I’ve been stuck in this massive multiplayer online game lately – so much so, that I am almost ashamed to admit that I’ve already actually spent money on it.
Almost, but not quite. Yes – I HAVE spent money on an online game. (Shocking? Get over it.) Oh, but what game might that be? Nothing else but happytower.mobi.
Happy Tower is actually a game I discovered while looking over the Windows Phone apps available. (WP’s app store/marketplace is not as established as the others, yes, but it does have a few gems here and there.) I actually enjoyed Tiny Tower on my mom’s iPad, but I sincerely wished to have such a game on my own Windows Phone. TT’s not available for WP (yet!), so I was looking for alternatives…
… And happily enough stumbled into the world of Happy Tower.
For your info: Don’t be fooled by the “tower” in the names of both games I mentioned; these aren’t exactly the tower games-destroy-hordes kind of game. They actually fall in the tycoon-ish land, where you get employees to people your businesses, while making sure they get the jobs they so desire in life… right before you kick them out, because they didn’t like their job as much as the next one does… with all of this happening on many, many floors of just one building.
To clarify, by the way: for me, Happy Tower is a kind of text-based Tiny Tower game.
I believe it’s a relatively new game (the English version, anyway), having seen initial traces of it mid-year 2013.
I think the best part of the HT experience is actually the introduction of a social element, something TT doesn’t actually integrate (yet). I love how I can join a city of like-minded individuals (real-time playing people), and contribute to tasks that help further the city – and thus further my benefits. There are forums and chat rooms, as well as small gifts and rewards. I suppose the system is bound to be for abuse, but not if you play the game right – and there’s much incentive to gain if you do.
I also like how there are daily achievements, and how I can meet new people – or stick to myself, should I choose to be a loner. There’s also a nifty section where Admin have posted helpful guides, and the admin themselves seem to be pretty busy keeping the peace in these parts. Let’s not forget the attractively cheap bucks for sale, too.
One more feature I love about this game: how I can virtually play it almost anywhere I have connection to the Internet. Anywhere indeed – not just my smartphone, but even on my mom’s tablet, or on my laptop. Happytower.mobi is the site’s address, and you can log in just about any time and anywhere.
I have yet to curb this little semi-addiction, but I like how I can be noncommittal, yet also committal at the same time. I can also stay as long as I like here, as well as be absent for as long as I like.
I don’t know what’s in store for me if I stay here longer (probably a dollar or so every week to spend!), but it’s something that interests me, and the leaderboard is something I want to break through someday.
Well, as usual, thanks for listening.