• Publisher: G.Rev
  • Release Date: Jun 27, 2013
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 85
    Overall, Kokuga is a welcome addition to the 3DS library and a fresh take on its genre. While it may target a more casual audience than its predecessor, Kokuga’s unique power-up system and huge boss variety definitely make it worth a playthrough.
  2. Jul 31, 2013
    83
    It's a shame that Kokuga hasn't realized its potential because it was developed for Nintendo 3DS. The lack of a second stick makes your vehicle less flexible than you'd like and the many enemies often don't fit on the screen. Having said that: the pacing has been slowed down a tad and levels don't scroll along automatically, which works perfectly with the flaws of the 3DS. Aside from that, the card system work sublimely and provides the game with a tactical dimension. It helps Kokuga draw the maximum out of the handheld, so it'll offer you a full fledged experience at a digital price.
  3. Aug 19, 2013
    80
    It is an extremely challenging game, but balanced and in line with other strenuous shmups, brutally rewarding.
  4. Aug 7, 2013
    80
    Kokuga is a classic shoot'em up, with an high difficulty level that will be pure joy for the most hardcore gamers on 3DS.
  5. Jul 30, 2013
    80
    Although a great deal of repetition is involved, and the slow controls may be enough to put people off, Kokuga is a decent example of a genre that isn’t getting enough new ideas these days.
  6. Jul 26, 2013
    80
    The bosses, too, are consistently inventive.
  7. Jul 25, 2013
    80
    Kokuga is completely different from Ikaruga on both gameplay and design sides. The tactical approach to every single mission is interesting enough to keep capturing players' attention. Sadly, the lack of an online multiplayer mode is a big mistake from G. Rev.
  8. Jul 19, 2013
    80
    At first, Kokuga comes across as a little too retro for its own good, with bland visuals and settings, mixed with an awkward control system. However, once past the initial hurdle, what is uncovered is something truly intriguing and extremely engaging.
  9. Jul 4, 2013
    80
    Kokuga looks great, plays well, and provides a devilish challenge that will leave even the most seasoned shoot ‘em up veterans scratching their heads. The stages may lack a little variety, and the controls take a bit of getting used to, but overcoming these challenges makes for an incredible payout. If you’re a fan of the genre and you’re looking for a new challenge, then this is definitely the 3DS game you’ve been waiting for.
  10. Aug 4, 2013
    75
    Kokuga is a great game with fun boss fights and an interesting card system.
  11. Jul 18, 2013
    75
    It feels like it's been developed with the multiplayer mode in mind, and consequently, this is how we will make the most of this game. It still is a good experience if you play on your own, but it's way better with friends.
  12. So it's a slow dance; a gentle sway of steps with the occasional flourish. That can be far more enjoyable than the most energetic experience - but if you're getting things wrong, the wait to get it over with can be excruciating.
  13. Jul 4, 2013
    67
    Kokuga boasts masterful game design that can overcome the haphazard power-up system to create slow, tactical scenarios and fast, strategic boss fights. Why then, are most levels filled with minutes of burdensome crawl? With everything taken into account, Kokuga might just be worth it for the boss fights alone.
  14. Jul 30, 2013
    60
    Kokuga is an interesting shooter with some innovative mechanics, unfortunately marred by a sub-standard realization and a clumsy level design.
User Score
7.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Dec 12, 2013
    9
    Being a fan of any type of space/fantasy shooter I'm glad I finally got this title. There's a steep learning curve given the controls are hardBeing a fan of any type of space/fantasy shooter I'm glad I finally got this title. There's a steep learning curve given the controls are hard to master, as the turret and rate of fire can be slower than you'd want it, but the style will grow on you as you adapt, especially if shooters are your thing. The difficulty is high but the reward is good. The card system can be a blessing or a curse depending on your luck. All in all very much worth the 15$!

    Note, one should play this title with a friend: it even supports Download Play for your friends who don't have a copy. It's clear co-op mode will give you a huge advantage and it's also clear the game was designed with difficulty levels adjusted for more than one player.
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