A Cardcaptor Sakura social game on Japan’s Mobage social network service platform officially launched today, the title’s developer Arika (also the developer of the Street Fighter EX series as well as three Cardcaptor Sakura games on the PlayStation back in 1999 and 2000) announced.
Playable on feature phones, Android and iOS devices in Japan beginning today, in Cardcaptor Sakura ~Sakura and the Mysterious Card~ (カードキャプターさくら ～さくらと不思議なカード～ or Cardcaptor Sakura ~Sakura to Fushigi na Card~), players form decks comprising four cards each (one of which has to be a Clow Card, judging from the image below) and subsequently do battle with one another under the premise that they’re sealing away Clow Cards as Sakura.
So basically everyone is Sakura in their own instanced world, but when they engage one another, their opponent is not Sakura.
Outside of Clow Cards, there are also Leader Cards and Action Cards. Leader Card illustrations always depict Sakura, while Action Cards are based on scenes that occurred in the original manga and anime series.
Here’s a smattering of these Leader and Action cards (I can’t tell the two types apart, other than, well, whether or not Sakura is on it):
Developer Arika is said to have designed the game’s play mechanics to evoke Cardcaptor Sakura’s universe wherever possible.
For instance, once per day you’ll be able to send out Sakura and her friends to patrol the streets of Tomoeda for Clow Cards, just like in the original series. You gain a patrol point for each day you do so; collect three, and you earn the right to do battle with a Clow Card that you can seal and subsequently own. It’ll certainly take players a while to collect all 52 Clow Cards in the game.
A portion of the cards here with Sakura illustrated on them will also playback voice samples, recorded by titular protagonist Sakura Kinomoto’s voice actress Sakura Tange specifically for this game, that feature classic lines from the source material.
Existing Mobage Japan users can access Cardcaptor Sakura ~Sakura and the Mysterious Card~ by scanning the following QR codes with their phone (top QR code is for feature phones, bottom one is for smartphones). Although users outside of Japan can access and play the game, provided they’ve already registered for a Mobage Japan account, certain features may be restricted until you authenticate your account with a valid Japanese phone number.
Users who install and play Cardcaptor Sakura ~Sakura and the Mysterious Card~ on their Mobage account before the end of January, 2013, will be treated to an exclusive ultra-are card drawn by the all-female manga artist group Clamp.