Project Highrise – Tablet Edition

by matt v, April 10th, 2018

We’re putting skyscraper construction at your fingertips – Project Highrise is now available for iPad and Android tablets!

We’ve spent a lot of time rethinking the game for a touch-enabled, tablet experience rather than the (very heavily) mouse-based PC interface that we originally developed for the game. Though this version shares the artwork and core gameplay of the PC game, it is in many ways a brand-new game featuring an all-new campaign with scenarios that were created especially for tablets.

The tablet game is designed to be a faster game with shorter, more intense play sessions, but we have left the core simulation just as it was in the original PC release. We’re really pleased with the results and hope you will be, too!

The base game is available for $3.99/£3,99/€4,49. With offices and apartments available, you’ll be able to play a open sandbox game or engage in any of the eight challenging scenarios included. It’s hours of challenging skyscraper simulation that you can bring along anywhere that your iPad or Android tablet can go.

Then, once you master the initial scenarios and sandbox, new expansion packs will allow you to expand your skyscraper empire with elite office buildings, posh apartment towers or swanky hotel highrises. Each of these expansions will add extra scenarios along with new tenants, tools and building options to your construction palette.

Happy (mobile) construction!


London Life Content Pack

by matt v, February 28th, 2018

Welcome to England – the new London Life content pack launched on February 28!

You are arriving in London, the focus of the world’s high finance and reigning monarch of modern mass communication. Skyscrapers are springing up everywhere as the world clamors for office space here among the history and pageantry of England’s capital. In London Life, you will be challenged to create gleaming office towers for titans of trade, elite global stock exchanges and moguls of media. Your towers will be crowned with soaring antennae and space-facing satellite dishes to access the global information network.

Visit the Steam store page for more info about the new features available in the London Life content pack!


Tech notes: unity game modding via C# scripts

by robert, December 27th, 2017

In this post we’ll be talking about some experiments we’ve been working with, to add mod scripting support for our future games. This is still in experimental stages, and we’re concentrating specifically on Unity, but we’re curious to see how it pans out. We’re also curious to hear if this kind of approach has been useful for others.

Fair warning: lots of geeky C# coding talk ahead. 🙂

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A Festive Update – Chinese, Polish and holiday decos!

by matt v, December 20th, 2017

Happy Holidays!

We’ve got a few exciting presents all wrapped up into this one festive announcement!

Let’s start with new holiday decorations!
If you’ve been wanting to make your skyscraper lobbies and entryways more festive with hanging decos, giant two-story Christmas trees and outdoor trees with blinking lights, then you’re in luck today! We’ve added six new holiday decos – check them out in the Seasonal section in decorations.

大家好!
The game is now fully localized into Simplified Chinese! Thank you for your patience as we worked out some technical issues that had prevented us from sharing the game with Chinese-speaking players. But it’s now done and ready for tower construction!

Czołem!
We’ve also been working on a Polish translation of the game. It’s now done and available for skyscraper building.

We’re going to have even more news about Project Highrise to share in 2018, so stay tuned here and if you’re not on our mailing list, you can subscribe here to get our latest news right away.

And from everyone at SomaSim and Kasedo Games, we wish you – the best sim players out there – a very happy holiday season and a wonderful new year!


Tokyo Towers Content Pack

by matt v, September 8th, 2017

The new Tokyo Towers content pack released on Steam and GOG on September 8!

With 10 new apartments, you’ll have many new choices as you seek to master the complicated, crowded (and expensive) world of Tokyo’s vibrant residential market. Ranging from smartly designed micro apartments to palatial penthouses, you’ll be able to design a quintessentially Tokyo residential block complete with matching exteriors and cityscapes inspired by Japan’s unique urban landscape.

Visit the Steam store page for more information about what else is available in the Tokyo Towers content pack!


Announcing the Miami Malls content pack

by matt v, June 20th, 2017

We’ve got something new coming to Project Highrise in July!

The Miami Malls content pack introduces 15 additional stores and restaurants. With this new content, you’ll be able to create shopping centers that no longer need offices, apartments or hotels to draw in visitors. From sunglass stations and toy stores to salons and video game arcades, a wide variety of new retail and dining options await you.

Visit the Steam store page for more information about what else is coming in the Miami Malls content pack!


Welcome to Las Vegas – Expansion Pack is Released!

by matt v, April 13th, 2017

Project Highrise: Las Vegas is now available!

You need to push your management skills to the limit as you try and build the city’s next big resort. Transform the once desolate desert of Las Vegas into a swanky hotel, vast casinos and millions of tourists dreaming of making it big.

Here’s a quick recap of some of the main features of the Las Vegas expansion pack:

  • Casinos – Entice people to come and part with their hard-earned money in style, with all new casinos.
  • Hotels – Why do your visitors need to leave at all? Keep the business travellers and high-rollers rolling through, with rooms of all sizes that fit every need – but be sure to keep them happy as your ratings depend on it!
  • Events & Shows – Bring in the best show in town, and attract crowds of happy visitors… and their wallets. Have them come in for the show, but stay for the food and the games.
  • VIPs – Invite rock stars, comedians, or business gurus to come and perform at your venue – but just don’t expect them to come for free! The bigger the celebrity, the bigger the demands.
  • Evolved Gameplay – Experience how the new location challenges your building skills, from new type of Air Conditioning utility, to special service elevators, NPCs, random events and more.

