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BTS World is a free Mobile Phone Game developed by Takeone Company Corp and published by Netmarble in association with BigHit Entertainment mid-2019, featuring Korean group BTS in a (semi)fictional story.

You, the Player Character, are a fan on the way to a BTS concert when you are suddenly thrown back into the year 2012 - now a manager from BigHit in charge of auditioning and managing the company's next artist: BTS. Will you be able to find, audition and guide the 7 members to ensure that they debut as the BTS you know and love?

The game is a mix of Visual Novel and RPG elements. The main story, also known as the "BTS Story", is a fictionalized biography of sorts of the Korean group. It's divided in Chapters, each with 20 levels. Levels can be one of 2 types: story levels, told through either a Visual Novel style or videos/cutscenes, featuring the actual BTS members acting as themselves; and mission levels, which you have to clear to progress.

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The main mechanic is collecting member cards, which feature one member and have a set of 4 stats: Empathy, Passion, Stamina, and Wisdom (with one being the "main" stat), and can be leveled up (using Flowers), and upgraded (using Jewels). You need to collect and level up your cards to clear mission levels (which have different stat requirements, each prioritizing 2 of the 4 stats) and progress in the story, where you'll have to work with BTS and overcome the various challenges on the way to help them debut successfully as a small company idol group.

Along with the BTS Story, there's also Another Story, seven side-stories featuring one member, set in an Alternate Universe where the members don't know each other and pursue wildly different individual paths, with the Player Character helping them in their goals. These range from saving a member's rice cake family business, to collaborating in the search of a lost child, to helping a member overcome his stage fright for a piano competition. They work much like the main story, with 6 Chapters of story levels and mission levels.

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There are other elements: one is the Member Affinity mechanic, where interacting with members in "calls" and social media correctly (as a manager) gives you points, which helps with Another Story; the Agency, where you can make members do tasks that give bonus stat points for mission levels, but you also have to ensure the members remain in an optimal status through recovery items (obtained from beating the Main Story missions and in rewards).

The game is also notable for having an original soundtrack that includes brand-new BTS songs: its main single "Heartbeat", "Dream Glow" (sung by Jin, Jimin and Jungkook feat. Charli XCX), "Brand New Day" (J-Hope and V feat. Zara Larsson), and "All Night" (RM and Suga feat. Juice WRLD).

Note: this page will use the name spellings from the official game.


BTS World provides examples of:

  • 100% Completion: Aside from completing the BTS Story and Another Story, there's collecting all available cards, completing the Photo Album, collecting everything in Styling, and triggering all Mobile Phone events.
  • Anxiety Dreams: In Chapter 7, the manager has a nightmare about BTS not winning Rookie of the Year, feeling scammed by the manager, and leaving. After waking up, the manager is reassured by Seokjin that these kind of dreams are good, as dreams are supposed to be the opposite of reality.
  • Ascended Fanboy: The main plot centers around this. The Player Character is a BTS fan who was on the way to a BTS concert - and now find themselves in the past, in charge of making BTS debut.
  • Audience Surrogate: The Player Character (aka. the manager) is meant to be this.
  • Bland-Name Product: One of the music shows mentioned is "N-Countdown", clearly meant to be this for Mnet's M Countdown.
    • Chapter 7 has a mention in passing of a show named More Answers, More Problems, in a clear Call-Forward to RM's appearances in Problematic Men.
  • Big Eater: Jungkook, big time, to the point of being a Running Gag. Other members like Seokjin too, to a lesser extent.
  • Breather Episode: The Summer and Chuseok events are this, with the story merely being about the boys going on vacation. The Halloween event it's also this, though it is still a (admittedly tame) Halloween story.
    • A large part of Chapter 7 is this. Finally debuting takes a whole weight off the characters' shoulders compared to Chapter 6; most of the chapter is spent on going to shows around the country to promote, with a good part focused on the trip itself.
  • Brutal Honesty: Yunki is easily the most outspoken member, and won't hesitate in telling you his opinion. This causes some disagreements early on.
