Video Games

Doki Doki Universe Review

As I mentioned in my Goals & Resolutions post, playing (and finishing) more video games is a high priority for me this year. Unfortunately, I still kinda suck at video games, so finding something that will hold my attention while still being simple enough for me to play without dying a bajillion times a minute is of utmost importance. Luckily, a recent review on Indie Gamer Chick seemed to provide the answer to my prayers.

Albeit with a little more poop than I would normally expect from a divine answer.

Indie Game Review Doki Doki Universe Doki Doki Universe is the latest game from Greg Johnson of ToeJam & Earl fame, but since we’ve established I’ve played exactly 5 games prior to 2010 (Super Mario Bros., Bubble Bobble, Friday the 13th, Wolfenstein 3D & Grim Fandango. And none of them with much skill,) it should go without saying that this means very little to me. Although I was able to impress Rick by mentioning the developer’s name when he commented on certain similarities between Doki Doki and TJ&E. However, I was aware of TJ&E’s reputation for absurdist humour, which is never a bad thing in my book.

Indie Game Review Doki Doki Universe The other thing that kind of appealed to me about Doki Doki Universe was that part of the game involves answering Cosmo style personality quizzes, but about really random things. Like, above.

The plot of the game is pretty simple. You play as a robot named QT3 who is abandoned by his owners because of a recall of his model. Apparently he lacks “humanity,” but luckily an alien named Alien Jeff is around to save him and set him on a quest across the universe to learn what it means to be human. All the while answering personality quizzes administered by various randomly named monks waiting around on asteroids, and a dude named Doctor Therapist. Also, your best friend is a red balloon who sometimes sends you mail.

Indie Game Review Doki Doki Universe Aside from the quizzes, gameplay involves flying from planet to planet and solving the problems of the residents of said planet by collecting collecting and summoning items. I guess it’s a little like Scribblenauts in that you need to summon items to solve problems and most problems have more than one possible solution. However, you don’t have to type anything and you collect items to summon by rummaging around the planets and helping people or pissing them off, depending on what they’re into.

I think it was this mechanic that dug its methy hooks into me, resulting in a four hour marathon the day I bought the game, a rare thing indeed. I don’t know what it is, but any time there’s a collectible mechanic to a game where I’m not impeded by hopelessness at platforming or shootings, you’d better get used to making your own dinner because mama’s got a game to finish. What’s even more impressive about my obsessive need to complete the game (or, at least the basic levels. There are more that you can unlock for a little more cash,) was the fact that the PS3 version of the game kept freezing on me. Over. And over. And over. And yet I was still having enough fun to get up from my cozy perch on the sofa to reboot our wheezing last gen console so I could get just one more fix of charming, absurdist fun.

Now, if that’s not a recommendation, I don’t know what is.

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8 Comments

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    Nerd Burger
    January 8, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    “Dug it’s methy hooks into me. ” hahahaha. Classic. I’m totally checking this one out.

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      Mariko
      January 10, 2014 at 1:59 pm

      Hehe. I was pretty proud of that one.

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    Jane Y.
    January 8, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    definitely checking this one out. it’s so weird because i suck at games. i remember playing contra as a little kid with my brother and i kept dying and ran out of lives. then i accidentally pressed the “life” button and got a new life then died right away but i kept getting new lives even though technically i didn’t have any left and i was so happy that i was like “bro!! i have lives!” to which he said “jane! you’re stealing mine!” i had no idea that player 2 could take player 1’s lives like that. anyway.. there are games that i like playing but games i love just watching.. like final fantasy. people found it so weird that i liked watching people play but i just loved the whole production of the game – the story, graphics, music, etc. ah ok i’ll stop rambling! this game though, i think is totally do-able for me! passing this on to my husband too 🙂

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      Mariko
      January 10, 2014 at 2:04 pm

      Bahahaha! I love your stories about gaming with your brother. And I definitely recommend giving Doki Doki Universe a shot. It’s available on PS3, PS4 & Vita.

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    sophierocious
    January 8, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    Curses! I have an Xbox. When I get a next gen console in the spring it will be a PS4, and THIS is going on the list.

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      Mariko
      January 10, 2014 at 2:06 pm

      It totally should. The indie game roster for PS4 really is stellar, although we are also waiting a bit before we upgrade to next gen. But it will definitely be a PS4.

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    Joie Fatale
    January 9, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    A&E’ new hit series “Breaking Doki Doki”!
    Darn it though. I have a 360 :-/
    I really want to play this though.

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      Mariko
      January 10, 2014 at 2:09 pm

      It’s available on Vita if that’s your portable console… But yeah, the number of great indie games that’ll be PS4 exclusive are really making it hard to wait to upgrade.

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