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If you love Star Wars, pixelated graphics, and frantic management gaming, then today is your day. Well, it is if you live in Australia (where technically tomorrow is your day). Disney, LucasArts, and NimbleBit have teamed up to deliver Tiny Death Star to the Play Store, but at the moment it looks like it's only available down under. The game is a free download for Aussies.

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Tiny Death Star is pretty much exactly what it looks like: a Star Wars-themed version of the incredibly popular Tiny Tower apartment management game. You build various rooms to attract characters, who will either live or work in them. Of course everything is Star Wars flavored: in addition to the various military-sounding rooms like an interrogation chamber and a tractor beam, you'll find more esoteric corners of the galaxy like the Mos Eisley spaceport or Watto's Wares. No, it doesn't make sense, but it gives the designers the opportunity to make tiny little pixelated Star Wars characters for you to collect.

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Emperor Palpatine is the dungeon master to this little campaign, and occasionally he'll assign various goals for you to accomplish. Some familiar-looking rebel scum will occasionally invade the more sinister rooms, and as an evil dictator and intergalactic landlord, it's your job to catch them before they escape.

As with the original Tiny Tower, Tiny Death Star features a dual-currency in-app purchase system. You can play the whole game without spending a penny, but if you want the best stuff (or just want to avoid the typical grind that these games are built on) you can spend real money. If you're anywhere that isn't Australia and you can download Tiny Death Star, let us know in the comments. 

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • CaB

    Actually, YESTERDAY should be downunder's today, right?

    • Darren Ferguson

      No, we are already in your tomorrow.

      • Plazmic Flame

        What happens in the future??

    • Solomon T Nutz

      When will then be now?
      SOON!

  • Guest

    Available in South Africa

  • Anthony Tyson

    So if this is anything like the "plants vs zombies 2 available in Australia, global roll out soon" situation I guess we can expect it in a month.

  • Stefano Lovecchio

    Star Wars Pinball, Angry Birds Star Wars, Star Wars Tiny Death...
    It's me or the Star Wars license has become a sort of whore?

    • ari_free

      yousa no likey Star Wars'ploitation?

    • Thomas’

      It always was. But now it's really bad in the mobile gaming industry.

    • Plazmic Flame

      Have you heard of this character called "Mario"?

    • Glock

      Well, considering who bought Lucasfilm/Lucasarts recently, it's not that surprising!

  • Go_Go_Gadget82

    another plants vs zombies 2 situation, i swear they are doing this to try get people to go to apple. anyone any more solid dates when uk and us will get pvz 2 ? thanks

    • Thomas’

      Yeah, since they haven't done exactly the same thing at the iOS release. /s

    • London Boy

      The internet says pvz2 has been released globally -_-

      LIES!!

  • ari_free

    I don't get this fascination with pixelation when we have 1080P screens in our phones

    • Cherokee4Life

      well if they release Tony Tower in 1080p then I would love it even more....

    • Andrew Jakobs

      because the graphics are great?

  • Mayoo

    Seriously, WTF?

    • http://www.youtube.com/crisr82 Kristian Ivanov

      Nah, it's just too advanced fro the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 10
      [seriously, screw timed releases]

    • Andrew Jakobs

      Yeah, Tiny Towers also had only a few devices actually supported even though it ran on a lot more, my Xoom was never supported. But the advantage of Android is, just get the apk and install it..

  • Kostas

    Them pixels in the fonts...

  • Matthew Fry

    If you have a VPN account you can get it now:
    1) Download Market Helper http://codekiem.com/2013/02/13/market-helper/
    2) Set your device to an Australian carrier via Market Helper
    3) Download OpenVPN Connect https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.openvpn.openvpn

    4) Create a new Google account with Australia as your location
    5) Connect your play store to your Australian account.
    6) Download and enjoy.

    It takes a few minutes to set up (and the market helper part may or may not be required) but I've finished the main PvZ2 levels already on my Nexus 10.

    • Matthew Fry

      Tried it and uninstalled it. It's goofy as hell. The Vader/Emperor exchanges are funny but ultimately undermine their status as cool evil characters. The game is laggy as all get out and it seems like income is generating a lot slower than in Tiny Tower. It also has high res artwork in some places that looks bizarre.

  • aSquard

    APK: http://dl3.androidgame365.com/downloadf-starwarstinydeathstar-1381451185625-apk.html
    Scanned with Lookout (safe) and Works on my Nexus 4

    • The_16th_Doctor

      Im assuming its not the modded version so THANK YOU

  • Fr0p0

    Available in Italy but *incompatible* with Nexus 7 2013, Nexus 4, Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S & Xoom !!!!

  • Michael

    Why are they doing a 2 year old game?

    • Andrew Jakobs

      Because it's a fun game? Tiny Towers is still a very nice game (except until you have reached all the possible floors)..

  • zlk

    The reason they run these things in AU is because it is a good, small-scale testbed for games. AU closely mirrors an American market, but is only 1/10 the size. It's good for live QA info, market research, effective marketing, etc.

    • WhyWai

      I see.. that makes a lot of sense...

  • mountainloafer

    I would enjoy a few1080p, console type Star Wars games on Android. X-wing, light sabre battles and maybe something with a multichapter storyline. Instead, all we have are cartoons and pinball...

  • Sinistar83

    Does this Nimblebit game use the Mobage always online crap or is it like Pocket Trains where you sync with your Google Play games G+ sign in but you can still play offline?

  • London Boy

    Why the fuck does Australia get priority over the UK!!! STILL WAITING ON PVZ2