Star Wars: Tiny Death Star
Star Wars: Tiny Death Star was a business simulation video game developed by Disney Mobile and NimbleBit, and published by Disney Mobile for Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and Windows 8/RT devices. It is based on NimbleBit's previous game, Tiny Tower, and is set in the Star Wars universe.
|Star Wars: Tiny Death Star|
|Developer(s)||Disney Mobile and NimbleBit|
|Platform(s)||Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Microsoft Windows, Windows RT|
Star Wars: Tiny Death Star was announced by Disney Interactive Studios on October 4, 2013. It was released in Australia and New Zealand for Android devices on October 11, 2013 and in Australia for iOS devices on October 15, 2013. It was released worldwide on November 8, 2013 for Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Windows 8 and Windows RT devices.
The game was removed from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store by Disney in October 2014.
The main currency is Imperial Credits. Credits are made by selling products on business levels or by trading Imperial Bux in for them. Imperial Bux are used in Tiny Death Star to complete construction and product orders instantly, unlock specific floors, unlock specific species, upgrade elevators, unlock costumes, instantly recruit Bitizens into a residential level, hire VIPs and earn money more quickly. Imperial Bux can be purchased by going to the Get Bux option on the main menu. Using Tapjoy offers, it is also possible to earn free Imperial Bux by completing offers such as downloading and running apps or signing up for programs.
While playing Tiny Death Star, Bitizens, Levels, and Scenes are unlocked in the album. Throughout gameplay, new species of bitzens are unlocked when they appear in the elevator or are found throughout the Death Star. These bitzens are sorted into the following categories: Bounty Hunters, Droids, Men of the Rebellion, Ladies of the Rebellion, Rebel Heroes, Rebel Aliens, Outer Rim, Troops, Rebel Forces, The Force, Cantina Crew, Hutt's Henchmen, Limited Edition, Galactic Registry Series 1 and The Deep Core.
The levels that are built to make your Death Star larger are sorted into six categories: food, service, recreation, retail, residential and imperial. Residential levels are used to house bitzens which can then be put to work making credits in the business levels. The food, service, recreation, and retail levels are built as businesses used to make credits. Credits are used to build new levels. In the businesses, a maximum of three Bitizens which reside in one of the residential floors are assigned to work. They order in products. How long the products take to arrive depends on the Bitizen's skill level at the given job. Imperial levels are used to produce Imperial Items for missions. When these missions are completed, credits are awarded. Each of the categories of business levels currently have ten possible levels to unlock. As more updates arrive, new levels will be available to unlock.
Scenes are unlocked when the elevator is used to take a specific individual (or sometimes member of a species) to a specific level.
Scene Unlocking List:
- Bounty Hunters – Any bounty hunter
- The Cantina – Han, Greedo (not Hoth Han)
- Cloud City Spa – Han, Boba Fett
- Droid Store – Jawa
- Holochess Hall – Any Droid (except for Pit Droid, FX-7, or R2-D2), IG-88 and Chewbacca
- Holonet Cineplex – Chadra-fan
- Imperial Museum – Ewok, Snow trooper
- Ithorian Food – Ithorian (Hammerhead)
- Mon Cala Aquarium – Mon Calamari (non-Ackbar)
- Mos Espa Café – Any Gungan/Jar Jar Binks
- Panna City Medicines – Boba fett Limited Edition
- Scoop of Hoth – Snow storm trooper
- Training Remotes – Luke, Obi Wan Kenobi
- Trash Compactor – Leia, Luke, Chewbacca
- Watto’s Wares – JarJar Binks, Pit droid, Toydarian, Watto
- Dagobah Apts – Yoda
- Tatooine Apts – C-3PO
- Blast Doors – Obi Wan Kenobi
- Interrogation – Princess Leia Organa (rebel)
- Communications – Luke Skywalker
- Tractor Beam – Obi Wan Kenobi
- Superlaser Ray – Imperial Gunner
- Sith Meditation – Darth Vader
- Imperial Meeting Room – Darth Vader
- Droid Lab – Leia, C3-PO
- Extending Bridge – Luke Skywalker or Princess Leia (not Bespin Leia)
- Detention Level – Luke Skywalker, Han Solo or Princess Leia, Chewbacca
Apart from just the ordinary Bitizens, there are also VIPs, who randomly appear in the elevator. Up to 5 VIPs can be stored in the lobby at any one time, and they can kept for any period of time. VIPs are used to improve the Death Star. They help attract customers to your levels, complete tasks faster, move levels, upgrade levels, or even fill an entire vacant residential floor with tenants.
The "Holiday Update" (version 188.8.131.52), released on December 17, 2013, featured 'Decorator Droids'. These limited edition VIPs decorate a floor with holiday/Christmas lights. Limited edition rewards were available to those who decorated enough floors. In early January 2014 this promotion expired (decorated floors were brought back to normal) and the Decorator Droids are no longer available.
When the game was originally released, one major problem was discovered: the "Negative Bux" glitch. This glitch occurs when the player uses Imperial Bux to purchase a specific level (and not a random one, which is the norm, using Imperial Credits). The result is that the player winds up with a negative balance of Bux, otherwise impossible to achieve. The player then has to balance this account before he/she can begin to accumulate Bux and purchase other goods. To make this matter worse, if a player has bought Bux, with real money, they can lose the "in-game currency" to this glitch. As of December 17, 2013, this bug has been fixed.
As of July 2014, some users are reporting a new bug, where their Galactic Registry 1 bitizens have changed into random people. The Besalisk species has disappeared from the album, and existing in-game besalisk bitizens are being erroneously replaced by a character of Lando Calrissian. Cornelius Evazan's appearance has become incorrect. Imperial assignments still do not operate after a certain point early in the game, making the imperial levels mostly pointless. All of the Salvage Droids' "Possible Salvage" screens show the same panoply of ewoks instead of the correct possibilities of the currently scanned areas.
In October 2014, Disney pulled the app from the App Store and Google Play. Co-developer Nimblebit was not given notice prior to the removal. As of December 11, 2015, it is unavailable on both the Windows Store and the App Store. Disney removed the game from all app stores because they wanted to take the Star Wars games in another direction. The developer, Nimblebit, was furious at the removal of the game, because it was a high source of revenue, despite the multitude of bugs that had plagued it since its initial release.
If a user had previously downloaded the game (i.e.: via GooglePlay), said user can re-download the game, despite its being unavailable. Some features (such as the Tapjoy Bux purchasing) are disabled, but players can still tend to their Bitizens.
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