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"Episode VIII–bit Tiny Death Star: The Emperor is building a Death Star level by level, and he needs your help...."
―The opening crawl from the official Star Wars YouTube channel[src]

Star Wars: Tiny Death Star is a mobile game developed by Disney Mobile in collaboration with LucasArts and NimbleBit. It was announced on the Disney Interactive website on October 4, 2013.[1] The game was released in Australia on October 11, 2013 for Android,[2] and on October 15 for iPhone.[3] It was later released worldwide on the iTunes App Store, Google Apps store, Windows Phone Store, and Windows Store on November 7, 2013.[4]

In October 2014, less than a year after its launch, the game was removed from the Apple and Google stores by Disney "to focus on priority titles like Star Wars: Commander." Developer Nimblebit had not been informed by Disney prior to the removal.[7]

Official descriptionEdit

The Empire needs your help! In collaboration with LucasArts and Tiny Tower creators NimbleBit, Disney Mobile introduces Star Wars™: Tiny Death Star™, a new game for mobile devices. 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. Construct unique Star Wars themed locations to attract iconic characters and species to your space station in this 8-bit style game. Star Wars: Tiny Death Star will soon be available worldwide.

GameplayEdit

"Lord Vader, I have a plan to fund the completion of the Death Star. Through the power of commerce, the Death Star will reach its full potential!"
―Palpatine to Darth Vader[src]

The game is an adaptation of Tiny Tower, created by NimbleBit[1]

The game starts with a small tutorial where the player creates the first level. Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader give commands to the player. Building levels attracts "bitizens" who give the player credits to spend on buildings and products inside businesses to earn more currency. The player must also act as the turbolift driver, transporting the bitizens to their desired levels. Certain scenes are unlockable, and there are certain mini-missions such as finding Rebel infiltrators.[5]

In advance of the holidays, on December 12, 2013, the app was updated to include the chance to decorate the Death Star with new decorator droids.[5] The app was expanded with the Imperial update on February 6, 2014, adding new missions and features.[8]

In October 2014, it was reported that Disney had removed the game from its App Stores and from Google Play,[7] although it is still available for download from Windows Store.[9]

DevelopmentEdit

PromotionEdit

The official Star Wars YouTube channel released a trailer on November 8, 2013.[10]

ReceptionEdit

The game has a 70% rating on Metacritic.com.[11]

An in-depth review called the gameplay simple enough to be highly approachable and inviting. The reviewer also noted that earning Imperial Bux can be an onerous task. Overall, the reviewer was pleased with the game, giving it four out of five stars, and noted its fan service and graphics.[12]

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Characters Creatures Droid models Events Locations
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Characters

Creatures

Droid models

Events

Locations

Organizations and titles

Sentient species

Vehicles and vessels

Weapons and technology

Miscellanea


BibliographyEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Introducing 'Star Wars: Tiny Death Star'. Disney Interactive. Archived from the original on June 4, 2016. Retrieved on November 8, 2013.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Tiny Death Star Available For Android in Australia and NZ. The International House of Mojo. Archived from the original on July 11, 2017. Retrieved on November 8, 2013.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Tiny Death Star Available For iOS in Australia. The International House of Mojo. Archived from the original on July 2, 2014. Retrieved on November 8, 2013.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 SWCustom-2011 Star Wars: Tiny Death Star on StarWars.com (backup link)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Star Wars: Tiny Death Star
  6. Star Wars: Tiny Death Star. Apple iTunes. Archived from the original on January 1, 2014.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Futter, Mike (2014-10-03). Disney Torpedoes Tiny Death Star Without Alerting Developer Nimblebit In Advance. GameInformer. Archived from the original on April 29, 2020.
  8. Brian Nelson (2014-03-05). Imperial Update Unleashed for ‘Star Wars: Tiny Death Star’. DisneyInteractive.com. Archived from the original on July 15, 2014. Retrieved on February 9, 2014.
  9. Matulef, Jeffrey (2014-10-07). Disney removes Tiny Death Star without telling the developer. eurogame.net. Archived from the original on August 11, 2019. Retrieved on October 9, 2014.
  10. SWYTlogo Star Wars: Tiny Death Star -- Trailer on the official Star Wars YouTube channel (backup link)
  11. Star Wars: Tiny Death Star. Metacritic.com (2013-10-16). Archived from the original on March 29, 2019. Retrieved on February 9, 2014.
  12. Eric Ford (2013-11-15). 'Star Wars: Tiny Death Star' Review – The Bitizens Strike Back. TouchArcade.com. Archived from the original on August 7, 2018. Retrieved on February 9, 2014.

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