Dokapon is similar to previous monster-collecting games, but publisher AIA has tweaked the concept enough to make Dokapon more than just another Pokémon knock-off.
You start the game as an adolescent hero on a quest to earn his Adventurer's License. As you explore the island of Dokkan you will encounter fierce creatures and uncover hidden treasures. You can even create your own weapons by combining two in your inventory.
Much like the series that made Pikachu a household name, there are 150 different monsters to capture including spores, moles and weasels. Unlike Pokémon, you can see these monsters scurry around caves and dungeons. To catch one you must strategically place a trap, then defeat it in battle.
In the turn-based combat you can choose a normal attack, which uses your equipped weapon, or a more powerful special attack. There are three types of special attack: rock, paper or scissors. A special attack can be devastating but your opponent can skillfully nullify it with the appropriate defense.
Dokapon may be similar to other monster-collecting games, but deep dungeons full of secrets will keep you playing for hours. You can swap items or battle with a friend using two GBAs, a GBA Game Link cable and two Game Paks.
Progress is saved to the Game Pak in one of three save files. This game has been rated "E" (Everyone) by the independent Entertainment Software Rating Board and is in stores now.
Contributed by Xoleras (66222) on Dec 27, 2004.