A few days ago I picked up Dokapon Kingdom for the Wii after hearing it was a mixture of Mario Party and an RPG that four people could play at the same time.
Yesterday afternoon, I had three friends over and we started playing it around 1pm. We finally stopped playing at around midnight.
This game is absolutely fantastic.
Here’s the premise:
You create a character, and choose one of three initial classes (warrior, mage or thief). All the players start at the center of the kingdom, and take turns spinning a spinner and moving the amount specified. The gameboard/world is a huge area covered by a mazelike grid of spaces. The most common space is a yellow one, which usually results in a fight with a random monster. Sometimes, however, special random events occur when landing on these spaces.
Other spaces include loot spaces, which give you a random item… magic spaces, which give you a random magic spell and various other similar loot-givers.
The goal of the basic game is to have the most money after a specified number of weeks. The main way to get the big bucks is to take over towns on the map, which are another type of space you can land on. All the towns are initially guarded by a monster. You defeat this monster, and the town is yours. You can then invest money into the town, raising it’s town level and income generation. If you invest enough money into towns, they eventually start producing items.
There is a lot of interaction with other players. You can cast overland magic spells that you find/buy on them, such as fireballs to reduce their health, muckyfoot to make it so they can only move one space for a certain timeframe, poison, fear, etc. If you land on the same spot as another player, you duel them. The winner can then do some pretty hilarious things to the loser. You can choose to steal one of their items, or more amusingly, you can give them a dumb looking haircut… or put a tattoo on their face… even change their name.
There are also dungeons you can go into and explore, which have some pretty sweet loot in them.
The game reminds me of a much deeper version of the Runebound boardgame. If you’re into RPGs, boardgames, or fantastic 4 player console games, you have to pick this thing up.