Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (video game)

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
North American cover art
Developer(s) Advance Communication Company
Publisher(s) Toho
Bandai
Composer(s) Michiharu Hasuya
Platform(s) Nintendo Family Computer (Japanese version)
NES (North American version)
Release date(s)
  • JP April 8, 1988
  • NA April 1989
[1]
Genre(s) Side-scrolling action[2]
Mode(s) Single-player
Distribution Nintendo Family Computer cartridge
Gameplay in Dr. Jekyll mode, walking through town.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (ジーキル博士の彷魔が刻 Jekyll Hakase no Hōma ga Toki?) is a 1988 side-scrolling action video game for the Nintendo Entertainment System loosely based on the novel Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.[2] Gameplay alternates between the characters of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde based on the player's ability to either avoid or cause damage.[2]

Story[edit]

Dr. Jekyll is on his way to his wedding with the lovely Miss Millicent.[2] As he walks to the church with his cane in hand, several townspeople, animals, and other obstacles accost him, causing him to become angry. If his anger reaches a certain level, he transforms into Mr. Hyde and is taken to a nightmarish world of monsters. As Mr. Hyde kills these monsters, his anger abates and eventually he transforms back into Dr. Jekyll.

There are two endings to the game. The normal ending occurs when Dr. Jekyll reaches the church at the end of the sixth level. Dr. Jekyll weds Miss Millicent and 'END' is displayed with the wedding march playing in the background. The alternative ending occurs when Mr. Hyde reaches the church. In this case, a boss named Letule appears. After defeating the boss, Mr. Hyde transforms back into Dr. Jekyll. A more detailed scene of the wedding is shown with Dr. Jekyll kissing Miss Millicent. The screen fades with 'END' displayed, and lightning strikes a few moments later. A silhouette of what appears to be Mr. Hyde with a cross inserted into his back appears.

Characters[edit]

London characters[edit]

Dr. Jekyll: the main character of the game. His goal is to get to the church and marry his fiancee Miss Millicent. However, many dangers and accidents await him along the way.

Billy Pones: a slingshot sniper. He has a crush on Dr. Jekyll's fiancee Millicent, and so he aims his slingshot at the doctor.

The Bomb Maniac: a mysterious man who pops up everywhere to create explosions.

Elena McCowen: born tone-deaf, she is a classic example of someone who persists in doing some-thing even though she is terrible at it. Her singing is harmful to anyone within earshot.

Rosette Ranright: the only daughter of Dr. Jekyll's friend, Lord Ranright. Runs quickly and often bumps into people.

Arnold Ebetts: a hunter who always carries his rifle around, and doesn't pay attention to where he points it or fires it.

Murphy The Dog: most of the time, this animal sleeps peace-fully in the sun, but will be hostile when awakened suddenly.

Luna The Cat: an alley cat. Usually peaceful, but hostile when hungry or threatened.

Jan: an old man who can usually be found digging holes in the street, and shoveling the dirt onto passers-by.

Rachel: a beautiful, lonely widow. Not dangerous to anyone except Dr. Jekyll, who looks something like her late husband.

Miss Millicent: Dr Jekyll's fiancee who awaits him at the church. Note: her appearance is removed all together from the final level in the North American version and will only appear if the player achieves the alternate ending.

World of demons characters[edit]

Mr. Hyde: Dr. Jekyll after his transformation. He can only regain his original form by battling the demons who attack him. He has two weapons: his fists and the "psycho-wave."

Corum The Skull: a flying skull. He opens his jaws wide when attacking and shoots balls of fire.

Carotta: a sea demon who defends her territory with a bow and arrow.

Onoria: an old woman demon with the ability to shapeshift into to snake. Note: her theme music was completely removed from the North American versions of the game.

Nunu: an infant like demon that can become adult sized monster.

Walrich: a monster whose body is constantly engulfed in blazing flames.

The Shepp: small monsters that resemble brains. Always travel in threes.

Eproschka: a flying demon that attacks by using trumpet that blows lethal bubbles.

Palma: a flying rock monster. It appears suddenly in the skies of the World of Demons, and just as suddenly explodes, raining flaming debris onto anyone below.

Letule: a mysterious, ghost-like demon who appears, attacks, and disappears again. Will appear before the player if Mr Hyde reaches the church before Dr Jekyll in the final segment. [3]

Gameplay[edit]

The game features six levels, but the levels differ between the Japanese and North American versions. The Japanese version follows this order: City, Park, Alley, Town, Cemetery, Street. However, the North American version replaces a few levels and follows this order: Town, Cemetery, Alley, Park, Cemetery, Street. The North American version also removed the ability to hide within certain buildings as well as certain sprites and segments from the original Japanese version.

The player starts out controlling Dr. Jekyll on his way to the church, walking to the right. As he takes damage from the various enemies and obstacles, his Life Meter decreases and his Anger Meter increases. If his Life Meter is fully depleted, Dr. Jekyll dies and the game is over. If his Anger Meter completely fills, however, he transforms into Mr. Hyde. Day turns to night and monsters appear. At this point, the level is mirrored horizontally and Mr. Hyde walks from right to left with the screen autoscrolling. Mr. Hyde must kill as many brains as fast as he can in order to turn back into Dr. Jekyll.

If at any point Mr. Hyde reaches Dr. Jekyll's location (except in the final segment), a bolt of lightning strikes him, killing him instantly. Therefore, the objective of the game is to advance as far as possible as Dr. Jekyll and to transform back as soon as possible as Mr. Hyde. However the more detailed alternate ending of the game requires the player to strategically reach the Church with Mr. Hyde but making sure Dr Jekyll stays ahead of Mr. Hyde until the final level.

Reception[edit]

The game was the first to be reviewed on the website Something Awful,[4] gaining a score of -37. Brett Alan Weiss of the website Allgame declared that the "music and graphics are tolerable, but the controls are sluggish and the action is exceedingly dull, rendering Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde almost unplayable."[5] IGN ranked the cover art the third scariest cover art in gaming.[6] Author Andy Slaven commented that the game was frustrating, criticizing its controls yet finding the visuals acceptable.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Release date". GameFAQs. Retrieved 2008-10-29. 
  2. ^ a b c d Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at MobyGames
  3. ^ http://gamesdbase.com/Media/SYSTEM/Nintendo_NES//Manual/formated/Dr._Jekyll_and_Mr._Hyde_-_1989_-_Bandai.pdf
  4. ^ "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde". Somethingawful.com. 2000-05-28. Retrieved 2013-10-25. 
  5. ^ Michael, Christopher (2010-10-03). "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - Overview". allgame. Retrieved 2013-10-25. 
  6. ^ "Top 10 Tuesday: Scariest Box Art". IGN. 2009-05-07. Retrieved 2009-08-07. 
  7. ^ Slaven, Andy (2002-07-01). Video Game Bible, 1985-2002. ISBN 9781553697312.