Square Enix recently released a new mobile card game for iOS 7:
This game is very new. I think it’s either released yesterday or today (11th April 2014).
You can pretty much guess the ‘inspirations’ of this game ^^; (Infinite Stratos, Strike Witches, Vividred Operation, etc etc)
Here are the characters (yep, this is one of those all-female games ^^;):
The first 4 rows (20 of them) are the strikers. The rest seem to be story characters.
The game is a universal app so I can play it on iPad. Personally, It looks great on iPad’s larger screen. On iPhone, I imagine some parts of the UI might be a little small and annoying… ^^;
Behind the higher production values (3D models, voice-acting, story, cutscenes, animations), it’s still a mobile card game at heart. But it does make modifications to the standard formula.
Firstly, there’s no combining of cards, at least manually. If you receive an exact same card, it will automatically combine with the previous card, ‘ranking up’ the card and raising its stats.
You’re supposed to form a team of 5 girls (that means 5 cards). The cards represent a particular attack (complete with health and skill) and they are character-specific, meaning the characters featured in the 5 cards indeed correspond to 5 girls. This means that if you get a new card featuring a new girl, you do unlock a new girl. And you’re not allowed to have clones, so the 5 cards must be of different girls.
However, for each ‘main’ card, it can be attached with one ‘sub’ card. Unlike main cards which are girl-specific, you can attach any card as the sub card, even if the card is of a different girl. It will just add health and attack stats from the sub card to the total stats (but not the skill).
You can choose one of the girls as ‘partner’, meaning the main girl you talk to in home screen, etc. Guess which girl I picked? Recently twintails bug bit me, so ^^;
(You can change partner anytime, of course)
Her name is Mana, and one of her distinct quotes is まっほー (“ma’hoo!”, sounds like ‘mahou’ or magic). This is her version of やっほー, “ya’hoo!” (not to be confused with ‘yahoo I did it!’, this is a feminine way of saying ‘yo!’).
You can think of her as a more cheerful Azusa from K-On or Wendy from Fairy Tail, or Nico from Love Live without the flip personality.
In terms of gameplay modes, there are Mission (standard ‘spend AP to progress’) and Battle (fight agains other player teams). The AP regenerates every 3 minutes while the Battle ticket regenerates every 30 minutes. I gotta say this is relatively simple game so far. Maybe it’s because they haven’t rolled out the events yet.
The economy is not overly-complicated but I still think it’s more complicated than necessary. There are roughly 6 currencies in this game: rare diamonds (to exchange with items and ‘synthesize skills from unused Rare cards’), gacha points, accessory points (to get accessories to customize the girls’ look), power-up points (to increase card levels) and stella coin (this is THE real-life currency of this game, 1 coin = 1 yen).
Just need to compile a list of ways to get each currency (maybe next post).
Oh, and do you know what is the context of the mission? Basically you’re together with your team of 5 girls, searching for a monster in the city. You progress by ‘chit-chatting’ with the girls as you search (it doesn’t seem to matter who you keep talking to) until you find the monster ^^;
This is like those anime situations where the characters talk to each other before they ‘bump’ into their target. Gotta say the use of this is pretty creative (compared to other card games ^^;)
I guess I’m gonna try this game for a few days.
If you’re starting on this game as well, I would appreciate it if you use this referral code: dRxtDTR0RY21x . You’ll get 5 rare diamonds (in-game item) while I get one ^^
Am I going to spend money in this game? Probably not but we’ll see ^^;
Square Enix once had a card game that I thought was interesting called Galaxy Dungeon. I stopped playing for a while and before I realized it, it’s been shut down and that means all the money I’ve spent (about 10,000 yen?) has gone down the drain… ^^;