First impressions of Konosuba Fantastic Days? Sign me up, at least, until I inevitably get caught in Megumin’s cross fire. Haha just kidding, unless…
Anyway, the game had a relatively smooth launch, all things considered. However, I must inform you that the game requires you to utilize a VPN if you try to access it outside of Japan unlike most smartphone games of its kind. Other users have been reporting you require a constant connection via VPN, so just a heads up.
Aqua gets caught in a sticky situation, and you get swiftly thrown into a quick battle tutorial. As mentioned from the closed beta preview, it’s a turn-based battle system, where your characters will have a little circle that gradually fills like a Final Fantasy ATB gauge. You have your regular attacks, and spells. Megumin promptly blows herself up with quite a nicely animated cut-in, and the tutorial ends.
Even with that fairly swift tutorial, you can already get a good taste of what’s to come in the game. The story is fully voiced, with the Live2D flowing quite nicely. There’s plenty of battle voice lines during attacks, even screen transitions. It really fits with the zany world of Konosuba, with lots of life to be found in every aspect of the game. Party members will gain EXP after completing missions, so you can slowly grind that out. If you’ve noticed, the hiragana for “Konosuba” pops up each time you tap. They didn’t have to do it, but it’s there!
Pick up new members through the guild (gacha). Duplicates of characters can be used to level up their skills, which would otherwise require a different material. You can also obtain alternate versions of characters, which appear to be costumes for their models. You can chat up the characters and give them gifts as well. The maximum rarity available for characters is 4-star, set at a 4% rate.
Characters have their roles, and seemingly elements, but without an easy on-screen display, I’d be hard-pressed to know what corresponds to what. You have your usual casserole of missions, daily quests to grind out, shenanigans-filled story and character interactions, and whatever else.
As far as a quick first impressions go, Konosuba Fantastic Days is exactly that: quite fantastic in terms of presentation, and is quite easy to pick up. The VPN requirement personally puts me off some, so that’s unfortunate. Definitely one fans should try, with or without accessibility issues! A suggestion, though: might be best to turn down the volume just a little bit.