Basic step by step guide on the gameplay of Ensemble Stars.
A How to Guide for Dummies more than anything~ For further explanations & strategies on how to play check out the Ensemble Stars! Master Guide! Convenient links for further reading will also be put throughout this guide. Further in-depth explanations that link to the Master Guide are marked with # (ex. #Produce Lessons).
Upon starting the game, you will come across the above screen. Tap anywhere on the screen to proceed.
Introduction of the school (Prologue) + Opening song "ONLY YOUR STARS!"
Translation of Prologue
Resting atop a hill overlooking the ocean is Yumenosaki Private Academy.
The academy specializes in raising male idols and has a long history of sending generation upon generation of bright young ‘stars’ out into the entertainment business.
You have been invited to this school, which celebrates young men in their primes, in order to lovingly guide them as their “producer.”
Everyone’s taken an interest in you.
Each day is full of yet-unprecedented happenings, and is so fun and fresh that it feels as though you’ve been swept into an unending festival.
Even as you are being dragged this way and that by the academy’s many unique idols…..
You also make strides towards the same glittering dreams, side by side.
The bonds you will make here are irreplaceable…
And above all, enjoy the ensemble the idols you encounter play for you to your heart’s content.
🎵[Long Opening you can't skip plays here]🎵
Welcome to Yumenosaki Private Academy. I’m your new homeroom teacher, Jin Sagami.
This school is recognized as a vocational school and attracts a lot of students aiming to become idols, but…
You’ve just transferred into the new producer department as a sophomore. Does that sound right?
Of course, as a producer, we’ll be having you produce students in the idol course…
But for starters, could I get you to write your name on the class roster?
Top: Username - what people will see your name as in-game. Bottom: Nickname - what the characters will call you in the story.
Alright. Now I’ll give you an overview of what being an idol’s producer entails.
……Before that, though, you need an idol to actually produce.
There are a large number of idol units here at Yumenosaki, but I went ahead and picked out a few I thought might suit you.
Go ahead and tell me which one of these strikes your fancy.
You will then be prompted to choose one of the ten idol units. Your starter card will be a randomly chosen member from that unit.
Great. Let’s try scouting a student to produce from this unit then.
Let’s head over to the lecture hall. Follow me.
Translator OP and Tutorial OP & I chose different starters so don't mind the picture differences...
In the following example, Subaru is the randomly chosen card after the player chooses Trickstar. If you want a different card, you can press "once more!" to try again as many times as you want.
You can see a list of possible starter cards here:
Tip: Different starters have different skills. If you don't have a particular favorite character, consider looking at this list and trying to get one of these characters as your starter, as collecting jewels will become especially important to level up your cards in the game.
"I'm Subaru Akehoshi! Nice to meet'cha☆"
※Translations for buttons were edited in
With your starter card ready, Let's move on to explaining the basic game mechanics.
Basic Game Mechanics
To Produce Courses (Lessons)
Okay, looks like we managed to scout someone.
Aside from the student we just scouted, I’ve picked out some other students who’d like you to produce them.
Next, let’s jump right in and try producing them.
Ordinarily, a producer would get to choose who they want to bring to lessons, but…
Seeing as you’re a producer-in-training, the academy will have you give certain students lessons as an assignment~
It’s important to balance who you produce. We can’t have you playing favorites all the time.
For your first assignment, you’ll be producing your classmate Subaru Akehoshi from the unit Trickstar.
Follow the hand and tap Subaru's course.
Produce Unit Formation
Follow the hand and tap the [Unit formation] button.
For lessons, you can make a five-person unit out of any of your idols.
Theoretically, you’d be producing a unit of idols you want to raise, but…
This is your first time, after all. I’ll go ahead and pick out some idols for you.
The hand will first lead you into tapping the [Recommended Formation] button (top) Next, to [Save] changes press the yellow button (bottom)
Tip: Tapping the [Recommended Formation] button results in the game automatically organizing a team for you based on the cards you own with the highest overall stats.
Out of the idols under your guidance, well, these guys seemed like the right ones for the job.
Alright, let’s start producing.
The students will be practicing their lessons freely in different places around the school.
As a producer, your job is to make rounds and check in on how their lessons are going.
