Sailor Moon Drops

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Game title screen
Sailor Moon Drops is a mobile phone game first released in Japan in September 2015, with an English version released in April 2016. It is a match-three puzzle game, where the player has to clear different colored gems from the board in order to achieve the stage's objective, similar to games like Candy Crush. Each stage allows only a certain number of moves with which to complete the objective; any moves left over at the end will earn bonus points. Completing certain objectives can also earn trophies, which can be exchanged for boosters or other special items.

The player begins with only Sailor Moon as a character, and as they advance through the stages they will see short episodes that follow the story of the series. The English version currently goes into the Dead Moon arc, while the Japanese version includes stages up into the Stars arc. The player can obtain new characters during the course of the story, while other characters can be obtained during special time-limited events. During character events, an icon will take the player to a special map or series of maps, and completing the stages there can earn various items as well as the objective character.

Stage Types[edit]

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The stage selection map

The map leads the player through a succession of increasingly difficult stages, each of which must be completed before moving on. As the player progresses, additional mechanics are introduced to make the stages more challenging, such as immovable tiles that must be destroyed by making matches next to them or cages that cover pieces and prevent them from moving until that piece is used in a match. There are also "item" stages, from which the player can obtain items like pieces that can be combined to form a downloadable wallpaper or keys that allow them to pass locks at certain points on the map.

The puzzles on each stage include the following types:

  • Get the target score! - The player has to reach a certain score to complete the stage. This is the only objective of the first few stages in the game, then all subsequent stages require the player to reach a target score before it is complete, even if they have reached the main objective.
  • Break the barriers! - Barriers appear on the screen that can be broken by clearing the colored piece beneath them. As the stages advance, more pieces will need to be cleared in order to break certain barriers.
  • Defeat the enemy! - A Youma appears on the board and can be "attacked" by clearing specific colored pieces. After the player has made a certain number of moves, the Youma will change and/or reduce the pieces they are vulnerable to, making it more difficult to attack the longer it takes. Another variation of the stage requires matching pieces next to small Youma which will multiply after any turn where none are destroyed.
  • Collect the Accessories! - The player has to clear away pieces to allow a Transformation Brooch, a bow, and a tiara to fall to the bottom of the screen and be "collected." Different stages will require different numbers of each piece to be collected.
  • Match the pieces! - The player is given a specified amount of certain pieces that must be cleared from the board.
  • Race against time! - The player is given 60 seconds to clear as many pieces as possible. Pieces that add 5 seconds will also appear on the board at random during the stage.
  • Release the Silver Crystals! - Silver Crystals will appear on the board in the original "sealed" form, then as pieces immediately next to it are cleared away, it opens into its "lotus" form and then vanishes.
  • Look for Luna! - The player must clear away opaque barriers on the board to find pictures of Luna hidden behind some of them.
  • Smash the Plates and defeat the enemy! - Like the previous enemy stage, a Youma appears on the board that must be defeated by clearing away specific pieces. However, instead of changing the pieces it is vulnerable to, every few moves this enemy will create barriers blocking off parts of the board.
  • Make Cakes! - The player has to collect a certain number of whole cakes, which are created by swapping slices of cake with each other.
  • Defeat the enemy! Familiars assemble! - Similar to the original Defeat the enemy levels, a Youma needs to be "attacked" by clearing pieces of specific colors. In this version, when the countdown runs out a "familiar" will appear on the board, hiding three of the pieces from view, though it can be moved and then defeated by clearing one or more of the pieces it is hiding.

Special Pieces[edit]

When the player clears 4 or more pieces in different patterns, it leaves behind special pieces that can be helpful in completing puzzles. When special pieces are swapped with each other, they become even more powerful than when used alone.