In addition to the new content available for the Las Vegas quite a bit of new content has been added to the base game. Here are some highlights:

  • Mover’s office – Move things around your tower once you’ve built a mover’s office to coordinate and manage the process.
  • New tenants – New retail and restaurant tenants are now available.
  • New contracts – Take on new contracts from the city to earn extra resources to help build even more prestigious towers!

If you’re looking for a complete rundown of additions and changes for version 1.5, we’ve got complete release notes here.


Project Higrise: Las Vegas – Coming April 13

by matt v, March 30th, 2017

The Project Highrise: Las Vegas expansion pack
will be released on April 13!

Get ready to try your luck as a resort hotel mogul with brand new Las Vegas-themed scenarios, characters and game mechanics! Check out last month’s post for an overview of what to expect in the expansion.

Until April 13, you can make a reservation for Las Vegas by adding the expansion pack to your Steam wishlist.

In the meantime, here are a few new screenshots to whet your appetite. Clicking will open large versions of each.


Announcing Project Highrise: Las Vegas

by matt v, February 2nd, 2017

Since we launched Project Highrise back in September, we’ve been working away on a bunch of things. Some of them we’ve already released and our friends at Kasedo Games put together a lovely video that quickly summarizes all of those updates.

But we’ve also been working on something that, until today, we haven’t shared with you. Without further ado, we’re excited to announce the game’s first expansion  – Project Highrise: Las Vegas.

Project Highrise: Las Vegas will bring the glitz, glamour and wealth of Sin City and a fresh challenge as you vie to build the next great Las Vegas resort. So get ready to go “all in” and join the cutthroat world of high-rolling resort moguls. Create a getaway destination for the mid-century elite, an oasis of decadence in the Nevada desert. Keep hotel guests pampered and comfortable in sleek suites with gourmet room service. Add glitzy casinos, posh nightclubs and book the hottest performers to draw in the crowds.

Here are some features we’re working on bringing to Project Highrise: Las Vegas:

  • Casinos – Entice people to come and part with their hard-earned money in style, with all new casinos.

  • Hotels – Why do your visitors need to leave at all? Keep the business travellers and high-rollers rolling through, with rooms of all sizes that fit every need – but be sure to keep them happy as your ratings depend on it!

  • Events & Shows – Bring in the best show in town, and attract crowds of happy visitors… and their wallets. Have them come in for the show, but stay for the food and the games.

  • VIPs – Invite rock stars, comedians, or business gurus to come and perform at your venue – but just don’t expect them to come for free! The bigger the celebrity, the bigger the demands.

  • Evolved Gameplay – Experience how the new location challenges your building skills, from new type of Air Conditioning utility, to special service elevators, NPCs, and more.

Head over to Steam and add Project Highrise: Las Vegas to your wishlist!


Making an entrance

by matt v, January 26th, 2017

Since we launched Project Highrise back in September, we’ve watched many of our dedicated players build some truly monumental, epic skyscrapers – monster buildings that exceeded even our own experiences and expectations.

By massive, we mean things like this one. It keeps going and is more than twice as tall as the screenshot suggests, the game just doesn’t zoom out any further.


If this is your building, let us know – we’d love to give you credit!

But one of the things lacking for many (ourselves included) was a way to make a suitably monumental, epic lobby and entrance for your skyscraper. If you wanted to add what real estate agents call “curb appeal” to your skyscraper, your options were limited to single floor wallpapers along with lovely statues and fountains inside and out.

But no more! After some lobbying (you knew that would happen, right?) on the Steam forums and because we thought it would look fantastic, we’ve launched two and three floor tall lobbies.

Above (clicking for full size is recommended) we’ve got the glass and steel variant that lets in lots of natural light. Other than the imposing hanging sculpture near the front door, you’ll also notice that elevators change appearance when they’re entirely flanked by these new, tall lobbies. Very fancy light fixtures are optional, but recommended.

Now here’s a three floor tall lobby. Instead of glass and steel, we’ve opted here for some sophisticated tile work to compliment the geometric hanging decorations that float above our lobby. We’ve got some utility closets here that will also change in appearance when surrounded by lobbies for a better aesthetic fit. And as requested by many on the Steam discussion board, you can have lights on the ceiling and decorations on the floor with the new lobbies.

We’ve really enjoyed creating all of these updates over the past few months. It’s also been great fun getting to know some of you on the Steam discussion boards and finding out what you like about the game, wish we would change or hope we would add. Since release, we’ve added quite a bit to Project Highrise and our friends at Kasedo Games made a short video, a sort of then and now retrospective covering the four months since launch.

And yes, there is more coming. Happy building!

 


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