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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime - ISEKAI Memories Review: A Faithful Reproduction

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That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime makes its way to a new gacha game! Expectation is high for the newly released That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime – ISEKAI Memories, given the positive reception with both seasons of the anime. Good news is that the game is available for global players, and we don’t have to wait years for localisation.

Faithful Story Stay True to the Original Plot

If you ever watched the anime on your streaming site of choice, you will be happy to know that ISEKAI Memories lets you experience the two seasons of the anime across its story chapters. It has been a while since its streaming, so it offers a good chance for fans to revisit the franchise’s signature scenes.

That is not to say the story features ONLY elements from the anime, however. The game also features original stories specially crafted for the game, so there is something new for everyone to enjoy.

Get Your Favourite TenSura Characters in Bazaar

The game’s Bazaar is where you’ll get your favourite TenSura characters. The gacha rates aren’t too bad, with 4% chance to get a 5-star character. Also if you recruit 100 times, you’ll receive 100 Bazaar Points, which you use it to exchange an SSR of your choice. It’s worth noting that Bazaar Points do not carry between banners, and will reset to zero once the related banner ends.

Customise Your Own Village to Get Benefits

In the anime, Rimuru becomes the saviour of a village. The game also offers a village system for you to construct different buildings like Restaurants and Houses. More game’s features such as building a party of five, will be unlocked when you have enough residents in your village.

You are highly recommended to build different facilities to increase the population, as it decides the skills and benefits you’ll obtain. Some facilities also create resources, for example the Restaurant will produce Gold, and the Training Grounds will produce Magicules, orbs needed to level up your characters. 

Match the Colours & Unleash Powerful Attacks

The turn-based command battle system find similarity to Fate: Grand Order: each turn you can select between seven icons, each with varying colours. You can either select three blue icons or three Rimuru faces, ignoring the colours. The more colours/ faces you match, the more powerful your attack is.

Each colours brings different effects; the Green ones fill up the Skill gauge; while the blue ones fill up the Protector Gauge, which can unleash a powerful blow once filled. Finally, we got the orange ones. When the orange gauge is filled, the character can unleash their “Signature Move”. What that move will do varies depending on the character.

You can also use characters’ skills to change the colours and unleash powerful combo attacks. There are also an Auto Mode and Speed-Up Mode to make everything easier.

Players are advised to keep an eye on the elemental matchups. Aside from Light and Dark, which are weak and strong against each other, you also have Wind, Water, Fire, Ground and Space. If you have a full Fire party and go against a quest full of Water enemies for example, you’ll struggle with reduced damage, and the enemies will wipe the floor with you with increased damage.

Bond With Your Allies

In That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime – ISEKAI Memories, you can bond with the characters by sending them gifts, or by interacting with them at Home. You can also complete special Quests to obtain Bond EXP.

Raising Bond Level not only grants you different rewards, including Metacrystals, you can also obtain stat bonuses to their HP, ATK, and DEF. By obtaining alternate costumes from Gacha or special Login Bonus, you can dress up your selected character however you like. Each costume also has its own set of unique dialogue and voices, but requires you to raise your Bond Level before proceeding. 

Complete Missions And Earn Chancellor Skills

Chancellor Skills offer many benefits. To obtain them, you must clear Missions and increase your Great Sage rank. This includes the signature skill Accelerated Thinking, which further increases the speed of the Speed-Up mode.

There’s also Parallel Processing, which allows you to dispatch parties on quests and obtain rewards even when you go offline. You can also set the amount for the quests and get double and even triple rewards as many times as your stamina allows! If you’re like me and have tons of gacha games to tend to, this feature is one of the best you could have!

Don’t Know What To Do? Ask The Great Sage!

If you’re ever lost on what to do next, you can always tap the “Great Sage” button, located at the top left of your screen. This function brings up a series of choices, such as “What quest should I take on now?” or “How should I strengthen my troops?”. This beginner-friendly function will guide you through every possible options from training your characters to selecting quests. 

Final Thoughts

I had an amazing time with That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime -ISEKAI Memories and I give it a 4.5 out of 5. The gacha system is not bad after all, having a pretty generous sparking system, and fair 4% gacha rates. As a gacha game, ISEKAI Memories allows you to collect all your favourite characters from the franchise. Even if you are not a fan of the anime, you are still recommended to give it a try. The game offers stunning graphics and animation, and the story give players a taste into what the series have to offer.

Not everything in ISEKAI Memories is perfect. The game crashed all the time when it first launched, forcing you to reinstall the game. That’s why you are strongly recommended to back up your data frequently, as you never know when the game will crash. FPS drops is also a problem. While I cannot speak for all phones, but if a  Samsung Galaxy S20 FE is struggling, I fear many other phones might have the same issues.

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