[PlayStation 4] Dojoran Review
Dojoran from Ratalaika Games and Nautlander is a 2D 1-bit action platfomer starring a frog. Learn more in our Dojoran review!
Dojoran from Ratalaika Games and Nautlander is a 2D action platfomer starring a frog. You must take on 28 stages that will be part of your training to become a ninja frog. These tests were designed by your ancestors, and you must survive as you learn all of the required techniques that will make you the best ninja frog ever… a master ninja frog! This is a 1-bit experience, so everything on the screen will have a minimalist pixel presentation on black and white.
You’ll move your frog around with the left analog stick as you jump with the X button and wall jump by hugging a wall and pressing the X button. If you get an apple, you can use it to gain a temporary double jump by spitting out the apple with the Square button and then doing a second jump. Since a single hit can kill you, you will need to make the most of each checkpoint that you activate. You can also free a fly trapped in a bubble, so that you’re rewarded with an extra hit, which will save you from a single mistake.
Enemies can be defeated the old-school way by stomping on them to make them explode. You will find the usual hazards you’d expect for a 2D platformer. These include bottomless pits, sharp spikes, lava pits, giant boulders that will try to crush you, swinging spike balls, spiky plants, flying darts, rotating platforms that can sometimes end up doing more harm than good, swinging blades, fireballs, or rotating spikes that reminded me a bit of the original Super Mario Bros.
There are great news for trophy hunters, because not only does Dojoran include a full trophy list with a Platinum trophy, it’s also one that can be completed in 10-15 minutes! While there are 28 levels to complete, you will only need to finish five of them to get all of the trophies needed for the Platinum. It’s a short trophy list with two Silver trophies and eleven Gold trophies. As for the objectives to complete, you will have to collect one talisman, one fly, one coin, and one apple. After that, collect 75 and 150 coins, die 10 and 25 times, collect a talisman on three and five stages, complete five levels, defeat a slug, and defeat a bird.
If you’re looking for a challenging minimalist 1-bit action platformer at a budget price, then Dojoran is a good option. The first handful of trophies will act as an extended tutorial, and after that set the difficulty will increase at a steady pace over the remaining 23 levels. Dojoran is out on PlayStation 4 with a low $4.99 price.
This Dojoran review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by Ratalaika Games.