- System: Android, iOS
- Publisher: Cygames, Crunchyroll Games
- Developer: Cygames
- Release Date: January 19, 2021
- Pricing: Free-to-Play
- Rating: E
- Genre: Strategy, Gacha
- Players: 1
- Official Website: https://www.crunchyroll.com/games/princessconnectredive/index.html
Princess Connect! Re: Dive | GLOBAL LAUNCH TRAILER
Who it Caters to
Gameplay-wise, this game is catered to all of you who love casual gacha games with cute waifus, especially if you enjoy a good isekai story.
What to Expect
If you like grinding for gear and collecting attractive girls to improve your team, look no further! Oh, and you should be paying attention to the story too; not only it's quite interesting—more so than its animated counterpart—but it's also on par with some high-quality anime!
On the other hand, we have to talk about how Priconne actually looks when you're playing it. We know not all of you enjoy chibi characters in your mobile games, but in this case, they are so well designed that everything works. Some animations are not that great, we know it, but it wouldn't be fair to say this game looks bad. All in all, we love a clean UI, and all gear designs are somewhat cool-looking, so we're pretty happy about how it all comes together.
If you watched Princess Connect! Re:Dive the anime, then this is not a surprise to you, but this game features Kana Hanazawa, Yoko Hikasa, Sora Amamiya, Yui Horie, Aoi Yuuki, and Rie Takahashi, just to name a few. What a fine seiyuu cast!
Last but not least, we must highlight the OST. From the powerful string arrangements in the main theme to the victory fanfare or the battle background music, it's hard not to fall in love with Priconne's soundtrack. It's totally fine if you don't like the game, but we won't believe you don't like the soundtrack!
We don't want to spoil the plot for you, but let's say it starts as an isekai where Yuuki thinks he was transported to a parallel world, only to find out he's actually inside a video game called Legend of Astrum. But why is he there, why all the other characters are girls, and what is this he can't remember...? You'll have to play to find the answers! Sadly, only the first chapters of the story are available at launch, but some of you will be happy to know that the anime only covered a small part of it, so you can expect a lot of surprises and revelations coming soon.
You can have up to 5 characters in your team, and all units have a set position: front, middle, or back. You could have 5 front units if you will, or 5 units attacking from the back; that won't be an issue, although you should reconsider your strategy. At the same time, some units deal physical damage, while some others deal magic damage, another aspect you need to take into consideration. In the main story, all battles have 3 waves of enemies (sometimes the final wave is a boss fight), and you need to defeat all enemies on screen before moving on to the next one. If all your units survive, then you win 3 stars. If one of your girls dies, then you only earn 2 stars, and if 2 or more of your girls don't make it but you still win the battle, you only get 1 star. Only if you clear a stage with a perfect score you'll be able to use Skip Tickets to simulate the battle for instant loot—it still consumes stamina, though—so perfect scores are more important than what you might think.
If we have to mention any blemishes in this game, is that all units attack automatically, so your impact as a player is minimal. Sure, you can tap a girl's avatar when their special attack is ready, but it only makes a difference if the fight is too tight. Otherwise, you're better off playing everything in auto and with increased speed... that's without mentioning all PvP battles are 100% automatic, and there's nothing you can do other than watch your team get obliterated or crush your rival.
Since we love grinding, we enjoyed Priconne's upgrade system, but we understand it can be a little too tiresome. All girls can equip 6 pieces of gear, and some of these have to be crafted first, which means you need to beat the same stage several times while hoping you get what you need at the end of it. At first, that's not a problem since crafting an item uses 3 other pieces, but good luck trying to drop 20 gold weapons. Only once you equip all 6 pieces—which you can't unequip—you can rank up a character, improving their stats but at the same time, consuming those pieces so you can repeat the process...
If you want more power, you can spend mana to level up your attacks, sacrifice items to refine your gear, bond with your characters to unlock special scenes and stat upgrades, collect memory shards to unlock a new star level, etc. Yeah, that's a lot of work... but nobody said it was easy!
Honey's Gameplay Consensus:
There's no way to know how Crunchyroll Games will handle the upcoming events or banners, but if they do an okay job and this global version is similar to what we got in the Japanese server, then things can only go right for this Western release of Priconne.
- Amazing quality when it comes to voice acting, OST and story animations.
- Really F2P-friendly, and thanks to Skip Tickets, you don't need to be playing 24/7 to stay competitive or spend hours to farm resources.
- Prepare to grind for days... or spend your Jewels and forget about saving for future units.
- Auto-attacking takes out the fun of it, although strategy is definitely there!