Welcome to another issue of Fund It Friday! Today, we are taking a look at Doko Roko by Okobu Games. Eric Mack, the game’s creator describes Doko Roko as follows:
“Doko Roko is a 2D rogue-like, vertical action game with an emphasis on lightning-fast combat and rich atmosphere. I have long since dreamt of a game that treats its fiction with as much nuance as it treats its core mechanics. But what if that fiction were not spread so thin amongst a sprawling expanse? What if this world were a contained and thriving ecosystem inside of a tower?”
Platforming abounds, with quick jumps and dives carrying your character into and out of harms way. Your primary weapon? Any of a number of different massive swords. You’ll employ these gargantuan implements not only to chop foes into oblivion, but also to deflect incoming projectiles. Players will also find artifacts imbued with strange magicks that they can employ to devastating effect.
The game also has systems in place that can transform your character. This could be cosmic infections, subjugation by higher beings, and likely a number of other ways to be modified. These metamorphoses will not only be cosmetic; they will often alter your movement and combat abilities in addition to granting a new countenance.
The setting here is interesting as well, with a number of different environments being realized within a singular, vertically dominant tower. Meadows, forests, plains; all could be held within the confines of the tower. Strange denizens will go about their lives, potentially helping or hindering your progress on your adventure. Your playthroughs will also have a lasting effect on the setting, incrementally changing things with each session.
The big sell for me here, however, is the art style. The game features beautifully-done bit art, and the current existing screens show excellent attention to detail, not only in the characters, but also within their animations, and the background. Weird and wonderful shapes and mashups form interesting and unique pieces throughout. It’s obvious that the well of creativity lodged within the development process is both deep and strong. Check out their Kickstarter page for a trove of gifs and concept art that might leave you wide eyed and drooling. Need more? Check their Doko Roko site.
Okobu Games is seeking $30k to fund the project, and is about half way there with almost a month to go at the time of this writing. For a paltry $10, you can secure your copy, set to tentatively release sometime next year.