World Flipper is a captivating cellular sport that mixes gacha with pinball and JRPG-style fight. Whereas I used to be excited to play a brand new gacha sport in a brand new gameplay format, it doesn’t completely succeed as one.
On this sport, you defeat enemies by hitting them with pinballs, and people pinballs are varied anime characters that you just pull from a gacha summoning system. However World Flipper additionally tries very arduous to be a JRPG. Every of your pinball characters has a well being bar, and the overworld is fantastically rendered as pixel artwork. It’s an formidable sport from Cygames, the studio behind the favored gacha sport Dragalia Misplaced. Initially launched for Japan in 2019, the English model solely launched final week. Because the sport was profitable sufficient to benefit an English localization, I had excessive expectations.
Though World Flipper is a good pinball sport for informal gamers, it doesn’t seize the attraction of gacha video games. Inherent design constraints in its uncommon style mashup forestall it from capturing one of the best points of any of these genres.
The sport instantly jogged my memory of Dragalia Misplaced. World Flipper’s artwork fashion attracts on the identical colourful and upbeat character designs, and the same format meant that I didn’t have any issues navigating the menu. Additionally like its predecessor, every character could be custom-made with weapons and a supporting character. Nevertheless, World Flipper considerably cuts again the quantity of crafting that’s needed to construct out a personality. It is a welcome change, because the grindiness of Dragalia Misplaced’s crafting system made me reluctant to play the sport at increased ranges. I simply want that World Flipper had left complicated improve bushes behind. It’s even tougher to really feel the miniscule stat will increase in a pinball sport, which lowered the quantity of satisfaction I felt each time I invested some factors into my character’s expertise.
Except Genshin Impression, most gacha video games inform tales in visible novel format. As somebody who usually skipped the character tales in Dragalia Misplaced, I used to be stunned at how significantly better they have been in World Flipper. The writing is equally easy, however the tales really feel extra energetic with the inclusion of animated pixel scenes. This makes World Flipper really feel like an older JRPG even exterior of fight.
As a result of World Flipper is a party-based sport by which three characters transfer collectively in a single file line, it’s so much simpler than in precise pinball to maintain your balls from falling previous the flippers. After they do, they solely lose somewhat little bit of well being, so it’s additionally unattainable to lose your characters. These design choices make it unusually forgiving for a pinball sport.
Sadly, World Flipper fails to measure up as a gacha sport. The success of the style depends on participant funding within the character visuals, their personalities, and their backstory. Even when gacha video games have small sprites, they’re designed to be immediately recognizable throughout gameplay. Whereas World Flipper’s character designs are cute and the voice appearing is exemplary, their attraction is minimized if I don’t see the total character artwork onscreen. And since this can be a pinball sport, the sprites transfer throughout the display screen too shortly for me to affiliate them with the precise characters that I chosen within the lineup.
If you happen to’ve spent cash to tug uncommon characters, or for those who’ve been saving up the free forex like I’ve, it’s fairly disappointing that their presence within the sport feels so minimal. The one instances I can see the gorgeous character artwork is when their particular potential bar fills up, however talent factors refill so slowly that I’ve solely been in a position to make use of them as soon as per match. So in contrast to most gacha video games the place I really feel a private connection to the characters who’ve carried me via troublesome battles, my pinballs really feel like strangers to me.
World Flipper is a cute pinball app, however the marriage of pinball, JRPG, and gacha is a clumsy one that stops it from actually shining as a gacha sport.