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Doka-Chan no Block Kuzushi 2

From the Database of Home of the Underdogs


GAME DEVELOPER:Yamada No Ana Project


Copyright 2000, Ryuuto Yamada

Another excellent game from freeware developer Yamada No Ana Project, who is dedicated to producing games based around the same cast of characters, led by Doka-chan, a stubby construction worker and his friends. Like all other games from this group, the game is 100% English, boasts excellent music, offers 2-player hotseat mode, and allows you to change control keys from the Options screen.

Sequel to the original Doka-Chan no Block Kuzushi (which you can download from the official site below), Doka-Chan no Block Kuzushi 2 is a nice-looking Breakout clone that doesn’t offer much innovation, but is a competent one anyway. The goal should be familiar to everyone by now: make all the blocks (in this case steel beams) in the level disappear by bouncing a ball on them from your paddle (in this case Yamada, a construction worker carrying a steel beam on his shoulders). The game is a tad too boring for me, mostly because the ball is very small compared to the size of each beam you have to knock, and surprises (extra balls, power-ups, etc.) are few and far between. Most of the beams also take two or more hits (they change color each time) to disappear, making the gameplay a relatively tedious, drawn-out process as it can take a long time before you clear the screen.

If you enjoy Breakout games with good graphics, Doka-Chan no Block Kuzushi 2 may be worth a try. If you’re looking for the next generation of Breakout games, though, this is not it – go play DX-Ball 2 instead ;) It’s fun for a few minutes at a time, though.

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