An official website is now live for Dokapon UP! Mugen no Roulette, an upcoming digital board game from Aquaplus. Dokapon is a long-running sugoroku-style series, and if you aren’t familiar with sugoroku, the easiest Western comparison that I can make is backgammon. (If you aren’t familiar with backgammon, I can’t help you, because admittedly neither am I.)
As we recently covered, Dokapon UP! Mugen no Roulette is an Utawarerumono-themed spinoff, combining characters and other elements from the highly successful visual novel franchise. Thanks to Famitsu, we now have a better idea of how this game will play — there will even be a completely voice-acted story mode to maximize that sweet Utawarerumono flavor.
Straight from the source:
Dokapon UP! Mugen no Roulette is the latest entry in the digital board game series Dokapon. It is set in the world of Utawarerumono, with everything from stages to items and so on themed around the franchise. In addition to playable characters from Utawarerumono, many characters will also appear in the adventure parts throughout the story. The game features a fully-voiced “Story” mode, the series’ mainstay “Offline Match” mode, and—for the first time in the Dokapon series—an “Online Match” mode allowing you to play against everyone from friends to strangers.
Dokapon UP! Mugen no Roulette features a fully-voiced single-player “Story” mode with a story created specifically for the game. In this mode, you will progress through the story with Haku as you clear each stage. Each stage has its own victory conditions, and your “objective” will update for every new event, so keep an eye on the objective while progressing through the story.
Offline and Online Matches
You can play against other users both offline and online. Up to four players can compete against each other, and you can play with CPU characters in place of real players depending on the circumstances. You can adjust the game settings down to details such as “final objective,” “victory conditions,” “map selection,” and more, allowing you to play against each other on your terms. Various “stamps” are also available as a communication tool for online matches.
The victory conditions for a game can be decided between players. Depending on the space the player lands, they may battle monsters or other players, govern or shop in towns, obtain loot, and so on while aiming for the goal to meet the game’s victory conditions. Work together, get in each other’s way—there are various ways to play.
Dokapon UP! Mugen no Roulette has RPG elements, so your character can level up, increase their stats, and learn new skills by defeating monsters and the like. And each character learn unique skills, so take action and make the best use of those skills to gain the upper hand.
Japanese fans can look forward to Dokapon UP! Mugen no Roulette on December 10th. It will be available on PS4 and Switch.