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The PlayStation Network has become a surprisingly rich source of ports for the Google Play Store. Take Dokuro: it's a beautiful 2D platformer that turned more than a few heads when it premiered as a downloadable title for the PS Vita last year. Now it's available on Android for a single buck, and if you're a fan of platformers with both creative gameplay and gorgeous visuals, you should definitely check it out.

The basic gist is that you're guiding a princess through a forbidding castle, kind of like a dimensionally challenged version of ICO. You are a skeletal minion of the dark lord who's kidnapped her, but you're helping her escape because of the power of love, devotion, and possibly ponies. It's a little vague. As a skeleton you'll help the continually advancing princess through ever-trickier puzzles and traps. The twist comes when the skeletal hero regains his living form, which as it turn out is a dapper fellow with a sword. You switch between life and death as you help your bonnie lass through the levels, stabbing bad guys, throwing switches, and occasionally shooting her through a cannon.

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The art in Dokuro is gorgeous - it looks like someone animated Tim Burton's personal blackboard. The decidedly creepy charcoal style might not be every gamer's cup of tea, but if you like what's on display in the trailer up there, it's worth a buck just to try it out. It looks like there are no options for external controllers or SHIELD compatibility, but the relatively simple platforming commands should be easy enough to master with on-screen controls. The game comes from Gung Ho, makers of notable titles like Princess Punt and Silpheed Alternative AM.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • jpelgrom

    I paid €15 for this game on my PS Vita, and now it's just €0.70... Totally worth every cent though.

    • Matthew Fry

      It's probably worth it to not have to use touch screen controls. I've tried lots of solutions and I think I've just decided to give up and get a MOGA. So far, I've found no way of positioning myself comfortably with a bluetooth controller in my hands and my phone... somewhere else.

      • Rodrigo

        gameklip is great for me with my nexus 7 and ps3 controller.

        • Matthew Fry

          Hmmm... that looks interesting but I don't know about popping my phone in and out of a case all the time. I wonder if I could cut up a Pugoo and use that instead of the permanent adhesive...

    • Himmat Singh

      Is it the same content wise, or has some stuff been cut out? Have you had a chance to play both versions?

  • Mystery Man

    Reminds me of The Cave game

  • Ashmedie

    Got it. Thanks for the heads up. I only played it for a few minutes, but it seems like a neat combination of puzzle and platformer

  • Marcell Lévai

    I love this game! It's fresh and exciting ^_^

  • Primalxconvoy

    No controllers support = no customer interest (from me).

  • Patrik Carlsson

    Bought it, liking it! Tim Burton all over the place.