  • But Thou Must!: Story levels with the Visual Novel style will occasionally have a dialogue/action choice, but the characters or the plot will act in a way that reaches the same result regardless of what you pick. For example, you can choose to either suggest a new dance move to Hoseok for a group choreography, or reassure him that the choreo is fine as it is... in which case Hoseok will come up with the dance move himself.
  • Call-Forward: There are plenty throughout the game to BTS' career in between 2013 and the present.
    • In Chapter 7, the members wander around a TV station trying to promote themselves. Taehyung finds a drama director who says he "looks like a Hwarang". Namjun finds a variety show writer that is impressed by his intellect, and almost invites him to the show "More Answers, More Problems", a Captain Ersatz of the variety show RM was in, Problematic Men.
  • Canon Discontinuity: In the game, Namjun becomes RM since pre-debut, with absolutely no acknowledgement of his pre-2017 Stage Name.
  • Career-Ending Injury: Subverted in Another Story. 3 years before the beginning of the story, Jungkook got a knee injury that forced him to leave taekwondo club and sports in general - but in Chapter 2, a doctor reveals that he's in perfect health and the pain he kept having afterwards was only psychosomatic. In Chapter 4, it's revealed that his rival Muho (who's the son of the director of the hospital) arranged a misdiagnosis of Jungkook's injury to keep him out of the game.
  • Celebrity Paradox: Played with. In V's Another Story (an alternate universe story where BTS-the-group doesn't exist), a cutscene has Taehyung dancing... to "Boyz With Fun", a BTS song.
    • Jungkook's Another Story has the tae-won-dance routine use the track "Dope", with some moves taken from "Boy In Luv".
  • Collection Sidequest: The Photo Album, where you can get special photos and videos by exchanging with a particular set of cards (you can only use a card for this if you already have more than one of that particular card).
  • The Comically Serious: Namjun. Several interactions on social media have him writing philosophical comments about life, reacting to the others' jokes completely at face-value.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Yunki.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Areum in Jin's Another Story. Seokjin (and the Player Character, to a lesser extent) slowly forges an Intergenerational Friendship with Ice Queen Areum, a small girl who's the heir of the manager of the hotel and thus forced to act as an adult. While initially threatening him with firing him and giving him ridiculous amounts of tasks, she eventually warms up to him as he's the only one to go against the wishes of her caretaker and lets Areum act as the child she is.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Implied initially in Jeongguk's Another Story. At the start of the story, he's shown wandering from extracurricular club to extracurricular club, doing (in a variation of the trope) excellently but leaving immediately, which earns him the nickname "Club Killer" - as whenever he applies to a club, many students quit after realizing they'll never be as good as him. We quickly learn that nothing satisfies him except for taekwondo, which he had to quit due to a Career-Ending Injury from years ago.
  • Difficulty Spike: The mission levels get noticeably harder around Chapters 4-6 (especially 6), dramatically raising goal scores to the point of pushing your cards to the limit.
    • The game takes one again on Chapter 8, which instead of requiring more cards, starts requiring that one of the cards corresponds to a specific member and/or game stat.
  • Establishing Character Moment:
    • Yunki's first (unmasked) scene has him calmly but seriously confront a guy that took credit for the song Yunki made and sold to him. Yunki then decides to let him keep the song, because "unlike some people, I can write another." This establishes his calm but direct way to approach issues, his bluntness, and how he picks his battles and chooses to end them (leaving his abilities to speak for themselves).
    • In his first appearance, Hoseok is dancing on the street in front of a large excited audience when the manager finds him. When it starts raining mid-routine, the audience (with the exception of the manager) leaves, but Hoseok keeps on dancing, unfazed. When the manager talks to him, Hoseok greets them with his signature warm smile and states that he doesn't mind how many people are watching as long as he gets to dance. This shows his immense talent and passion for dance, as well as his warm attitude.
    • Jimin is a spectator of the street dance contest, and leaves quickly once it finishes. He reacts timidly to the manager's questioning, mentions being the top of his arts academy when asked but is unsure of why he's being offered an audition, and emphatically insists that he does not dance like the street dancers or care about anything other than modern dance - even though he was clearly invested in the street performances. This shows he's immensely talented, but he's also shy, insecure and unsure about what he really wants.
