Game Introduction – Star Wars: Tiny Death Star

Star Wars: Tiny Death Star is a building/simulation game created by Disney Mobile, LucasArts, and NimbleBit. You build up a Death Star level-by-level and gradually install stores, services, exercise clubs, and other amenities that are necessary on a giant laser-shooting space station. The more you build, the more products and services you are able to sell, allowing your profits to go back into improving the Death Star. Gamezebo’s quick start strategy guide will provide you with detailed images, tips, information, and hints on how to build a machine of death that could never be mistaken for a moon.

Quick Start Guide

Getting Started

Star Wars: Tiny Death Star

  • Star Wars: Tiny Death Star is free to play. You can download it by using the “Available On” option at the top of this page.
  • When you start up Star Wars: Tiny Death Star for the first time, you’ll be asked if you want to enable push notifications. You can change this setting at any time.
  • You’re also presented with some information about disabling/enabling the game’s ability to carry out in-app purchases. Make sure to adjust the game’s settings to your preference.
  • A brief tutorial follows, teaching you the basics of Star Wars: Tiny Death Star. When it’s done, you’re allowed to build to your own specifications.

How to Play

Star Wars: Tiny Death Star

  • Objective – The Empire wants to build a Death Star, but unsurprisingly, such ventures are expensive. The Emperor suggests turning the framework of the Death Star into housing and retail, and then charging the populace to work and shop. Your job is to add new floors, decide on their function, keep stores stocked, and operate the elevator when you have a few seconds to yourself.
  • Main Menu and Options – Access the main menu at any time by pressing the “menu” button on the bottom right-hand side of the screen. The wrench icon at the top of the main menu lets you change your settings and toggle reminders, tips, and help.
  • Imperial Bux – Imperial Bux can buy exclusive items, speed up construction, and instantly stock levels with items or residents. Bux are sometimes handed out as a reward while you play, and can be purchased with real-world cash.
  • Imperial Credits – Your stores earn Imperial Credits as they sell stock, even if you’re not actively playing. Credits go back into adding new levels on your Death Star. You can also buy Credits with real-world cash.
  • What Does the Emperor Say? – Unsure of what to do next? Tap the icon of the Emperor’s handsome face on the upper left-hand side of the screen. He’ll suggest what to build next (rather, he’ll command it). Completing these “quests” will earn you coins.

Level By Level

Star Wars: Tiny Death Star

  • Balance in the Force – It’s a good idea to balance all the available amenities in Star Wars: Tiny Death Star (food, service, recreation, retail, residential). That way, you can keep all your Bitizens employed (preferably with jobs they’re good at) while ensuring a steady cash flow. Access “levels” on the main menu to see how many of each amenity your Death Star has.
  • An Increase in Value – It becomes increasingly expensive to add floors to your Death Star. Keep that in mind before you build too many of one amenity and suffer a slow cash flow as a consequence.
  • Imperial Levels – In time, you’ll be allowed to build Imperial Levels. Darth Vader himself dishes out assignments in these levels, and if you assemble everything he asks for, you’ll be handsomely rewarded.
  • Time to Build – When you add a new floor to your Death Star, it takes time for that level to actually be built. You can speed up the process using Imperial Bux.

Meet the Bitizens

Star Wars: Tiny Death Star

  • Check the Menu – You can learn all about your Bitizens by accessing the “Bitizens” sub-menu on the main menu. Select a specific Bitizen to see his or her stats and dream job. You can also change his or her appearance with the “dress up” option.
  • Strengths and Weaknesses – Each Bitizen has strengths and weaknesses at certain jobs. A low number indicates the Bitizen is bad at that particular job, while a high number indicates he or she has a knack for it. Assigning Bitizens to jobs they’re good at results in quicker restock times.

Going Up

Star Wars: Tiny Death Star

  • Pass the Time, Earn Some Cash – As you play, Bitizens will constantly call on you to operate the elevator. You don’t need to, but doing so will earn you a few extra Imperial Credits.
  • Upgrade the Elevator – You can upgrade the elevator to go faster, but upgrades can only be made with Imperial Bux.
  • VIPs – Once in a while, a VIP will ask to be delivered to a certain level. If you help out, the VIP will perform a valuable service for free, like move floors, or create Rebel secrets for Darth Vader’s Imperial Level-related quests.

Stock and Sell

Star Wars: Tiny Death Star

  • Work It – Every Bitizen has a preference towards certain jobs. A low number next to a service indicates he or she dislikes that job, whereas a higher number indicates he or she likes it. Bitizens that like their jobs stock up on items faster.
  • Stock Levels – Up to three Bitizens can work on one level, and each Bitizen is responsible for stocking a particular item. Low-tier items that take little time to stock sell out quickly and don’t earn a lot of credits. Higher-tier items take longer to stock, but stock in higher numbers and earn more credits.
  • Dream Jobs – Every Bitizen has a dream job – a specific store or service he or she wants to work at. Assign Bitizens to their dream jobs to earn Imperial Bux. You’ll also be able to order twice as much of the stock that particular Bitizen sells. So while an average worker at Toydarian Toys might be able to stock 300 Tri-Wheelers, a Bitizen working his or her dream job will be able to stock 600.


Star Wars: Tiny Death Star

  • Save Up Bux to Upgrade Your Elevator – Tempted as you may be to spend your precious Bux on speeding up processes, you should focus on saving your money and upgrading your elevator. Ferrying passengers is an easy way to make money, and the faster your elevator, the more riders you can take on. Also, faster elevators bring in more Bux tips from happy riders.
  • Stock According to Your Own Time – If you’re stuck on a subway for hours thanks to a tunnel fire or whatever, go ahead and stock lower-tier items since they restock quickly and you’ll be around to refill orders as necessary. If you can only pop in on the game for a second, stock higher-tier items. They take a long time to refill, but you’ll know for sure that you can simply press “stock” next time you play and start selling right away.
  • Stagger Bitizens at Jobs – Short on workers? It’s not necessary to have three Bitizens at one job. Stagger them to ensure all your stores are staffed at all times.
  • Keep an Eye Out for Rebels and Guests – Every so often you’ll be called on to find an honored guest or rat out a rebel that’s managed to infiltrate the Death Star. Tap the floor they’re on to find them and earn Bux.


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