Great news! We’ve performed a special update to items in LINE POP, the popular puzzle game featuring Brown! Also, look forward to a series of events we have in store for you next week!
New items to get you amazing scores
Introducing the Double Candy item
We’ve added a new Double Candy item to the pop-up items that appear randomly before each game! This item produces TWO Hyper Blocks when the Combo Gauge is full. Hyper Blocks can eliminate all the blocks in the same row and column it’s in!
Color Splash is now a Spin item!
Color Splash, Time Plus and Combination, previously only available as pop-up items, are now available through the Spin! You can see all the items you have and select which ones to use before each play.
Receive special edition stickers for completing Missions
LINE POP will receive a new Missions function starting May 20 (Mon). Complete all the missions to get special edition stickers featuring Brown!
Event date: May 20 (Mon) to Jun 4 (Tue)
Limited edition Six Mode item
A limited edition item, Six Mode, will be available from May 22 (Wed).
Lightning quick combos that’ll make you smile!
Why? Cos only 6 types of Blocks will appear during the first 30 seconds of the game, instead of the usual 7 types! That makes it so much easier to achieve combos and get amazingly high scores!
Available from May 22 (Wed) to May 31 (Fri)
These new items and Missions have just made LINE POP even more exciting! We hope you are as excited as we are about the update!
As of 15:00 today, May 10, 2013, we regret to announce that we will be withdrawing the function to send purchased stickers as gifts to friends on the iPhone version of LINE.
We received a request directly from Apple who operates the AppStore, that this sticker gifting function will have to be withdrawn from the app, and we do apologize for the disappointment this may cause to all of you who are having fun sending stickers as gifts to your friends.
Functions withdrawn from the iPhone version of LINE:
・Gifting function of paid-for stickers to friends
・Purchasing of Coins necessary to use the gifting function
*LINE Coins are required to purchase stickers and themes in LINE versions 4.6.0 and above. Additionally, you can no longer gift paid sticker sets to friends, even if you purchase them using LINE Coins. (Added September 1, 2014)
If you still have Coins remaining:
If you have over 100 Coins remaining, you will be able to continue sending stickers as gifts until you have used up all your Coins. If you only have 50 Coins remaining and cannot send stickers as gifts, please contact us. We will be happy to provide you with additional Coins to cover the shortfall, as 100 Coins are the minimum amount required in order to enable you to send a single sticker set as a gift.
*Coin balances for purchasing gifts became part of regular Coin balances in LINE versions 4.6.0 and above, and can no longer be used for gifts. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. (Added September 1, 2014)
We would like to also inform you that you will still be able to send free stickers as gifts to your friends as well as purchase stickers for yourself. Also, iPhone users will still be able to receive sticker gifts from Android users as usual.
We do apologize for any disappointment and ask for your kind understanding.
Great news! LINE’s new original game, “LINE Ninja Strikers”, has been released!
LINE’s first Japanese-style game, LINE Ninja Strikers, is a game where the protagonist ninja mouse has to make its way forward while rescuing fellow ninjas and defeating approaching enemies!
■How to play
Move the protagonist left and right using your finger to avoid obstacles and make its way forward.
Rescue captured ninjas along the road to make them part of the clan, and have them help you fight enemies!
There are a total of 12 fellow ninjas that you can add to your clan! There’s Fire, who’s good at forward attacks, and Poisoner, who can attack enemies with poison bombs, and more! They may be small, but they can be a great help!
You can add them to your clan by rescuing them along the way, or even summon them to form your very own ninja team before starting the game!
Add up to 5 ninjas to your clan as your protagonist’s level increases, and pick up a maximum of 5 more ninjas by rescuing them along the way!
True, having 10 colorful ninjas trailing after you isn’t exactly covert… but just wait till you see how helpful they can be! Work with them to defeat any enemy that comes your way!
■Combine your ninjas and make them even stronger!
You need more than just numbers to defeat the stronger enemies and bosses waiting in the depths of their dens.
Combine your ninjas and increase their power! Simply select a ninja you like and combine it with another ninja to increase its level and boost attack power.
■Ninjas are still the best at ninja tactics!
