Video Game / Tiny Tower

Tiny Tower is a Raising Sim for iOS and Android. It has an 8-bit theme, combined with non-chiptune lounge music. Created by Nimblebit in 2011, it is one of the most addictive and successful free iPhone games of all time. Although the full version of the game is free, you can pay real money to buy more bux, which is useful for lots of stuff, including converting bux into coins. Coins are the main currency unit of Tiny Tower.

The objective is to build the tallest tower and to give jobs to the NPCs that live in Tiny Tower. They are called Bitizens, which is a combination word of the words bit and citizen. Make sure to give them the right kind of job. Some have low skill levels overall, some have a mixture of low and high skill levels, while others have high skill levels overall. The game has no ending, even if you have no new types of floors to construct. When Nimblebit decides to add new floors as an update to the game, then it's not over.

A Star Wars-themed spin-off called Star Wars: Tiny Death Star was also released.

Tiny Tower contains examples of:

  • Adam Smith Hates Your Guts: The price to build a floor goes up with each new floor built, even if the floor is always empty.
  • Bribing Your Way to Victory: There are two forms of currency earned in the game, coins and Tower Bux. While both can be acquired without spending a dime, Tower Bux are useful for obtaining more coins (the main form of currency), speeding up construction, and generally just making your life easier.
  • Frothy Mugs of Water: Businesses will sell root beer and sparkling grape juice.
  • Money for Nothing: This game has the problem of requiring both coins and "bux". Bux is rarely earned and is used for most everything in the game, coins are gained from your businesses and are really only used for expanding the tower. Chances are the coins you earn turn into this trope.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The default name for the fast food restaurant is Sky Burger, the name of another game by Nimblebit.
    • Many costumes are based of other characters, such as Domo, Mario, Luigi, and Princess Peach.
  • Take That: After Zynga made a ripoff of Tiny Tower, Tiny Tower responded by adding an in-game quest called "Beware of Dog" (Zynga's logo is a bulldog), which involves ripping off another company's game. Even better, the icon for it is one of the in-game citizens in a devil costume.