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THE iDOLM@STER POPLINKS
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Video Game Data
Platform: iOS, Android
Publisher: BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
Developer: NHN PlayArt Corp.
Selling Agency: BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
Release Date: January 21, 2021
CERO Rating:

THE iDOLM@STER POPLINKS (アイドルマスター ポップリンクス Aidorumasutaa Poppurinkusu) or "Popmas" (ポプマス) for short, is a mobile puzzle game featuring idols from all five branches. An Android only open beta test was held from December 4 (12:00 JST) to December 7 (17:00 JST) in 2020.

Story

The "POPLINKS FESTIVAL", a mega-live event will be held where idols will be performing as a three-idol unit beyond the boundaries of their respective agencies! As their producer, produce an original unit to reach the top of this live!

Gameplay

Lives

The gameplay consists of a 60 second-long puzzle game of chaining same-colored notes by either connecting or looping them together to score as high as possible. There are 5 types of notes which scores based on a specific unit's stats: red (赤) notes (vocal), blue (青) notes (dance), yellow (黄) notes (visual), green (緑) notes (total unit appeal), and purple (紫) notes (audience preference). The more notes chained the higher the points gain. Doing a 7 chain or more will grant a Bomb that can be hold and fling around like a slingshot. Tap it to clear an area around it. Each unit member has a charge bar. When completely filled up, tap on the idol to activate their skill to clear more notes. Linking notes also fill up the "Hakoyure" meter which acts as a score multiplier of sorts (level 0: 1.0x; level 1: 1.2x; level 2: 1.5x; level 3: 2.0x; level 4: 3.0x). It'll slowly decrease as time progresses. Once it reaches level 1, Fever Time occurs in which the selected song of choice will play and the score multiplier increases as well. Also, the audience meter on the right will completely fill up which will quickly decrease. The goal is to reach the next level before the audience meter runs out. Once it reaches level 4, the player has the opportunity to fill up the unit appeal meter. Once it completely fills up, it can be activated by tapping the rainbow music note on the screen which will fully clear the board and score even more points. When either close to reaching a personal best score or most colors popped, the game sometimes give a prompt to spend 30 jewels or not for 10 more seconds of gameplay.

Lives also have a randomly-cycling attribute- Visual, Vocal, or Dance- that will grant bonuses to a unit with higher stats in that attribute. This will consume 1-3 stamina.

FES

Once the producer reaches a certain amount of fans, they can rank up by participating in a FES. FES events generally play identically to normal Lives; however, the player must clear certain 1-3 goals to beat the FES, like "pop a total of 75 red notes" or "get a score higher than 75000". With the exception of those which mentioned "1プレイで__" (__ in 1 play), goals are cumulative. Winning the FES raises the player's Producer rank, which gives rewards and unlocks new gameplay modes and features. This will consume 1 stamina.

Work

Unlocked at P-rank 7, Work functions similarly to other games with the feature (like THE iDOLM@STER Million Live!: Theater Days). It rewards fans, items, and CP (and consumes stamina) much like a normal Live, but there is no actual gameplay, just a quick scene of the selected idols doing a task. This will consume 1-3 stamina.

Training

Unlocked at P-rank 6, Training awards experience and items. It takes between 3 to 12 real-life hours to complete (with better rewards dropping from longer Training sessions), but this can be shortened using gems or training tickets (a common reward from gameplay). Each Training session also has an attribute. Training does not consume stamina.

Ranking

Unlocked at P-rank 2, Ranking pits your weekly score against 19 other players of similar rank. Ranking high nets better rewards.

Mechanics

Skills

Each idol can be equipped with various score-enhancing skills. Skills are obtained through the gacha, and while they're unlocked by scouting a specific idol they can be equipped on any idol with a matching attribute. Each skill needs a certain number of a certain color of notes to activate and can be triggered by tapping on the idol when their skill gauge fills. Skills can pop notes, create bombs, make a big note (worth more points), or make a certain note color spawn more often.

