Cutest little purgatory you’ve ever seen
We’ve got something deliciously weird and deliciously dark coming from the folks at Hamster this week. Coming out of Hades (not that one) and straight into your heart, this week’s Arcade Archives entry is Namco’s Platforming Adventure Darkness Yokai Dochukinow available on PS4 and Nintendo Switch.
Released in the arcade in 1987 (before being ported later to the Famicom and PC Engine), Yokai Dokuchi chronicles the escapades of a young boy, Tarosuke, who was (somewhat harshly) banished to the alternate hell “Jigoku” simply for committing childish mischief. Yeah. In this cutesy take on Eternal Punishment, players must guide Tarosuke as he attempts to navigate the five levels of Jigoku in order to beg mercy from none other than Buddha himself… Good old-fashioned family adventure.
Check out the adorable satanic action in the video below, courtesy of YouTuber Replay Burners.
Tarosuke avoids danger and battles demons and monsters as they fight their way through the afterlife. Each stage is led by an Oni, who must be defeated with the help of the summoned spirit “Monmotaro”. As Tarosuke progresses, he will gather treasure and secret items, which will earn him (and the player) one of five different endings. Multiple endings in a 1987 arcade game! It’s really new. Will Tarosuke find himself languishing in sadness? Will they ascend to heaven? And how did they even die in the first place? These and many other questions may or may not be answered.
Yokai Dochuki is available to download now on PS4 and Nintendo Switch, priced around $8.