GungHo Online Entertainment America, the recently launched ‘multiplatform publisher for the international gaming community’ today confirmed that its first title ‘Dokuro’ will be released as a digital Playstation Vita download via the Playstation Network on the 16th October 2012. A blend of quirky puzzle and platform gameplay, Dokuro is what the company hopes will be received as a unique action puzzle game that utilizes both front and back touch panels - allowing players to transform back and forth between character forms to utilize various skills and abilities, as well as manipulate the environment around them.
Players will take control of Dokuro, a stoic and diminutive skeleton who serves as a minion in the Dark Lord’s army. After witnessing his master’s kidnapping of a helpless Princess for a forced marriage, Dokuro resolves to free the Princess from the Dark Lord’s treacherous, monster-infested castle. Though invisible to her in his normal form and somewhat limited in his abilities, Dokuro finds a mystical blue potion that contains the formula to transform him into a dashing hero with enhanced physical prowess.
Dokuro must be aware of the Princess’s every step as she will continue to walk forward on her escape from the castle, until she encounters an obstacle she cannot overcome on her own. In order to facilitate her escape, Dokuro must use his skeletal form to stalk about in the shadows and quickly double jump from platform to platform. When the battle gets hairy, Dokuro can drink his formula and battle the armies of darkness with his saber in hero form. Players will escort the princess through the various traps and dangers of the Dark Lord’s castle, confronting sinister forces as they jump, run and battle their way through approximately 150 levels of increasing complexity and difficulty.
The game was initially developed by GungHo Online Entertainment exclusively for the Playstation Vita. You will be able to pick this up from the North American PSN store for $19.99 from the 16th October 2012. The game is further set to be released as digital download in PAL regions during the upcoming Winter gaming season.