GungHo Online Entertainment America , a multiplatform publisher for the international gaming community, today confirmed that the company’s first title, Dokuro, for the PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system, will be released on January 30 as a digital download on the European PlayStation®Network at a price of €14.99. The recipient of a host of industry awards, such as “Best PS Vita Puzzle Game” and “Original Game of the Year”, Dokuro is a one of a kind action puzzle game that uses the PlayStation®Vita system’s Front Touchscreen and Rear Touch Pad to enable players to metamorphose the game’s protagonist between two different forms – each of which feature unique and advantageous skills – as well as manipulate the game’s environment in order to solve puzzles.
In Dokuro, players take control of the game’s namesake protagonist, a minion in the Dark Lord’s army whose small stature betrays his true strengths. After witnessing the kidnapping of a helpless princess at the hands of his master, Dokuro takes it upon himself to rescue her by battling his way out of the dangerous fortress. While Dokuro’s agility allows him to traverse the castle’s many platforms and pitfalls, at times he must utilize a magic blue potion in order to transform into a dashing hero, who can both carry the Princess to safety and slay the Dark Lord’s followers.
The key to Dokuro’s victory lies in his ability to manipulate his surroundings to protect the Princess, since her fear will lead her to continuously move forward in her escape attempt. In order for Dokuro to succeed, players must use both his skeletal and hero forms to approach and tackle the various puzzles. He will have to brave lethal hazards such as spiked pits, doom-bringing saws, scorching flames, and all manner of deadly, demonic beasts. Luckily he has the power of the almighty chalks to help him. By utilizing the Front Touchscreen, Dokuro can alter his surroundings by drawing ropes, lighting fires, and filling ponds. He will need to keep his wits about him to escape the Dark Lord’s treacherous pitfalls and defeat deadly boss monsters as he and the Princess make their way through approximately 150 levels of escalating complexity and difficulty.
Dokuro will be available on January 30 on the PlayStation®Vita system via the European PlayStation®Network at a price of €14.99, and carries a PEGI 7 rating. The game’s simple yet charming tale is told in stylized chalk-art events inspired by classic children’s fairytales. Developed in Japan by GungHo Online Entertainment, Inc, Dokuro is published in Europe by GungHo Online Entertainment America.