Beginner’s Guide to World Flipper – The Best Tips and Tricks to Start in This Pinball-based Gacha RPG on the Right Foot
World Flipper was just released a few moments ago and is available for download. Users who were waiting for this game can also play it on PC with BlueStacks, with access to much better controls, as well as being able to play it on a large monitor in order to better appreciate everything that’s happening on the screen which, in most of the battles, can be quite a lot.
World Flipper is a brand new gacha RPG with pinball-based combat mechanics, giving us a break from the repetitive turn-based and auto-combat titles that are constantly released on the platform. In this sense, while you’ll find many similar elements to other games in this title, such as unlocking and collecting characters via a gacha summoning system, upgrading them using limited materials, and progressing through the main story with countless levels to progressively unlock additional features, players will also enjoy a brand new and challenging combat system that rewards player skill as they aim carefully toward a monster’s weak spots for maximum damage.
World Flipper is unlike any game we’ve seen on the market so far, what with its pinball combat mechanics. In this sense, we created this beginner’s guide to help all the newcomers to this title to start on the right track. If you’ve just downloaded and installed this game, then this article is for you.
The Pinball Combat System
As we mentioned above, the element that makes World Flipper stand out the most is, without a doubt, its pinball combat system. And since this is one of the most innovative aspects of the game, we decided to start our beginner’s guide by talking about it.
Fights in World Flipper are very similar to playing on a pinball machine, except that the balls are your characters and the bumpers are the enemies. In this sense, in order to defeat your foes, you must continuously throw your party into the enemy by using the flippers below, which is the most common way of dealing damage. There are, however, other elements that you need to consider when it comes to defeating your enemies in this game.
While all your characters have attack values that determine the damage they do to enemies every time they bash into them, each unit also has unique skills that can be used in combat to create different effects, sometimes with fantastic results. These unique properties, in turn, make it important to unlock at least a few good characters at the beginning in order to get a good start, which is why many players try rerolling before beginning their playthroughs in earnest.
Aside from these skills, which are used by clicking and dragging your cursor upward or to either side while in combat, your characters can also perform dashes while in mid-air. By clicking on the screen while your characters are flying, you can make them instantly tackle the nearest enemy, which is great when targeting difficult weak spots. You can perform more than one dash per flight, though you need to time it properly and give it a few seconds between every dash or else it won’t work.
One of the elements that makes the combat in World Flipper easy to pick up, but difficult to master. Power flips are powerful moves performed by your characters whenever you manage to score long combos in a single shot. As your characters bounce on your enemies and deal damage without returning to the flippers, they will accumulate combo hits. After a certain number of hits, you will gather enough power to make your characters perform a power flip the next time they’re launched upward.
Power flips are very useful tools for dealing lots of damage in a single hit, though the move itself varies depending on the class of the character you have designated as the leader. Regardless, these attacks usually deal tons of damage and are perfect for destroying crowds of weaker enemies in a single bound, especially when you combine them with dashes, which we explained above.
Power flips come in three different levels, and you can always check your current charge by looking at your flippers. As your characters bounce and attack enemies, you’ll see your flippers fill up with light. Once they’re full, your next attack will become a power flip. Furthermore, the longer the combo, the more the flippers will fill, which in turn will let you launch power flips of higher level, which will deal more damage.
It’s worth noting here that the maximum level of power flips is 3, after which you won’t accumulate any more energy on your flippers. Understandably though, these flips are the hardest to pull off as you’ll need to execute long combos to fill the flippers up to this level. However, if you manage to do it, you’ll probably completely eliminate most, if not all enemies on the current board.
As you’re bouncing around the field attacking enemies, your opponents are also constantly fighting back, either by attacking your units once they get close enough or by launching projectiles at them. And when your units take enough damage, they’ll enter into the “Coffin” status, which will effectively render them useless. However, whenever this happens, a coffin will appear on the stage, which you can bash with your remaining characters. If you manage to destroy the coffin, the incapacitated unit will return back to life with partial HP.
A mechanic exclusive to boss enemies, which is actually quite similar to power flips. By continuously attacking the enemy, you’ll progressively fill up the fever bar that appears in the background during boss fights. Once fully filled, you will enter fever status, which usually confers important bonuses to your group. These bonuses vary according to the boss fight, though they’re always usually worth the effort.
