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  • Summary: After months of bitter conflict with its neighbor, country A is preparing to unleash its latest machine of war, code-named Kokuga. With access to 9 destructive weapons and an array of power-ups, the compact mobile tank is an elite military machine.

    Highly-reputed boutique game studio
    G.rev is pleased to offer this old-school strategic shooter for the Nintendo 3DS.

    Players are tasked with piloting Kokuga, and must destroy tanks, drones, gun towers and other mecha in 12 different training missions. Each stage culminates with a boss fight, pitting the player against massive heavily-armed bosses. Upon receiving orders for active duty, the player is thrust into action against enemy forces.

    Structured so gamers have maximum freedom in their game experience, Kokuga is great for both casual game sessions or long challenges.

    Local and Download Play is supported, so assemble your squad of up to four players! Develop new strategies and help out your teammates by coordinating card use.
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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. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Aug 19, 2013
    80
    It is an extremely challenging game, but balanced and in line with other strenuous shmups, brutally rewarding.
  6. Aug 4, 2013
    75
    Kokuga is a great game with fun boss fights and an interesting card system.
  7. 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.

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  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 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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