North American Flyer
Apple II, Atari 2600, Atari 8-bit, ColecoVision, Commodore 64, Game Boy, MSX, Super Famicom/SNES, Tomy Tutor
|Arcade system||Main CPU: Z80 (@ 4 MHz)
Sound Chips: 2x SN76496 (@ 4 MHz)
|Display||Raster resolution 192×240 (Vertical) Palette Colors 256|
Mr. Do! (ミスタードゥ Misutā Du) is an arcade game created by Universal in 1982. Similar in some ways to Namco's popular Dig Dug title, Mr. Do! was also popular and saw release on a variety of home video game consoles and systems. It is the first game in the Mr. Do series, and was released both as a standalone game and as a conversion kit (released by Taito Corp.) for existing arcade cabinets. It was one of the first arcade games to be released as a conversion kit, and went on to sell 30,000 units in the United States. It was remade in Japan as Neo Mr. Do! (ネオミスタードゥ Neo Misutā Du). It was also a popular choice on the 1983 video arcade-based game show Starcade.
The object of Mr. Do! is to score as many points as possible by digging tunnels through the ground and collecting cherries. The title character, Mr. Do (a circus clown—except for the original Japanese version of the game, in which he is a snowman), is constantly chased by red monsters called creeps, and the player loses a life if Mr. Do is caught by one. The game is over when the last life is lost.
Cherries are distributed throughout the level in groups of eight. 500 bonus points are awarded if Mr. Do collects eight cherries in a row without stopping. A level is complete when all cherries are removed, all creeps are destroyed, "EXTRA" is spelled, or a diamond is found.
Mr. Do can defeat creeps by hitting them with his bouncing "power ball" or by dropping large apples on them. While the power ball is bouncing toward a creep, Mr. Do is defenseless. If the ball bounces into an area where there are no creeps to hit (such as behind a fallen apple), Mr. Do cannot use it again until he has retrieved it. When the power ball hits a creep, it then reforms in Mr. Do's hands after a delay that increases with each use.
Mr. Do or the creeps can push an apple off the edge of a vertical tunnel and crush one or more creeps. If an apple falls more than its own height, it breaks and disappears. Mr. Do can also be crushed by a falling apple causing a loss of life.
Occasionally, the creeps transform briefly into more powerful multicolored monsters that can tunnel through the ground. If one of these digs through a cherry, it leaves fewer cherries (and fewer points) for Mr. Do to collect. When it digs under an apple, it often crushes itself, other creeps, and/or Mr. Do.
Each time the score passes a certain threshold during play (5000 points), a letter from the word "EXTRA" appears on the playfield as an Alphamonster, and the player can defeat or be defeated by this monster in the same way as a creep. Defeating an Alphamonster awards that letter to the player, and collecting all five letters of the word completes the level, goes to a cut scene playing the theme to Astro Boy, and awards the player an extra life. Alphamonsters attempt to eat any apples they encounter, which makes them difficult (but not impossible) to crush.
The creeps spawn at the center of the screen. After they have all appeared, the generator will turn into a food item; picking this up scores bonus points, freezes all the creeps, and calls out an Alphamonster and three large blue monsters. The latter can eat apples as well. The creeps stay frozen (but still deadly) until the player either defeats all three blue monsters, defeats the Alphamonster (in which case any remaining blue monsters are turned into apples), loses a life, or completes the stage.
Rarely, dropping an apple will reveal a diamond which, if collected within about 15 seconds, completes the level and awards a bonus credit to the player (as well as 8000 points), allowing him or her to play a free game. (This feature is relatively uncommon among arcade video games, though it is a standard feature of many pinball machines.)
Ports and sequels
In the ColecoVision adaptation, the alphamonster and sidekicks are unable to eat apples, making them easier to crush, but the blue monsters eat the shrubbery and cherries. Also, if an alphamonster is over a letter that has already been acquired, the dinosaur monsters just freeze for a few seconds.
An expanded 99-level version of Mr. Do! was developed for the arcades by Electrocoin in 1989.
A rebranded adaptation of the game was released for the Game Boy Color in 1999, titled Quest: Fantasy Challenge. It was developed by Imagineer, and published by Sunsoft. It is branded as a "Quest" series game instead of Mr. Do!
- Digger (MS-DOS, 1983)
- Magic Meanies (ZX Spectrum, 1983)
- Henri (Atari 8-bit computers, 1984)
- Fruity Frank (Amstrad CPC and MSX, 1984)
- Mr. Dig (Atari 8-bit computers, Commodore 64 and Tandy CoCo, 1984)
- Mr. Ee (BBC Micro, 1984)
- Mr. Wiz (Acorn Electron/BBC Micro, 1984)
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On release, Famicom Tsūshin scored the Super Famicom version of the game a 25 out of 40. The four reviewers of Electronic Gaming Monthly gave it a 4.875 out of 10. All but Dan Hsu felt that Mr. Do! has fun gameplay, but they criticized the lack of enhancements to what was by then over a decade old game, and recommended that players only get it if it were released at significantly less than the normal retail price for an SNES cartridge. Their later feature on 16-bit games reported that, contrary to their hopes, the game was priced at over $50.
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In 1982, Universal Sales made arcade history with a game called Mr Do! Instead of selling dedicated Mr Do! machines, Universal sold the game as a kit. The kit came with a customized control panel, a computer board with Mr Do! read-only memory (ROM) chips, stickers that could be placed on the side of stand-up arcade machines for art, and a plastic marquee. It was the first game ever sold as a conversion only. According to former Universal Sales western regional sales manager Joe Morici, the company sold approximately 30000 copies of the game in the United States alone.
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