Coaching

The unit can be trained through "Coaching" by allocating stats of choice to make them stronger. Even units with the same members will evolve differently depending on said choice. However, raising these skills consumes CP (earned through Lives and other gameplay), and there is a limit to how much CP can be spent per unit.

The skill map doesn't just include Vocal, Visual, and Dance up boxes. Items, which depend on what the unit's attributes are, can be obtained, like accessories, dress-up parts, CD jacket parts, and even jewels. There are also requests from the unit's idols that usually consist of goals like "pop a certain amount of purple notes". These requests are timed, and if time runs out before the goal is reached, the reward will be lost.

Attributes

Each idol has two attributes. There are a total of 15 attributes in the game. They are Flower, Fire, Snow, Sun, Rainbow, Light, Ocean, Darkness, Sky, Wind, Moon, Dream, Thunder, Star, and Love. Most skills have an attribute; for example, a skill with the Flower attribute can only be equipped by idols with the Flower attribute. They can also gain bonuses by participating in Training with a matching attribute.

Customization

The idols can be dressed up with different idol-specific costumes (obtained through the gacha), accessories, and dress-up parts. Accessories don't show up on an idol's model, but raise various stats. Costumes and dress-up parts are just visual effects with no gameplay changes. Recolored costumes are also unlockable.

There's also a special CD jacket creator function that allows players to customize their own original CD jacket for their unit by using various assets provided by the game. These assets can be obtained as rewards for finishing missions, as drops from lives, or as level-up rewards. The finished work can then be posted via social media.

There is no known reward for creating jackets so far (for example, using rare stickers and backgrounds does not grant any gameplay bonuses), but your favorite unit's current CD jacket is displayed to other players in Ranking mode.

Characters

At launch, there were a total of 75 idols. With more being added monthly, the current total is now 137. Idols can be scouted from either gacha or offer. The confirmed roster so far is:

THE IDOLM@STER
HarukaA PL Thumb.png ChihayaK PL Thumb.png MikiH PL Thumb.png YukihoH PL Thumb.png YayoiT PL Thumb.png
Haruka Amami Chihaya Kisaragi Miki Hoshii Yukiho Hagiwara Yayoi Takatsuki
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MakotoK PL Thumb.png IoriM PL Thumb.png TakaneS PL Thumb.png RitsukoA PL Thumb.png AzusaM PL Thumb.png
Makoto Kikuchi Iori Minase Takane Shijou Ritsuko Akizuki Azusa Miura
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AmiF PL Thumb.png MamiF PL Thumb.png HibikiG PL Thumb.png
Ami Futami Mami Futami Hibiki Ganaha
Ico firePL.pngIco rainbowPL.png Ico moonPL.pngIco rainbowPL.png Ico windPL.pngIco oceanPL.png


