MAKAI PRINCE DORABOCCHAN
( Son Of Dracula / Dracula Kid )
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魔界プリンスどらぼっちゃん
©1990 Naxat Soft /©RED
Release : 1990-12-21 (¥6700)
Hucard (3 Mbits) NX90007
Action / Platform game
Makai Prince Dorabocchan (also known as Son Of Dracula and Dracula Kid) is a cute platformer by Red Company and published by Naxat Soft. The young vampire Dorabo is on a long journey to help his master and defeat evil demons and only the almighty golden armor is powerful enough to strike down their leader. Dorabo will meet many enemies and dangers, such as zombies, mean turtles, red eyed crazy wolves and giant trees. Our friend runs, jumps and spends most of his time collecting small tomatoes. They are an important part of the gameplay and are dropped over the boss's head as a preliminary attack at the end of each stage. Another ability of Dorabo is to hide under his hat - this doesn't look like much but this technique allows him to throw deadly tomato-bombs and finish up mean enemies. Our hero starts his journey with a short range magic-staff that can be upgraded later in the game. Three sorts or colored armors are also available (blue, red and grey) and each one of them give Dorabo special abilities such as high-jumps or faster attacks. Finally, there is a bunch of other items that will help our young vampire in his quest but they only work for a limited amount of time - the blue cape, for instance, gives him the ability to double-jump, the sword powers-up his magic staff and injections freeze enemies on the spot. Another original feature of Makai Prince Dorabocchan are the blue flying bats with tiny bells around their necks. They can call weird looking Easter Island head servants who often unlock secret shortcuts and unreachable areas.
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ChôMakaiTaisen:Dorabocchan (Sfc)
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Dorabocchan A sequel to Makai Prince Dorabocchan named Chō Makai Taisen: Dorabocchan (aka Twisted Tales Of Spike McFang) was released in 1993 for Nintendo's Super Famicom. The game was also published by Naxat Soft and developed by Red Company. Interestingly, this sequel is more a sort of Action/Adventure game somehow inspired by other smash hits such as Zelda. It however features all the same crazy characters found in Makai Prince Dorabocchan, such as the Easter Island head servants and many more.


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Makai Prince Dorabocchan is a great and fun game. Graphics may look a bit simple at first but they really fit the game's overall design. There are tons of secret areas and every single stage is vast and full of surprises. Levels are also far from linear and several path often lead to the exit. We can only regret the weakness of the power ups system which doesn't get our hero's magic staff really far. But end of level bosses are great and the overall difficulty well balanced even if on the easy side of the spectrum and designed with a young audience in mind. Makai Prince Dorabocchan is not a huge game but a definitive must have for any platform fan out there.

What a surprise, the game may look childish at first but it is in fact an excellent platform game full of surprises and, first and foremost, one of the rare playable (="completable") ones, I keep a really good souvenir of it !


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