When you’re in a pinch, use ninja tactics to get out of it!
[Clone] The protagonist will clone itself for a certain period of time, doubling the strength of its attacks.
[Revive] Revive all ninjas and start over from where you were wiped out.
[Summon the Giant Frog] Yes! The Giant Frog is available whenever you want it. It can cause great damage to your enemies!
■Login through LINE to send Sushi!
Did you know that Sasuke, the protagonist, loves a piece of good Sushi?
Send and receive pieces of Sushi with your LINE friends, and compare scores by logging in through LINE!
■Special release event
We will be conducting a special release event till midnight (JST) on May 7 (Tue)!
Receive 1000 Gold upon the first login of each day! Save up lots of Gold to get more ninjas for your clan!
Invite your LINE friends, and receive Gold, Scrolls, and Cheese!
Details available inside the game. Check it out now!
With its simple controls, intuitive rules, and moderate speed, LINE Ninja Strikers is the perfect action game, even for beginners! Available only on LINE! Try it today!
We have teamed up with Nokia to make LINE available on Nokia’s reasonably priced “Asha” devices soon in China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thai, Vietnam, the Philippines, Cambodia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand and Australia.
The release is scheduled for March and this version of LINE will include the popular 1 to 1 chat feature as well as 4 types of sticker sets (Moon, Cony, brown and James).
We will make another announcement when the service is officially released!
LINE Play allows you to create your own original avatar which you can then use as an alter-ego in the LINE Play world. Express your creativity by choosing from a wide range of eye shapes, skin colors, hair styles and facial shapes too. You can even style them up the way you want with many genres of fashion for you to use as you wish!
Decorate your room!
Enter your room on LINE Play (“My Room”) and do some interior design by buying new furniture! That’s not all! You can even buy food, wallpaper, window frames and plants to add to the styling. These can all be purchased from the Shop using “Gems” – LINE Play's virtual currency, which you can get by doing various tasks within the game. Simply tap the balloon above your avatars head (or your friend’s), which illustrates how your avatar is feeling to get these Gems. You can also give your friends “Hearts” once a day, as well as eating and cleaning to get more Gems. You can check how rich you are in the game at any time by checking the top-right of the screen.
Connect with your LINE friends!
You can check your list of friends by tapping “Friends”. At “Friends Requests”, your LINE friends who are already on LINE Play will be shown under “Friend Recommendations”. You can also configure your settings to prevent you from being displayed in the search results if you wish to do so.
Need inspiration to decorate your room? Well, there is also a Random Visit feature where you can visit random rooms of other avatars, even if you are not friends with them! Of course if you do not wish to be visited by random users, you can configure this in the settings menu also.
Chat with friends!
Yes! LINE Play lets you chat with friends too. You can chat in similar ways as you would with LINE but there is also a new feature called Action Stickers which you can use to make your avatar do funny things – like making it rain in the chat-room etc. Try it now!
Chat about the things that interest you!
The Lounge is a place that brings all the LINE Play avatars together to chat about anything and everything. Simply choose a lounge that suits you and chat about the topics you want with other users. There are various categories for you to choose from such as TV, sports, music and much more. You’re guaranteed to find one which is perfect for you!
It’s Diary time!
Write your everyday thoughts and feeling as well as posting pictures. Other users can leave comments and communicate with you using LINE’s famous stickers!
We hope you enjoy this new, alternate smartphone world - Play together with your LINE friends and keep your friends even closer!
A MASSIVE THANK YOU to all our users! As of today we have reached 100 million* users around the globe!
Each and every one of you have contributed to making LINE what it is today. By giving us your detailed thoughts and feedback, likes and dislikes as well as new ideas, we feel we have worked together with you to reach this impressive result.