  • Stripe - Match 4 pieces in a row. Clearing 4 vertical pieces will give you a horizontal Stripe, which clears one row, while clearing 4 horizontal pieces will give you a vertical Stripe, which clears one column.
  • Popper - Match pieces in a T or L shape. Poppers will clear the 3x3 square surrounding them twice.
  • Paint - Match 6 pieces. Paint pieces will turn other pieces its color. For example, swapping a pink Paint piece with a blue piece will turn all blue pieces pink.
  • Prism - Match 5 pieces in a row. When swapped with another piece, it will remove all pieces of that color, so for example, swapping a Prism with a blue piece will remove all blue pieces from the board.
  • Stripe + Stripe - Clears a row and a column.
  • Stripe + Popper - Clears three rows and three columns.
  • Popper + Popper - Clears a 5x5 square twice.
  • Paint + Stripe - Changes all pieces the color of the Stripe piece into the color of the Paint piece, then turns all pieces that color into Stripe pieces and sets them all off.
  • Paint + Popper - Changes all pieces the color of the Popper piece into the color of the Paint piece, then turns all pieces that color into Popper pieces and sets them all off.
  • Paint + Paint - Turns all pieces on the board to the color of the second Paint piece, then clears them off.
  • Prism + Stripe - Turns all pieces the color of the Stripe piece into Stripe pieces, then sets them off.
  • Prism + Popper - Turns all pieces the color of the Popper piece into Popper pieces, then sets them off.
  • Prism + Paint - Turns all pieces on the board to the color of the Paint piece, then clears them off.
  • Prism + Prism - Clears all pieces from the board.

Boosters[edit]

These special items provide help for the player to achieve a stage's objective, can be earned from certain stages or in events, or purchased from the in-app store.

  • Stripe-Popper - Adds a Stripe piece and a Popper piece at the beginning of the stage.
  • Prism - Adds a Prism piece at the beginning of the stage.
  • Luna P Double - Adds two Luna P pieces at the beginning of the stage, each of which will remove the surrounding eight pieces when tapped.
  • Score Enhancer - This makes your score increase faster.
  • Skill Charger - This makes the special ability gauge fill up faster.
  • Piece Crusher - This lets you remove one piece of your choice.
  • Item Catcher - Picks up an accessory.
  • Color Crusher - This removes all pieces of a chosen color.
  • Block Crusher - Takes three random Silver Crystals, plates, cages or multiplying enemies down one level; if none are present, destroys regular pieces instead.
  • Cake Combiner - Makes a cake from chosen cake pieces without having to swap them with each other.
  • All Crusher - Removes all pieces in the puzzle and reduces all breakable blocks (Crystals, plates, cages, etc.) down one level.

Characters[edit]

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Playing as Sailor Moon

Once obtained, characters can be leveled up by collecting "Growth Stamps," which can be found by unlocking certain stages on the map or completing a special map during a character event, or during stamp events. Each character has a special ability that can be unlocked at level 2, then a powered-up ability unlocked at level 5 (the maximum level). A gauge on the screen fills up when the player clears the pink heart-shaped pieces, and when it is full they can then use the special ability.

The following are characters currently available in the English version of the game:

Story Characters[edit]

Sailor Moon[edit]

  • Moon Tiara Action - Clears eight surrounding gems, blocks, barriers, etc.
  • Moon Healing Escalation - Clears sixteen surrounding gems, blocks, barriers, etc.

Sailor Mercury[edit]

  • Bubble Spray - Adds one Popper piece.
  • Shine Aqua Illusion - Adds two Popper pieces.

Sailor Mars[edit]

  • Evil Spirit, be exorcized - Adds one Stripe piece.
  • Fire Soul - Adds two Stripe pieces.

Sailor Jupiter[edit]

  • Supreme Thunder - Clears 4-6 random pieces.
  • Sparkling Wide Pressure - Clears 7-9 random pieces.

Sailor Venus[edit]

  • Crescent Beam - Random chance of clearing an entire row.
  • Venus Love Me Chain - Random chance of clearing an entire row (odds increased).

Chibiusa[edit]

  • Moon Mark - Random chance of clearing an entire column.
  • Moon Mark - Random chance of clearing an entire column (odds increased).

Sailor Moon (Crystal Star)[edit]

  • Moon Princess Halation - Clears twelve surrounding gems, blocks, barriers, etc.
  • Moon Princess Halation - Clears seventeen surrounding gems, blocks, barriers, etc.

