May 6th, 2004 | Feature | PlayStation 2
Toro and the Shooting Star Guide
It just, wasn't, enough. Put on your helmets and walk through the halls of a feature that goes above and beyond the call of insanity.


Toro and the Shooting Star is rather straightforward, usually only relying on two buttons to get things done. But there a couple of things you may need help with, particularly the word inputs. Here now is a brief overview.

Starting Off
After selecting to start a new game, you’ll have to choose a boy or girl to play as, then begin to fill in your personal information, such as your name, birthday, etc.

Once you’re done filling those in, you can also choose to give Toro a custom name if you want. That’s about it! Go on and get ready to play.about it! Go on and get ready to play.

General Controls

Word Inputs
At many points throughout the game you’ll be prompted by either Toro or other characters to answer a question with some sort of word. The word may be referenced multiple times later on. This is the staple of the Doko Demo Issyo series and is something you’ll have to live with.

Fortunately, pretty much all of the inputs don’t directly affect the plot or your advancement, so if you don’t know what’s going on you can enter whatever you want — but we’re not responsible if you get in trouble for making the Pokepi swear up a storm.

Inputting kanji
If you know more Japanese than most people reading this, then you can use the exact kanji you have in mind to enter words. Just enter the syllable the kanji starts with and a second window will pop up showing you all the possible pictographs. The Triangle button cancels.
Using the camera
In Chapter 3 you can pick up a camera from Genzou’s shop and begin snapping pics of people and places in the town. Pressing R1 at anytime when you’re walking around will put you into photo mode, where you can shift around in a limited space to set up your shot. Players of first-person shooters should have no problem here: use the analog stick to look, the D-pad to slide around and L1 and L2 to duck or stand up. Press R1 again to take the picture, where it will reside in the second screen of the item menu along with up to 47 other shots. You can view pictures there with Circle and/or delete them with Square if you’re not satisfied.

Doko Demo Info

Doko Demo Duh?: Moving words across two fundamentally different languages is definitely a challenge, and sometimes even a bigtime commercial product like a game can’t escape a slipup in translation. Doko Demo Issyo is one of them. The more acceptable way to write and the title in English would be "Dokodemo Issho", but Sony went with the Jorden system and used "Doko Demo Issyo," and it’s been stamped on every related product since. (By the way, "dokodemo issho" basically means "anywhere together".) As an ironic aside, the English-side spine of the i-mode mo Issyo jewel case reads "i-mode mo Issho"; why, then, did we just write it the other way? Because sometimes when you’re this far down, there’s no real use trying to go back up.

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