Gacha Life debuted in 2018 on mobile and PC platforms and is the game that made Lunime's life-simulator series so popular. The gacha game features mini-games, character customization, various locations to visit, and a robust character creator for animating scenes with all your friends.
Fans of Gacha Life anxiously awaited the release of Gacha Life 2. However, the Lumine devs decided to combine Gacha Life 2 and their new game entitled Gacha Club. The big "sequel" was released in June 2020 for Android and will debut mid-August 2020 for iOS.
Since Gacha Club's gameplay and features seem fairly similar to Gacha Life, let's compare the two most popular gacha games and see what the major differences are.
Gacha Life - Gameplay | Credit: lunime.itch.io
Players create their own anime or "chibi style" characters in both Gacha Life and Gacha Club. The Gacha mechanics in the game allow players to earn gifts to unlock new customization options for their characters.
...earn gifts to unlock new customization options...
The beauty of Gacha Life is not just the game's character customization, but the ability to create scenes and stories with all of the characters.
Gacha Club - Gameplay | Credit: lunime.itch.io
Gacha Club battle teams work a little differently than in previous games. All players start with a group of characters, one from each element. Water, Fire, Wind, Light, Dark, Corrupted, and DJ elements bring some variety to how battles progress. Players are allowed to have ten different teams, allowing for element-specific team makeups.
The pet system is drastically different in Gacha Club...
The pet system is drastically different in Gacha Club compared to previous Lunime games. All pet artwork is changed to a more simplified look that can be color-customized to the character's team.
Pet Teams give players a passive stat bonus. Pets only gain levels by obtaining them repeatedly. Every duplicate the player earns will boost that pet's stats slightly.
Gacha Life - Character Creator | Credit: lunime.itch.io
The character creator has room for 90 different original characters (OCs), an upgrade over Gacha Life. You can have ten OCs active at a time to be used in Studio Mode. The character creator features a copy button, allowing players to paste parts of an outfit onto a new character.
Gacha Club characters have more access to accessories, an expanded color palette, asymmetrical options, and more adjustments to placement and rotation of design elements. It gives players more fine-tuned control over how their OCs appear over the Gacha Life character creator.
Gacha Club characters have more access to accessories, an expanded color palette, asymmetrical options, and more adjustments to placement and rotation of design elements.
Gacha Club - Character Creator | Credit:lunime.itch.io
Each character's profile is now massively expanded for creativity, too. Character profiles now have slots for the OCs' favorite battle unit, birthdate, age, profile information, title, and character details. Gacha Club locks exporting and importing characters until the player reaches level five. That means you'll have to participate in battles and mini-games to upgrade your account.
Gacha Life - Life Mode | Credit: lunime.com
Gacha Life's Life Mode allows players to explore the world and interact with non-playable characters (NPCs). Players can give them gifts, talk to them, and learn more about their backstories. Talking to characters increases the player's relationship with them. The Gachaverse in Gacha Life has many different locations to visit, including the park, beach, the mountains, or a haunted house.
Gacha Life's Life Mode allows players to explore the world and interact with non-playable characters (NPCs).
Unfortunately, this mode is not yet available in Gacha Club.
Gacha Club - Battle Mode | Credit: lunime.itch.io
Gacha Club's Battle Mode is similar to Anime Gacha. The player's entire team attacks in a sequence, building power for a special attack. Team members have different special attacks and passive buffs.
OCs earn XP, which levels up their active and passive abilities. Once an OC reaches their level cap, players can 'Awaken' them to increase the level cap and continue leveling the OC.
Gacha Club's Battle Mode is similar to Anime Gacha. The player's entire team attacks in a sequence, building power for a special attack.
Story Mode, Tower, and Training battle modes round out Gacha Club's Battle Mode for now. Story mode features many cut scenes that relay the story of the game. These cutscenes are broken up by battles that resolve conflicts the characters face.
Tower Mode involves completing several elemental-based battles progressively. Each new level features a unique element that is more powerful than the last. Finally, Training mode is a simple battle mode to help level new characters and teams.
Gacha Life - Studio Mode | Credit: lunime.itch.io
[Gacha Life] players can create up to 8 unique characters to use in scenes that tell a story.
Gacha Life Studio Mode is one of the most popular features in the app. Players can create up to 8 unique characters to use in scenes that tell a story. You can loop multiple scenes together. Studio Mode in Gacha Life is rather basic – Lunime expanded the mode heavily in Gacha Club.
Gacha Club Studio Mode allows players to create scenes with up to ten OCs at a time. All characters that will appear in the scene need to be in a player's active slots. You can swap characters from your archive into the active slots as required for the scene.
Gacha Club Studio Mode allows players to create scenes with up to ten OCs at a time.
Gacha Club - Studio Mode | Credit: lunime.itch.io
New to Gacha Club is the narration option that allows players to tell a story not attached to characters. It behaves much like character chat options, although it stretches across the entire screen. Gacha Club's character dialogue options are entirely customizable, from color, speech bubble shape, the font used, and the bubble's placement in the scene.
Gacha Life - Mini-Games | Credit: lunime.itch.io
Gacha Life mini-games allow the player to take a break from creating scenes to have some relaxing fun. There are eight different mini-games available in Gacha Life, many more than are currently available in Gacha Club.
The mini-games available in Gacha Life include:
There are eight different mini-games available in Gacha Life...
Each of the mini-games in Gacha Life grants a gem reward for completing them. Gems can be used in the gacha system to obtain new customization items for your scenes and characters.
Gacha Club - Mini-Games | Credit: lunime.itch.io
Gacha Club features four mini-games that also reward gems and coins for acquiring new battle units. Specific battle units are only available through playing the mini-games. The four mini-games featured are:
Gacha Club features four mini-games that also reward gems and coins for acquiring new battle units.
These four mini-games are all that are available in Gacha Club at launch. Rumors suggest a DJ mini-game was worked on and scrapped ahead of the game's launch. Lunime will probably add more mini-games to the game as it progresses.
Gacha Club | Credit: lunime.itch.io
Gacha Club re-uses many aspects of Lunime's previous games. But the character creator offers many more options than Gacha Life. Players who enjoy making scenes in the game will enjoy the expanded Studio Mode, too.
Gacha Life still has many more mini-games and scene backgrounds, since it is an older game. Both Gacha Life and Gacha Club are fun for anyone who wants to create their own anime stories.