developer: Shanghai Manjuu Technology Co.,Ltd
publisher: Yostar Games
Game mode: single player
Azur Lane is a free-to-play production combining the classic two-dimensional shoot'em up with tactical RPG. The developer of the title is the Chinese company Shanghai Manjuu Technology. The main recipients of its software and games are owners of mobile devices running Android and iOS. Azur Lane debuted in China in May 2017, a few months later the production was released in Japan, where it immediately became a huge hit. A year later, the title was officially released to Western users. The popularity of the brand made it possible to quickly adapt it in the form of comics, books, as well as anime series and a three-dimensional console game Azur Lane: Crosswave.
Azur Lane takes place in a world that controls a fictitious party that reflects realistically existing countries such as the United Kingdom, the United States, China, Germany and Japan. They all formed the title alliance called Azur Lane. Due to the persuasion of invaders from outside the Earth, however, Germany and Japan broke out of it, which created the Crimson Axis. The aim of the Axis is to gain control of the world, using weapons and technology provided by its mysterious principals.
In the ranks of the armies of both sides of the dispute are young girls who are anthropomorphs of the actually existing military ships fighting during the Second World War. This is not the end of the parallels with the greatest armed conflict of all time. The following chapters of the game campaign refer directly to the famous operations and sea battles in the Pacific. The plot was presented in the form of interludes in a form known from visual novel.
During the game we control a team of several heroines, whose goal is to eliminate all opponents on the screen.Azur Lane is a classic two-dimensional shoot'em up, where the key to victory is not only our skills, but also the weapons and equipment installed in the ships, as well as their statistics and level of experience. There are a total of several hundred girls in the game, representing several different classes of ships.
There are a maximum of six ships in our team. Three of them play a supporting role (carriers, battleships and cruisers) and we do not control their movements, but we can use their special attacks and abilities. The other ships (light and heavy cruisers, destroyers) are in the first row of our combat formation and can be controlled directly by the player. Depending on the level and type, they have up to four different abilities and special attacks.
We get new ships and heroines in the same way as in other popular productions of this type, buying them with the help of resources that we gain during the game or buying them in the shop with microtransactions.
Azur Lane offers a colourful two-dimensional comic book design. Portraits of the heroines were made by many different graphic artists from China and Japan. Most ships have spoken dialogues that have been recorded by Japanese actresses.
Additional information (AND): Internet connection is required.
Additional information (iOS): Internet connection is required.