Fate/Grand Order developer Lasengle (formerly Delightworks) has a standing tradition of releasing elaborate, fully functional FGO joke apps for April Fools’ Day, and 2022 is no different. This year’s gag, called Fate/Pixel Wars, is only available through April 1, 2022 in Japan.
Check out the video below for a preview of the FGO April Fools 2022 app.
The premise of Fate/Pixel Wars is the Presidential Election. Characters became “campaign officers” for the Goredolf for President 2022 campaign. Their goal: to gather support for the campaign from the population of wandering Servants to ultimately defeat the other candidates in the ultimate high-stakes popularity contest.
Fate/Pixel Wars uses fairly simple mechanics based on “Grow Games” such as Agar.io. Players are given control of a pixel-art rendition of the protagonist. They then move around the map, gathering up pixel Servants and growing their squad. The “blob” of characters grows large and unwieldy, encountering other blobs of characters. Larger blobs battle and absorb smaller ones, growing to take in any defeated groups.
The FGO system of class advantage also plays a role in the 2022 April Fools minigame. Players arrange their group of supporters into different formations, which are more effective based on their class. For example, a Saber-class formation is more effective against a Lancer-class formation, which is stronger against Archer formations, which beats Saber formations.
Lastly, Fate/Pixel Wars has a few gimmicks for players that download it. An AR camera can be used to view a special “summoning circle” to project their collected pixel Servants onto a real-world surface.
Fate/Pixel Wars is available on iOS and Android in Japan through April 1, 2022.