Wut U Talkin Bout is a quick look at overlooked titles in gaming history, or an overlooked intro in a franchise.
A group of friends get together for a good time. The usual laughing and chatting commences as they are all unaware of the situation that is to come. As a joke, one person steals their friend’s food. He doesn’t give it back. Eventually, the food is stolen by someone else. Hours later, the simple act of stealing food leads to backstabbing, low blows and arguments within the whole group. Tension fills the room as everyone remains completely quiet. Faces turn bright red from frustration. Eventually, one has to even step out to cool his nerves. This isn’t a party that went wrong. It is Dokapon Kingdom!
Dokapon Kingdom is essentially an RPG and Mario Party mixed together. Players move around a board claiming towns, completing objectives, and acquiring equipment. Mini-games are replaced by battles which happen upon every blank, or boss, space the player lands on. Essentially, it’s a four player RPG.
You may be thinking, “Oh, a four player RPG. That must mean you are on a team!” Oh no. Oh no no no no no. That is far from the truth. Dokapon Kingdom is a competitive game where players attempt to have the most money and assets by the end of the adventure. Simply saying, “oh, I’ll leave everyone alone and do my own thing,” will only get you so far. Dokapon Kingdom is designed in a way to make you tick other players off no matter what. Half the items and events in the game are built to basically screw other players over, sometimes, whether you want to or not.
Almost every game of Dokapon Kingdom creates some sort of tension in the room. Players start holding onto old grudges, and others will simply become frustrated and start taking stabs at other players. Eventually, it can turn into an all out war amongst friends. With the wrong people in the room, it can make for some awkward moments. Atlus, the publisher of the title, even listed “ friendship-destroying” as a key feature for the game.
Before you run out to purchase your very own friendship-destroyer, here are a few pro-tips.
1. Have friendships to destroy – playing with friends is the probably the only way to get your worth out of Dokapon Kingdom.
2. Don’t destroy your friendships too much – Dokapon Kingdom, while a multiplayer title, is still a hefty adventure. If you want to make any sort of progress, make sure you choose a group of people who will return often to play.
3. Don’t play with sore losers (unless that’s what you’re into) – even playing Dokapon with the right group of people can still cause for tense moments. If you have a sore loser in the group, they will make themselves known pretty quickly.
But, yeah. Otherwise, have at it! It’s a fun title that can be found on both the PlayStation 2 and Nintendo Wii for somwhere under thirty bucks, depending on where you look. There is plenty of content here to keep players entertained with an entire adventure, multiple classes, and side quests, plus the competitive nature of the game also adds a good bit of re-playability. There is even a sequel on DS which can be also be played with four players using one DS. I could imagine that creating some rage inducing moments in the car ride to grandma’s house as you all secretly back stab each other with the privacy of the DS screen. Just make sure you have friends who are willing to play consistently.