“Madoka Magica TPS Featuring Miki Sayaka & Sakura Kyoko” Android app exclusive to Yahoo! Market (for now)
Did you know that Yahoo! Japan – and only in Japan – has a marketplace where they sell apps for Google’s Android OS? No? See, that right there is precisely why the Yahoo! folks have secured an early-access exclusivity deal this third Madoka Magica TPS app.
Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica TPS Featuring Miki Saya & Sakura Kyoko (魔法少女まどか☆マギカ TPS FEATURING 美樹さやか＆佐倉杏子) is the third entry in this game app series, and the first to feature two playable characters; the first two instalments only let you play as Homura Akemi or Mami Tomoe, respectively.
The gameplay in all three apps is similar: you explore dungeons and defeat witches from an over-the-shoulder view much like in a typical third-person-shooter.
Multiple stages are available, and what’s interesting about this new version is that in the first stage you’ll begin playing as the pre-Magical Girl version of Sayaka, who’s equipped only with a baseball bat.
Stage 2 has you assuming control of Sayaka after she’s gotten her Magical Girl or Mahou Shoujo (or… Puella Magi?) powers. Her default weapon is a sabre, but as you clear stages and defeat witches, you can unlock other weapons that have varying attack ranges and strength attributes.
After clearing a few more stages you’ll eventually get to play as Kyoko Sakura, who handles differently as she fights with a staff.
Outside of physical attacks, both Sayaka and Kyoko will also be able to use magic spells, cast by tapping the Soul Gem icon in the upper-left-hand corner of the screen. Each use of magic will cause the Soul Gem to get increasingly dirty. When it’s covered completely in impurities, you won’t be able to cast any more spells, but unlike in the actual animation series, Sayaka or Kyoko won’t die (Game Over) right away.
Since this new version is focused on melee attacks, naturally the difficulty level here would be higher than past entries. That said, you’ll be able to choose from three difficulty settings: Easy, Normal and Hard.
Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica TPS Featuring Miki Saya & Sakura Kyoko is available from today (October 16), sold exclusively at the Yahoo! Market for Android at the moment.
Although a version of this app will probably make it to the Google Play store and iTunes app store at some point in the future, Yahoo! claims that its version will feature a bonus: Sayaka and Kyoko’s voice actresses – Eri Kitamura and Ai Nonaka – have recorded a few extra voice samples (yes, this game is voiced) that will not be included in future versions offered elsewhere.