Game Review: DodoGo! Challenge
Developer: Neko Entertainment
Available Platforms: Nintendo DSi
MSRP: 500 Nintendo Points
ESRB Rating: E
Millions of years ago, the dodo bird lived alongside dinosaurs. Today, the dodo bird is extinct. It might be the players of DodoGo! Challenge that caused the extinction, since the point of this game is to guide your dodo eggs safely to the next. Pitfalls, fire, and even dinosaurs and turtles will get in your way, but you’ve got a modern tool set to pave a path to victory.
It’s up to you, the player, to guide dodo eggs to their safety nest. Players will do this by swiping directions across the blind eggs, dragging and placing mechanisms on the field, and hoping that the paths work out well. The entire time, they’ll have to construct around dangerous T-Rexes, avoid water pits, snuff out fires, and the like. The game supplies you with a set amount and selection of tools at the beginning of the mission, and it’s up to perfect selections and placements to masterfully complete each level, but as long as you save one egg, the others can crack and burn.
The game offers the levels over a world map, letting you tackle them one after another, but letting you return to get better times or more eggs or the like. Thanks to the DS’s way of handling the internet, the game actually provides you with an “Internet Code” to upload your scores onto the official website. There’s a slight bit of story, but it’s decidedly meant to just get the concept of the gameplay and graphics across to the viewer.
DodoGo! Challenge has a great art style, partly reminiscent of Yoshi’s Island at times, and a perfect fit for the DS. One interesting faction of the gameplay that makes it stand apart from Lemmings and such is that you constantly have to take care of your dodo eggs, bandaging their wounds and making them happy. This interesting (and required) diversion allows you to somewhat get a connection with an egg that you otherwise wouldn’t. Costumes let you have fun with the creatures, adding another layer of individuality to the nearly-disposable ovoids. The game manages to offer nearly 100 levels, which helps the game’s value immensely. For those that like a challenge, you’re definitely in for one.
This game features one of the highest difficulty and learning curves ever seen in a game, and it all starts with the first level. It took this reviewer nearly an hour to figure out the first level, which according to the game, should be able to be figured out within a minute or so. The game presumes that you know how to play the previous title, and throws you straight into it. Only once you dig through the options menu to find a tutorial will you have any inkling on how to control the game, or even how and what the implements you’re given per mission accomplish. Even then, you’ll constantly be rebooting each level trying to figure out what you need to do, once you’ve destroyed an integral egg or item that is required to beat it.
The game is as solidly built, but as stringently tough, as steel. No real faults can be found with the actual gameplay once you know what you’re doing, but before that comes, you’ve got one of the toughest Level 1’s in existence. Assuming the prequel doesn’t take the same assumption that you know how to play and have experienced a few of the tricks, it might be best to check out that title beforehand, and consider this to be akin to a “Challenge Maps” pack, given the title.
- Incredibly difficult learning curve
- Cute style and animations
- Definite value for it’s price
Final Score: 6 out of 10