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Following in his father's footsteps, you play Django the vampire hunter, who uses the power of the sun to defeat the many evil beings that infest the world. Search out the various levels for the evil inside, and destroy the immortal that rules the area to complete the level.

This isometric platformer does not have you fighting evil with the usual assortment of weapons and devices, but it will have you playing outdoors. The inbuilt sunlight sensor on the cartridge detects levels of sunlight, which determines not only the time of day you play, but also acts as ammo for your weapon. Run out of sunlight, or play in the dark, and evil will have the upperhand.

Many elements to the sunlight can have an effect on how the game plays out. For example, you can only replenish ammo during play by standing outside or, if indoors, under light from a window. Sunlight batteries can be collected during play to store sunlight, so you can play at night.


Boktai: The Sun is in Your Hand Game Boy Advance Fighting spiders
Boktai: The Sun is in Your Hand Game Boy Advance Title screen.
Boktai: The Sun is in Your Hand Game Boy Advance move the coffin out of the castle
Boktai: The Sun is in Your Hand Game Boy Advance Approaching the first area

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Alternate Titles

  • "ボクらの太陽" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Bokura no taiyou" -- Japanese title

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Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) Sep 15, 2003 5 out of 5 100
Game Chronicles Sep 30, 2003 9.3 out of 10 93
Worth Playing Nov 11, 2003 9.1 out of 10 91
neXGam 2003 8.8 out of 10 88 May 17, 2004 16 out of 20 80 Nov 23, 2003 7 out of 10 70
Gamestyle 2004 7 out of 10 70
GameSpy Sep 19, 2003 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Netjak Oct 02, 2003 5.4 out of 10 54
The Video Game Critic Sep 20, 2011 C- 42


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The reason that the sun sensor idea even came up was when Hideo Kojima wanted to make a new, innovative game, but he didn't have any ideas. Then he went to the toy division of Konami, and thought "Hey! I could get them to make a sensor and we'll put it on a Game Boy cartridge as a game!" Or something like that. And Boktai was born.


In the game there is a dark curse named 'kaamos'. Kaamos is Finnish meaning a kind of dark atmosphere, both mental and physical. Some have said that late in the autumn when there's little light, trees have lost their leaves but there isn't snow so it's not quite winter yet, that is a time of kaamos.


The default name of the main character, Django, probably comes from a spaghetti western by the same name where the main character (named Django) also drags a coffin around with him.


Sometimes the characters will shout "Taiyohhh!" and it's not translated. In Japanese, Taiyoh means sun.


The title of the game, Boktai, is most likely an abbreviation of the Japanese name of the game, "Bokura no Taiyou". Another game that does this is Pokémon - the full Japanese title of the game is "Pocket Monsters".

Information also contributed by Ben K and Timo Takalo

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  • JUNKER HQ (This fansite is dedicated to the games produced and/or designed by Hideo Kojima and contains all kinds of trivia, artwork, plot summaries, discussion forums and more.)
  • Konami: Boktai (Official site.)
Kartanym (12782) added Boktai: The Sun is in Your Hand (Game Boy Advance) on Oct 09, 2003