Written: 12.8.06 Acquired: 9.2.06 Status: Cart only Price: $4.50
Long before Puzzle Fighter there was DOSSUN! GANSEKI BATTLE
Don't these guys have any other hobbies?
Dossun has a unique battle system. Two ways to claim victory:
The opposing player's well fills up
Their energy bar hits rock bottom
Energy bar? In a puzzler? Whaaaa??
Like Puzzle Fighter, the attacker sends over a spiffy, er, attack
Eliminating 3 or more like pieces have varying results:
Green Rocks: Sends forth a dragon (see above)
Red Scrolls: Fireballs
Yellow Swords: Piercing swords
Blue Potion: Replenishes your health slightly (if needed)
Purple Squares: No effect whatsoever
Select from 3 heroes
And one by one, do battle with the game's numerous villains
The loser is paid a visit from ole Grimsy
Everyone's up for grabs
Most puzzle games have a special piece or power. Dossun is no different. When you have a special pellet stored, pressing R clears every purple square. Although the graphics could easily be confused for an early MegaDrive title, this visual effect is noteworthy
Much cooler than simply fading out
DO A COMBO MEAL
Like fighting games, special moves are a good way to inflict damage, but the best players utilizes devastating combos. The same applies here. While clearing 3 pieces at a time is fine and dandy, pulling off 3-plus chain reactions is the meal ticket. Diagonal matches yield the best results if you set yourself proper
Observe this lethal chain. The green rocks match diagonally and disappear
The yellow sword drops, connecting with 2 other swords
The swords' elimination drops the red scroll....
... forming a crushing 5-PIECE horizontal / diagonal red match to end the 3 hit chain
PICK A FIGHT
After completing a big combo, the character enlarges and performs a fancy attack
HANG IN THERE
Major attacks result in leaving the opposition hanging
[By a moment! Desperate for changing, chasing after you... ahem, sorry -Ed.]
There's only 1 music theme throughout the entire game, and it can get tedious. When someone's energy bar flashes, the music breaks into a frenzy, sounding much better and adding nicely to the tension. But the regular music is a bit "meh"
It's essentially COLUMNS with a medieval fantasy battle theme. Dossun! really grew on me and I literally said "1 more game" several times. It's amazingly addicting. Sure the graphics and music are nothing to write home about, but the gameplay is largely enjoyable