Gacha games are bright playgrounds for your creativity, if you like its anime-styled and beautifully drawn. Among the entire series by Lunime, Gacha Life is my favourite. It’s the richest of all apps, letting you both casually play and enthusiastically create.
So, the core of the game is a studio. Oh, what a studio! If you want to create yourself a manga-styled avatar for any purpose, or to make a comic strip with nothing but the dialogue on your mind, or just replay some scene of your life, that’s for you. The best part of Gacha Life is the Studio, where you can create different characters. Customize their appearance, dress them the way you like, control their emotions and gestures – they’re the actor dolls, you’re the puppet master.
It’s even richer and better than its analogue, Gacha Studio, but this one is more of a game. It has a social life simulator, populated with NPCs you need to make friends with. Talk to them, ask your questions, please them with gifts. Well, as for gifts, you can buy them for crystals, and for earning these crystals, Gacha Studio has a set of mini-games. And yes, you can play them just casually.
So, while it doesn’t have as much life as it was promised, it’s good as a studio and fun as a time killer.
It’s extremely easy to control the studio: turn pages with arrows, select poses, clothes and emotions you need for any certain scene by just tapping on them. To place a character on the stage, just tap the place.
It’s a little trickier with mini-games, but each of them has an intro with a brief tutorial, and all your stats are displayed in real time, so you’ll understand if you get anything wrong. There’s simply no place for mistakes, and any wrong move in the studio can be undone, and any mini-game can be replayed.
Oh, this game is all about design! It’s taken an incredible lot of work to create so many options for male and female characters, dress them up, make all the items mutually compatible and fitting, and create dozens of poses and gestures for each one.
It’s just as bright and colourful as almost any anime title; if you like it, you’ll adore Gacha Studio. But you don’t even have to be an anime freak to appreciate all the possibilities it offers for creating memes and comic strips.
The key element of the game activity is gachaing – buying boxes with random items you can use in your scenes or give to NPC’s. To play mini-games and socialize with NPC’s you’ll need stamina. It regains automatically with time, but to regain it faster you can gacha again. It requires gems, and they can be bought for real money. You won’t need it at all if you play casually; but if you need more characters for your scenes, you can pay and accelerate the process.
- Incredible studio for your characters and scenes;
- Amusing mini-games;
- Doesn’t require necessary payments;
- Can be played casually or used as your creative sandbox.
- The gameplay is too simple and is mostly a peaceful kind of grind;
- It’s for anime and manga fans primarily;
- The gameplay has no clear storyline.
In my school days, I sometimes surrendered to reveries, drawing princesses and knights in my copybooks. Now I can do the same with Gacha Life, and I even like its manga and anime style. Mini-games are fun too, though, if I was to make money on these strips, I’d rather buy the missing gems and complete the scenes. But both sides of Gacha Life are just big fun for me.