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Lapis x Labyrinth dev blog - 'A guide to making the riches explode'

Gotta get that BREAD

The latest dev blog for Lapis x Labyrinth focuses on getting the most bang for your buck. ...or the most buck for your bang? Check out the blog post below to see what I mean.

So let me get this straight: you say you’ve been smashing your way through the Labyrinth for days now, but you’ve only been able to scrounge up a few measly chests’-worth of loot? Well, you’re in luck kid, ‘cuz I’m going to let you in on a secret that’ll change your treasure-hunting adventures forever!

It’s a little something called FEVER MODE. Once you learn how to harness it, the loot you’ll rake in will increase tenfold, or even a hundredfold, or maybe EVEN HIGHER!

Check out the full dev blog here

Lapis X Labyrinth - more gameplay

When a struggling village falls on hard times and is desperate need of wealth, there's only one solution: gather your comrades, venture into the Labyrinth below the Golden Forest, and claim the piles of gold and treasures hidden within! You will need all your courage and wits to survive the dangers ahead, but the treasures that await you are well worth it! Customize your team with over 4,000 unique combinations, then use the creative stacking mechanic to perform synchronized attacks. When you've racked up enough destruction, unleash the explosive power of Fever Mode to really make the cash flow! With 8 different character classes, engaging monster encounters, and stylish, over-the-top visuals, this adventure has everything you need to make it rain!

Lapis X Labyrinth X Limited Edition XL available to preorder

Stack, raid, and GET PAID! The dungeon-diving action RPG Lapis x Labyrinth puts you at the center of a high-octane treasure-hunting quest, where the danger is great and the rewards are even greater! Do you have what it takes to smash through hordes of monsters and traps to gain riches beyond your imagination?

When a struggling village falls on hard times and is desperate need of wealth, there's only one solution: gather your comrades, venture into the Labyrinth below the Golden Forest, and claim the piles of gold and treasures hidden within! You will need all your courage and wits to survive the dangers ahead, but the treasures that await you are well worth it! Customize your team with over 4,000 unique combinations, then use the creative stacking mechanic to perform synchronized attacks. When you've racked up enough destruction, unleash the explosive power of Fever Mode to really make the cash flow! With 8 different character classes, engaging monster encounters, and stylish, over-the-top visuals, this adventure has everything you need to make it rain!

Key Features:

• The Power of Dango - Select between 8 unique character classes to build your party, from the mighty Destroyer to the swift Hunter! Stack up to 4 characters and swap between them to unleash different attacks, or make a united assault against your enemies!

• FEVER TIME - Rack up the points and stack up the riches by unleashing Fever Mode! Defeat enough enemies to activate a special mode that rains pain upon your foes and showers you with tons of loot! This contributes to your score at the end of each level, which results in even MORE rewards! Huzzah!

• What's Reward Without Risk? - Powerful fiends and hordes of ferocious creatures stand between you and the treasure. With over 100 different monsters lurking within the labyrinth, you'll have your work cut out for you!

This Limited Edition includes:

• Lapis x Labyrinth for Nintendo Switch™
• Lapis x Labyrinth My Labyrinth Photo Album~♡
• Lapis x Labyrinth Dango Beats
• Lapis x Labyrinth Poster (Nintendo Switch exclusive)
• Mayor's Special Feast Mini Art Print (Nintendo Switch exclusive)
• Dango Delights Mini Art Print (Nintendo Switch exclusive)
• Collector's Box

Grab yours here (thanks Sligeach_eire!)

Lapis x Labyrinth - 'Announcement' trailer

We're excited to bring you our treasure-filled, high-speed adventure Lapis x Labyrinth for Nintendo Switch™ and PlayStation®4 in 2019! The energy is endless and the gains are overflowing in our Announcement Trailer!

A struggling adventuring town is on the brink of bankruptcy, but not before its last adventurers come to visit the labyrinth below it, seeking the treasures and gold hidden within. But great rewards come with great risks, so prepare to wager your lives!

