After continuing, or starting a new game. The characters walk around on a idle screen that you can interact with. Giving them items, or placing items on the screen by pressing △ (triangle). By doing this you unlock Events and upon unlocking locations and phone options. You can change scenery or add/remove characters. On the left side of the screen is a circular menu to choose from.
Here are the list of the options:
えんそう (Play)- To begin the game with selected songs and character.とけい (Clock)- To show the current time in the PSP. Players are able to change character in this section and the selected character will call out the time shown in the screen.
うたおう (Making MV)- Players are able to make their own MV (motion video) with their own style with selected options.
つうしん (Multi player)- Enables multiplayer feature.
たいとる (Back to menu)- Enable the player to return to the front screen of the game.
せってい (Setting)- Enables the player to do setting based on their preference.
せーぶ (Save)- Enable player to save the current game.
あるばむ (Preview item)- Enable the player to see the items which are unlocked and locked. There are 5 different options inside:
- Collection- Enables player to see unlocked collection, such as accessory, voice, sound, etc.
- Event- Enable player to see a preview of the unlocked event.
- Graphic- Enable player to see pictures that are shown in several character image song that are available in the song list.
- Sound- Enable the player to see and play the minus one songs and also some other event songs.
- Voice- Enables the player to select and play the voice given out by the selected player. (Usually this will appear either before the songs (game) starts or after the song ends.)
かえ (Dress Up)- Enables player to play as Ms. Sawako who will be able to change the clothes of selected characters.
Playing the gameEdit
The songs have two difficulty modes. Normal, and hard. you are judged by how well you play and the lack of mistakes you make. Much like any other rhythm or music game, Each girl has a different way to play or focus on certain buttons. Yui works with mostly O's, while Azusa has X and □ (square), Mio has the arrow keys, Mugi plays a lot like Azusa but with □ (square) and △ (triangle) and holding in the buttons, Ritsu has the down arrow keys, and X's. To play the game you must hit the right button when the music note goes over it. Chains are formed until you either miss, or are late on hitting the button. You can use help items as well.The following are the songs you can choose from, in order they appear in the game.
- Watashi no Koi wa Hotch Kiss
- Humming Bird
- Sunday Siesta
- Hello Little Girl
- Fuwa Fuwa Time
- Dear My Keys ~Kenban no Mahou~
- Jajauma Way To Go
- Sweet Bitter Beauty Song
- Fude Pen ~Ball Pen~
- Let's Go (Azusa Ver.)
- Curry Nochi Rice
- Mezase Happii 100%↑↑↑
- Watashi wa Watashi no Michi o Iku
- Gīta ni Kubittake
- Happy!? Sorry!!
- Heart Goes Boom!!
- Girly Storm Shissou Stick
- Cagayake! GIRLS
- Don't say "lazy"
Help itemsEditK-ON! After school live! comes with many help items. Only to be used once in a song, But if you don't use it, the number of said item won't deplete. After you finish a song, you gain a help item. And if you play really well with a character, they may give you some as a present.
- Chocolate: Combo's wont break if you get a Bad.
- Popsicle: Tension won't lower.
- Taiyaki: Decreases the number of notes in a section
- Cake: Raises notes for a section
- Cookie: The higher your combo, the more points earned.
- Tart: SP will appear, effects whole song
- Cheap Sweets: A Section will be played automatically. But you will only earn "Goods"
- Strawberry Milk: A section of the song turns into random notes
Throughout the game, events can be unlocked when you meet the following criteria: Having the right characters, giving them the item needed, being in the right place.
There are 37 events in total. Some other events are automatically shown however at certain points in the game, bringing a total of 40-50 something in total.
Idle screen UnlockablesEdit
Besides events, many unlockables are present in the game. Including interior and other random items, dress up outfits and accessories, titles, voices, and image galleries. Below is a list of the items.
Acessory- Tea set, microphone, The girls instruments, Sawako's guitar, Castanets, Documents, Lyric cards, Text book, Kitty Tea cup, Tuner, Barnicles, Cat ears, Board Game, Sad Novel, Horror novel, Purse, Memo, Photograph, Shellfish, Costume Trunk, Duster, Chalk, School uniform, Civil attire, Swim suit.
Scrolls (used to view the automatic events)- Performance, Item, Album, Communication, Sing, Clock, School Festival, Sawako's Memory, Ui's Memory, Nodoka's Memory, Memory of the live performance, Memories of the Light Music Club, Memories of after school, Secret Score.
Interior- Radio Casette player, Cupboard, Sofa, Amp, Decorative plant, Sakura High's signboard, Parasol, Puppet (Hen, Horse, Dog, Cat, and pig.), BBG set, Bookcase, Snowman, Rubber boat, puppet/doll, Christmas Tree, Principles Statue, Turtle Ornament, Karakasa Monter, Sand Castle, Rabbit Ornament, Character instrument Cases, Member Recruit Poster, character posters, Mio Fan Club Poster, HTT's Poster, Scary Poster.
Mail- Yui, Mio, Mugi, Ritsu, Azusa, Sawako, Ui, and Nodoka's Address.
Locations- Photograph of villa, Ticket, Lottery ticket, Key, Plate.
Unloackable outfit piecesEditAfter some time, a Costume Trunk is added. In this, outfits are stored. By Meeting certain Criteria you will unlock the items. While you can only use one hair and costume at a time, you can put up to four accessories on.
Hair- Normal, Fuwa Fuwa Time, Arranged, Animal Costume head.
Costume- School uniform, Jersey, School uniform Summer, Summer~A, Summer~B, Casual, Winter, Coat style, Active, Tsumugi's part time uniform, Waitress, Chinese clothes, Nurse outfit, Gothic Costume, Fuwa Fuwa time Costume, Yukata drss, Animal Costume, School swimsuit, Hooded winter clothes, Santa suit, Maid uniform, Swimsuit.
Acessory- White flower Hairpiece, Sun visor, Cat ears, Hairband, Nurse cap, Mio's headdress, Heart glasses, Cocktail Hat, Hibicus Flower, Green Goggles, Polka-dot Goggles, Ribbon Hairpiece, Mio's headphones, Santa hat, Student council Peaked Cap, Mio's ear muffs, Mushroom, Bunny ears, Headdress, Yellow Earrings, Hoop Earrings, Sawako's glasses, Nodoka's glasses, Sunglasses, Devil's mask, Ribbon brooch, Red bracelet, Flower bracelet, Chicken/Horse/Cat/Dog/Pig Puppets/dolls, Doll/puppet, Santa puppet, Reindeer puppet, Decorative Ankle ribbon, Flower Anklet, Red Anklet.