Sailor Pluto[edit]

  • Chronos Typhoon - Clears nine surrounding gems, blocks, barriers, etc.
  • Dead Scream - Clears twelve surrounding gems, blocks, barriers, etc.

Sailor Moon (Cosmic Heart)[edit]

  • Moon Spiral Heart Attack - Clears twelve surrounding gems, blocks, barriers, etc.
  • Rainbow Moon Heartache - Clears seventeen surrounding gems, blocks, barriers, etc.

Michiru Kaiou (School Uniform)[edit]

  • Elegant Appearance - Random chance of clearing an entire column.
  • Elegant Appearance - Random chance of clearing an entire column and attack gauge fills up faster.

Haruka Tenou (School Uniform)[edit]

  • Brilliant Appearance - Adds one Popper piece.
  • Brilliant Appearance - Adds two Popper pieces.

Chibiusa (School Uniform)[edit]

  • Tiny Love Rhapsody - Adds one Popper or one Stripe piece.
  • Tiny Love Rhapsody - Adds two Poppers or two Stripe pieces.

Event Characters[edit]

Ami Mizuno (School Uniform)[edit]

  • Let's Study! - Shuffles the pieces on the board.
  • Checkmate! - Shuffles the pieces on the board and attack gauge fills up faster.

Minako Aino (School Uniform)[edit]

  • Eager to Please - Adds one Stripe piece.
  • Volleyball Star - Adds two Stripe pieces.

Usagi Tsukino (School Uniform)[edit]

  • Crybaby - Shuffles the pieces on the board.
  • Pleading Heart - Shuffles the pieces on the board and attack gauge fills up faster.

Princess Serenity[edit]

  • Moon Healing Escalation - Adds one move or three seconds, depending on the stage type.
  • Legendary Silver Crystal - Adds two moves or six seconds, depending on the stage type.

Rei Hino (School Uniform)[edit]

  • Evil Spirit, be exorcized - Adds one Stripe piece or one Popper piece.
  • Phobos & Deimos - Adds two Stripe or Popper pieces.

Ami Mizuno (Dress)[edit]

  • Checkmate! - Adds one move or three seconds, depending on the stage type.
  • Human Calculator - Adds two moves or six seconds, depending on the stage type.

Makoto Kino (School Uniform)[edit]

  • Rose Earrings - Adds one Popper piece.
  • Wanna Share My Lunch? - Adds two Popper pieces.

Haruka Tenou (Vampire)[edit]

  • Trick or Treat! - Effects randomized every use.
  • Trick or Treat! - Effects randomized every use (stronger effects more likely).

Michiru Kaiou (Witch)[edit]

  • Trick or Treat! - Effects randomized every use.
  • Trick or Treat! - Effects randomized every use (stronger effects more likely).

Makoto Kino (Apron)[edit]

  • Wanna Share My Lunch? - Random chance of clearing an entire row.
  • Want Some Cake? - Random chance of clearing an entire row (odds increased).

Sailor V[edit]

  • Crescent Boomerang - Clears seven pieces or blocks in a v shape.
  • Lovely Crescent Shower - Clears thirteen pieces or blocks in a v shape.

Usagi Tsukino (Santa)[edit]

  • Christmas Present! - Adds one Prism piece.
  • Christmas Present! - Adds one Prism piece and attack gauge fills up faster.

Chibiusa (Santa)[edit]

  • Christmas Present! - Adds one Paint piece.
  • Christmas Present! - Adds one Paint piece and attack gauge fills up faster.

Luna (Princess Kaguya's Lover)[edit]

  • The Lover of Princess Kaguya - Swaps the Skill Orb with the chosen piece.
  • The Lover of Princess Kaguya - Swaps the Skill Orb with the chosen piece and attack gauge fills up faster.

Super Sailor Moon (Cosmic Heart)[edit]

  • Rainbow Moon Heartache - Clears thirteen surrounding gems, blocks, barriers, etc.
  • Rainbow Moon Heartache - Clears nineteen surrounding gems, blocks, barriers, etc.

Sailor Neptune[edit]

  • Submarine Reflection - Clears nine pieces or blocks in a trident shape.
  • Deep Submerge - Clears sixteen pieces or blocks in a trident shape.

