The opening for this post probably deserves some more epic music, something maybe like this?
Anyway, leave that on in the background as we go into the latest offering by the people behind Tiny Tower–Star Wars: Tiny Death Star! The best part: it’s also in Chinese! Set the OS’s language to Chinese and the game will automatically load the Chinese translation.
Please note–if you switch back to English, the game will also switch back to English as well. You need to keep your phone set on Chinese to play it in Chinese.
So let’s talk about 星際大戰：小小死星計畫!
星際大戰 [xīng jì dà zhàn] Star Wars (literally ‘interstellar”星際 ‘great war’ 大戰 )
小小 [xiǎo xiǎo] very small (repeating the same character emphasizes it)
死星 [sǐ xīng] Death Star (literally ‘dead/dead’ 死 ‘star’ 星)
計畫 [jì huà] project (can also mean ‘plan’ but in this context it’s more of a project)
One thing the author is quick to point out is the game has a “complete Chinese interface”:
完整 (wánzhěng) : complete
中文 (Zhōngwén) : Chinese
版 (bǎn) : version/edition
介面 (ièmiàn) : interface
The game does a great job pairing together Star Wars and Tiny Tower, so if you’re familiar with both you can check out the article and the game!
The game is good for a quick time waster on the bus or train, but as with all “freemium” games, it can get a bit boring as extensions to your Tiny Death Star increase in cost and the wait times for completing stocking items and building levels also get longer. That being said, it’s a great free game to play while practicing your Chinese! It’s available for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone.