Throw in a bit of Star Wars and I’m sold. Angry Birds Star Wars II: brilliant. Star Wars Pinball: brilliant. Even if only for the familiar characters and locations, and – best of all – the music and sound effects.
So what’s the dealio? Well, other than the obvious Star Wars makeover, Tiny Death Star is pretty much identical to Tiny Tower.
That means you’re tasked with building levels from various categories (Food, Service, Recreational, Retail and Residential), assigning jobs to Bitizens, stocking products, and generally creating a thriving tower.
However, there’s an additional level category exclusive to Tiny Death Star called Imperial, and each of these levels sits below Arrivals, so you’re actually building up and down. So far I’ve got Interrogation, Map Room, Blast Doors and Tractor Beam on the go, but I’m still not sure what Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine are up to.
Speaking of Palpatine, he’s on hand to dish out missions, such as Have 30 bitizens move in, Give someone their dream job, and Check such-and-such in the Menu screen. Upon completion of each, he’ll give you a delicious cash bonus.
In the obligatory Store, you can enhance the lift (increases people per minute and the tip multiplier), invest in new level types, buy in VIPs (who do things like buy stuff and speed up production), and – last but not least – purchase new Bitizens.
I imagine this is where Tiny Death Star will make its money, as the Bitizens section has all sorts of Star Wars skins for the little characters, including General Lando, Chewbacca and Jedi Luke. There are literally dozens, though – predictably – it’ll take forever to save up for the more expensive ones without getting your wallet out.
And that, dear dudes, is Tiny Death Star in a nutshell. It provides exactly what you’d expect from a Star Wars-themed Tiny Tower spin-off, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
See, I’d well and truly had my share of Tiny Tower, but I’ve already invested countless hours in Tiny Death Star. It’s pretty great, thanks in no small part to the music, which essentially features jazzy lounge music takes on the Star Wars classics. Brilliant.
All the old Tiny Tower gripes remain intact, so you’ll spend most of your time manning the lift and herding visitors around, there’s no challenge – in the sense that it’s almost impossible to do anything wrong, and it’s all ultimately a bit pointless.
But hey, life’s ultimately a bit pointless, so just enjoy it (er, that goes for life and Tiny Death Star).
- The music
- The little character skins
- Some of the Palpatine/Vader dialogue is quite amusing
- Alternative title: Elevator Manager 2013
- There’s not really any challenge; you can’t really do anything wrong
- Ultimately pointless; an exercise in continually poking in the screen
Summary: Even if you’d had your fill of Tiny Tower, there might still be something in Tiny Death Star for you, and of course if you like Star Wars, it’s a no-brainer.
iOS compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s and iPad. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
Android compatibility: Requires Android 2.3.3 or above.