      • He comes later to the audition, now sure after the manager told him to follow his heart, with a dance routine he practiced so hard for, that the manager says in their internal narration that they can smell his pain patches. This shows his need for reassurance, his determination and how hard he works in his craft.
    • Seokjin first appears on the cover of a college magazine. When Seokjin's offered an audition (after initially running away from the manager), he says the manager's is not the first attempt to audition him (though is certainly the most memorable)... as no one can pass "without doing a double take at [his] face, after all". He reacts jokingly to being asked about Kim Taehyung and Jeon Jeongguk (as he does not know them), but quickly reassures the manager once he sees the manager's disappointment. This establishes him as someone popular and confident (if slightly eccentric) with a tendency to make jokes, but who immediately senses when something is wrong and offers helps when needed.
    • The manager finds Jungkook practicing singing in a room and lamenting that he can only sing without choking when he's alone. When the manager introduces him to Namjun, Jungkook recognizes him and stares at him, doe-eyed. This establishes his singing skills, his Performance Anxiety, and his wide-eyed admiration for Namjun (and later, for his other hyungs).
    • Taehyung arrives very late to the audition, running but smiling mischievously (with Namjun describing him as a possible troublemaker), and reveals that the saxophone case found by the manager is his. This establishes him as someone who, despite his apparently carefree attitude, has other unusual talents under his sleeve.
  • Fantasy-Forbidding Father: Inverted in Jimin's Another Story. His grandmother wants him to dance and do anything but take on the family business.
  • Featureless Protagonist: Downplayed. The manager is this to some extent, their face never being revealed (though their hand appears sometimes) and their voice only being conveyed through floating text in cutscenes, with dialogue only suggesting that they're around BTS' age and native Korean. They do have some clear personality traits, though, such as their Hot-Blooded-ness and absolute lack of dancing skills.
  • Finger-Tenting: Yunki does this in the intense game of rock-paper-scissors of Chapter 2.
  • Foreshadowing: A minor one in the Halloween event story. In the second story level, the members comment on Seokjin looking pale, and the audio of his dialogue is off, as if there was an error in recording. It's not. He's not Jin.
  • Friend to All Living Things: Hoseok in Another Story - so much, that the fact that he can't bring himself to do an injection on a dog causes trouble for him as a veterinary student.
  • The Gadfly: Downplayed - Jin has some traits of this, enjoying making So Unfunny, It's Funny jokes to elicit a reaction; in fact, a (somewhat counterintuitive) way to get more Affinity Points from him in some mobile phone interactions is with a Lame Pun Reaction.
  • Gender-Neutral Writing: The original Korean text and the (post-patch) English translation use this for the Player Character, with the members referring to them as "manager".
  • Gotta Catch Them All: Of the "Important" variety. As you advance through the game and the level requirements get harder to meet, you'll need to get a higher and more varied arsenal of cards, particularly of the 3-5 star kind. These can be acquired mainly through drawing from Boxes (which is at random), crafting from card pieces you get in Another Story (for a select group of cards), or exchanging Loyalty Points (which you get every time you draw using Gems) for special Boxes.
  • Hard-Work Montage:
    • The "Practice Upon Practice" cutscene in 3-15 has one of this for the members rehearsing choreography and rap and writing lyrics, set to Lee Hyun's "You Are Here". Also counts as a Training Montage.
    • From SUGA's Another Story, the "When You Listen In" cutscene in 2-6 has Yunki rehearsing piano until it gets dark.
    • From j-hope's Another Story, "Moodmaker Jeon Hoseok" in 4-3 has Hoseok hard at work in the animal sanctuary.
  • Have a Nice Death: Non-lethal version. Every mission level has a text from a character asking you to do something (or your own character deciding to do something). You get a different reaction text from that character depending on whether you win 3 stars (your character does exceptionally well), 2 (your character does reasonably well), 1 (your character does... enough...) or fail to reach the goal (you fail anticlimactically at what you were doing), with various levels of snark.
  • Hello, [Insert Name Here]: You start the game by inserting a name, which becomes the name of your character. Downplayed, however: other than Namjun referring to you by name in the beginning, practically the rest of the game refers to you as "manager".
