ICO meets 2D puzzle platformer

The Vita game library is still small, so Dokuro, out for download today, is a welcome addition. As a little skull man, you lead a princess across obstacles by arranging things just so. The game’s visuals are inspired by storybook illustrations.

Before the development team had even begun work on Dokoru, the game’s producer brought in children’s books filled with heartwarming fairytales to inspire the team. The classic storybook style is clearly evident, but the team decided on a unique twist. It was originally suggested that the protagonist be a handsome knight, but something about the little skeleton minion struck a chord with the designers and they decided it would make for a much more interesting story to have the Dark Lord’s own peon save the day.

Here’s a gameplay video: