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The latest unabashed cash -in on the Star Wars franchise is now available throughout the system. Tiny Death Star, a collaboration between LucasArts and NimbleBit, is available to multiple countries after an Australia-only launch. The pixelated game is a Star Wars-flavored version of NimbleBit's extremely popular Tiny Tower.

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We've checked the Play Store in the US, Canada, UK, and South Africa, and Tiny Death Star is available in all of them, so we're fairly confident that this is a worldwide release. The game is a free download, though it uses the usual currency system to drive in-app purchases. It's a mix of Sim Tower and Kairosoft's various managements games - you build rooms to attract tenants, making sure to adhere to the Emperor's wishes. You'll occasionally be harassed by the rebel scum, and the characters who come to live in your Star Wars-themed rooms should look familiar even to casual fans of the mythos.

The early reviews for Tiny Death Star are positive: it's sitting on a 4.0 star rating after more than 600, and several comments indicate that the period of down under exclusivity has resulted in a few useful game patches. Tiny Death Star is compatible with all Android devices running Gingerbread 2.3.3 or higher.

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.
  • Cheeseball

    I downloaded this faster than Alderaan blowing up.

    • Erckul

      ooohhhh. Too soon, Cheeseball. Too soon. :-)

      • Mr E

        gah you beat me to it. i will see your meme and raise you a vin diesel, however.

  • Justin Fabian

    Just an FYI - if you side-loaded the Australian version, you don't lose anything by updating to this version. Also, there have clearly been a ton of performance enhancements.

    • Matthew Fry

      That's good to hear because the Australian version ran like ass.

      • Wayne Randall

        Shitty

    • Sinistar83

      Also i noticed too when signing in with Google+ the cloud sync seems to work (though it's not listed in the Play Store) Installed on my Gnex, then continued on my N10 and it carried my progress over automatically, but I kept getting notification on both devices.

      • Karol Klimczak

        How did you do it exactly? Even though i installed it on both of my devices and connected it do G+, it didn't carry on progress from my tablet to my smartphone.

        • Sinistar83

          I dunno mine just worked when I was signed in on both devices with G+

  • Chris

    Does anyone else experienced the problem that the display timeout is not deactivated when the game is running. (Galaxy Note 2 / GT-N7100, Stock 4.1.2)

  • Acar B

    Not compatible with my Samsung Galaxy S2 in 4.1.2! ;(

    • Arthur Dent

      I have a GS2 running Android 4.3 via CM 10.2. Play shows not compatible with this device.

      Supports all devices with GB 2.3.3 and higher .... How the hell is this game not compatible with a Galaxy S II? WTF??

      • Boric

        Same issue here, GS2 running CM10.2. Play Store says the game is incompatible, but I managed to find the apk online (version 1.0.2, no idea if it is the latest) and the game plays fine. I emailed Disney Interactive support to know what's up, no answer yet.

        • Darth Ryu

          where did you find the apk? cause I tried downloading it and it told me it's not compatible with my device

          • Acar B

            I installed the game on my Ainol NOVO 7 Elf and backed it up using Android Assistant. Here's a link to the apk that I uploaded to my Dropbox https://db.tt/nFQ6ipoB I tested it and it works on my S2. GL!

      • dg

        HTC Evo with 2.3.5 not compatible. WTF?

    • peet.r

      Not compatible with HTC EVO 4G, running 4.1.1

    • Hellmark

      Not compatible with my Nexus S 4g, but is compatible with my Nook Tablet. NS4G is running 4.2, and Nook is running 4.04

      Really don't get this. They must be using a whitelist, with jackshit on it.

  • http://www.geekchoice.com/washington-dc Dagmar Schneitz

    Gotta try this game. I wonder if George Lucus is kicking himself for selling his franchise. I know must of us fans are.

    • Arthur Dent

      There are 4 billion reasons why George is not kicking himself. I'm sure he's quite satisfied taking a dump on his solid gold toilet in the morning.

  • Colombianon

    Disgustingly pay-to-not-wait-6-hours-for-anything after a few floors. I miss the days of android gaming before IAP, and I get that it's necessary to guarantee some return to investment. But it feels as if devs now don't have a sense of balance. Make the free option still fun instead of a chore with constant reminders of an easy way out being just $5 away.

    • Cat Astrophy

      It's appointment gaming. A few minutes a day. Also you can feel free to cheat by changing your system clock. Can get to 100 floors a in a few hours if you want to go that route. As long as you're not still queuing new product or working on a new floor, you can go back to auto (actual) time and everything stays.

      • Daniel

        I think the game wouldn't be fun if it could be played constantly, which you can actually because there is something going on all of the time. But instant building isn't a restriction here, it's just the way of the gameplay here. I was an EVE player until not so long ago. Back there you wait a few days for stuff to be built. It's just the way it is sometimes.

  • Magnus Skaanevik

    Star wars themed waiting simulator

  • Soon-Ping Phang

    Noticed that the android permissions are way less scary than Tiny Tower, so I installed. Also unlike Tiny Tower, it doesn't seem to need to be connected for you to start and play.

  • Arthur Dent

    There are FAKE ass Tiny Death Star apps popping up on the Play Store. Google needs to remove these like NOW. Don't download anything that's not from LucasArts . There's one from a Bertha Mallet that pops up a bunch of adware, and another from a Dwayne Mosley.

  • None

    Just a heads up, it's still horribly bugged. I found/experienced at least 5 bugs within the first hour of playing. None were gamebreaking and may or may not be device-dependant

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