When bosses go bad: The worst video-game bosses of...
Dobkeratops — R-Type (Irem, Arcades, 1989)
Dobkeratops (AKA Doppelganger, AKA Krell) is one of the most instantly recognisable bosses in video game history. We have no idea why this is. Allow us to list the reasons why Dobkeratops is an irredeemably rubbish boss.
- The character design is clearly a rip-off of H.R Geiger’s Alien, complete with gooey belly-burster and prehensile tail. Originality = zero.
- He is insultingly easy to beat — simply fire your Force weapon into his stomach and he’s dead within 30 seconds. (Lieutenant Ripley would have eaten this guy for breakfast.)
- ‘Dobkeratops’ is a stupid name, even by 1980s video game standards. Is he supposed to be a Bydo alien or a crap dinosaur? We fully sympathise with his need for an alias — if we were called Dobkeratops, we’d want one too.
All in all, Dobkeratops is a talentless hack who in no way deserves the fame he somehow achieved; a bit like Miley Ray Cyrus (who happens to have equally ferocious chompers. Gnuk.)
When bosses go bad: The worst video-game bosses of all time