Summary: Princesses, Dark Lords, menacing castles, dashing Prince Charmings -- you've seen it all before, right? But what if I told you the dashing prince was actually a skeletal servant of the Dark Lord, who, after a moral conundrum, decided to save the princess himself, and turn into a Prince Charming in the process? Enter Dokuro -- a wholly interesting concept for the Vita with a few mechanical problems.
Excerpt: Chalk art graphics. In all the games that I've reviewed over the years, I can't recall offhand if I've ever played a game featuring graphics inspired by chalk art drawings. After playing Dokuro, that seems somewhat surprising to me. The chalk art graphics give the game a unique look and an endearing kind of charm, and they are a great fit for a 2D side-scrolling puzzle game.
Excerpt: In the world of video games, princesses in need of rescue are hardly a new concept. These poor damsels in distress seem doomed to be kidnapped by every crazed maniac in the virtual world and exist merely to wait for their frequently moustached hero to come get them. Dokuro doesn’t try to deviate from this tried and true formula—it’s a simple tale of a little hero who wants nothing more than to save a princess from an evil overlord. Past that, however, things get sticky.
Conclusion: Though not a year on the market, you can easily see the game library for the PlayStation Vita is growing and growing with one solid hit after another. The wealth of content that’s packed into this digital title for only $19.99 is one heck of a steal. If you haven’t already picked up this game, you owe it to yourself to stop playing what’s considered the “status quo” and experience of the most interesting titles of 2012.
Excerpt: Exclusive Playstation Vita games are often overlooked, especially ones that don’t have a retail release. That’s a shame because Dokuro is a unique puzzler that might be one of the strongest games in the Vita’s lineup all year. Dokuro tells the tale of a captured princess and the attempts of a skeleton to save her from the Dark Lord who wants to marry her.
Summary: Dokuro is the unconventional love story between a schlubby skeleton and a beautiful princess that doesn't know he exists. But that isn't going to keep our hero from helping the troubled maiden escape the harrowing castle. With 150 challenging stages, Dokuro is an epic adventure every PS Vita owner should undertake! This product was submitted by the publisher for review. As a rule, Defunct Games does not review games we spent money on.
Conclusion: Dokuro feels like an idea with a lot of passion and little effort in its execution. It’s jam packed full of puzzles and has a really unique art style but for twenty dollars, and even when weighing the pros and cons, it’s hard to recommend this game on a console that has so few games right now where people have to think about what they are getting for their money.
Excerpt: Vita fans haven't had it easy lately. The platform is floundering a bit in sales and internet forums are awash with doom and gloom. Dokuro's hero doesn't have it much better. Being a tiny skeleton constantly pushed around and looked over while he tries to do what he can, it's actually somewhat reminiscent of the platform itself. So gather round, kids, and I'll tell you the allegorical story of Dokuro , and hopefully Vita's end can be as happy as this one.