices are better. Yeah I basically will tell you that just build a crap load of offices and here's the key!! When building Elevators build them four across the building trying to space them evenly and the really important part.. I know the elevator shaft window is confusing but all you gotta do is, or at least what I did was make the them wait 30 seconds and put the floor button(what ever the top number is)to 7 and only put them up 15 floors and spaced the elevators every other floor and of course had all elevators possible.. (I have the game on right now but in Eval mode the first 15 floors are absolutly perfect... and so are some of the next between the lobby floors.. the very top left corner and right corner are having problems but thats ok.. you cant have everyone like you all the time.. So if you happen to do all offices and have the elevators like I described.. particularly the 15 floor part they should like it better... after I fix the TC Problem I will let it go, Im sure it will have more of them in the next week but thats ok. Star 4 By Lobby 30 floor!! Yes I have it!! For proof I will have a screenie up at a download site that I have. If you keep using offices until about between floor 60 and 75 you should have over 15000 this is of course using nothing but offices all the way across. then after floor whatever when you hit 15000 it be a lot easier to use condos Im sure. Star 5 is by floor 45. I have finished this tower as of this writing so I know. I fixed the dang TC problems. From floor 15 to about floor 65/75 or more you will probably need 4 elevators across but after you get done with the 15000 then just start puting in condos, they dont get as mad at the elevator system as the offices do. I think you should fit about 20 or so condos. By floor 60 I had 13,500 or so people just in offices, after whic I gave up on offices and stuck in condos. Less headache more instant cash(that leaves every week because they don't like my elevators :D) Tower rating should be by floor 75 or very very close to it.(oops last sentence should say 75 floors with 15000+ because you have to have at least a 100 story building and cathedral and wedding to happen) If and when you get here YAY pat yourself on the back... I've gotten it at least four now!! Quite a bit of continuous play and many many mouse clicks later. I Found the secret, that I forgot about, and this should take out a elevator for each section too! Any section of floors with Offices build Escalators as many as the sims will use(that is 6) in the very middle of the building next to Express elevators, multiples of those elevators help later. =================================================================== ----------------------Cheats(one that is)----------------------- =================================================================== The only official one is this, when building a new tower click the lobby tool then go to the very very bottom left corner and click the spot with the widest possible lobby (four spaces of floor) and you get double the money... thats all =================================================================== --------------------Lil tidbits O' Info------------------------ =================================================================== All Fastfood/Restaruants/Retail Shops have evals too. This you know becuase they show the color in Eval mode but, if they have 1 to 19 patrons that is red eval not doing good you lose(-3000 for FF -6000 for R) some money each day this happens. 20 to 24 is average or yellow you get money(2000 for FF 4000 for R) for this eval. 25 to 49 that business is doing good and you get (3000 for FF and 6000 for R). 50 and up you get business is doing really good and you get(5000 for FF and 10000!! for R but then again most of the time I havent gotten this except on non rainy weekends and when Condos are in place the families like either place). My Fastfood Places are constantly getting 100 and 200 and up patronage because of the amount of offices(and I think the people get counted twice one for the office and for the restaruant bonus one counts for two!! adds to Pop total!!) Metro people only shop in the B floors and only hang in the B floors Parties happen every day in the party halls!! This is from the Manual under the Inside the simualtion link... This section explains some of the technical aspects and "behind the scenes" calculations of your Tower. The actual numbers in this section are for modeling purposes to provide a relative base of understanding. They do not represent the precise, acutal formulas used by the program. The "frame" is a unit of time within your tower. One game time (from day to day or from weekend to day) consists of 300 frames. Stress is calculated by the number of frames it takes for a tenant to move from one destination to another. The color of a tenant shows the level of that tenant's stress. If the tenant is black, stress is less than 80. If the tenant is pink, stress is between 80 and 120. If the tenant is red, stress is between 120 and 300. The quality of life in your tower is calculated by the average of all the tenants' stress. The highest quality a tower can have is 300, so the Quality = 300 - (total stress amount/number of tenants). When the quality is more than 200 (which means that the average stress is under 100), the evaluation of stress is "A", and is represented by a blue bar in a facility information window. This means that current inhabitants will bring a friend to occupy any available vacant space. If the quality is between 150 and 200 (which means average stress is under 150), the evaluation is "B", and the evaluation bar is Yellow. Tenants won't brings friends, but they won't leave either. If quality is under 150 (which means average stress is over 150), the evaluation bar is red, and tenants will leave. If you have this problem solved you will see less CT** signs in the rooms and many many more blue rooms.. which is what is happening with my Elevator section for me... Right now I am working on a tower that only has Two elevators one on each side and then escalators in the middle.. up to the 75 floor and 5 stars, and few headaches only very far edges that dont have close access to the escalators I think are the only problems! I have only ten regular elevators and four express and the one for service of course most of the good evals are because of the fact of using both escalators and elevators.. having the elevators go every other floor is a good idea and there is the fact that the very middle (one floor on the first 15 floors, and the middle 2 after wards) won't be reached so the elevators have to do both floors, in this game there are only two so the elevators swap floors one elevator does even floors including both middle floors, the other elevator does odd floors and both middle floors. So far not many complaints ;) =================================================================== ----------------------------FAQ-------------------------------- =================================================================== =================================================================== --------------------------Creds-------------------------------- =================================================================== In the Tidbits Section from: This is from the Manual under the Inside the simualtion link... down is from the manual... giving credit here so no plagurism problems come up. =================================================================== ------------------------Contact Info--------------------------- =================================================================== Rules about contact: NO SPAM!!!! Getting tired of having it sent to me already (and I havent even put this anywhere) I may have some FAQ's that Ive thought of already but if you have one send it to one of the following, I'll probably answer it.. Allowed on: GameFaqs Neoseekers Emails: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com(hardly check so use the first one) firstname.lastname@example.org(Same as above) IM IDs furdude2 on it all the time you should be able to see me..;) email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org(may be hotmail.com don't use it that much though) ICQ number 328036880 Other... 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