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Mr. Do Castle - November 7, 1999 by Dorsola
Game:Mr. Do CastleCompany:Universal
Type:PlatformPlayers:1/2

I figured I'd go ahead and ReView the entire Mr. Do! series now that I've gotten started - if for no other reason than to shed some good light on the series after my trashy review of the game that started it all. So here's my review of Mr. Do's Castle, an interesting spinoff released one year after Mr. Do! itself.
Mr. Do's Castle combines the basic plot and storyline of Mr. Do! with gameplay elements from Space Panic and Lode Runner. In this game, our favorite clown finds himself inside a small castle, being chased all over the place by his new foes: the Unicorns. (At least, that's what I think they are - seeing as how a clone of this game was called "Mr. Do! vs. Unicorns", that's probably a good guess.) Once again, you must collect all of the cherries, which are stored in cube-shaped blocks you can bash out with your hammer, or destroy all of your enemies. And the way you do THAT is to (a) smash them with blocks from above, (b) lure them into a bridge trap and then knock out the bridge, or (c) turn them into EXTRA letters and smash them directly! In addition, you can switch some of the ladders around and hide from the Unicorns for a short time, though they rather effectively figure out how best to catch up with you at times.
This game is probably the most exciting of the four in the Mr. Do! series - while not necessarily the most challenging (though it is pretty difficult), it provides the greatest number of "Wow! I can't believe I just did that" moments, mainly in making a narrow escape from your enemies' clutches. I find myself trying to think up new strategies to thwart the Unicorns every time - if I were playing it in the arcade, I would most definitely put more change into the machine to see how far I could get before they overpowered me. Graphics are colorful and appropriately cartoony, though the color schemes can be a little hard on the eyes sometimes. And the sound is decent in this game - a nice little tune plays in the background which isn't too loud or obtrusive, and the sound effects don't tend to grate as much as some other games I've played from the same time period.
Another MAME game, Mr. Do's Castle plays rather nicely on most systems - no problems that I'm aware of. Check it out and have fun!
Graphics
8
8
Sound
Play Control
8
9
Challenge
Replay Value
10
10
Performance

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