Haruka Tenou (Racing Gear)[edit]

  • Brilliant Racer - Clears a random row.
  • Brilliant Racer - Clears a random row and attack gauge fills up faster.

Neo-Queen Serenity[edit]

  • Legendary Silver Crystal - Changes all pieces of a random color to another random color.
  • Legendary Silver Crystal - Changes all pieces of a random color to another random color and attack gauge fills up faster.

Rei Hino (Shrine Maiden)[edit]

  • Prayer - Clears eight surrounding gems, blocks, barriers, etc.
  • Phobos & Deimos - Clears eight surrounding gems, blocks, barriers, etc. and attack gauge fills up faster.

Princess Serenity (Original Colors)[edit]

  • Moon Healing Escalation - Clears twelve surrounding blocks and pieces.
  • Legendary Silver Crystal - Clears sixteen surrounding blocks and pieces.

Sailor Uranus[edit]

  • Space Sword Blaster - Clears eight surrounding blocks and pieces.
  • World Shaking - Clears nineteen surrounding blocks and pieces.

Usagi Tsukino (Easter version)[edit]

  • Happy Easter - Adds one move or three seconds, and two stripes.
  • Happy Easter - Adds two moves or six seconds, and two stripes.

Michiru Kaiou (Middle School Uniform)[edit]

  • Elegant Melody - Clears eight surrounding blocks and pieces.
  • Elegant Melody - Clears eight surrounding blocks and pieces and attack gauge fills up faster.

Naru Osaka[edit]

  • Let's Go Out for Parfaits Sometime! - Adds one move or three seconds, depending on the stage type.
  • Let's Go Out for Parfaits Sometime! - Adds two moves or six seconds, depending on the stage type.

Haruka Tenou (Hakama)[edit]

  • Brilliant Aura - Adds one move or three seconds, and two poppers.
  • Brilliant Aura - Adds two moves or six seconds, and two poppers.

Sailor Saturn[edit]

  • Silence Glaive Surprise - Clears all pieces of a random color.
  • Death Reborn Revolution - Clears all pieces of a random color and attack gauge fills up faster.

Princess Usagi SL Serenity[edit]

  • Future Legendary Silver Crystal - Clears all pieces of a random color.
  • Future Legendary Silver Crystal - Clears all pieces of a random color and attack gauge fills up faster.

Tuxedo Mask[edit]

  • The Rose that Strikes Down Evil - Adds one Popper and clears eight surrounding blocks and pieces.
  • Tuxedo La Smoking Bomber - Adds one Popper and clears twelve surrounding blocks and pieces.

Kou Seiya (School Uniform)[edit]

  • On Stage! - Adds one or two Stripe pieces.
  • On Stage! - Adds two or three Stripe pieces.

Kou Taiki (School Uniform)[edit]

  • On Stage! - Clears ten surrounding pieces and blocks.

Kou Yaten (School Uniform)[edit]

  • On Stage! - Clears seven to twelve random pieces.
  • On Stage! - Clears seven to twelve random pieces and attack gauge fills up faster.

Sailor Chibi Moon[edit]

  • Pink Sugar Heart Attack - Clears a random number of pieces in a cross shape.
  • Pink Sugar Heart Attack - Clears a random number of pieces in a cross shape, attack gauge fills up faster and stronger effects more likely.

Black Lady[edit]

  • Black Luna P - Adds one Stripe piece and clears eleven surrounding pieces and blocks.
  • Black Luna P - Adds two Stripe pieces and clears eleven surrounding pieces and blocks.

Usagi Tsukino (Witch)[edit]

  • Trick or Treat! - Changes eight to ten pieces to the same color, with a random chance of changing 18 pieces.
  • Trick or Treat! - Changes nine to twelve pieces to the same color, with a random chance of changing 21 pieces.

Hotaru Tomoe (Witch)[edit]

  • Trick or Treat! - Adds two Stripes or Poppers, with a random chance of adding three.

Super Sailor Mercury[edit]

  • Mercury Aqua Rhapsody - Adds three Poppers.

Prince Endymion[edit]

  • Soul Mates - Randomly destroys two diagonal rows.