‘S Pitter-JoJo Patter Pop! ( Jojo’s Pitapatapoppu JoJo No Pita Pata Poppu ) Is A Mobile puzzle game released on October 10, 2018.
The game is part of the JoJo SD Project (ジョジョSDプロジェクト JoJo SD Purojekuto) and was first teased alongside the announcement of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind.
Pitter-Patter Pop was revealed in the August 2018 issue of Ultra Jump, and features “super-deformed” (SD) artwork of characters from the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure series.
Before the game released, Bandai Namco previewed the characters in a teaser app called “JoJo’s Pitter-Patter Pop! Chiramise” (ジョジョのピタパタポップ ちらみせ) on August 27, 2018. It was a sneak peek that allowed users to take photos with the SD characters appearing in different poses, though the full game is much different.
The top of the screen shows two characters the player controls (such as Giorno and Bucciarati) who face off against a boss character (e.g. Luca) with a health bar.
The rest of the screen displays a 6×6 grid consisting of icons of many different characters. Players will have to match the tiles to make them fold and then disappear, which increases their score and decreases the health of the boss. Matching over 6 tiles at once will create a box of that tile, which can be moved just like other tiles and clicked on to open, creating 5 tiles in a cross shape.
By matching fast the player earns combo, which increases the damage every 10 combo gained, maxing out at 200 combo. The player is unable to lose combo if in stopped time or stand up time. The battle ends when the boss is defeated or time runs out.
Matching and erasing tiles over time will build up the “Stand-up Time” meter and skill meter. The Stand-up Time meter is a blue meter around the grid. Once full, the player temporarily enters Stand-up Time, during which the timer is stopped and matched tiles remain on the board and flip over, allowing the player to build up their combo. Making squares of tiles (up to a 6×6) multiplies the damage. Once Stand-up Time is over, all matched tiles will disappear doing an equivalent amount of damage to the boss, normal gameplay resumes and the meter resets.
If time runs out or the boss is defeated and a character has full meter, all tiles of that character will get erased, adding points and damaging the boss if they have any health left. Any boxes left untapped will open, also adding points and dealing damage if a match is created.
If the boss is defeated within a given amount of time, “Rush Time” activates, and the player can repeatedly strike the boss by quickly matching icons to rack up their score and earn additional coins. Once entering Rush Time special tiles and obstacles will disappear (with a few exceptions). Certain characters passive effects stay active in Rush Time.
Below each character is a skill meter in the form of three stars. Once a character’s skill meter is full, their skill can be activated by tapping the character. All characters possess unique skills with different effects falling into one of four categories. “Replace” (変化, Henka) skills replace tiles with others, usually of those of the character activating it. “Enhance” (強化, Kyōka) skills buff tiles by either enchancing or intensifying them.
Matching or erasing enchanced tiles grants more damage and skill charge, matching or erasing intensified panels grants only a big amount of damage. “Erase” (消去, Shōkyo) skills remove tiles without needing to match them, dealing multiplied damage dependant on the unit. “?” skills are skills that do not fall into any of the previous categories, such as rearranging tiles, stopping the timer, or a combination of multiple categories.
Later, “Boost” (ブースト, Būsuto) skills were introduced which a unit may have in addition to one of the previous skills. These units have boost levels that increase each time the skill is used per battle up to 5.
Skills can be activated in battle and during Stand-up Time, but not in Rush Time or during stopped time (such as when DIO or Part 4 Jotaro use their skills). Each unit has five skill levels (excluding the limited Giorno Real Frog ver.
which only has three) which determine the range of the skill, their effect, and their cooldown. Cooldown means how many tiles are matched after the skill is used, which varies per character.
Cooldown is defined by how many tiles the player needs to clear, by matching or erasing to activate the skill. It can be influenced by using enhanced tiles or matching tiles of the character used in the team. By raising the skill level of the character the cooldown of their skill can be lowered.
On one of a kind stages such as Rock-Paper-Scissors Special Battle leaders skill gauge get replaced by a pink mini-game skill gauge and locks your partner away from using skills. The skill animation plays as normal but the effect depends on the mini-game (for example giving you a free win in Rock-Paper-Scissors).
Battle items are power-ups which the player can buy or use before a battle starts. The player can buy them with either diamonds or coins, changing the currency type with the small button on the right. The player can obtain battle items from chest drops or limited time challenges.