Posts Tagged ‘Project Highrise’

Have You Played… Project Highrise?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game retrospectives. One a day, every day, perhaps for all time.

If you’ve ever played XCOM and wished you could spend more time building your antfarm base and less time watching your operatives die, Project Highrise [official site] might be the game for you.

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Project Highrise going to Las Vegas in first expansion

Having grown up with Judge Dredd and 2000 AD, I’m fascinated by games about building unreal skyscrapers crammed with apartments, offices, shops, restaurants, galleries, and the other bits of a city all under one roof. I think the developers intend them to be utopian but I always imagining unbreathable air forcing humanity into towers, and hidden basements with Resyk facilities chipping corpses for food.

None of that will be revealed in the first expansion for Project Highrise [official site], the newly-announced ‘Las Vegas’. As you might guess, it’ll razzle-dazzle with casinos, hotels, clubs, celebrities, and all that. Read the rest of this entry »

Going Up: Project Highrise Is Now Actually Out

“It’s Thursday,” Graham corrected me earlier today as I chatted about the usual Wednesday stuff – hanging myself from Yggdrasil, saying ‘hump day’ loads as if it’s hilariously smutty, etc. If I can’t even remember which day it is, what chance do any of us have of remembering that a game we reviewed way back on Tuesday is now actually released? Almost zero. The game in question is Project Highrise [official site], a simple but fairly pleasant skyscrape ’em up which kept Alec happily occupied for a bit. It is now actually out, released this afternoon. Consider yourself reminded.

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Wot I Think: Project Highrise

Just one more floor…. Perhaps the Bhurj Khalifa and and Shanghai Tower were not, after all, overblown acts of inter-continental willy-waving, but instead the result of builders and architects who could not resist the temptation of another neatly-wired layer of offices. Building skyscrapers is compulsive work, or at least that’s how building sim Project Highrise [official site] pitches it. I know the words ‘Sim Tower’ are flickering hungrily across the hind brains of readers Of A Certain Age, but I should say off the bat that Highrise has the mentality of an idle or clicker game as much as it does a sim.

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Towering Above The Rest: Project Highrise

There are many Sim games I’d like to see resurrected, prime among them SimEarth and SimLife, which were more enjoyable and educational than all of the geography classes I daydreamed through. SimTower is the outside pick though, its blend of construction and basic life sim making for a game as enjoyable to observe as to play.

Project Highrise [official site] is a new take on the formula and after spending some time building a tower of my own, I’m pleased to say Highrise as strong foundations, even if its occupants are a little plain.

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Project Highrise Aims To Be A Modern SimTower

Yoot Saito’s SimTower is one of those games I return to every so often, for the pure satisfaction of building something and watching its simulation flourish. In recent years it has increasingly become a game I wish someone would make a modern version of – and no, various mobile genre-mates don’t count.

Good news! The makers of gold prospecting town sim 1849 are now working on their second game, and it’s called Project Highrise [official site]. There’s little information so far, but there’s enough to make me excited.

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