  • Hot-Blooded: One of the traits that can be observed from the Player Character, being (sometimes overly) passionate over any task they have in their way.
  • I Can Still Fight!: Non-fighting example. In Chapter 6, Jungkook suffers a sprain on his ankle after falling due to a stage malfunction during rehearsals, but this being BTS' (likely only) chance to debut, he convinces the manager to keep his injury a secret from the others and let him perform.
    • In Chapter 7, Yunki tries to convince the others to let him perform on their first award show appearance after he's diagnosed with acute appendicitis hours before the ceremony. He ends up reluctantly staying with the manager in the hospital while the others leave for the show.
  • I Coulda Been a Contender!: Subverted in Another Story. Jeongguk clearly hasn't gotten over having to leave taekwondo due to his Career-Ending Injury, wandering from club to club but finding no interest in anything else and secretly going to taekwondo competitions as a spectator. But then a doctor reveals to him it's not a career-ending injury as initially thought...
  • Intergenerational Friendship:
    • RM's Another Story has Namjun and the Player Character forge a friendship with a small girl named Jiyoung while helping her take care of a stray cat.
    • Jin's Another Story has him develop a friendship with Areum, a cold, yet Adorably Precocious Child who is the heir of the hotel where Jin is working as an intern.
  • Lame Pun Reaction: Jin's jokes in cutscenes result in this from the members, complete with wind sound effects.
  • Level Grinding: Clearing a level gives you Flowers, coins and power-up items for the Agency. If you are unable to clear a level, you'll have to clear a past level to obtain Flowers and level-up your cards. Thankfully, levels you've cleared with 2 or 3 stars have the "Auto-clear" function, which allows you to automatically get the items obtained from up to 5 plays of that level (or as much as the amount of Wings you have allows it) without having to select cards again.
  • Luck-Based Mission: Not the game itself (which requires some genuine strategy in leveling up, doing schedules from the Agency, choosing which cards to level up, etc.), but actually obtaining the cards themselves. While methods like crafting and event prizes exist, they're a lot harder and slower than the main method to obtain cards, which is drawing. You need to collect 20 gems (which are not that easy to obtain) in order to draw 1 time from the 3-5 star box, which will give you any card of 3 to 5 stars... which can also be one you already had. At least you can exchange those for Flowers and Jewels.
  • Luminescent Blush: In Another Story, Yunki is prone to blushing when other people watch him perform, which appears as this.
  • Mask of Confidence: In Yunki's Another Story, the manager comes up with the idea of making Yunki wear a Phantom in the Opera one so he doesn't feel as if people are staring at him. It works, and lets him compete against Ji Sungmin. However, he's told that he can only do the performance without the mask, so the manager helps Yunki grow out of it by getting him into busking with a bunny mask - eventually, seeing the reaction of the people in the streets, Yunki feels confident enough to take off the mask and keep playing without it.
  • Mean Boss: Funnily enough, the unnamed president of BigHit, who only appears through texts to mock the manager for their failures and set a deadline for BTS' debut (with BTS' and the manager's jobs on the line).
  • Mundane Made Awesome: A scene features a game of Rock–Paper–Scissors (through which they're deciding who sleeps on which rooms of the apartment they share) filmed as an intense game of poker full of internal narration.
  • Muscle Angst: Coupled with Weight Woe. In Chapter 3 of the main story, Jimin is told to show his abs for a choreography, which makes him feel incredibly pressured. He self-imposes such an immensely strict diet and exercise regime that he ends up collapsing while rehearsing alone, leading you and Taehyung to quickly intervene.
  • Music Is Politics: Can't be a work about BTS' story without addressing this. In Chapters 4-5, they're outright rejected from debuting (or even auditioning) by many TV stations for being a group from a small company, and it takes them becoming viral after performing at a birthday party to be finally called back.
    • In Chapter 7, a station cuts part of BTS performance (aka. Hoseok's entire solo choreography) from broadcast for time, making it look like there were only 6 members instead of 7. The manager later finds BTS albums carelessly discarded and overhears some people from the stations talking about rookie awards being predetermined.
