17 February 2009 @ 11:24Dokapon Kingdom review
I recently played Dokapon Kingdom for the PlayStation 2. This game is made by Atlus, a company well-known by RPG fans for games in the Persona and Shin Megami Tensei series. You don’t need to have experience in playing RPG’s to enjoy this game though, because it takes a lot of it’s structure from Nintendo’s Mario Party games.
Using a spinner, players move along spaces in a large board game. Along the way, you can steal money or items from one another, fight and defend against attacking monsters, and liberate cities to collect taxes. The player with the highest net worth at the end of the game gets to marry the Princess and becomes the new King of Dokapon.
The graphics are very simple, but I never found them to be a distraction from the very fun gameplay. You start as one of three classes: warrior, mage or thief. There are many more unlockable classes and with experience your character will gain levels and become stronger. You can distribute growth points to become a stronger fighter or cast more effective spells for example.
Overall, I recommend this game to anyone who is interested in RPG’s in general because it’s good, goofy fun. It isn’t an action game, and a lot of the humor may fall flat on more casual audiences. This is a unique game that met and exceeded my expectations.
(Dokapon Kingdom is available for the PS2 and the Wii).