I have seriously never seen this before… a musical artist/group, releasing not just a global game app, but the marketing which comes with it! Never mind the teaser videos, social media posts, etc., but of course, it takes a group like BTS and BigHit to not only release an OST for the game but a full album! And video, too!
Heartbeat– The Video and OST Theme
Do I like the song, Heartbeat? You bet I do. This, along with all the other songs and album, was released just days before I headed to Portugal for our family vacation, but I definitely downloaded the songs onto my phone through Apple Music so I could listen to it while out of the country. And let me tell you, it fit that summer on the beach in Praia da Areia Branca, Portugal, very well!
The BTS World Soundtrack
As far as the rest of the album, I’ll be honest in that I’ve only listened to a few of the tracks. Of what I’ve heard so far, I really like, though. Especially Jungkook, Jimin and Jin’s collaboration with Zara on Dream Glow. And Brand New Day featuring V, J-Hope and Zara is another favorite.
One thing I want to point out, this really is more like a soundtrack than an album. A couple of other tracks not performed by BTS but worth mentioning are: LaLaLa by Okdal and You Are Here by 이현 (Lee Hyun – the only solo artist under the BigHit label).
BTS World – The Game
Oh my… what have I gotten myself into? One of the reasons I rarely play these types of role-playing games is how addictive it is! And with BTS adding their charm in the game, it makes it REALLY hard to stop playing it.
For those who are not familiar with this app (and if so, have you been living under a rock?) you as the gamer, basically take on the role as BTS’ manager. There’s a bit of a time warp phenomenon which takes you back to 2012 before BTS even existed. And your main goal? Have then debut. Because if you don’t, the world we know now will never have heard of BTS. Ever. Ha! Pressure on!
And boy is there pressure. At the beginning, not long after finding and recruiting each seven members, the first thing I mentioned to my husband and daughter was, “Oh my god they are so needy!” While in game mode, there’s an area under Mobile and well, my mobile was exploding with text messages and phone calls from each member. They were young and not at all the team or family we see them now. So as a small spoiler alert, they didn’t know how to get along at the time.
Enter the player a.k.a. Bangtan Manager (you) – as you will then be the mediator. A LOT! Mixed with pranks from the maknae line and Jin’s dad jokes (or him just texting you to tell you how handsome he is).
The charm is they add their own personality (or what ARMY has witnessed over the years) to each communication piece going back and forth. When the group chat opens at one level, the player will be pleasantly surprised with some of the humor written into the not-so-fake text messages.
Is there a bit of flirting between BTS and the manager? Well, if you squint really really hard, you can see some subtle flirting. It seems to be done in an in-between professional mannerism and what might possibly be construed as mild flirting. And lets face it, they did this because it’s what ARMY wanted, right? Because the more vague the flirting, the more the player wants to continue leveling up in order to obtain more interactions with each member. Will it every amount to anything where you, the manager, basically becomes ‘y/n’ in the story line? I doubt it. Though it does make me wonder if BigHit and BTS reads all your fan-fics out there! LOL!
Jin’s posts have no flirtation what-so-ever. Him talking about his handsome face is just everyday drabble. He could be talking to himself to be honest. 🙂