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I love gachas, but I love players' well-being and welfare even more. I hope my reviews help consumers make wiser decisions with their time and money.
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I love gachas, but I love players' well-being and welfare even more. I hope my reviews help consumers make wiser decisions with their time and money.
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While the game is absolutely adorable and core gameplay is adequately fun (it's another Candy Crush copy), many stages are outright unfair, and Rubies (the game's premium currency) trickle in at a pathetic rate, leaving players with little chance at obtaining their favourite characters from the gacha.

In mitigation, during events there's usually at least one free character, but again, event stages are often unfairly difficult, and most of this game ultimately boils down to RNG and copious use of overpowered items (which, surprise surprise, can be purchased for senseless amounts of money). If you aren't careful and/or are prone to spending, there's a good chance you'll find yourself subconsciously splurging just to clear stages.

Back to the topic of Rubies, they're sold for preposterous amounts too, and of course, the other option... is to use Tapjoy. For its predatory nature I cannot in good conscience rate this game's value higher than one.

Play casually or not all.

Rilakkuma Farm


Identical to my review for gudetama tap!, unfortunately. The same types of pros and cons, and the same conclusion. The only difference is that this feels more of like an actual game than gudetama tap!.

I'm really just a fan of San-X's characters and especially Rilakkuma.

gudetama tap!


An adorable but pointless game in which the only goal is really to collect different variants of gudetama.

It's completely casual and really just designed to be played like that - after all, the core mechanics are to tap gudetama for currency and use that currency to cook and collect... yet more gudetama. Each gudetama has unique voice lines and all are funny and adorable, so full marks for sound on that basis. It offers little else though, and the game has remained largely in stasis since its release.

Additionally, since CyberStep (a highly suspect company with a generally poor reputation) has a hand in this, value isn't particularly good and Golden Eggs (the game's premium currency) are ridiculously expensive. This forces most players to sit through ads to get their Golden Eggs daily, and so value is certainly lacking. I'm tight-fisted with my money and very reluctant to spend on any game regardless, so take my opinion with a pinch of salt.

All in all, I really only played this game because I love Sanrio's characters, and gudetama is no exception. However, I'd be hard-pressed to assume that other Sanrio fans might enjoy this game even if gudetama is their favourite. Very cute, but likely to disappoint - play casually or not at all.

I'm a PAD veteran (I played it close to release in 2013) and while the game has been subjected to insane powercreep, it's supported by a loyal fanbase and simple gameplay as its backbone. However, don't be deceived by the gameplay mechanics - it isn't your ordinary match-3, and things can get complicated very quickly!

While a lot of end-game content is locked behind a specific few meta leads at this point, there's plenty of other content for you to go through and this game is a labour of love. It's generous with Magic Stones (its premium currency) and you don't really get the feeling that you're being forced to play (like in most other predatory gacha games). The monster exchange system coupled with tons of freebies also gives many players a proper and fair shot at getting their dream units.

This is a game that truly cares for its players' welfare, and while its admittedly dated gameplay might not stand up to a lot of the other modern gacha games, its core simplicity is very appealing and you at the very least wouldn't feel taken advantage of. I highly recommend giving it a shot or playing it casually.

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Notes (1) More
On Predatory Gacha Games If there's one common theme in all my reviews for these mobile games involving famous, well-loved characters, it's that these big companies exploit fans' love of said characters to make them spend unreasonable, extortionate amounts of money for disproportionate value very much to the companies' favour.
I highly urge consumers to be sharper regarding this, and not get lured in by these cutesy characters. After all, just think of all the other real-life merch you've probably spent on. It really, really adds up, and we should be wising up.
Purchasing these exorbitant microtransactions only signals to companies that we're willing and able to be lured in, and we shouldn't fall victim to that.
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