Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

a game by Bandai

Platform: NESNES

Genre: Platformer

See also: Dr. Games

Your spirits rise as you stroll through the streets of London. It's your wedding day and you're oft to meet your lovely fiancée, Miss Millicent. But will you make it to the church on time? In fact, will you make it to the church at all? Along the way, you'll meet with many unexpected accidents and obstacles. If these frustrations get to you, you'll find yourself thrust into a world of evil.

Welcome to the world of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the newest action game from Bandai for your NES. The game has six fast-paced levels of non-stop action. In the world of good, test your serf against seemingly normal men, women, children, and annals. If you're not up to the test, you'll become Mr. Hyde, forced to fight demons, floating rocks, and fire monsters in order to build up your strength. Only then can you transform back into Dr. Jekyll, a scientist whose own experimental potion made him what he is: a man torn between good and evil.

Your adventure begins on the streets of London. As you head to church, you'll soon find out who is friend or foe. Watch out for Billy Pones, who'll take a shot at you with his slingshot. Next comes Luna the cat and Murphy the dog. When this furry twosome is peaceful, you'll have nothing to worry about. But if they come running at you, you're in trouble. Falling spiders will drop from trees to try and bite you. The most dangerous of your opponents is the Bomb Maniac, a mysterious man who likes to drop bombs in your direction. Get away from him as fast as you can.

ProTip: To get away from the bomb maniac, get next to him as he drops his bomb. Move away and when you hear the lit fuse, jump up in the air. This should give you minimal damage.

Level two takes you through a cemetery. Avoid crows flying overhead. Watch out for Jan, the old ditch digger. Jan likes to hit people with flying dirt.

In level three, stinging bees appear. Luckily, they're the one enemy you can kill with your cane. Be quick on the offensive though or they'll sting you many times before you hit them.

Although the bees can be killed by the cane, they are also destroyed if you kneel down and they hit you in the head.

In level four meet Miss Elena McCowen, a tone deaf singer whose wrong notes are fatal. You'll have to avoid Elena and her deadly flying notes for the rest of the game -- she won't give up!

But, you can get past her by giving her a bag of coins you earn while you are Mr. Hyde in the world of Demons.

When you reach level five you face many of your enemies at the same time. Be quick or you lose! Watch out for old Arnold Ebetts -- he doesn't aim when he fires his rifle.

In level six, jump over the rolling barrels and bomb maniacs. Pass this level and it's almost wedding time.

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  • Manufacturer: Bandai
  • Machine: Nintendo

Now here's a game I can personally relate to: it's about a man with a split personality. We all know what it's like to be under pressure. And sometimes we show a different side of ourselves - more "evil", if you will - in these conditions. This was what Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson delved into in one of his most famous literary works, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, written and published over 100 years ago. Now, a century later, this classic bestseller has been translated into an NES game by Bandai.

The mild mannered Dr. Jekyll has created a potion which separates man's two opposing personalities: good and evil. Using the potion on himself, the doctor transforms into the beast known as Mr. Hyde and soon finds himself unable to control his sudden "mood swings".

What's worse is that today is the day Dr. Jekyll must get to the church on time to marry his fiancee, Miss Millicent. He starts out in front of his house and walks to the right of the scrolling screen. Your job is to slow him down or speed him up in order to avoid accidents and other obstacles in his way.

But the world isn't being too kind to him this morning. It seems that all of London is out to stress out Dr. Jekyll. A boy speeds by shooting rocks at him with a slingshot, a crazy hunter fires his rifle randomly at will, a digger shovels dirt into his face, two beautiful women try to seduce him, a cat and dog attack him, a couple of men throw bombs at him and - to top it all off - there's a fat lady who sings awfully. Coming into conflict with any of these things will push Dr. Jekyll's stress meter toward "H". When this gauge goes all the way to "H", the doctor collapses to the ground and transforms into Mr. Hyde.

In Hyde mode, the primary objective is to change Mr. Hyde back to Dr. Jekyll so that you can continue his journey to the wedding chapel. London itself transforms into a hallucinatory landscape, where various demon creatures attack Mr. Hyde. By destroying these monsters with a "psycho-wave" (a firing mode with a boomerang effect), you can set the stress meter back toward "J" and change Hyde back to Jekyll. Watch out for your separate life meter though. Coming into contact with any of these demons reduces it and, thus, the game ends if this gauge goes down all the way. Coins sometimes appear after a creature is shot. Collecting these will help make Dr. Jekyll's trip to the altar easier, since he can pay off potentially dangerous people to leave him alone.

Once you change Hyde back to Dr. Jekyll, he continues to stroll merrily along to church, and you must again make sure he avoids coming across stressful situations. He's an extremely sensitive man, you'll soon find out and must be protectively sheltered.

So that's the object of this video game; to walk Dr. Jekyll to church. Granted, this doesn't sound too terribly exciting (and most of the time it isn't), but blasting away the monsters while you're Mr. Hyde makes up for it. However, you're supposed to avoid being Mr. Hyde, which sort of takes the fun, well, out of the fun. Remember, the idea here is to get to church on time so that Dr. Jekyll can get married - not to transform into Hyde and go firing away at the demons in la-la land.

This one's a toss-up. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde's appeal has a certain kind of duality not unlike the Jekyll/Hyde character himself. A good number of people will like this game for its unconventional concept and unique play. But an equal number might feel that the idea of a video game where the object is to walk a stressed-out man to church is ridiculously absurd. You'll either love this one or hate it Overall, though, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, like its premise, is basically just a walk in the park.

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Play the dual-world challenge of Dr. Jekyll's London and Mr. Hyde's World of Demons. Battle the demons with Hyde's Psycho-Wave to save his life!

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