Don Doko Don

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Don Doko Don © 1989 Taito Corporation.

Don Doko Don is a platform game where you play a bearded dwarf with a mallet as your only weapon. Very abstract colors, talking trees, cute graphics and sounds. The object is to defeat all the enemies and advance to the next round which reveals more and different enemies.


Runs on the "Taito F2 System" hardware. It used a graphics extension on the board, the so called Taito F2 Expanded System.

Board Number: M4300131A
Prom Stickers: B95

Screen Orientation: Horizontal

Players: 2
Control: 8-Way Joystick
Buttons: 2
=> Attack with mallet, Jump


Don Doko Don was released in July 1989.

Pony Canyon / Scitron released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Don Doko Don - PCCB-00008) on October 21, 1989.


The US version has the "Winners Don't Use Drugs" screen.


* Items list:
Power Drink (red): Increase your level by 1 one
Maxim Drink: Increase your level to maximum
Medicine (blue): Increase speed when holding an enemy
Book of Death (black): Eliminate all on-screen enemies
Book of Smash (brown): Smash all on-screen enemies
Death Hammer (grey): Can defeat an enemy with a single strike
Flying Hammer (blue): This hammer can be thrown
Fruit: Bonus points
Poison Apple: Decrease your level by one
Key: Open the door to a bonus or hidden stage

* Teddy Bear cheat: in the demo mode during the attract mode (not the tutorial), press 3 times the attack button and a cute picture of a bear will appear in the left bottom of the screen.

* Secret Room and Bonus Game:
If you hit the bottom of the first level, you will get key to go to Secret Room.
In Level 5, hit the bottom of the Right screen and you will get key to go to bonus game.

* Stage Select: like other Taito games, Don Doko don has a stage select feature.
1) During the boot, push the 'service button.'
2) 'Service switch error' screen appears, push START three times and then, push the service switch button.

* True Ending: If you get all the secret keys, you are able to answer secret stage in first stage. So, it means you will process from after 50 stages. And, finally you have to defect the final stage boss (100th stage), you can see the true ending!


1. Don Doko Don (1989)
2. Don Doko Don 2 (1992, Nintendo NES)


[JP] Nintendo Famicom (mar.9, 1990) "Don Doko Don [Model TFC-DD-5900]"
[JP] NEC PC-Engine (may.31, 1990) "Don Doko Don [Model TP02010]"
[JP] Sony PS2 (jul.28, 2005) "Taito Memories Joukan [Model SLPM-66057]"
Sony PlayStation 2 [AU] (mar.30, 2006) "Taito Legends 2 [Model SLES-53852]"
[EU] Microsoft XBOX (mar.31, 2006) "Taito Legends 2"
[EU] Sony PS2 (mar.31, 2006) "Taito Legends 2 [Model SLES-53852]"
[US] Sony PS2 (may.16, 2007) "Taito Legends 2 [Model SLUS-21349]"

[EU] PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] (mar.31, 2006) "Taito Legends 2"
[US] PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] (jul.10, 2007) "Taito Legends 2"


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