It's like Mario Party… with monsters, hit points, and backstabbing.
Atlus announced early last month their answer to shallow party games for Wii. A group of four friends can vie for the throne of Dokapon by defeating monsters, completing challenges, unlocking secrets, and betraying each other.
Players are required to destroy the monsters that are ruining the kingdom's towns and stealing all of the wealth. As a result the King is forced to give up his throne because he is unable to collect taxes from the now poor citizens.
Atlus has declared that Dokapon Kingdom is not a "boring game of hack-and-slash," but a full-fledged RPG complete with a fleshed out magic system and battle mode. Atlus promises everything from "zany characters" to "tons of battles" and "magic spells." And the battle system will have players "covertly choose their actions in an intuitive battle interface that guarantees every fight will surprise."
And since claims that players can work to sabotage their opponents, it's a good thing that they also promise that "after your friendships are broken, the game is just as much fun to play alone."
Dokapon Kingdom will be available for Wii in America on October 14.
HAVE FRIENDSHIPS? LET ATLUS RUIN THEM WITH PARTY RPG DOKAPON KINGDOM
The Friendship-Destroying Game for Wii and PlayStation 2
IRVINE, CALIFORNIA — JUNE 3rd, 2008 — Atlus U.S.A., Inc., triumphantly friendless, today announced Dokapon Kingdom, an addictive new multiplayer RPG for Wii™ and PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system. The King of Dokapon has offered you his throne; all he asks for in return is that you dispose of an invading horde of thieving monsters. Trouble is - you’re not the only one he asked. Contend with up to three friends as you navigate playfields littered with challenges, monsters to defeat, and rare secrets to unlock. Warning: Relationship counseling not included.
Dokapon Kingdom is currently scheduled for release on October 14th, 2008.
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About Dokapon Kingdom
The Kingdom of Dokapon is a land of wealth and riches ruled by a gold-loving King and his daughter Princess Penny. One day, monsters begin appearing all over the realm, assaulting the towns and stealing all of the empire’s wealth. The King, unable to collect taxes from his impoverished citizens, calls for heroes from across the land to come and rid his monarchy of these monsters. The prize for the hero who is able to free the land: The hand of Princess Penny and rule of the Kingdom itself!
- Innovative board game-RPG crossover – Tired of shallow gameplay in party games? The genre gets retooled in this exuberant mix of role playing and board games! Encounter zany characters, collect rare items, and explore a fascinating kingdom on your quest to vanquish monsters, gather treasure, and level up!
- The friendship-destroying game – Turn the heat up on your rivalries! Take on up to three other soon-to-be-ex-friends in the race for Princess Penny and the crown. Battle, steal, deface – playing dirty is the name of the game – through a variety of locales and challenges. After your friendships are broken, the game is just as much fun to play alone.
- Never the same game twice – Tons of battles, magic spells, mini-games, and multiple play modes add up to endless replayability!
- Easy, intuitive, and effective combat system – This is no boring game of hack-and-slash. Players covertly choose their actions in an intuitive battle interface that guarantees every fight will surprise.
Dokapon Kingdom has not yet been rated by the ESRB.