|System: DSi (DSiWare)||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Suzak||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: Nintendo||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Oct. 19, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
by Maria Montoro
You might have seen Domo plush toys and other Domo merchandise at the grocery store lately, but the truth is this brown, stumpy guy has been around in Japan for a long time! Rumor says this creature with a saw-toothed mouth hatched from an egg back in the nineties, appearing in 30 second animations between shows on Japan's NHK TV station. That's how he became popular, but of course now he's everywhere, including a popular Japanese manga.
Nintendo, being as Japanese as it gets, had no problem in giving the green light for a group of small Domo-themed games to appear on DSiWare. Now we can all take Domo with us and make our wait at the dentist office a more pleasurable experience. Or will we end up greeting the doctor with a sour face and sweaty hands? I guess that all depends on which game(s) you get, and that's why I wanted to give you a heads up and let you know which of these Domo games are the most enjoyable.
Crash-Course Domo - 3.4 / 5
If you've ever watched the Italian Giro or the Tour de France, you know cycling is not about rushing and crashing, but in this game they wanted to give it their own twist. Racing as Domo, you'll have to rush to the finish line dodging the other cyclists and avoiding rough terrain. You can pick up coins along the way to up the score and eat Domo's favorite food (meat and potato stew) to get you going. The game is as simple as it sounds, and all you do is accelerate with the A button and move Domo in the road by pushing up or down on the D-Pad. If you ride with enough momentum, you might be able to push other players off the race, though that's not to say it won't affect you and slow you down, but as long as you finish in first, second, or third place, you'll make it to the next race no problem. If you don't, you can still repeat the event, but you'll only have three chances before your score gets reset and you're sent to the first level once again. As a time-killer, it's not that bad, but even as a budget game it leaves something to be desired. Perhaps multiplayer competition between DSi owners would have been just the thing this one needed.
Hard-Hat Domo - 4.0 / 5
This game of ladders and cans of paint will have you climb a building as fast as you can. On the right side of the screen you can see the dual-colored ladder that's coming next, and you'll have to make sure the colors match the floor and the roof above you. If the colors don't match, Domo can't climb, so you better be fast and pick the right spot for the ladder or tint the floor with the right color by using the proper paint cans. If the floor matches and the roof doesn't, you can actually climb up quickly and color the floor beneath you before it breaks apart and you fall. Domo can also jump over gaps in order to reach other sections of the same floor or grab the paint can he needs. The game's quite easy to start with, because they give you the ladders you need, but it can get pretty frantic after a while, especially if you manage to unlock the other difficulty levels (there are four). Although it's not a very complicated game, I found this one to be quite addictive and well worth the 200 DSiWare Points. Plus Domo looks cute in a working man's hat!
Pro-Putt Domo - 3.8 / 5
In this mini-game of mini golf, Domo competes against other players (CPU players, of course) to win the tournament with the fewest number of strokes. Course layouts include bunkers, water hazards, rough surfaces, etc. - just like a real life course. What's not so real is the coins and bowls of meat and potato stew spread throughout, but that's just there to tempt you and distract you from the main goal of finishing the course on par or ideally below that. Of course, if you manage to also pick up some coins on the way, you'll be the king of golf well, of this kind of golf; plus, it'll let you unlock extra game modes later on.