CINDERELLA GIRLS
UzukiS PL Thumb.png YukariM PL Thumb.png Kanako M PL Thumb.png KyokoI PL Thumb.png MomokaS PL Thumb.png
Uzuki Shimamura Yukari Mizumoto Kanako Mimura‎ Kyoko Igarashi Momoka Sakurai
Ico moonPL.pngIco dreamPL.png Ico flowerPL.pngIco lightPL.png Ico flowerPL.pngIco lovePL.png Ico lightPL.pngIco lovePL.png Ico flowerPL.pngIco lovePL.png
KurumiO PL Thumb.png ShikiI PL Thumb.png FredericaM PL Thumb.png SaeK PL Thumb.png AnzuF PL Thumb.png
Kurumi Ohnuma Shiki Ichinose Frederica Miyamoto Sae Kobayakawa Anzu Futaba
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SachikoK PL Thumb.png NanaA PL Thumb.png MayuS PL Thumb.png SakuraM PL Thumb.png MireiH PL Thumb.png
Sachiko Koshimizu Nana Abe Mayu Sakuma Sakura Muramatsu Mirei Hayasaka
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AkihaI PL Thumb.png RinS PL Thumb.png Poplinks Aya Kirino Thumbnail.png RiinaT PL Thumb.png MiyuM PL Thumb.png
Akiha Ikebukuro Rin Shibuya Aya Kirino Riina Tada Miyu Mifune
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NanamiA PL Thumb.png NoaT PL Thumb.png KaedeT PL Thumb.png RankoK PL Thumb.png Kate PL Thumb.png
Nanami Asari Noa Takamine Kaede Takagaki Ranko Kanzaki Kate
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KoumeS PL Thumb.png IzumiO PL Thumb.png NonoM PL Thumb.png Anastasia PL Thumb.png AkiY PL Thumb.png
Koume Shirasaka Izumi Ohishi Nono Morikubo Anastasia Aki Yamato
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HaruY PL Thumb.png AsukaN PL Thumb.png MioH PL Thumb.png NatsukiK PL Thumb.png YuiO PL Thumb.png
Haru Yuuki Asuka Ninomiya Mio Honda Natsuki Kimura Yui Ohtsuki
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SyokoH PL Thumb.png TokikoZ PL Thumb.png TomokaW PL Thumb.png MikaJ PL Thumb.png RikaJ PL Thumb.png
Syoko Hoshi Tokiko Zaizen Tomoka Wakabayashi Mika Jougasaki Rika Jougasaki
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KirariM PL Thumb.png TakumiM PL Thumb.png HinakoK PL Thumb.png Poplinks Sana Miyoshi thumbnail.png AkoT PL Thumb.png
Kirari Moroboshi Takumi Mukai Hinako Kita Sana Miyoshi Ako Tsuchiya
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HikaruN PL Thumb.png
Hikaru Nanjo
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MILLION LIVE!
MiraiK PL Thumb.png ShizukaM PL Thumb.png TsubasaI PL Thumb.png ElenaS PL Thumb.png MinakoS PL Thumb.png
Mirai Kasuga Shizuka Mogami Tsubasa Ibuki Elena Shimabara Minako Satake
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MegumiT PL Thumb.png MatsuriT PL Thumb.png SerikaH PL Thumb.png Poplinks Anna Mochizuki thumbnail.png RocoH PL Thumb.png
Megumi Tokoro Matsuri Tokugawa Serika Hakozaki Anna Mochizuki Roco Handa
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YurikoN PL Thumb.png ArisaM PL Thumb.png UmiK PL Thumb.png IkuN PL Thumb.png EmilyS PL Thumb.png
Yuriko Nanao Arisa Matsuda Umi Kousaka Iku Nakatani Emily Stewart
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ShihoK PL Thumb.png AyumuM PL Thumb.png KonomiB PL Thumb.png TamakiO PL Thumb.png MiyaM PL Thumb.png
Shiho Kitazawa Ayumu Maihama Konomi Baba Tamaki Ogami Miya Miyao
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Poplinks Noriko Fukuda Thumbnail.png MizukiM PL Thumb.png Julia PL Thumb.png TsumugiS PL Thumb.png KaoriS PL Thumb.png
Noriko Fukuda Mizuki Makabe Julia Tsumugi Shiraishi Kaori Sakuramori
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SideM