  • Mythology Gag: A lot of cards, mission titles and lines of dialogue have references to songs and fandom in-jokes.
    • The items are this, too. The level-up items are Smeraldo flowers and the items you consume by playing a mission level are wings (in reference to the album and outro song WINGS). The condition-improving gifts from the Agency are items the members have mentioned liking, from which Jimin's calico cats stand out as doubling as a reference to his solo intro song "Serendipity".
    • The menus in general are themed after galaxies, both a reference to RM's famous tweet "I believe in your galaxy, ARMY!" and the lyrics from "Magic Shop" (which also reference the former). Another Story and the Draw screen's background images in particular also heavily feature the color purple, which became the color of BTS and ARMY after V's "I purple you" speech in 2016.
    • In 7-1, the members wander around a TV station. Taehyung finds a drama director who says he "looks like a Hwarang". Namjun finds a variety show writer that is impressed by his intellect, and almost invites him to the show "More Answers, More Problems", a Captain Ersatz of the variety show RM was in, Problematic Men.
  • No Punctuation Is Funnier: Most of Yunki's texts and social media comments (much like Suga's real-life tweets).
    Namjun's post: Looking for a missing basketball. Last seen: Last Night. Last Known Location: Dorm Backyard. Note: It's Yunki-hyung's. If I don't find it soon, I'm dead! Need to find it before Yunki hyung finds out!!!
    (comment section)
    Jimin: Hyung but you made this public to everyone
    Namjun: @Jimin Holy... I better change the settings right now
    Yunki: @Namjun too late
  • No Sense of Humor: Namjun takes himself very seriously, and takes jokes kinda badly - picking "it was just a joke" in an early mobile phone interaction results in him admonishing you. After his attitude makes him unfairly lash out at another member, he starts to grow out of it.
  • Not Good with People: Sanggu from j-hope's Another Story is a jerk - he's also an animal behaviorist, and thus extremely good at sensing animal's emotions and knowing how to deal with them.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: During the trip to BTS' first attendance to an award show in Chapter 7, the members and the manager notice that Yunki is laughing a lot more at Seokjin's jokes than usual. It's because he's suffering from acute appendicitis.
  • Performance Anxiety:
    • In the main story, Jungkook has trouble singing in his audition because of this. In Chapter 2 and 3 of the main story, he feels pressured after being chosen as the main vocalist and temporarily can't sing.
    • Yunki in Another Story. He's a piano prodigy, but gets quickly anxious and flustered when people watch him perform.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: What your character becomes with the members (being their manager).
  • Power of Trust: A recurring theme in the story is the manager and the members learning to trust each other, both with the good and the bad - not just gaining the trust of the members and having them rely on you, but learning to lean on them and rely on them, making the team all the stronger for it.
  • Privileged Rival:
    • From Another Story, SUGA's has Ji Sungmin, who not only lacks Yunki's Performance Anxiety, but has high social skills and the strongest in the music competition - where the winner will be picked by Professor Na, who doesn't think highly of Yunki, to boot. And in Chapter 5, Professor Na reveals to Yunki that he intended to pick Ji Sungmin as the winner the entire time.
  • Pungeon Master: Jin, just like in real life.
  • Rearrange the Song:
    • The opening loading screen for the game has a music box rendition of "DNA".
    • The music for the menu of the Halloween event story has a music box rendition of "I NEED U".
    • The mobile phone menu and interactions is an instrumental arrangement of the main theme, "Heartbeat".
  • Relationship Values: Platonic version, through "Affinity points". A multiple-choice dialogue interaction with a member in mobile events (triggered either by beating certain levels or by collecting new cards with 3 or more stars) increases their Affinity, which doesn't affect the main story, but is required to unlock Another Story chapters. You need to pick the correct dialogue choice to get more Affinity points, which requires paying attention to their individual personalities and reactions. Getting affinity is, in fact, proving yourself to be a reliable manager who's on the same page as them.
  • The Reliable One: Seokjin becomes this for the manager during the main story.
  • Removing the Rival: In Another Story (specifically in Jungkook's story), it's revealed that the reason Jungkook had to leave sports years before the start of the story is that his rival took advantage of his injury, arranging a misdiagnosis to force Jungkook to leave taekwondo.