Lapis x Labyrinth - 20 mins of gameplay footage

A small village in a small kingdom has been hit with some tough financial times, thankfully they are sitting on a whole trove of treasure! Dive into the Labyrinth atop a forest that shimmers like gold in search of beaucoup bucks with your customized crew of adventurers! Using the creative stacking mechanic you can flip between up to 4 adventurers on the fly and deploy their individual attacks while keeping them all on top of your head!

Lapis x Labyrinth - 'System' trailer, more screens, and info on Head Breakaway, Head Stepping Stones, Equipment, Snacks, and more

Game System

In Lapis x Labyritnh, you fight with the heads of party members stacked on top of the leader character.

In addition to the specialized “Assist Order” and “Extra Order” actions that utilize the stacked heads, the leader also has “basic attacks” and “job actions.” By consecutively unleashing basic attacks, you can attack up to five times in a row, and you can change the attack pattern of job actions by pressing a different key on the d-pad. Utilize various techniques and make your way through the game using properly timed and precise attacks.

—The maid can be bewitch enemies with various consecutive attacks.
–Depending on the technique, you may be able to get a good hit on airborne enemies.

Head Breakaway

If you are attacked by an enemy, the impact may breakaway a head from your DANGO stack.

A breakaway head cannot take any action, and will be damaged if left as is.

While the battle continues without pause, be sure to keep an eye on the state of your party.

—A breakaway head can be picked back up by passing by it. If you move on to the next stage without picking up a breakaway head, you will not be able to use it in battle, so make sure you pick it up.

Head Stepping Stones

While the jump action generally only goes as far as a double jump, if you jump from standing atop a head, you can use your party’s heads as stepping stones to jump and reach higher places.

—You can jump as high as the heads you piled up. If there is a treasure chest you cannot reach, set down a head and use it as a scaffold to jump higher. The heads you use as scaffolds will return to your DANGO.

Equipment and Cost

There are five types of items you can equip to your party: weapons, armor, artifacts, magic gems, and snacks. The abilities of each equipment bestow effects upon specific jobs and the party in general. Equipped items have a “cost,” and there is a limit to how much cost you can equip. Prepare your equipment while figuring out a proper balance.

Snacks

Snacks are essentially recovery items. You can use one for every section you clear. They can recover HP and cure status ailments.

—It is “Snack Time” after clearing the first section of your adventure. The “Small Candy” snack recovers your HP, allowing you to proceed with full health.

Opening Gates

At the start of a stage, the gate that is the goal of the dungeon is locked.

In order to unlock it, you must destroy the violet diamond-shaped objects within the dungeon.

Several of these diamond-shaped objects exist, and each one you destroy fills up a dedicated gauge.

Be sure to check whether any remain in the dungeon before you reach the goal.

—If you fill up the gauge up until the mark in the middle, the gate will unlock, but if you fill up the gauge all the way through, the number of keys that can be used for “Treasure Unlocks,” which you can get after clearing the stage, will increase.

Encyclopedia

As a game with plenty of things to collect, the “Encyclopedia” provides an overview of the items you have collected, as well as the total percentage of items you have collected.

Check out more screens here

Lapis x Labyrinth - Japanese promo video #2

A small village in a small kingdom has been hit with some tough financial times, thankfully they are sitting on a whole trove of treasure! Dive into the Labyrinth atop a forest that shimmers like gold in search of beaucoup bucks with your customized crew of adventurers! Using the creative stacking mechanic you can flip between up to 4 adventurers on the fly and deploy their individual attacks while keeping them all on top of your head!

Lapis x Labyrinth - gameplay trailer

A small village in a small kingdom has been hit with some tough financial times, thankfully they are sitting on a whole trove of treasure! Dive into the Labyrinth atop a forest that shimmers like gold in search of beaucoup bucks with your customized crew of adventurers! Using the creative stacking mechanic, you can flip between up to four adventurers on the fly and deploy their individual attacks while keeping them all on top of your head! Go for the glitz and glamour, strike with the blitz and hammer!

