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A Videogame first released exclusively for the PS Vita and later on the iOS (and even later to Switch)that follows the story of a little skeleton Mook named Dokuro that befriends a princess recently captured by Dark Lord who reigns over the castle and his minions. At first Dokuro is angry, as the princess doesn't seem to notice his initial introduction, but quickly comes to realize (after tripping himself) that he is literally invisible to her; Dark Bishop, The Dragon to the Dark Lord, has also come up with a potion that makes the drinker more dashing and strong. After the potion fails its initial run on Dark Lord, Dokuro uses it to become a dashing prince which the princess can now see. He decides to help her, taking on the forces his boss has in the castle as they escape.
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So definitely not that other Dokuro.

The Game is presented in an odd way, everything seems to be designed around chalk-on-blackboard drawings, but move in a stop-motion-like, or segmented way. The game received reviews of varying success, many praised its puzzles and presentation, but pointed out the limited soundtrack; while others didn't find the gameplay enjoyable and pointed out other such flaws, like the touchscreen controls.


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Tropes used in this game

  • Adorable Evil Minions: the skeletons.
  • Babies Ever After: In the end, we see the princess and Dokuro with their two children.
  • Badass Adorable: Dokuro himself, when he turns into a prince though he's more of a Badass Normal, since this form is mainly used to carry the Princess and use a sword.
  • Bad Boss: Surprisingly averted for the most part, The only time we see a minion abused is when Dark Bishop knocks Dokuro aside in the intro. And when he is subsequentially chased by Dark Lord for his potion failing.
  • Big Bad: Dark Lord, in any other game this would be obvious, but its interesting that your main opposition is the guy you used to work for.
  • The Brute: The Guardian, the first boss in the game.
  • The Butcher: The Evil Chef.
  • The Dragon: Dark Bishop.
  • Dem Bones: lots of skeletons live in this castle, including a large dragon skeleton.
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  • Eldritch Abomination: Most of the bosses, such as the Gatekeeper a giant, twin-headed raven man.
  • Escort Mission: The entire first half of the game.
  • Evil Chef: The Evil Chef.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Lady Dark.
  • Evil Minions
  • Evil Overlord: Dark Lord
  • Final-Exam Boss: Dark Bishop, who teleports you to previous arenas to fight the previous bosses again.
  • Giant Spider: The Evil Chef.
  • Go Through Me: The Princess does this when the Dark Lord is about to kill Prince Dokuro.
  • Hope Spot: Initially, it seems the Gatekeeper was the final boss, and our Prince Dokuro and Princess get to escape the evil castle in peace. And so our hero and his princess walk to some romantic music as they gaze at a night sky full of twinkling stars. ...One of those stars turns out to be a blast from the Dark Lord, who incapacitates our hero and almost kills him until the Princess sadly gives herself up to save him.
  • Invisible to Normals: Dokuro is invisible to the princess while he's a skeleton.
  • Lethal Chef: The Evil Chef, both in his cooking (as he uses an evil salt shaker and flying fish), and in his actions (using a large butcher's knife).
  • Love Potion: what the potion was first intended for when Dark Bishop first introduces it. However The potion turns Dark Lord into an odd buff minotaur like thing, after which he gets pissed and chases Dark Bishop Offscreen.
  • Mooks: The little skeletons that serve Dark Lord, as well as the main character.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: The only reason Lady Dark lets you go when she catches you is because she expects you to somehow get the princess killed, allowing her to marry the Dark Lord instead.
  • Once Upon a Time: The final cutscene is actually called this in the scene viewer.
  • One-Word Title: Also a Protagonist Title.
  • Our Monsters Are Different: Monster Maids, tiny hopping cycloptic fire demons, a giant one-legged ogre, a Giant Spider Evil Chef are just some of the bizarre things to combat here.
  • The Reveal: Dokuro is revealed to have once been a selfish prince cursed into being a skeleton with no memories of his previous self, eventually winding up as a servant of The Dark Lord. The potion was turning him back into his previous self.
  • Save the Princess
  • Smash Mook: The living suits of armor.
  • Your Princess Is in Another Castle!: Well, Your Princess Is in Another (Part of the) Castle: You manage to lead the princess all the way out of the castle, and who should be waiting to curb stomp you but the Dark Lord and a small army. He takes the princess and leaves you in a crumpled heap, meaning you have to climb back up through a different part of the castle to save her again.

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