[Beyond PlayStation] Dogurai Review
Dogurai from QuByte and Hungry Bear places you in the role of a dog samurai. What’s not to like? Check our Dogurai review!
In Dogurai, you will be taking control of Bones, a dog samurai, as you battle against an army of robots who are up to no good. In this dystopian future, armies and the police were substituted by robots, and its creator has decided to take over the world! With your skills and the help of your trusty samurai sword, you will be able to slice and dice your opponents, as well as slice up their bullets if you time things right!
You can select to play either in the Normal difficulty setting, in which you have unlimited lives, or you can try the Hard difficulty which tasks you with being the best dog samurai you can be with the six lives it offers – but at least you will have unlimited continues! The game uses a dynamic color palette, changing the overall color composition and tone from level to level like you would see when using a Super Game Boy to play Game Boy games. You can also go into the game’s settings and select a fixed color palette to be used during your run.
You’ll control your character with the left analog stick or the D-Pad, attacking with the Y button and jumping and double jumping with the B button. You can also slide by pressing down and the B button at the same time, or by pressing the A, L, or R buttons. Some enemies – and bosses – you’ll be able to counterattack. Once the exclamation mark shows up, hit the Y button to attack so that you can lift your opponent in the air as you press the left analog stick or the D-Pad in each of the four directions shown in a sequence in the middle of the screen.
At the end of each stage, you will face a deadly boss that can destroy you in seconds if you’re not careful. You will need to pay attention to its movement and attack patterns to be able to survive because bosses are going to deal way more damage to you than you’ll be able to deal to them with your attacks! Odds are you’re going to die the first time you go up against a new boss, but as long as you learn from your mistakes, you’ll be able to end up victorious.
Once you beat the first stage, you’ll be taken to the mission select screen from which you’ll be able to pick the next stage you’re going to explore. To help you decide when you place the cursor over a new stage, the game will tell you something about what is going on in that area, as well as show you a portrait of the boss you’ll be fighting when you get to the end of that level. All are equally challenging, so you can pick the stages as you please.
In each of the 2D action platforming levels, you’ll be fighting a nice variety of robots that will shoot at you, throw bombs, or act all though thanks to their bilging metallic physique. Along with that, you will also face the classic hazards you’d expect to find in a Nintendo Switch game in 2020 that pays homage to the classics of the genre. There will be bottomless pits, icy floors that will make you slip as you try to walk over them, icicles that fall as you walk under them, pipes that blow out a gas that will freeze you into place, deadly lava, and more.
I enjoyed playing Dogurai on Nintendo Switch with its old-school soundtrack and graphics that pay homage to the days of the Game Boy. It has retro-infused stages to offer, which, based on your skills, will take you 2-3 hours to beat. Dogurai is out on Nintendo Switch for $4.99.
This Dogurai review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by QuByte.