Puella Magi Madoka Magica has already been a hit on smartphones with its series of third-person shooters, and the series is back on smartphones in a new incarnation as a puzzle game titled Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Puzzle of Memories.
The App Store description:
"I want you to make a covenant with me to save the world through puzzle gaming!"
Granted, my translation is awful, but the original Japanese makes very little sense. Don't let that stop you, though! This is PMMM! You gotta play!
Take a look at some gameplay footage first:
So it merely looks like your basic puzzler but, in classic PMMM form, there's more too it.
Voice acting + Cut scenes
Full voice recordings and special move cut scenes raise the excitement level of the game. You get Madoka for free but need to make some in-app purchases for access to the other characters.
Tough puzzles that will keep you coming back!
Basic gameplay goes like this: swap neighboring pieces in order to line up three of the same pieces either vertically or horizontally to make them disappear. Very simple. It's a bit more difficult when actually playing, and learning to think ahead in order to plan for massive combos takes even more skill and practice.
As you make dem blocks disappear, your special move gauge on the top left of the screen fills up, allowing you to do the special move of the character you've chosen. There are also "character blocks" that look kind of like soul gems for each player. Getting special combos with these will initiate a special move for one of the other characters, depending on how the combo was performed. It's best to remember the requirements for these character blocks before playing.
The voice acting and cut scene you get from a special move is pretty damn cool.
Give me Mami, please!
Madoka is included in the game to start with, but you need to pay to use other characters. You do get awarded coins as you play, but it takes a really long time until you're able to unlock a character. Voice packs also cannot be purchased with coins, so be careful with that as well.
So while this may seem like a pretty basic puzzler with some PMMM stuff added in, it'll definitely delight any PMMM fan out there. I bought the Mami Tomoe pack so I could hear her Tiro Finale! Yay!
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Translation by Jason Morgan