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Sep 29, 2012 | 3:40 PM EDT
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DESUTORI IS NOW AVAILABLE FREE FOR EVERYONE TO ENJOY, thank you for the unprecedented support, I appreciate it, and from the team to you, I thank you. See you next game! es/desutori


Game too hard you wanna rip your hairs out? Skip levels by pressing B at the title screen!





# Use the Left and Right Arrow keys to move.

# Use the Space bar for various in-game options.


The game that made Tom nervous is finally on Newgrounds!

The 8-Bit Hardcore Retro Side-Scroller is here!

Will you manage to collect ALL 12 CRYSTAL SHARDS OR DIE AN AWFUL DEATH?

Enter Desutori, a side-scrolling game about a unlikely Hero and the Goddess who travel far and wide in search of the ultimate power. The Cosmic Shards.

Special thanks to
TheBackAlleys Forums for the support,
Dilly, Fefe and GhostingFish for the help.



Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

A hard-as-hell platformer, yet it never feels cheap or cheatsy. That everything moves in set patterns shows a lot of care put into the level design. And it's not overlong too, which makes me happy. I cleared it in not too long, mostly by being patient... every time I rushed, I died.

I did get the weird lives-destroying bug at the final battle too. I was wondering if that was intentional... guess not.

My only... well, not really a complaint, just... well, honestly, the characters shown in the title art and in the shard-get bit are really adorable, and I'd rather see a 'high-def' version of the game using those rather than retro-pixels during gameplay and cinemas. It'd also help with... y'see, it always bugs me a little when really-retro-pixel-looking games just "Mode 7" rotate a sprite... always throws me off. Plus the way the sprites are scaled, like the giant swinging blades, and how the shards are super-smooth shapes, not pixel-built at all... I think things would look more cohesive (and stand out from other games a lot more) altogether were this done with a line-art look instead. Not a complaint, just... an opinion.

Overall, really good, looking forward to seeing what else you got coming!

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Kooh responds:

This is the second time this bug appears, it's not game breaking, but I think fate decided to put it on the most important event, and it scares people!

Spooky! The pixels with art combined is more of a catering to a niche and design choice.

Thank you very much for the feedback, ThatMSipher!


Rated 3 / 5 stars

I quit after about 5 minutes of just dying -_-

Not my type of game, but I like the art and the voices in the beginning of the game :3

Kooh responds:

There's a walkthrough on YouTube, if you want the story but not the gameplay there's always that!


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

I'm not normally a fan of these kinds of games but this was surprisingly good. Unlike a lot of extremely difficult platformers, this one really is quite possible if you just remember that it's about two things: Pattern memorization and timing. Everything (Even those spirits in world 2. Watch them closely) moves in a specific pattern and you need to be able to move at the right time. I was even able to get through one level without dying by just paying attention.

In regards to flaws, the difficulty curve can be a little weird on occasion. For instance, I actually found some of the world 1 levels to be harder than some of the world 3 levels and world 2-1 was probably the hardest level in the game. Maybe I'm just better at dealing with certain obstacles than others.

As for other issues, I'm going to need to get into *SPOILER* territory for this...

There's a bug soon after you give Venus the last 12 crystals. Obviously, things go wrong but then there's this weird flash of activity as she speaks and it showed my life counter rapidly decreasing. It was disturbing enough that I thought it was intentional until I noticed I actually lost around 50 lives. I get the feeling that this was a bug.

Also, we really didn't get any answers regarding that mysterious hooded girl aside from what she looks like (I honestly was expecting a future version of our heroine under the hood. It would explain how she knows so much). Considering you're talking about a sequel in some of your responses, I suspect that might be answered there.

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Kooh responds:

Every single enemy is done with love and care. I am glad you noticed this, this is a special kind of game, but you can rush through it, you just gonna know how!

I kinda wish people would speedrun it, I think it has potential of being a speedrun game.

Thanks for the review, SolidSalamander!


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

This game is like a weird version of CatMario. Everything you touch kills you.

As for the actual game, its okay, but your character is a bit slow-moving.

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Kooh responds:

She's a bit on the slow side, eh eh?


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

I lost it when she said "I regret nothing :3"

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Kooh responds:

And in the end, she didn't regret anything.