In Kemco's Dr. Franken for the Game Boy, you're a lonely monster looking for love in all the wrong places. So, step into Dr. Frankenbone's castle and search for your betrothed's body parts. You may be spooked by what you find on this massive adventure.
Electrify My Love
Dr Frankenbone was a busy scientist. Upon his death, he left behind a legacy of angry and eerie failed experiments. Being bound and determined to get even, they decided to dismantle Bitsy, one of Dr Frankenbone's finest creations. Her partner Franky, was left to fend for himself. Now he must search all 230 rooms of his creator's castle and piece Bitsy back together again while fending off a disgruntled mob of ghosts, bats, spitting statues, and more.
Set aside numerous hours of your time. Bitsy isn't easy to duplicate. (Is any true love?) Frankenbone's castle is so large, you'll need to draw a map to keep track of where you've been. Your moves are limited to run, jump, and duck. Your jumps are lumbering and your pace is slow, which can make for difficult controllability. Luckily, though, Franky has a supply of lightning bolts that can blast his haunting hunters temporarily.
On your damp, dark and dangerous search, Franky's energy gets sapped whenever he comes in contact with blood-sucking beasties and castle treacheries, such as rolling barrels. Coming from all directions, they're hard to avoid, but not hard to hit. He can recharge little by little by collecting bouncing Energy icons (framed lightning bolts). If you really need a jolt though, head straight for Floor 4's Recharge Cubicle and energize to your bolts content.
Bitsy's parts are not the only items Franky has to find. In order to get access to the different areas of the castle, he must find select items, such as Crow Bars, Door Knobs, Keys, Books, and more. Then it's backtrack time. Luckily, this game has a save feature with passwords. USE it frequently, but keep a legal-size pad of paper handy. Like everything else in this game, the passwords are lengthy.
The graphics and sound are believably eerie. The graphics push the Game Boy close to its limit. The castle backgrounds are elaborately detailed. And watching Franky turn into a pile of bones is very vivid. On the downside, for a big monster, Franky's a small sprite and a bit hard on the eyes. As for sound, when good Franky jumps down from any height, you hear a plunk and the screen shakes. The music is frighteningly Gothic and somewhat repetitive, but it sets the ominous mood.
It's a Graveyard Smash
It's a good thing that this game is frus-tratingly fun, because you'll need multiple supplies of AAA batteries to rebuild Bitsy. Dr. Franken is a must have for your classic horror collection. So, go to your local graveyard and dig up a monster-ously good time.
- Sometimes it's best to by and avoid the floating ghosts and goblins instead of killing them. You never know where and when they're going to reappear.
- If you're really low on energy, it's best to wind your way back to the Recharge Cubicle room or you'll end up just a bag o'bones.