Top 10 Best Gacha Mobile Apps
It’s quite an exotic word, with just as exotic meaning. Gacha games took the name from a sort of lottery machines, exchanging your coins for capsules with unknown prizes; a sort of hardware lootbox, as we would call them today.
Gacha in gaming is also combined with studio elements; you need to collect more items to use them in the scenes you make, that’s why gachaing makes sense. In other games the items you find are used to summon troops or mystical forces to fight the evil. Well, here are some games like Gacha Life, and the first one is exactly it.
Gachaing is just a part of Gacha Life Mobile, most known for its great studio for creating characters. It’s all complicated: first, you explore areas with communicable NPC’s and do your best to make friends with them. This requires the items you get by gachaing. Then you upgrade your level and can create new characters, new scenes, and new complex outfits in the Studio. At the end of this chain, you get a great tool for creating still or animated scenes with anime characters you can dress, position, or train to act the way you would like them to.
Like the previous one, Gacha Studio is developed by Lunime. Though this one seems more concentrated on the studio part, it looks like every gacha game by Lunime has a built-in studio. Just like in Gacha Life, you have lots of faces, traces, statures, poses, gestures, clothes, and accessories to use with your characters in the scenes.
The gaming part is simpler here. It’s an arena that features rock-scissors-paper mechanics for different types of characters, and it only requires simple movements. Again, it’s a great studio with a bit of gaming.
His one has been announced as an RPG with lots of game modes, from Survival to Raids and Arenas. But so far it’s in early access mode, and it’s an excuse why it mostly features the same studio, with some insignificant different details. Role-playing elements are few; say, you can dress up your characters, decorate your room, visit other players’ rooms and invite them to see yours. It’s not clear whether Lunime intends to complete the game, or it will remain this studio draft. But it already lets you gacha for content and pay for it, despite this unreadiness.
POCKET CHIBI - ANIME DRESS UP
“Chibi”, that literally means “short”, stands for a sort of manga or anime character, and for anything small and cute." That’s the difference between Pocket Chibi and other gacha apps by Lunime; the rest remains. You can create, dress up, train, and position your characters wherever you like, communicate with other players, make sketches and even animated scenes on your mobile devices. But you need to gacha for items if you want to unlock all the features of the studio. The visuals are a little chibied, but kept in the same style as other Lunime projects.
This is one of the most advanced projects by Lunime (no wonder they occupied the entire Top 5). It combines a studio and a dressing room with a real RPG, where your characters can follow the storyline, fight on the arena, raid bosses, attack or protect towers. It’s all good, but it requires stamina that can be recovered slowly for free, or quicker while you gacha. And one more disappointment; officially the game is discontinued. Luckily, it’s quite independent and requires no Internet.
ANIME FIDGET SPINNER BATTLE
Material fidget spinners seem history now (they were, in fact, good anti-stress devices, but too overhyped about). But they had the time to inspire games like this. Here you need to collect various characters and put them against our opponent in the battle. Your success depends, on the one hand, on your upgrades and characters’ class, on the other hand, on your spinning skill.
Regardless of this strange and a bit outdated inspiration, the game looks fresh due to gacha mechanics and lots of anime-styled characters to unlock.
EMILY’S DRESS UP & SHOP
No need to imitate RPG when everybody’s here for dressing up. So decided the developers of Emily’s Dress Up and Shop, offering this beautiful dollhouse store. It has lots of clothes and accessories, backgrounds, and, of course, model characters.
The bad thing about Emily’s Dress Up and Shops is that it’s been abandoned for long. If you still use an old iPhone or iPad that didn’t get iOS 11 (let alone later versions), this will be perfect for you. Taste doesn’t always require the freshest.
Please, don’t laugh: this one is by Lunime too, and it’s abandoned as well, its last update out in April 2016. The bright side is that it doesn’t need a server to connect to, it’s completely autonomous, so the support even recommends turning your Wi-Fi off. It’s interconnected with Anime Gacha (another sister project by Lunime), with characters crossing. A great option for old devices if you like to gacha for new items and finally make your own world with your own characters.
NEKO GACHA - CAT COLLECTOR
Everything gets better with cats, and gacha games don’t even try to break this rule. Neko Gacha offers hundreds of cute cats to collect; these cats reminding Disney Tsum Tsum may be the cutest characters in our entire review. Gaming part is secondary: you play mini-games to earn gems, then spend gems on gachaing, and, if you’re lucky, unlock more nekos for your nekoarium. Abilities and classes don’t matter; it’s all about collecting cats, so what can be better?
SHOUJO CITY - ANIME GAME
And here comes something a but different; Shoujo City is an anime-styled dating simulator. You start a game with a random virtual girlfriend (while your character may be of any gender), and your relationship will require serious investments. Learn to cook, buy foods, drinks and gifts, learn her tastes, invent new ideas for dates, and so on. You can customize both your character’s and the girlfriend’s appearance. No need to explain how the gameplay is drawn upon gachaing.
AND ONE MORE THING…
In fact, gacha as an element is radiating through most of the Japanese gaming industry, affecting series like Final Fantasy, Fire Emblem Heroes, and so on. In fact, any game utilizing lootbox mechanics is a bit gacha. So it’s much wider than we describe here.