I installed this app after seeing you guys talking about it on here.
It's a pretty fun little game. Kinda cute, full of lots of tongue-in-cheek-humor with the cut scenes and commands from the Emperor and Vader.
I've been playing for about a month now and I'm only at 66 levels - 10 of those are negative-number Imperial levels.
I've been following a pattern of:
1x Retail Level
1x Recreation Level
1x Food Level
1x Service Level
3x Residential Level
for each septet of levels - you get 15 bitiZens and need 12 of them to fully staff the businesses - so that means you have three "spaces" for floater/improved bitiZens to staff your business levels.
I'm pretty much spending my coins as I accumulate enough to buy the next level - which as of right now, means I get up to the 600K-700K range and then buy. Out of my levels right now, in the current septet I'm building, my food level and one of my residential levels are still being built.
In the beginning there was an Ugnaught VIP that you could get that would cut 1hr off the build time of any level, I would say since around having like 15 levels, I haven't gotten one of those VIPs since - do they only show up in the early stages of the game?
I was kinda shocked at the exponential growth in both the time it takes to build a level AND the cost to build a level, but I guess that's how these games work, otherwise, once you reached a critical mass of levels you'd have no problem adding the rest.
I'm at the point now where I can still get enough coins together so I always have 2 levels being worked on, so there's never any lull in new construction.
The one thing that I've found is an absolute must is to get three level 9, dream job employees at your businesses as quickly as possible - and it's always better to take a level 7 or 8, dream job employee at a business than it is to slot in a level 9 employee in the same business-type since the dream job employees produce 2x the limit of the item they order for. Getting the 2x of the item, even if it takes a little bit longer to get it, makes all the difference in the world of keeping that business open when I'm not playing the game.
I absolutely refuse to buy any of the in-game currency - finding Rebels, locating bitiZens, giving bitiZens their dream job and building new levels gets you the Imperial "Bux" fast enough as long as you don't spend them on completing item orders or levels faster. I'm currently saving up so I can get the final elevator - it's 499 bux to unlock and I'm at 319 bux right now - so I have a ways to go yet, but it is doable.
I'm sure if I play long enough to get to almost 100 levels like Scott has, I'll probably get sick of it, but for now, the curiosity-factor hasn't worn off yet so as boring as it is at times, I'm still engaged and want to keep playing.
Not bad for a free app....