  • Renaissance Man: Jeongguk is shown to be this at the beginning of Another Story, excelling at everything he tries (from which we see dance, art and photography, all skills Jungkook has in Real Life). His true love, however, is taekwondo.
  • The Reveal: See Wham Episode below.
  • The Rival:
    • Yunki has fellow pianist Ji Sungmin in Another Story.
    • Jungkook has the taekwondo champion Muho in his side-story.
  • Sean Connery Is About to Shoot You: The upgraded photo of the card "Undercover" features a parody of this, with Jin (wearing pink plastic toy sunglasses) pointing at the camera with a water gun.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Namjun lapses into this from time to time in social media.
  • Shrinking Violet: Yunki is a rare male example in Another Story. Jimin is a more downplayed example in both stories.
  • Sliding Scale of Gameplay and Story Integration: Of the Natural scale. The stats required for each mission level do relate to the task the character is supposed to do - however, whether you pass the mission with 1 or 3 stars does not affect the story at all, and the missions themselves can sometimes be irrelevant to the story itself and even interrupt its flow (such as playing a board game while in the hospital).
    • Also, while all the Agency tasks make sense as tasks needed to make the group evolve, there will be tasks that also correspond to tasks only possible for a group that has already debuted and formed an audience that can be available before BTS even debuts.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The real names of some of the members are spelled in the way Hangul would be usually romanized (getting thus Namjun, Yunki and Jeongguk), which differs from the spelling from the majority of BTS' official material (Namjoon, Yoongi, Jungkook).
  • Time Travel: The player character unintentionally does this, for reasons unexplained.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Areum has been raised to act very mature for her age, which has made her overly serious, strict and demanding to the people working for her, as well as extremely unhappy.
  • Unfortunate Names: In one early section of the story, the group has a divided reaction to the name "Bangtan Sonyeondan"/"Bulletproof Boy Scouts". You spend some time trying to persuade them that the name is a good one, but they're not entirely convinced until a while later.
  • Very Loosely Based on a True Story: Time-travel-related issues aside, the story is an abridged dramatized version of sorts of BTS real story, with many liberties taken in between. All of the members are recruited in a matter of a week in the game instead of 2 years (the first member, RM, joined in 2010), the original formation when BTS was planned to be a hip-hop group (RM, SUGA, and j-hope plus other members that left afterwards) is omitted entirely, some events happen way before they did in real life, etc.
  • Weight Woe: In Chapter 3 of the main story, Jimin is told to show his abs for a choreography, which makes him feel incredibly pressured. He self-imposes such an immensely strict diet and exercise regime that he ends up collapsing while rehearsing alone, leading you and Taehyung to quickly intervene and help him follow a much healthier diet - that is, forcing him to eat.
  • Wham Episode:
    • From Jungkook's Another Story, Chapter 4-12. Muho, Jungkook's rival and the one that gave him his knee injury, actually arranged the misdiagnosis that left Jungkook out of taekwondo 3 years ago. And Muho reveals all of this to Jungkook's face.
    • From SUGA's Another Story, Chapter 5-6. After overcoming his fear, performing brilliantly and receiving the bigger applause from the audience, Yunki does not win the competition. Professor Na tells him he only allowed him to enter the finals to 1. give Ji Sungmin a boost from practicing against Yunki, and 2. to see if Yunki would fix his "attitude issues", with Ji Sungmin being set to win from the start. Yunki is devastated.
  • Wham Line: From Jungkook's Another Story: "You are a lot more naive than I thought."
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: In Another Story, Yunki has severe stage fright.
    • Also in Another Story, Hoseok is unable to perform an injection on a dog despite being a veterinary student. He can't do surgery, either.
  • Workaholic: Jimin, both in the main story and in Another Story.
  • Younger Than They Look:
    • The president of the taekwondo club in Jungkook's Another Story, Chisoo, looks like he's in his thirties. Even Jungkook is shocked to learn that Chisoo is, in fact, a high-school student.
    • Despite appearing to be in his 30s or even 40s, Manseok from Taehyung's story is supposed to be around Taehyung's age.


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