The more students you have practicing in one location, the better the lesson will usually go.
Okay, let’s head somewhere with a lot of students~
There are five locations you can choose in Lesson mode.
In the example below, there is the rooftop, soundproof lesson room, dance room, school gates, and infirmary.
As you can see each location has one or two attribute(s) assigned to it.
Key Term ★
Attribute - There are three main attributes in the game; Dance (Red), Vocal (Blue), and Performance (Yellow).
In a Lesson course, they signify what color of jewels fragments will obtained from that particular location.
For a card, the attribute shows which stat is the strongest for that particular card of the idol.
Looks like everything’s going smoothly.
Did you notice that the students slowly gain more trust in you as you do lessons with them?
The more a student trusts you, the more likely it is that the lesson will go well. The student will grow faster too.
Other than that, just keep an eye on how you’re divvying up your time if you want to raise all the idols equally~
Key Term ★
Trust - The bar under the idols which are filled up when the idols are trained with. Filling it up will increase EXP multiplier the idol will get at the end of the Lesson.
I think it’s about time we start looking at the types of lessons.
Let’s try focusing on dance lessons for a little.
The color type of the [jewel fragments] you obtain will depend on the attribute of the location chosen.
In this academy, we encourage students to compete with one another in order for them to grow as idols.
Battles are graded based on the students’ Vocals, Dance, and Performance, and they take place on a variety of occasions.
All a producer really has to do is form a unit and choose what order the members compete in.
However, your choices can mean the difference between a loss and a victory, so you can’t let your guard down.
Looks like you made the right choices.
It would also be a good idea to pay attention to the opponent’s unit, not just your own.
Yay your first rank up!
When your Producer Rank goes up, the amount of AP you have goes up too (until it maxes out at 200). Your AP & LP will fully recover as well.
LP will stay at 5 forever.
AP & LP will only overflow to 2x the max amount you currently have.
Good work. That’s one round of producing done and over with.
Completing a Lesson course will give you a set amount of EXP to level up your Producer Rank, level up your cards, and Producer Points.
Each card will level up at a set amount according to the amount of AP the Lesson course requires.
A card may level up more than another if it's Trust was raised in the Lesson.
At the results screen you can also see all the jewels you've collected throughout the Lesson.
Any jewel fragments you obtain will be converted into small jewel(s). 100 jewel fragments = 1 small jewel.
Key Term ★
Producer Rank - Rises whenever a certain amount of experience has been gained. A new chapter of the Main Story will unlock with each rank up until rank 147 where it finishes. After that it's just an indicator of how much you've slaved your life away long you've played.
Producer Point - Used in Point Scouting and raising the levels of the cards.
AP - (Action Points) needed for Producing. Regenerates at a rate of 1 AP per 3 minutes. AP may be replenished with Items or Diamonds.
LP - (Live Points) needed for participating in Lives and Dream Festival. Regenerates at a rate of 1 LP per 30 minutes. LP may be replenished with Items and/or Diamonds.
#Jewels - Comes in several sizes and colors. They are used to unlock nodes on a card's Idol Road (covered a bit later on) in order to strengthen the card.
Getting New Cards
Okay. Let’s try scouting another new student.
There are usually a lot of students gathered in the lecture hall, so that’s the best place for scouting. Let’s head over.
To the School Map we go
The door to hell where you can meet new friends!
This is the lecture hall, where you can scout idols.
Well, let’s head inside.
Tappity tap tap~
✨ [Scouting animation plays which is now entirely skippable!] ✨
He looks like he’ll be worth the effort to produce.
Next, let’s look at how you can influence the direction an idol progresses in.
Apart from thinking up lesson plans, choosing a direction for your idols’ growth is another one of your important jobs as a producer.
Strengthening Your Cards
Let's go look at cards we have.
Tapping the card image will let you view the card's details.
You'll tend be prompted to tap your starter card. In this case, Subaru.
Follow the pointer to learn how to unlock a node on the card's Idol Road.
Through the Idol Road you can raise the student's abilities. Each node will cost a certain amount of jewels, the amount increasing as you are closer to the end, so it is important to obtain as many jewels as possible to quickly strengthen the card.