Updated Figures and Received Awards
▼Figures regarding LINE
Registered User Numbers: 100 million worldwide
Used in 231 countries/regions
Ranked No.1 in 41 App Store locations worldwide
Ranking of popular stickers:
iTunes BEST OF 2012: No.1 in Top Free category (Japan)
iF DESIGN AWARDS 2013: Cross-Media Advertising Award
GOOD DESIGN GOLD AWARD 2012
2012 Shogakukan Dime Trend Award
BEST TEAM OF THE YEAR 2012
The 17th AMD Award: Digital Contents of the Year ‘11
Nikkei Sangyo Shimbun: Nikkei Superior Products Service Award 2012
Nikkei MJ Hit Products 2012
Nikkei Trendy: Hit Products of 2012: No.2 out of 30
Top Worldwide in Non-Game Apps by Monthly Revenues for iOS/Google Play (November 2012)
elEconomista: Nominated for Best Technology Award 2012 (Spain)
EL PAIS: Nominated for Best Trend of 2012 (Spain)
100 million users in a year and 7 months – We see this as just the start-point of our LINE app.
Nothing will make us happier than for you, our users, to keep enjoying our app and help us develop it together.
We hope you keep enjoying your chats with LINE!
Thanks for reading and have fun!
Additional notes regarding this blog entry
*Total download figures are for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry App, Windows Phones and Feature Phones combined.
The new version of LINE for iPhone released today (ver.3.4.0) has the feature we have all been waiting ages for!
Yes! In addition to the usual improvements, with this new feature you can now send sticker gifts to friends.
Sending and receiving sticker gifts
As some of you may know, the Android version of LINE has had this feature for some time. But now iPhone users can join in the fun and send stickers as gifts to friends and family.
You can send gifts on the iPhone version of LINE by purchasing Coins. You can keep a record of what stickers you have sent and received by going to More > Settings > Stickers > Gift Box.
*Coins can ONLY be used for sending stickers as gifts and cannot be used for purchasing stickers for your own use.
*When switching devices, please note that Coins cannot be carried over if switching to a device with a different OS (e.g. iOS to Android).
▼How to send a sticker gift
1. Tap More > Sticker Shop
2. Select the stickers you would like to send as a gift
3. Tap Send as a Gift
4. Select who to send the gift to
5. Tap the Gift Character you wish to use. This will be sent to the chat-room to notify your friend of the gift.
▼To buy Coins
1. Tap More > Settings > Coins (for gifts)
2. Tap Charge on the top right
3. Select the amount of Coins you wish to buy
*Please note that bonus Coins are included in the total shown.
▼How to receive your gifts
1. When you receive a message in the chat-room notifying you of the gift, tap See it! and download the stickers.
Sticker Gifts: The perfect way of expressing thanks! You can also use it to say “Merry Christmas” or as a New Year surprise! The choice is yours!
Improvements to LINE’s Notification Settings
You can now choose whether or not to receive notifications from linked apps (such as games etc.)
These notifications include invitations and notices of new gifts etc.
You can change the settings as follows:
1. Tap More > Settings > Notifications > Additional Services and choose the app you wish to change the notification settings for.
2. Select the appropriate settings for Receive Messages and Receive Notifications by switching them ON/OFF.
If you switch Receive Messages to the OFF position, you will not receive any messages from that app on your LINE account.
If you switch Receive Notifications to the OFF position, the messages will be sent to the LINE chat-room, however you will not be notified of such messages.
We’ve also made other improvements, such as adding a Report function for reporting spammers, as well as increasing language support (Spanish). We have also made a winter version of our LINE icon. We hope you enjoy these new features wherever you may be!
Of course, we will continue to improve our services and will always do our very best to cater to your feedback.
Thanks for reading and have fun sending those gifts!
If you are tired of receiving unpleasant messages or spam while chatting to users you have not added as friends, you can now simply press the Report button in the chat-room to send us a report. This new feature is available on the iPhone version of LINE which was released earlier today (Ver.3.4.0).
▼How to send a report
1. You receive a message from a LINE user who is not a friend
*If you have already added the user to your Friends list, you cannot use the Report function. Please use the Block function instead.
2. Tap Report and select why you have sent us a report from any of the 4 options.
*Once you send us a report, the staff here at LINE will look into the account you have reported to check for spamming etc. In order to allow the LINE team to do this, the last 100 messages from that user, as well as the user’s details will be sent to us.
3. Tap Agree and Send. You will then be given an option to block the user.
And that’s it!
At LINE we are dedicated to providing you with a safe and enjoyable environment for all your communication needs! We hope you will make full use of this new function!