Azur Lane is an engaging and immersive free-to-play 2D mobile shoot ’em up game developed by Shanghai Manjuu and Xiamen Yongshi. Set in the backdrop of World War II, players assume control of anthropomorphized moe warships such as the USS St. Louis, USS Enterprise, battleship Nagato, and many more iconic vessels.
The game seamlessly combines side-scrolling shooter gameplay reminiscent of the Touhou Project games with RPG elements and a gacha collection system for acquiring adorable ships, similar to Girls’ Frontline and Kancolle.
In Azur Lane, players engage in thrilling naval combat between two fleets, each comprised of a front and back row that fulfill different roles in battle. The front row, known as the Escort fleet, is directly controlled by the player and must deftly maneuver to evade enemy attacks on a grid-based system.
Meanwhile, the back row, or the Main fleet, acts as a supportive force, boasting charged abilities that can be unleashed upon adversaries. Alongside its captivating combat mechanics, the game offers a wide range of features, including gacha ship building, a character dormitory, a marriage system, character upgrades, and more, all central to the gameplay experience.
While Azur Lane provides the option for auto-controlled AI during combat, this comes at the cost of less efficient battles, encouraging players to take an active role and enhance the overall gameplay involvement beyond the average mobile title. With its dynamic gameplay, captivating ship collection mechanics, and an array of engaging features, Azur Lane offers a delightful and immersive gaming experience for fans of naval combat and captivating moe characters.