Important Importables Review: Dokuro for Vita

September 23, 2012 - 2:00 am No Comments

Hot Japanese Imports Review: Dokuro for Vita

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Title: Dokuro
Price: $29.99
System(s): PS Vita
Release Date: July 5, 2012
Publisher (Developer): GungHo (Game Arts)
ESRB Rating: N/A, Cero A for All Ages
Pros: Unique art style, catch soundtrack, cute premise, challenging puzzles and levels, good use of touch screen and touchpad and when you load the game you can choose which level you start
on. You can collect coins hidden in each level. After a certain point, Dokuro can take more than one hit and still survive. The game also autosaves. It’s already translated into English.
Cons: A hint feature for more difficult puzzles would have been nice. You can’t return to the castle map to play out of order at any time, and must return to the main menu first.
Overall Score: 9.5/10

This just figures. I mean really. Two weeks after I order and import Dokuro, Game Arts and GungHo’s adorably difficult, 2D platformer from Japan, a North American release that will surely be
cheaper is announced. Am I bitter?


Okay, I was initially, before Dokuro arrived, but that’s gone now. See, that’s because Dokuro is an absolutely fantastic game. It’s well worth the $30 I paid to import it,, as it
manages to be funny, dramatic, endearing, frustrating, thought-provoking and worth every penny. Dokuro is a gem and deserves a worldwide release.

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