Bandori~! We’re back with another mobage recommendation for you guys! And this one is for both rhythm gamers and waifu collectors alike. If you’re already playing School Idol Festival or Idolm@ster Starlight Stage, then this is something you’d surely want to try (if you want more salt and less time).
BanG Dream! Girls Band Party is a rhythm game released last March 2017 (which means you can still catch up!) by Craft Egg, Inc and published by Bushimo. You play as a worker at CiRCLE, a newly formed live house, trying to recruit girl bands (a.k.a future waifus) to perform at the live house’s event.
The game features 5 bands comprising of 5 members each: Poppin’Party, Afterglow, Pastel*Palettes, Roselia and Hello, Happy World! Each band has their own unique concept and style so there is plenty of variety to choose from.
Just like most rhythm game mobages, Bandori has a gacha system that all of us adore (ha). So save up those stars and pray to any RNG deity available or you know, just prepare the salt.
Once you have members to choose from, you can form your band. The cards’ band and attributes play a part in events as it increases the points you get so take note of that!
Now that you have your band, it’s time to perform lives! This is where the rhythm game aspect of Bandori lies. There are two live modes: Free Live and Multi Live, featuring over 60 songs, 4 difficulty levels, 7 keys and a whole lot of taps, holds, flicks and its combinations.
Aren’t convinced yet? Well here are 5 reasons why you should consider playing BanG Dream! Girls Band Party:
1). The characters and card designs. While 25 girls seems to be a lot to put up with, Bandori has successfully created 25 personalities that grouped into 5, compliment each other and build a band dynamic worth exploring. Not to mention the card designs are drop-dead amazing. It makes each card worth the training just to see it.
2). Multi Live & Room Creation. Instead of score matches where the goal is to get a highest score out of all the players, Bandori has Multi Live, a live mode where players are randomly teamed up real time to achieve the highest score possible. This makes the game about teamwork more so than competition (though it is annoying when they quit the live mid-game). You can even create your own room to play with friends and try to get that S (now SS) score
3). Challenging Lives. The main appeal of any rhythm game should be the songs and the lives (yes the possible waifus/husbandos are only second) so they shouldn’t be too easy because players will quickly get bored. Bandori offers a great range of difficulty with its songs for both skilled and ‘trying’ players. And while we hope not to die in a live (Re:birth day anyone?), most of the songs will keep you on your toes until you hit that last note.
4). Cover Songs. Rejoice multifandom ones! Bandori does not release only original songs, but cover songs of popular anime, j-drama and vocaloid music! These include Fuwa Fuwa Time from K-On!, Guren no Yumiya from Shingeki no Kyoujin, Silhouette from Naruto Shippuden, and many more! You can buy these songs by using song crystals from completing stories. You can just hope that they make a cover of your favorite song in time.
5). Unlimited Stamina & Boost System. Yes, you’ve read it right! Unlike it’s idol counterparts, Bandori doesn’t have an energy system. Instead it implements a boost system that multiplies rewards (coins, items and EXP) by 5,6 or 7 times, depending on the number of boosts you use. Once 10 boosts are used up, you are still able to play both free and multi live. This enables players to practice difficult songs and (ideally) get better without the need to spend stars. Because at the end of a live, all you really want to see is that full combo flash on your screen.
After all these reasons, what are you waiting for?! Download Bandori and experience it first-hand! Waiting for an english version? Sadly, there has been no official announcement yet but with your support, there may be a chance! Have a choco cornet on us!