[Vita Review] Dokuro

Dokuro is a side scrolling, puzzle solving platformer with a skeleton protagonist that can change into a pseudo prince on occasion, thanks to a magical elixir, in order to solve puzzles to rescue the princess from the Dark Lord.

There isn’t much of a story other than the Dark Lord kidnapped the blonde princess in order to wed her. Dokuro has mixed feelings about that, even though he is the Dark Lord’s subordinate.

The game’s art seems to be inspired from charcoal drawings, which makes the game very nice to look at. The music also seems to be pretty whimsical from time to time and helps set the mood, which is often somewhat silly.

Gameplay is pretty basic. The princess will walk from left to right and you must follow her while clearing her path so that she does not succumb to many of the Dark Lord’s devious traps. The princess does seem somewhat brainless at times, but she will run away from enemies and avoid pits, often waiting for you to switch to prince mode to carry her across.

Dokuro makes use of the Vita’s touch screen capabilities for drawing lines to connect swinging pendulums, lifting platforms and many more things with white and red chalk to get through the perilous dungeon, which keeps the gameplay fresh and exciting.

Boss fights can seem somewhat daunting at times, as you’ll be trying to maneuver boxes and such for the boss to jump on so that you can cause damage to them.

The puzzles go from trivial to extremely hard (making me want to chuck my Vita a few times).

In conclusion, if you enjoy puzzle solving games and/or platformers, and wish to test your mettle, this is the game for you. At 80 levels and a $19.99 price tag, you really can’t go wrong. If you are the controller chucking type, I suggest you hold off, as the Vita is still quite expensive to replace haha


Beautiful to look at
Great music and presentation
80 levels to test your puzzle solving skills
Levels are often only 30 seconds long
Very repetitive

Written by: Eddie - Contributing Editor


  1. #1 by Hestar on October 24th, 2012 [ 5230 Points ]

    Yeah I can’t see spending 20 on this..Like corpse party,I’ll wait for the 9.99 price tag..Plus I just completed all dark souls achievements,I don’t need a new game that’s gonna make me wanna throw something..yet 😛

  2. #2 by EdEN on October 26th, 2012 [ 223416 Points ]

    Just the kind of game I like. Great review!

  3. #3 by nekod on October 27th, 2012 [ 0 Points ]

    I love the visuals and the story concept, too bad I’m suffering from Puzzle Platformer fatigue right now. So many indie games going for that genre have exhausted me. ;P

    I might pick it up if it goes on sale later this/next year.

  4. #4 by Ceidz on October 29th, 2012 [ 58230 Points ]

    Great review ! Might pick that up !

  5. #5 by Hestar on December 18th, 2012 [ 5230 Points ]

    And the waiting paid off!! 9.99 will buy buying! thanks for the heads up 🙂

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