Byte-Sized Reviews
Dokuro
PC Version

By Jorge Figueiredo - March 22nd, 2015

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‎Dokuro is a fun title developed by Game Arts that came out for the Playstation Vita a few years ago. This puzzle-platforming game is fun, and its chalk-drawing world looks great on the intended platform. ‎The publisher, Gungho, saw fit to port it over to the PC, and while it looks fine, I think that it makes a much better Vita title.

Dokuro is, at its core, an escort-and-protect style game in which you accompany a princess through a series of trap-filled levels. The puzzle elements that make up the various stages are right in the middle of the road in terms of difficulty, making navigation through the game world an engaging romp, regardless of the player’s level of experience.

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Not quite as good at the Vita version. However, if you’re new to it, you might enjoy it!

While the PC port does well enough in terms of the aesthetics (they are passable), it fails at the controls. The game’s oddly-mapped keyboard assignments and mouse-driven approximation to the Vita’s touch-pad are inelegant to say the least. I definitely enjoyed the Vita versoon far more. Not only did it look better than the PC port, it also felt more intuitive in terms of the controls.

If you have never played the Vita ver‎sion, then you might want to consider it solely for the great game-play. Lack of familiarity with the sensible Vita control scheme may make it easier for you to wrap your head around the odd controls, and frankly, it does have some great puzzles (a good deal for ten bucks). On the other hand, if you do own the Vita version, it is pointless to grab this one, too.

You can find Dokuro on Steam here.

UPDATE: Since the posting of this review, Game Arts has released an update that allows players partial controller compatibility – that is, you will be able to control Dokuro’s basic actions with a gamepad. That being said, you will still need a mouse to activate the Almighty Chalk.

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