Excerpt: I have to be honest and say that when I received Boing! Docomodake for the Nintendo DS I had no idea of what the game was about and who the main character in the game is. So thanks to the power of the internet I did a little research and found out that the mushroom like character is actually based of a cell phone mascot popular in Japan. Yep, a game released in North America is based on a Japanese cell phone mascot from Japan’s NTT DoCoMo.
Excerpt: A strange candidate for localization if I ever saw one, Boing! Docomodake DS portrays the adventures of Docomodake, the mushroom mascot of a major Japanese mobile provider, in the form of a platforming puzzle game. Of course, the cuteness of the shroom is universal, and the game is not awkwardly peppered with ads like you might expect.
Cute platform puzzle game needs a better tutorial.
Common Sense Media
16 January 2009
Summary: Parents need to know that this is a game in which you play as the mascot of a Japanese cell phone company. But this consumerism won't be apparent to kids in the U.S. While this game looks like a cute kids' game that's simple to play, certain levels can be somewhat maddening. Some children will love the challenge. Others may be frustrated.
Excerpt: If you were wondering what's behind the Boing Docomodake name, it comes from a Japanese cell company, Docomo. Docomo's mascot is the main character in this neat little game, and the "boing" part has to do with the way you'll navigate through the game. It's a funny notion, a mainstream game featuring the mascot from a company most people don't know in the US. In the end, none of this matters; Boing Docomodake is a good game, regardless of its corporate provenance.
Excerpt: It is tempting to use the words ‘charming’, ‘innocent’ and even ‘disarming’ to describe Ignition Entertainment’s crack at harnessing the unique features of the DS to deliver a similarly original and quirky Japanese puzzle/platformer.
Conclusion: Bevor ich Boing! Docomodake DS in den Händen gehalten habe, hatte ich noch nie von dem Spiel, geschweige denn dem Hauptcharakter gehört. In Japan ist Docomodake ein bekanntes Werbe-Maskottchen für Kommunikationsmedien. In Europa hingegen bekommt der laufende Pilz eine überraschende Premiere auf dem Nintendo DS. Hier entpuppt sich dieses Rätselspiel als eine kleine Perle.