One sign that someone has done something right in the world is when someone creates a tribute to them. There are lots of bands out there that pay homage to legends like The Beatles, The Stones, and Chicago, for example. Tributes even happen in the gaming world, such as the tribute to On's Grow series, and Raitendo's Doeo is no different.
A tribute to SKT's Moai series, Doeo takes the same basic principle of frantically mousing over moving targets while racking up enough points to move to the next level. Instead of the statuesque Moai that inhabit previous games, here you try to collect as many pink and blue Doeo as quickly as possible.
This take on the game has two levels of difficulty to choose from, easy and hard. While the easy level challenges you to grab 100 pink Doeo in 40 seconds (remember, no clicking required, just mouse over them to nab them), the hard level ups the ante by throwing in strings of blue Doeo that appear for less time, but are worth more points. These blue Doeo are important because in the hard mode, you have to find 200 Doeo in the same amount of time... good luck!
Analysis: While most tribute games are carbon copies of their predecessors, Doeo seems to add a few new elements to the Moai standard. Having two levels of difficulty creates for some variation in the challenge, because your mind has to work faster to grab the extra Doeos as they fly on and off the screen in a split second. While similar to the "zoom" function in New Nest of Moai, adding a second color of Doeo to the mix works better because you don't have to remember to click to find more targets. (Or was I the only one who forgot to zoom in for more Moai?)
The original Moai was quirky, random, and humorous. Doeo seems to have all those same features plus a bag of chips. While Moai levels focused mostly on one scene of gameplay, the Doeo environments are constantly changing and you'll find yourself moving rapidly from a conference room table to an airborne adventure, all within the same level. And while I do miss the a cappella music of the original Moai series, the Doeo instrumental soundtrack has enough pizzazz and variety to keep me bouncing in my seat. As a devout fan of the original Moai games, Doeo does an excellent job of maintaining the same jubilant mood in such a hilarious game as its inspiration.
That much said, get ready and Go Doeo!