Excerpt: If you look back at some of the games that have come out over the years, it’s amazing there haven’t been any major drug busts in the software development industry. No, seriously. Look at some of the games and their concepts that we’ve been subjected to. Even the most popular of characters must’ve started as some-one’s bad drug trip. Look at Mario, for instance.
Excerpt: Ever wonder what would happen if you mixed Mario with puzzle solving and the mascot of Japanese telecommunications giant NTT Docomo? Me neither, but then Boing Docomodake fell on my lap and I got to find out. You play as the excessively long-named title character, a giant walking mushroom with a wry smile that suggests he knows something you don’t.
Excerpt: If you’ve been to Tokyo recently, chances are you probably were exposed to Docomodake at least a few times, possibly without even realizing it. Like any other famed mascot from Nippon, a thing like Docomodake is commonplace in the oft-times kaleidoscopic whirlwind of Japanese consumerist culture.
Excerpt: Apparently video games featuring mushrooms are fairly popular. Games like Super Mario Bros., which features a plumber who grows and gets extra lives from eating mushrooms. Then there is a whole video game - Mushroom Men - which not only devotes its title but makes use of the delectable fungi in its gameplay. Finally there is Dokomodake, a game where you play as a walking mushroom that divides itself to solve platforming puzzles.
Conclusion: Boing! Docomodake DS is quirky enough that fans of Docomo will enjoy. Some people just can’t get enough of this lovable mushroom. Fans of platformers will find some challenge, though the brevity of the game may just be a turn off for many. Perhaps a good title for beginners, Docomodake, is fun and better than most “mascot” platformers out on the DS and worthy of some purchase consideration as long as you know what you’re in for; a game with a bizarre story and main...
Excerpt: Name: Boing! Docomodake Genre: Platform, Puzzle Platform: Nintendo DS Boing! Docomodake is mascot for NTT docomo, Inc, a Japanese cell phone company you’ve likely never heard of. If that doesn’t completely rope you in, nothing will. The main character, the adorable Docomodake, has been made into every bit of merchandise imaginable overseas, and a videogame is the natural extension for the company’s marketing team.
Conclusion: Boing! Docomodake DS is a DLC game trapped in cartridge form. It's definitely a unique novelty but at only around 5 hours, it's too short lived for its $20 price tag. Nonetheless, the game is still one of the more endearing games available on the DS. Games like this and Soul Bubbles are fresh takes on portable gaming. Indie gamers may rejoice but those wanting a lasting experience may be a little disappointed.
Conclusion: Boing! Docomodake DS is well worth the asking price of $20. The game does have its flaws but when you consider how much other DS games like this cost you will start to see the good again in Boing! Docomodake DS.