Star Wars: Tiny Death Star

Star Wars: Tiny Death Star 1.1

Build your own Death Star in this charming strategy game

Star Wars: Tiny Death Star is a tower-building strategy game, made by the creator of Tiny Tower in conjunction with LucasArts.
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PROS

  • Charming graphics
  • Cool elevator music reworking of Star Wars tunes
  • Simple to pick up and play
  • Lots of characters, businesses, accommodation types

CONS

  • Doesn't innovative much on the gameplay of Tiny Tower
  • Repetition is frustrating at times

Good
7

Star Wars: Tiny Death Star is a tower-building strategy game, made by the creator of Tiny Tower in conjunction with LucasArts.

Construct and conquer

The gameplay dynamic of Star Wars: Tiny Death Star is much the same as in Tiny Tower. You start with a basic building and must build new levels, comprising residential, food, recreation, services, and retail. In Star Wars: Tiny Death Star Imperial levels have been added, which bring with them Star Wars-related missions.

Once you've built apartments, your 'Bitizens' will start moving in, after which time you'll need to find them an appropriate job in one of your businesses, by paying attention to what their skills are. Bitizens will let you know when they're unhappy through the fun 'Holonet' feed, which is like a social network feed for your Death Star's inhabitants. 

To build levels in Star Wars: Tiny Death Star you need to spend credits, which you earn by making money through your various business interests. The other in-game currency is 'Imperial Bux', which are needed to speed up construction, or to hurry through stock orders for your shops and services. Imperial Bux can be won in the game by completing missions, but you'll soon find playing Star Wars: Tiny Death Star quite restricted unless you're prepared to wait a long time or spend money.

Other things you can spend your game currency on include special levels, real characters from Star Wars, elevators, and more.

The Death Star in the palm of your hand

Playing Star Wars: Tiny Death Star isn't rocket science, especially if you've played Tiny Tower before. The building options are well signposted and icons will flash on the screen where some attention is needed (usually to do with ordering stock for your businesses). One thing you actively need to do is to operate the elevator so that when a character arrives at the door you take them up to the floor you want. Without doing this you may lose customers or potential new inhabitants.

Return of the franchise

The Star Wars license has been used a lot in gaming down the years, most recently in the shape of the Angry Birds Star Wars games. The franchise is put to good use in Star Wars: Tiny Death Star, with many characters from the Star Wars universe appearing.

Scaling them down into pixelated form sometimes makes the characters a bit hard to make out, but the overall effect is cute and charming. Music from the movies is used in the game too, with a variety of reworked tunes from the original soundtracks playing in the background.

The verdict

Fans of Star Wars will have great fun with Star Wars: Tiny Death Star. However, those who played Tiny Tower might be a bit disappointment that the gameplay format hasn't evolved much.

From Disney Mobile, in partnership with LucasArts and NimbleBit, the makers of Tiny Tower, comes an all-new mobile game about everyone’s favorite space station, STAR WARS™: TINY DEATH STAR™!

Amidst a civil war in a galaxy far, far away, the Emperor is building a Death Star level by level, and he needs your help. Intergalactic war is expensive, and space stations are, too. Do you have any idea how much it costs to build one the size of a moon?

Live life on the dark side, and join Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader on a mission to attract Galactic bitizens, run intergalactic businesses, and build an all-new Death Star! With that hard-earned money, fund the Empire’s evil schemes to defeat the Rebels and conquer the galaxy once and for all!

With the power of the Dark Side, you’ll be able to… BUILD THE LARGEST DEATH STAR AROUND: Earn credits to expand your Death Star, and build over 80 types of Star Wars themed residential and commercial floors like Rebo’s Karaoke and Cloud City Spa!

HIRE STAR WARS GALACTIC BITIZENS: Attract over 30 unique species including Wookiees and Ewoks, and fulfill their dream jobs! Not everyone on the Death Star wants to be the Empire’s minion; some might just want to work at the local ice cream shop…

FUEL THE EMPIRE’S EVIL SCHEMES UNDERGROUND: Below the hustle and bustle of the businesses above, build secretive, underground imperial levels to craft special supplies that will aide your Imperial troops in the fight against the Rebels.

CAPTURE REBEL SPIES: As stealthy as your Death Star development may be, expect break-ins from Rebel spies such as Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, and more! Capture them before they escape!

UNLOCK ENTERTAINING STORY MOMENTS: While running your Death Star, keep your eyes peeled for new scenes featuring many of your favorite characters like Han Solo, Chewie, Jabba the Hutt, and more.

Hurry and get on your way to building the largest, most destructive space station in the galaxy!

Star Wars: Tiny Death Star

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