AppearanceEditWhen the player first begins, they will start out with the Trusty Rusty, which looks like an average real-life elevator. From the latest updates the look of the elevator has become completely independent from its speed. New elevator designs can be bought via bux, not affecting the speed. The elevator runs up and down through a dim elevator shaft on the left side of the player's tower. The basic shaft is built with dark gray concrete block, and has two metal rails for the elevator to run on. With the design of the elevator cabs the shaft also changes. Every level has a door painted with white numbers (that match the floor's number); when the player runs their elevator to a floor, it moves in position with the door of the floor it is closest to.
Using the ElevatorEdit
BitizensEditLobby and wants to be taken to a certain floor in your Tower, a red icon with two arrows (shown on the left) appears in the lower left corner of the screen. Tapping on the icon or clicking on the Lobby will instantly take you to the Lobby and start the elevator. The Bitizen will tell you the floor number they wish to go to. Taking them to their desired floor earns you a tip of coins (or possibly 5 Bux instead), and takes a minute off the timer for that floor (construction, restock time), plus another minute for each gold ticket that you have. The amount of coins you receive is 50 + s * f * (1 + g), where s is the elevator speed in FPS, f is the destination floor number and g is the number of gold tickets; for example, if you dropped a Bitizen off on floor 10 with a 5.00 FPS elevator and you have 2 gold tickets, you receive 50 + 5 * 10 * (1 + 2) = 200 coins. A Bitizen will not get off on a floor they don't want - they will sit and wait in the elevator until they're taken to the right floor. If the Bitizen goes to a Residential floor with an open slot, they will move in.
Effective v 3.1.5, a player may send their Doorman to a friend. When that friend receives your Doorman and completes the elevator trip, they receive 10 Bux. If your friend chooses to return the visit and you complete that elevator trip, you will also receive 10 Bux. A friend can only be visited once per day (for Elevator Trips/Bux). The maximum number of friends a player may add is 100. Sending your Doorman to a friend serves as another method of sharing Costumes. If the doorman goes to an empty apartment, a random Bitizen wearing the same costume will move into the apartment instead (you still get 10 Bux).
If a VIP appears in the Lobby, you will see the same red icon in the corner, only with the word VIP instead of two arrows. Tapping on this icon will take you to the Lobby. Tapping the Lobby itself will tell you what the VIP does. VIP will only appear if there is space in your lobby (you can keep a maximum of 5 VIPs in your Lobby). Tap the VIP to use it. You can take a VIP to any floor; when you stop on a floor, you will be asked if you want to let the VIP off on that floor or if you want to try a different floor. Dropping off the VIP allows them to use their special ability on the floor you have chosen. Dropping off the VIP back on the lobby will send them back to the lobby.
UpgradesEditYou can upgrade your elevator to move at faster speeds using Tower Bux. You have to purchase elevator speed upgrades in increments of +0.25 FPS (floors per second). As your Tower grows taller, it's a good investment to upgrade your elevator as it allows you to help Bitizens more quickly (thus earning more coins).
As of version 3.0.0, the appearance of your elevator is completely separate from the speed. The cosmetic skins vary from 250 Bux to 2500 Bux. Below is a table listing Elevator motor speeds and their costs:
|1.25 FPS||100 Bux||100 Bux|
|1.50 FPS||157 Bux||257 Bux|
|1.75 FPS||225 Bux||482 Bux|
|2.00 FPS||307 Bux||789 Bux|
|2.25 FPS||400 Bux||1189 Bux|
|2.50 FPS||507 Bux||1696 Bux|
|2.75 FPS||625 Bux||2321 Bux|
|3.00 FPS||757 Bux||3078 Bux|
|3.25 FPS||900 Bux||3978 Bux|
|3.50 FPS||1057 Bux||5035 Bux|
|3.75 FPS||1225 Bux||6260 Bux|
|4.00 FPS||1407 Bux||7667 Bux|
|4.25 FPS||1600 Bux||9267 Bux|
|4.50 FPS||1807 Bux||11074 Bux|
|4.75 FPS||2025 Bux||13099 Bux|
|5.00 FPS||2257 Bux||15356 Bux|
|5.25 FPS||2500 Bux||17856 Bux|
|5.50 FPS||2757 Bux||20613 Bux|
|5.75 FPS||3025 Bux||23638 Bux|
|6.00 FPS||3307 Bux||26945 Bux|
|6.25 FPS||3600 Bux||30545 Bux|
|6.50 FPS||3907 Bux||34452 Bux|
|6.75 FPS||4225 Bux||38677 Bux|
|7.00 FPS||4557 Bux||43234 Bux|
|7.25 FPS||4900 Bux||48134 Bux|
|7.50 FPS||5257 Bux||53391 Bux|
|7.75 FPS||5625 Bux||59016 Bux|
|8.00 FPS||6007 Bux||65023 Bux|
|8.25 FPS||6400 Bux||71423 Bux|
|8.50 FPS||6807 Bux||78230 Bux|
|8.75 FPS||7225 Bux||85455 Bux|
|9.00 FPS||7657 Bux||93112 Bux|
|9.25 FPS||8100 Bux||101212 Bux|
|9.50 FPS||8557 Bux||109769 Bux|
|9.75 FPS||9025 Bux||118794 Bux|
|10.00 FPS||9507 Bux||128301 Bux|
|*The total cost of this upgrade and all previous upgrades.
**FPS = Floors per second.