This charming, chalk-art puzzler tests your wits and tugs at your hearstrings as the bony underdog Dokuro strives to solve and swashbuckle his way through the Dark Lord's castle to save the Princess.
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Mostly Positive (27 reviews) - 74% of the 27 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Dec 8, 2014

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“...Dokuro provides a unique platform-puzzle experience that will flex your mind and heart!”
8.8/10 – IGN

“Dokuro's charming aesthetic and accessible gameplay make it an enjoyable distraction that's certainly worth your time.”
8/10 – Push Square

“Despite the bony exterior, Dokuro feels like it has a real soul, like it was made by people who truly loved and believed in it. It's inspired, well-made, and thoroughly enchanting.”
4/5 – Joystiq

About This Game

A classical fairy-tale springs to life in this charming, chalk-art puzzle/platformer!

Dokuro puts players in command of a charming little skeleton who is fed up with his master, the Dark Lord, and resolves to rescue a recently kidnapped princess. The princess is blind to the various dangers and pitfalls of the castle and will continue to move forward -- potentially to her doom-- if our hero doesn't do something! Upon coiffing down a magical blue elixir, Dokuro gains the ability to transform into a swashbuckling hero. This noble form allows him to save the day and simultaneously catch the eye of the otherwise unaware princess.

Push, pull, jump and toggle to solve unique and increasingly difficult puzzles. Handle inhospitable situations with the power of the almighty chalk! Different colors of chalk allow our little bonehead to draw lines of flame, create great bodies of water, and repair broken ropes. If those challenges aren't harrowing enough, there’s also a fair amount of skillful jumping, slashing, and dodging required to get through the tough-as-nails platforming segments!

With new visual effects, a revamped UI, and a full set of Steam achievements, the critically acclaimed Dokuro is finally arriving on the PC!

Main Features:
*Captivating chalk style art – Immerse yourself in the gorgeous fairytale setting as you help Dokuro save the Princess from the Dark Lord.
*Unique, intuitive controls – Toggle switches, hack away at your foes, and draw your solutions in chalk to help keep the Princess safe.
*Tons of engrossing content – Features almost 150 platform/puzzle filled levels that will require dexterity of both body and mind as you fight through 20-30 hours of gameplay.
*Full complement of Steam Achievements to earn – Master the Dark Lord’s treacherous puzzles, collect the coins in each level, and complete all challenges ahead of you bolster your collection of achievements.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Intel Core2Duo
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c compatible graphics card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 200 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 2.3 GHz Quad Core
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9.0c compatible graphics card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
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19 of 19 people (100%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2014
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxWJPC38Igs&feature=youtu.be

In the game you control a demonic minion who has fallen in love with the recently kidnapped princess who is set to marry the demonic overlord in which you serve. The levels consist of fairly short escort missions where you pave the way to be clear of obstacles for the AI princess. The puzzles are very fun and enjoyable but at times become very tedious and burdensome, and not because the puzzles themselves are difficult but due to the incompetent AI Princess that will always seem to walk herself into the absolute worst possible position. You will quickly grow to hate the princess you are trying to save as she walks right into the oncoming path of a block you have to push in order to complete a puzzle, this results in you crushing the princess and having to start over and over and over.

The game feels as if it has drawn inspiration from other games such as Ico and the “Murphy sections” of Rayman Legends. Another frustration of the game is there are no re-bindable keys…which wouldn’t be an issue if the default keys weren’t so obscure, you are forced to us A and D to move left and right and then greater than and less than signs to jump and attack, to make matters worse you are constantly being forced to alternate from the keyboard to the mouse to use perhaps the game’s most interesting and defining gameplay mechanic; your magic chalk powers, which allow you to complete puzzles by drawing chalk lines on the screen to create ropes and fuses that can be used to complete puzzles.

Early on in the game you are presented with another interesting gameplay mechanic; the ability to drink a potion and change from an undead demon to a living human prince for short periods of time, this adds a unique spin on how you handle the puzzles, as the prince it is easier to defeat enemies whoever you cannot jump even remotely as high as your undead counterpart, but as the prince you are able to carry the incompetent AI princess to safety during the many times she’s about to get herself killed.

