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  Neo Mr. Do! - ©Visco 1996

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Game Stats
1 or 2 player

Puzzle Game

50 Megs
Japanese Name:

Neo Mr. Do!

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This game is the semi sequel to the original Mr. Do game released in 1982 by Universal. Having never actually played the original arcade classic I had no idea what to expect. Unfortunately I had heard bad things about it beforehand from some retro-gamers, mainly that it "sucked compared to the original". So, before I put this game on I gave the 1982 game a try first (thanks to the wonders of MAME ).


Its easy to say that an old game is "rubbish" if you haven't played it before and don't have fond memories of it from when it was first released. An example of this is that I love the game "Wrestlefest" by Taito and have great memories of playing it a few years back, but because the graphics look dated today, many of my friends wonder why the hell I like it. Well anyway, I love old games but I didn't expect to like Mr. Do much... but I actually found myself playing it for a little while. I'm not a big fan of it, but its still pretty addictive, like many old games are. So after a while playing on it, I loaded up the Neo Geo version, hoping that what I had heard about it wasn't true.

In all honesty, I don't think it is that bad. It's basically the same game, but with slightly more up to date graphics and music and a few extras. In case you haven't seen Mr. Do before, here's how it works: You control a little clown around a maze and have to collect some items (cherries, etc) to complete the level. You can also move onto the next stage by destroying all the monsters on the stage too. That's basically it. It sort of reminds me of another old game called Boulderdash, as you can walk through the scenery, and when you destroy the scenery that is below certain items, they fall down and annihilate anything in its path (that includes you if you aren't careful!). If you are interested, there is actually a clone of Boulderdash for the Neo Geo, which is called "Diggerman" and is very rare. See the review of that for more information (link below).

You carry a little bouncy ball with you that can be thrown at enemies. It can be powered up by collecting items scattered across each stage, which turn it into a missile among others. There are also other power-ups that have various effects, such as making you move faster. In addition to this, sometimes enemies appear on the screen that are in the shape of letters that spell out the word "extra". Destroy all of them and you access a bonus stage where you have to make your way through a maze in a set time limit.

Graphics & Sound:

14 Years is quite a long time in video games and as you would expect the graphics in the Neo Geo version are very much improved upon the original. They aren't great (not by a long shot), but are very colorful and there is a little bit of variety between stages. I found the sound very annoying after a while though, mainly because there aren't many effects and the music is a tad on the cheesy/cutesy side. It's also very repetitive.


Although this game was kind of fun for a short while, Neo Mr. Do just doesn't seem as addictive as the old one. Maybe that's just the retro-gamer within me talking, but I didn't enjoy it as much and I'm not exactly crazy about the original. It doesn't really add much new apart from visual improvements and it got frustrating and boring before long. Check out the old version and see if you agree with me, most people out there seem to. My advice is to play something else, perhaps Bomberman, which is a lot better.

Did I mention that clowns really give me the creeps for some reason?

No? Heh, forget I even mentioned it... ;-)

Graphics: 5/10
Sound: 5/10
Game play: 5/10
Replay Value: 4/10

Overall Rating: 5/10

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Neo Bomberman
Similar in a way, but much better.

Another similar game to Mr. Do, this one is a very rare prototype made by FACE, never released officially.

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