So yesterday we had some people over, and our friend decided to bring over his Wii and his newly purchased copy of Dokapon Kingdom.
Holy crap was it a blast to play.
No joke, if you have more than two people who want to play some mindless hilarious fun, go out and buy it right now. And if you don't have a Wii, it's available on the PS2.
Now, I had never heard of this game, and it was given my charge to play it first while the boys went off and played Anima.
Anyways, it's a very simple game to learn. You get to create your own character, and though the customization is highly limited, it's alright. It's a strictly 4 player game, but you can play with more or less people. So, honestly, it can be a loooong game to play.
There are only three job classes you can be when you start the game, no matter the level you start as: wizard, swordsman, and thief. They're pretty self explanatory. The swordsman warrior class is shown above.
Now you can change jobs in game by returning to your main castle, which is also what you do when you want to change your hairstyle or get some healing. The only thing is, however, you have to max out your current job level before new jobs will be opened up to you.
This is the king, his daughter and the hair stylist who kindly will change your hair cut when you feel like it, or when someone shaves your head. Returning to the castle also gets rid of the drawings people can put on your face.
The game is almost entirely self explanatory. Every time you start a new game it pops up a screen explaining everything you do, when you try to do.
See the evil purple thing in the picture above? He's a monster who's captured a town that you need to liberate. Which is MUCH easier said than done, especially your first time playing.
Now, when you move on to the blank squares you either get an event or a fight. It's totally random and you don't know what level monster it will be. This just emphasizes how much of a luck based game this is. Which is funny but frustrating for someone who has TERRIBLE luck.
My biggest problem with the game is that it is ENTIRELY chance. There is almost no strategy involved at all, except try to fight and level up so that you can kill monsters and liberate towns. But even then, half the time you get random encounters instead of battles! And most of the encounters BLOW. So that ruins most of any "strategy" you try to make.
This frankenstein looking doctor came up to me in both games we played. The first time he just told me I was healthy and charged me 17,000gold for the "clean bill of health". I about crapped a brick.
You only start off the game with 1,000gold.
Not only that, but I stole from an enemy and got 50gold. Woot for me! Then the bastard stole from me and took 450gold. WTF!?!? The nice thing about the game, however, is that this kind of stuff is actually really hilarious while you're playing through, so you don't mind getting screwed most of the time.
Sometimes when an enemy kills you or if you fight another player and you win you can chose to humiliate them, which is awesome.
Poor Laurie got shaved bald, then I had to fight her and I drew all over her face so she looked hideous. She finally died and was going to go back to normal, but the enemy that killed her shaved her head again lol.
Well on to my breaking point.
As I told you, I got into debt. Never got out. The next game however, the franken-doctor shows up again while I was poisoned. He heals me YAAAY!!!
But then charges me 30,000gold.
But whatever, it was so funny that it had happened twice I didn't care and couldn't stop laughing. Then all of a sudden this chick starts stalking me:
Trying to play rock paper scissors to steal my money. I'm like "I have no money to steal!!" and literally she finds me 6 times, which prevents me from fighting monsters and leveling, and just piles on top of my already terrible luck.
I'm alright though, because I beat her every time! I'm amazing at virtual rock paper scissors. Finally some luck, right...?
Way later on in the game, after I have a revenge bat hovering over me, an item that's gonna kill me soon, and a warrant out for my arrest, Laurie gets put in to debt as well (from a game that we are all forced to play where the winner gets rich and the losers lose 60,000gold each), and the stupid rock paper scissors stalker finds her. Laurie looses... and guess what?
The girl feels bad for her and brings her out of debt.
Now that's just made of ass and fail.
So, I set down my controller, stood up and walked away. I was done. Only so much abuse is funny. I couldn't take it anymore. So our other friend took over my player, and guess what? He doesn't get out of debt but he liberates some towns and gets second place.
Hot damn the game hates me. lol.
But overall? I loved it. It was so fun losing that I didn't understand it.
I highly recomend it to anyone for a fabulously fun party game. Just try not to play it for more than several hours...it does get a little tedious. Especially when you're losing as badly as me. lol.