Lapis x Labyrinth - info on the Gunner, Wizard, Destroyer, and Bishop, plus details on enemies, techniques, and more

Another wave of details on Lapix x Labyrinth has come in. Today we get info on the Gunner, Wizard, Destroyer, and Bishop characters, alongside details on enemies and more. Check out the details below, and have a look at more screens and art here.

■ Player Character

The eight classes of playable characters each have different weapons that they use to attack. For today’s update, we will introduce the “Gunner,” “Wizard,” “Destroyer,” and “Bishop” classes.

—The hair style, voice, and color of playable characters can be easily customized.

Gunner

Storm and stress shooting. Specializes in gun-based, long range attacks.

Weapon: Gun

—Assist Order: “Spike Bomb”

Launches several bombs that damage the enemies dragged into the blast.

—Extra Order: “Shotgun”

Shoots forward a large number of shots in fan form.

Wizard

An adaptable magic attack specialist. An attacker that specializes in all types of magic attacks and confuses the enemy with various tactics.

Weapon: Staff

—Assist Order: “Fire Ball”

Fires forward a big ball of fire that damages the enemies it hits.

—Extra Order: “Megalo Flame”

Fires an even bigger ball of fire compared to “Fire Ball.” It can pierce through both walls and enemies to deal damage.

Destroyer

The great sword exterminator. With a great sword larger than its own body, the Destroyer uses powerful attacks with wide range.

Weapon: Great Sword

—Assist Order: “Destroy Sword”

Swings downward its great sword and fires a wide range attack.

—Extra Order: “Death Divide”

Swings downward an even larger sword than usual. The enemies it hits will be blown back and stunned.

Bishop

A holy spear able to easily heal and exterminate. Specializes in healing party members and spear-based, wide range attacks.

Weapon: Spear

—Assist Order: “Shining Stab”

Unleashes a long-reaching blow with its spear. Deals additional thunderbolt damage when it hits.

—Extra Order: “Holy Prayer”

Heals all party members’ HP and status ailments.

■ Enemy Characters

Nearly 100 types of enemy characters will appear. Here we will introduce the special traits of just a few.

Hammer Knight

Attacks by swinging its hammer as it moves closer to the player.

Matango

Uses gas attacks and rams its body using short distance jumps.

Floworm

Fires pollen bullets at the player.

Petite Beast

Attacks with the boomerang it carries.

Killer Bee

Approaches at quick speed with tricky movements and fires needles from its abdomen.

■ Boss Characters

Bosses await at the end of each stage. You may not be able to determine their attacks at first glance.

Queen Bee

While it has the appearance of a Killer Bee, a Queen Bee is especially large. It chases the player while maintaining reasonable distance and using needle attacks.

Antareth

Uses a nose dive attack from a jump, as well as a thrust attack with its spear.

■ Items

You can obtain materials and equipment from the treasure chests you find in dungeons, or the cursed ones that are unsealed after clearing a stage. Depending on the type of treasure chest, there is a higher chance you will receive an item of high purity.

—A copper treasure chest.
—A gold treasure chest.
—Treasure chests are scattered all over each stage. Check every nook and cranny of the stage to find them.

Other than unsealed treasure chests, you can pick up various items that drop by defeating enemies or breaking objects in dungeons. From items that take effect immediately while to those that you can hold on to, this section will introduce just a few of the ones you can find.

—EXP Item

Accumulates the experience points necessary for exploration. By accumulating experience points, your party level will increase, which will strengthen the stats like attack power and HP.

—Fiber Item

Obtaining this activates Fiber Mode.

—Fiber Gem

You can use these to spin the slots during Fiber Mode.

—Gold Coins

While gold coins increase for every drop, if you fail a mission, the gold coins in your possession will be halved.

■ Base Facilities

In town, there are several essential facilities.

Trade Shop

Trade materials and gold coins for items, or sell items.

Dojo

Strengthen your party members’ overall HP, attack power, durability, and more.

Lapis x Labyrinth in-store preorder bonuses revealed

Preorder bonuses for Lapis X Labyrinth has been revealed in Japan. For those who go through traditional brick-and-mortar stores, one of the two original art pieces above will be offered. As for only retailers, it's still unknown whether they'll also offer these illustrations, or something completely different.