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HotRod FAQ

Mr. Do! - November 2, 1999 by Dorsola
Game:Mr. Do!Company:Universal
Type:PlatformPlayers:1/2

Here's a game you hear surprisingly little about these days: Mr. Do! (And its even more surprisingly long line of descendents, which I'll review later). And there's probably a good reason for this little fact...
Mr. Do! comes dangerously close to being a direct rip-off of Dig Dug - you're a clown with a big sparkly ball, whose job is to run through a (supposedly) underground maze, dig tunnels, collect cherries and either blast or squash the unnamed bad guys. (You throw your super bouncing ball at them and they explode, along with your ball, or you can drop these huge apples on them.) You get sequential points for collecting cherries, which are always arranged neatly in groups of eight.

A level is over when one of four things happens:

  1. You collect all the cherries on the screen;
  2. You successfully kill all of the bad guys;
  3. You collect the last remaining letter in the word "EXTRA", gaining yourself an extra life; or
  4. You collect the exceedingly rare diamond that sometimes emerges from an apple that splits open upon impact.
Graphics are reasonable - a limited number of sprites and colors tends to degrade the look and feel of the game a bit, but it's not too terribly awful. Sound, on the other hand, is atrocious: I've never been fond of square-wave music, and this stuff is loud, obnoxious, never-ending, and it even clashes with the sound effects. Not a good combination.
The controls (your typical 4 directions and a fire button) are a bit on the difficult side for the same reason that they were hard in Dig Dug - you're limited to playing on a virtual grid, which means you have to wait until you get on a "grid line" before you can turn to the side. This has a tendency to get really irritating really quick when the turning points aren't obvious, like in Pac Man. The challenge factor goes way up as soon as you get past the second or third level (enemies get faster, mainly), and aside from that, there's really not a whole lot left to discover in the game.
So why is Mr Do! a classic? Hehe... well, Vanguard's a classic too. :) At least its emulation in MAME is perfect (or nearly so). Have fun.
Graphics
4
3
Sound
Play Control
5
7
Challenge
Replay Value
4
10
Performance

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