Think E3 is easy?
I've done 86318 steps,
walked 63.48 kms and
burnt 22521 calories
In the game, you build a Tiny Tower (who'dathunk?), and then manage the businesses and "bitizens" who live there. Each business earns money, each tenant pays rent, and your empire continues to grow in bits and bytes even when your phone's turned off.
Unfortunately, it doesn't look like it's just gamers who think Tiny Tower is a bit special.
Casual gaming giant Zynga has just launched a new mobile game, and while the retro pixel art direction's been swapped for cutesy, big-headed cartoons, it doesn't take long to realise that Dream Heights has taken more than just "inspiration" from the Nimblebit blockbuster.
In the new Zynga release, you're invited to build a skyscraper, add businesses and create cosy apartments for your in-game residents. Variety is thrown into the backgrounds, which let you see how your tower compares with tall real-world monuments such as the Empire State Building, but other elements of Tiny Tower (such as the ever-enjoyable BitBook which let you see what your bitizens were thinking) have been scrapped.
Even when you refuse to go work for Zynga, sometimes you end up doing work for Zynga anyway.
Here's the developer's official response:
I like video games, fishing, Depeche Mode, long walks on the beach, writing discussion papers and cups of tea. Not necessarily in that order.
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