If you’re stuck in a boss fight, try to use combos and fill up the fever bar to give yourself a boost.
One last element we need to talk about when it comes to the combat system in World Flipper is the outhole, which is basically the empty space between the flippers where your characters can fall through if you’re not careful. Luckily, unlike regular pinball, your characters don’t die outright if they fall into the outhole, though they will take some damage. In this sense, try to avoid falling into the outhole whenever possible.
Summoning and Unlocking Characters
No gacha RPG is ever complete without some way of summoning and adding new characters to the roster, and World Flipper is no exception.
In order to unlock new characters in this game, you must summon them from the “Portal” menu, a process that requires Lodestar Beads, the game’s premium currency, or other items like pull tickets. Luckily, this game is quite generous with its beginner and pre-registration rewards, which give you enough currency to do three 10x pulls, as well as a ticket for a guaranteed 4-5 star single pull. This makes rerolling in World Flipper quite easy, at least at launch.
If you want to learn more about how to reroll in World Flipper, check out the guide we’ve prepared on the topic. Alternatively, if you’re already rerolling in this game, feel free to read our World Flipper character tier list to get an idea of which units to aim for.
The Different Characters and Their Properties
While the battle system in World Flipper is a bit complex, the character system is more straightforward.
Your units in this game all have different properties such as unique stats and skills, which will make them ideal for different occasions. Additionally, characters in this game can belong to different classes, which will significantly alter their performance in combat, such as by determining the type of power flip performed when these characters are set as leaders of your group.
Since there are a few elements to consider when it comes to the different units in World Flipper, let’s go ahead and give a brief breakdown of the most important aspects:
The most basic element of any character, which will give you an idea of their ideal roles. There are only two character stats in World Flipper; HP and Attack. And as their name suggests, the former is the amount of damage they can take before becoming coffined, while the latter determines the damage they deal every time they bump into an enemy.
Also referred to as “Type”, these are divided into five different categories: Bladewielder, Bruiser, Deadeye, Support, and Special. The most important part of this aspect is that your character’s class determines the power flip they perform, but only when the character in question is set as leader of the group. For example, if your party is varied and all characters have different classes, but your leader is a Bruiser, then you will only perform the Bruiser power flip if you manage to fill up your bar.
Elements and Race
These are two miscellaneous properties that your characters can have, but that can also significantly increase your power if harnessed correctly. A character’s race is mostly cosmetic, but there are some abilities that can affect some characters depending on their race. On the other hand, a character’s element will have more notable effects in most battles, as it will allow them to deal extra damage depending on the elemental matchups.
There are six elements in World Flipper: Fire, Water, Wind, Thunder, Light, and Dark. These elements match up in the following manner:
- Fire beats Wind
- Wind beats Thunder
- Thunder beats Water
- Water beats Fire
- Light and Darkness deal additional damage to each other.
It’s worth mentioning that, when it comes to elemental matchups, your characters DON’T receive additional damage when they’re at an elemental disadvantage. However, if this is the case, they will deal reduced damage to the enemy. In this sense, exploiting an enemy’s elemental weakness can give you the push needed to complete the most challenging stages or to beat the toughest bosses in the game.
Just like in any other gacha RPG, you can upgrade your units in World Flipper in many different ways. The most common methods of upgrading units in this game is by equipping them with good gear. Your gear in this game can dramatically alter the stats of a character. However, beyond simply giving them good weapons, there are two other ways to upgrade your characters:
- Level Up and Uncap: You can obtain experience simply by playing the game and completing stages. Once your character gets enough experience, they will level up and their stats will increase. You can give your characters experience through the “Units” menu. However, while a unit’s max level is limited in the beginning, you can use rare materials to uncap this limit and let them ascend far beyond their initial restrictions.
- Mana Board: By fulfilling certain level requirements and using specific materials, you can progress through each of your characters’ mana boards. For every tile that you unlock, you’ll discover new chapters in every character’s story, as well as obtain permanent boosts to their stats and skills.
By properly investing your resources, you can turn even average characters into powerhouses.
Getting good at World Flipper is easier than what this beginner’s guide may suggest. And while we’ve gone to great lengths to explain the combat system and how to unlock and upgrade your characters, most of this will come to you naturally as you continue playing the game. Nevertheless, we hope that the beginner tips we’ve shared in this guide can help you to get a good start.