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Disney Interactive announces Star Wars: Tiny Death Star

Tiny Tower creator NimbleBit wants you to join the Empire and help build a new space station of doom. May the shorts be with you?

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"Star Wars" has seen some interesting video game permutations, everything from Angry Birds to Pit Droids. But until now, the franchise has never gone small.

Yesterday, Disney Interactive announced Star Wars: Tiny Death Star, a new game that's coming soon to mobile devices.

"Tiny" and "Death Star" aren't words you'd normally put together ("That's no moon -- it's a space station"), but there's a method to this tiny madness: The game is being developed by NimbleBit, creators of the venerated Tiny Tower.

Does that mean Tiny Death Star will feature the same 8-bit style of building management, but in a "Star Wars" setting? Based on Disney's fairly terse announcement, that's exactly what it means:

Live life on the dark side and join Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader on a mission to attract Galactic bitizens, run intergalactic businesses, and build an all-new Death Star. Construct unique Star Wars themed locations to attract iconic characters and species to your space station in this 8-bit style game.

There's not much to report beyond that, other than a promise that the game "will soon be available worldwide" for mobile devices.

I've never really gotten into the whole 8-bit craze, but I'm eager to see what happens to "Star Wars" under Disney's leadership. Your thoughts?