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Available on:Nintendo SwitchMar 24, 2020
PlayStation 4Mar 24, 2020
PCMay 27, 2019
PlayStation 5Nov 12, 2020

Developer: Hungry Bear Games

Publisher: QUByte Interactive

Genres: Action, Platformer, Arcade

In a dystopian future, where Armies and the Police were replaced by robots and machines, their creator decided to take over the world. Now, it's up to Bones, a retired dog samurai from the Special Forces, to fight against the robot menace alone. You will face several robot leaders in an action-packed platforming throughout the city, fighting in urban sewers, military facilities, factories and even in sky-high structures. Each level features several gimmicks and different challenges inspired by classic platformers from the past decades, as well as different enemies and memorable boss encounters! FEATURES - Play as Bones, a samurai dog with plenty of moves familiar to platforming fans! Perform double jumps, slice bullets in half and finish off enemies with special combos! - Fight through 8 different stages with different challenges and enemies - from slippery ice to motorcycle rides across the desert. - Defeat powerful bosses with unique attacks and move sets. - Retro graphics and sound inspired by action platformers from the 90s. - Compatible with game controllers for a more authentic experience. - -Boopable snooter.

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Dogurai is an homage to retro platformers like Mega Man, with the inspirations being very clear. Simple controls and infinite lives make it easy to pick up and play, although it only takes a couple hours to complete. Some sections can be a bit tough, but overall it's a good time.

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Given the entire package, my time with Dogurai still proved to be enjoyable, if only for a few hours.

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In the end, Dogurai makes for a nice enough retro throwback that can act as a snack between meatier titles. The game isn't too difficult, but it is simple to understand, and it apes the mechanics of older games well enough to earn that challenge. The length of the game is buoyed by the presence of two endings and a new character, while the aesthetic fits perfectly for those who want to treat the Switch as a portable rather than a home console. At $5, Dogurai is certainly worth it for those who want to scratch that retro action platforming itch.

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Sadly, reaching the end of Dogurai feels less like the rewarding success of a job well done and more like getting home from a long day at work.

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