Video games that tie themselves into popular franchises are almost always a catastrophe waiting to happen. Mobile tie-ins tend to fare even worse. This makes it all the more difficult to say goodbye to adaptations that successfully manage to capture the charm of their source material. NimbleBit and Disney Mobile’s Tiny Death Star is one such game.
Casting players in the role of the Death Star’s premiere business mogul, the game tasked players with opening business and residential blocks throughout the famous space station in order to draw in visitors and residents alike. If this sounds a lot like popular mobile title Tiny Tower, that’s because Tiny Death Star represents developer NimbleBit’s foray into licensed content. Unfortunately for them though, Disney Mobile has put an end to the business simulation’s reign and permanently removed it from the iOS App Store and Google Play.
Falling alongside fellow Star Wars mobile title Star Wars Assault Team, Pocket Gamer reports that the decision was made so that focus could be given to more recent mobile titles like Star Wars: Commander. This comes hot on the heals of the reveal of yet another mobile Star Wars title by the name of Star Wars: Galactic Defence. Considering the fact that both of the aforementioned titles had been out for less than a year, it’s anyone’s guess how long these new titles will last on the mobile marketplaces.
In the midst of this removal, it’s most disconcerting that NimbleBit’s Ian Marsh was allegedly not notified prior to the removal of his title. Speaking to Pocket Gamer, he states that “my assumption is they don’t feel it is worth it to maintain the game any longer.” Further, he claims that Tiny Death Star was “a significant source of revenue for us, so it stings that much more.”
It’s one thing to shut down an existing title with express notice like PlayStation Home, but to do so with little to no warning for gamers and the title’s developer is a different story altogether. Gamers who have previously downloaded the title will still be able to access it and continue playing sans updates but for those looking to jump in for the first time, the task will be about as easy as going out and finding a Jar Jar Binks lunchbox.
Did you get a chance to play Tiny Death Star before its removal from mobile marketplaces? What do you feel Disney’s end-game goal for this removal is?
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Sources: Pocket Gamer