The game does make use of its chalk art style… but more so as a cop out for some of the fairly poor character (and slightly laggy) animations that occur. These slight graphical hiccups are by no means game breaking as this is not a precision platformer by any means; however a bit more polish could have avoided this minor complaint all together. Overall the game is enjoyable and if you are in the mood for a fairly decent puzzle platformer with interesting gameplay mechanics and decent pacing then this game is definitely worth picking up for the asking price of $5.99.

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52 of 79 people (66%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 9, 2015
Really enjoyed this game on Vita. Could use a patch or two as it stands on PC.
Zero graphic options and no remapping of keyboard controls afaik.
Unfortunately also lacking gamepad support was the dealbreaker atm,
Does include a ton of content so it's still worth checking out puzzle/platformer fans.

Reluctant thumbsdown from me for now.
(steam needs a sideways thumb)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gaq4C0MiMk8
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 28, 2015
Dokuro is a puzzle platformer released for the Vita and iOS, and is now on Steam. It's made by Game Arts, the people behind the Grandia and Lunar series. They're actually working on porting Grandia II to Steam right now, and if you like JRPGs I'd buy it when they finish, as I've heard it's very good. And if you like puzzle platformers you should get Dokuro, as it's a great game in that genre too.

The story is set in a non-descript fantasy kingdom, where the Dark Lord has just kidnapped the local Princess. With no hero around to stop him, it seems she's destined to a forced marriage - until the titular Dokuro, a lowly skeletal mook, decides she's a bit easier on the eyes than his current boss. He's sure to get more respect as a hero than his current position, right?

Well, no. After releasing the Princess he's dismayed to find out not only is she not thanking him, she doesn't even notice he exists, literally. It's up to him and the player to change that by helping her get out of the castle, but it's a long way to the entrance.

The basic gameplay is that of an escort mission. Each level is one room of an area of the castle, such as the ballroom or kitchen, with a flower at the end. You need to get both Dokuro and the Princess to that flower alive, which isn't as easy as it sounds. Dokuro can jump over obstacles and defend himself, but she can't, and what's worse, her not noticing him means she'll gladly blunder into danger. Monsters will make her turn and run, but with hazards she can and will die. Thus most levels are based around making a safe path from point A to B for her to follow.

Dokuro has a few tricks to help with this, such as different kinds of chalk, befitting the game's graphical motif, that can create ropes to fix pulleys, light fires, or other effects. Early on he also gets a potion that lets him transform into a prince form, where he can pick up and carry the princess to get her away from danger or down ledges, as well as defeat monsters more easily. Almost all the levels feel well-designed, and while there are some hard ones it never gets to the point of being frustrating. Dokuro controls well, and it doesn't require pixel perfect movement.

The game looks quite nice, and the story, while simple, makes you care about since Dokuro is a believable underdog. It's also decently long: I think I'm only about halfway through it at the time of this review. If you were wary because of the Mixed review status, don't be: most of the negative ones aren't talking about the actual game, just that it lacks options that are unnecessary to enjoy it. I hope my review helps convince you it's worth your time, because it definitely is.
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16 of 21 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2014
The game is a lovely platformer that is worth a purchase....except for the fact that if you have a IOS or Android device, you can buy it on there for 0.99 cents.

It's a very challenging puzzle game where you need to use all your wits to get past obstacles, and it's a great time. The story and art is great.

A short First Impressions video is here:

http://youtu.be/vd8ARfUT_l4
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
21.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 8, 2014
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UPDATE: The game now supports control pad such as X360, so I totally recommend it.
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Charming game. My first impression is really good, reminds to me games such as ICO, but obviously in other league like portable games. As a puzzle game is pretty well designed, but I must say an advice that a controller support is really desirable because you can't rebind the keys on keyboard... and you're force to play with keyboard&mouse doing things like jumping, attacking and writting with the pencil (mouse) and it is not really easy. On my keyboard's configuration is this:

-A (left)
-D (right)
-Mouse left (pencil)
-, (attack)
-. (jump)
-ç (prince's tranformation)
-space (pause/options)

As you can see is not easy to play this, and controller will be better or at least a rebind of keys. But a long this, is a really good game.

