Its been almost a year since I’ve done one of these posts, but I’ve been killing a lot of time on my tablet lately.
SHOW BY ROCK!!
A music game with a card system by Sanrio. It’s notable for it being the first time Sanrio has aimed at an older, male audience. Known for its cute characters like Hello Kitty and My Melody, the characters in SHOW BY ROCK!! does not lack those cute charms even when aimed at a different audience. An interesting thing about the designs is that they have humanoid forms, too, that still retain some animal features to make it some furry-human hybrid.
The gameplay reminds me a bit of Guitar Hero. The screen layout is vertical so it’s a bit cramped to play with two hands, but there’s only three buttons so it does make things a bit easier – still, it’s quite uncomfortable and I’m not sure why they went with the vertical layout instead of horizontal. Its taken me an on/off period of a month to finally get the hang of it and pass a difficulty other than easy.
The music itself has a good mixture – some of the bands in the game even has a real tie-in band, each having a different sound; there’s some more along the generic Jrock sound (ShinganCrimsonZ), some more on the pop side (Plasmagica), some good indie bands (personal favourite being Gaugastrikes) featured, and there’s a good mixture of female and male vocals. While you can enjoy Show by Rock!! purely as a music game, the characters and band have their own personalities and stories too. Keeping up with the cute image of Sanrio, the characters toss out the occasional emoticon in conversation (・ω<*) There’s 20 bands so there’s plenty of characters to discover.
There’s an anime currently airing this season which is quite fun, but I wouldn’t really recommend it if you’re looking for something beyond that. The stories for game canon and anime canon also differ slightly.
Yume Oukoku to Nemureru 100-nin no Ouji-sama
Yume Oukoku to Nemureru 100-nin no Ouji-sama, or Yume100 for short, is my latest obsession. It’s a game where you aim to collect 100 pretty princes and (minor detail) save the world along the way.
For something that sounds absolutely cheesy, it does fairly well in making solid stories for the individual princes – and there are a lot of princes (100!). You can’t collect all hundred princes yet, though, some are still yet to be implemented for future events. Some of the designs are quite questionable but I’ll let them slide – there’s 100 princes and each of those princes have two additional forms so there’s a lot of work put into making each character design unique. There’s also a good range of ages, from shota to ossan.
The main battle gameplay is connecting orbs of the same colour with matches of three or more to defeat enemies, and each enemy/prince has their own element that they’re strong/weak against. Princes can be levelled up, evolved, and have a special skill, so there’s a bit of strategy involved for tougher enemies.
Yume100 is a great combination of otome and casual gaming that’s well worth checking out if you’re into otome.