November 13, 2006 - I've never been able to understand why Sony's Doko Demo Issyo series still exists. The mascot-like Toro sold a ton of copies in his original PlayStation debut, but every game since then has flat-out bombed. And yet, the white cat is still alive and kicking, appearing every so often on television, and now starring in one of the two games available for download at launch in the Japanese PlayStation Store.
Mainichi Issyo isn't really much of a game. From the moment you load it up, you're given an inside view into Toro's home. You see Toro walking around, doing stretches, walking around some more, looking out the window, walking around some more. It's all very slow and unexciting, just like every other Doko Demo Issyo game.
The main part of the title in its current form is Toro Station. Updated daily, this mode is set up like a news broadcast conducted by Toro and his black cat friend. Each episode has a different theme. The first episode, produced in celebration of the PlayStation 3 launch, provided a look at famous trilogies in Japan. The latest episode provides an introduction to Ridge Racer 7.
The game has minimal interactivity during the broadcasts. Toro will occasionally ask you questions, and by answering correctly, you'll get a chance to spin a roulette following the broadcast. Success at the roulette earns food which can be given to Toro, who will then eat right before your eyes!
Mainichi Issyo is a free download -- a good thing, as I can't imagine why anyone would pay for it. Sony will be updating the title with new modes in the future. These will hopefully shed some light into why this cat hasn't used up all its lives yet.