Anyway I bought the game for showing to Game Arts that here, on Steam, there are fans of his Lunar and Grandia franchises to support.

EDIT 19/12/14: Well I'm on level 8 and I must recognize that this game is poor on controls because of not being possible to rebind keys and not support control pad. If you're not really good playing platforms, skip this game because you could not beat this game, sincerely.

EDIT 27/12/14: I'm on level 12-7 right now. Sorry but NO. I can't recommend this game just because its poor porting quality of controls. They are really a madness pain experience to beat and get all coins and achievements. They have done a bad job by not let people play in control pad or at lesat, rebind the keyboard. Trust me, don't expend your money untill they fix it (probably never).

EDIT after beat it: Ok, as I said is hard to recommend because of controls, but its puzzle games, its story very charming and its own art are really good. Pick this game on sale if you can afford a try harder with its controls.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 7, 2015
Pro:
  • Neat art style.
  • A pretty challenging puzzle platformer.
  • Some interesting mechanics, namely the transformation and chalk drawing ones.
  • A cute story.

Cons:
  • No graphic options at all.
  • 30 FPS lock.
  • No key rebinding.
  • Partial controller support means that you need to you the mouse for the chalk.

Overall, I think that the pros outweigh the cons of this game.
If you are fine with playing games on keyboard and mouse this game is an excellent game, but if you use a controller the game might be a bit annoying.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 17, 2015
Another bundle game for me! I jumped in without knowing what to expect. Even from the title screen I could tell I was going to love it for the music and art style... and turned out that was all it took for me to get into the game. (I'm basically playing just for the game art, music and genre. And I'm loving it.)

Just like other reviewers said though, the "Options" menu is incomplete for a PC game. In fact, to be honest, it feels like something that was ported from a PSP or GBA version sloppily. I myself had to spam all the keys on the keyboard before knowing that I press "." to jump, and "SPACE" to pause the game (lolwat).

Not that I care though. I get to save a princess from Bowser. Good enough for me. :D
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 10, 2015
[ Fun: 6 | Plot: 6 | CTRL: 8 | GFX: 7 | SFX: 6 | Stable: Yes | Replay: 7 ] [ Total: 7 ]

+ Neat blank and white film aesthetic
+ Charming animation
+ Solid level design with decent puzzles
+ Set up to allow for dead-ends and quick restarts
+ Lots of puzzles to work through

~ Good casual puzzler but nothing new
~ Challenging sections mean lots of restarts
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 28, 2015
SImple and fun puzzle-platformer with a cute chalk art style that kinda reminds me of Madoka Magica.

Had mixed feelings about the game at first, but with controller support added, I can safely recommend it now.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 26, 2015
Very cute casual game. Regardless of what the negative reviews say, this game does now indeed have partial controller support. And it states that outright that there is one feature that requires you use the mouse. The magic Chalk... It makes sense why there isn't controller support for this, though I suppose a method could be devised.

The graphics are very interesting and memorable. The story is rather cute and the sounds are entertaining. Very amusing puzzle platformer.

Watch videos on the game, and if it appeals to you, then buy it. I would recommend it if you like puzzle platformers... with a twist.
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Lanallama
22.3 hrs
Posted: February 15
Dokuro is an adorable game. It's a normal platformer and the art style in nice. The princess on the other hand is annoying in the sense she cant even walk down steps without your help. There is little to no voice acting, yet the message is still conveyed nicely. It's challenging enough where you can solve the puzzles after thinking for a day, but easy enough where you dont really need to look up the walkthrough online unless you really are stuck. All in all, good game especially for its price. Would say to get it on your phone though, cheaper and less buggy i hear.
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Kidicarus
0.5 hrs
Posted: November 28, 2015
I got bored of this game very fast. Its lacking something. I just dont know what it is...
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Doomteddy
32.8 hrs
Posted: November 13, 2015
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Caligu1a
0.3 hrs
Posted: July 22, 2015
Dont buy til "full" controller support or u will stay on level 5 forever ! (or til you look on youtube and realise u still need a mouse for part of the game)
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