Quick Hit
Dokuro

By Jorge Figueiredo - January 1st, 2013

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Puzzle games are my jam – platformer puzzlers included. When GungHo’s Dokuro for the Playstation Vita hit our inbox, I was very excited to try it out – and I was not disappointed. For a game whose protagonist is a skeleton, this game sure has a lot of meat on the bones.

Your character, the aforementioned skeleton, starts off the game as a minion of an evil entity known as the Dark Lord. As a member of the Dark Lord’s evil army, one would think that our skinless hero is a company man – until he meets a kidnapped princess who has been imprisoned in a cell and will soon be imprisoned in a forced marriage to his Boss. The skeleton, moved by her plight, helps her escape from her cell; and the rest of the game follows their adventurous journey out of the evil kingdom.

In this side-scrolling adventure, your charge (the princess) moves ever forward. For the most part, she avoids doing things that put her own life in danger. That being said, if you let her continue moving on her own, she would probably die. As her saviour, it is your job to escort her without getting her killed – so you must be mindful of the mechanics of each puzzle. With ten puzzles in each level and tons of levels in the game, you will undoubtedly be occupied for a very long time.

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The black-and-white art style makes colour all the more interesting.

Dokuro one of those games where the protagonist exists in one of two states at any given time: as a skeleton, he has one set of abilities; as a former human, he can become human temporarily, and thus has access to another set of powers. Each mode is also accompanied by its own set of colours, making the difference in character state mean a lot more – especially considering the primarily black-and-white art style.

Dokuro is a fun game that holds a lot of value considering that it’s only twenty bucks. If you’re jonesing for a puzzle fix, Dokuro will not disappoint. Great visuals and audio, solid puzzles, intuitive controls, and a cute story add up to an entertaining experience. In addition, puzzle difficulty varies, but they are all relatively short, allowing you to play in quick hits.

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