ToumaA PL Thumb.png ShoutaM PL Thumb.png HokutoI PL Thumb.png TeruT PL Thumb.png KaoruS PL Thumb.png
Touma Amagase Shouta Mitarai Hokuto Ijuuin Teru Tendo Kaoru Sakuraba
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TsubasaK PL Thumb.png KeiT PL Thumb.png ReiK PL Thumb.png Poplinks Kyouji Takajou thumbnail.png Pierre PL Thumb.png
Tsubasa Kashiwagi Kei Tsuzuki Rei Kagura Kyoji Takajo Pierre
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MinoriW PL Thumb.png KyosukeA PL Thumb.png YusukeA PL Thumb.png HideoA PL Thumb.png RyuK PL Thumb.png
Minori Watanabe Kyosuke Aoi Yusuke Aoi Hideo Akuno Ryu Kimura
Ico flowerPL.pngIco dreamPL.png Ico windPL.pngIco snowPL.png Ico windPL.pngIco lovePL.png Ico dreamPL.pngIco lovePL.png Ico firePL.pngIco lovePL.png
SeijiS PL Thumb.png ShomaH PL Thumb.png ShikiIs PL Thumb.png JunF PL Thumb.png SuzakuA PL Thumb.png
Seiji Shingen Shoma Hanamura Shiki Iseya Jun Fuyumi Suzaku Akai
Ico sunPL.pngIco lovePL.png Ico moonPL.pngIco lightPL.png Ico rainbowPL.pngIco thunderPL.png Ico snowPL.pngIco thunderPL.png Ico firePL.pngIco windPL.png
GenbuK PL Thumb.png AsselinBBII PL Thumb.png MakioU PL Thumb.png SakiM PL Thumb.png NaoO PL Thumb.png
Genbu Kurono Asselin BB II Makio Uzuki Saki Mizushima Nao Okamura
Ico firePL.pngIco snowPL.png Ico snowPL.pngIco darknessPL.png Ico snowPL.pngIco sunPL.png Ico snowPL.pngIco starPL.png Ico flowerPL.pngIco rainbowPL.png
ShiroT PL Thumb.png KanonH PL Thumb.png RuiM PL Thumb.png JiroY PL Thumb.png Poplinks Takeru thumbnail.png
Shiro Tachibana Kanon Himeno Rui Maita Jiro Yamashita Takeru Taiga
Ico flowerPL.pngIco moonPL.png Ico flowerPL.pngIco lovePL.png Ico skyPL.pngIco rainbowPL.png Ico firePL.pngIco rainbowPL.png Ico skyPL.pngIco oceanPL.png
RenK PL Thumb.png RyoA PL Thumb.png KazukiT PL Thumb.png DaigoK PL Thumb.png AmehikoK PL Thumb.png
Ren Kizaki Ryo Akizuki Kazuki Tsukumo Daigo Kabuto Amehiko Kuzunoha
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SoraK PL Thumb.png ChrisK PL Thumb.png
Sora Kitamura Chris Koron
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SHINY COLORS
ManoS PL Thumb.png HioriK PL Thumb.png MeguruH PL Thumb.png KoganeT PL Thumb.png SakuyaS PL Thumb.png
Mano Sakuragi Hiori Kazano Meguru Hachimiya Kogane Tsukioka Sakuya Shirase
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YuikaM PL Thumb.png KirikoY PL Thumb.png KahoK PL Thumb.png ChiyokoS PL Thumb.png RinzeM PL Thumb.png
Yuika Mitsumine‎ Kiriko Yukoku Kaho Komiya Chiyoko Sonoda Rinze Morino
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NatsuhaA PL Thumb.png AmanaO PL Thumb.png TenkaO PL Thumb.png ChiyukiK PL Thumb.png AsahiS PL Thumb.png
Natsuha Arisugawa Amana Osaki Tenka Osaki Chiyuki Kuwayama Asahi Serizawa
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FuyukoM PL Thumb.png
Fuyuko Mayuzumi
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Song List

The most common method for obtaining new songs is through drops after clearing lives. However, some songs can be obtained as level-up rewards, completing certain missions in the game, shop, or partaking in events. Playing multiple Lives with a song raises its popularity, with rewards at certain ranks. Unlike traditional iDOLM@STER games, songs don't really change gameplay that much otherwise.

THE IDOLM@STER FIVE STARS!!!!!

765PRO ALLSTARS

CINDERELLA GIRLS

MILLION LIVE

SideM

SHINY COLORS

Gallery

Official Links