Star Wars: Tiny Death Star Hands-on (Review)

 

Tiny Death Star

Star Wars: Tiny Death Star is now available on the App Store. It’s a cute little pixel game based on the same gameplay mechanic as Tiny Tower. Of course, it’s Star Wars-themed, so it’s that much more enjoyable.

The game begins with Vader and Emperor Palpatine planning the expansion of the Death Star. Players build it one level at a time. To do this, they have to gain funding. This is done by bringing Bitizens (citizens) into the Death Star by building residential levels. After that, you build service areas: restaurants, entertainment, retail, etc. They are all inspired by Star Wars characters and locations (for instance, a Scoop of Hoth).

All the dwellers are inspired by Star Wars characters as well. You will see Wookies, Ewoks, droids and more. Occasionally special characters will come along. They can be VIP characters that bring you special perks (Speed up the progress of building a level, for instance). As you keep these places stocked and running (and employ more and more Bitizens) you will see more and more money pour into your Death Star. As this happens, you build more levels and bring in more money. However, each level costs more to build, so even as you are pulling in more funding, you will need to pay more for each additional floor in your Death Star.

You can use Space Bux (which are an additional form of currency on top of the coins you use to construct levels) to speed up certain processes. For instance, if you want to build a new level rather than than wait an hour for it to build, you can spend some Space Bux to do this.

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The game starts out simple, but as you build more levels and acquire more Bitizens, It becomes increasingly harder to manage. At times, Rebel spies will find their way into the Death Star and you have to hunt them down. This becomes more difficult as the Death Star becomes more populated. The whole time, you are moving characters up into different levels of your facility. In time, it becomes more difficult to manage everything, because of all the things that require your attention. It becomes a game of prioritizing.

The game is free-to-play. You can get plenty of use out of it without paying a cent. However, if you want additional Space Bux or perks (such as a faster elevator).

The game is fun, and will definitely take up your time throughout the day.

You can check it out at the App Store. It’s free.

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