Neo Mr Do
Imagine playing the classic game of Mr. Do. It was a bit strange, with the lead character being a clown who threw energized balls at dinosaurs. Not your normal kind of game. Now imagine that game if it was induced by a hallugenic dream. The result would be something like Neo Mr. Do, a very, very strange little game.
While Neo Mr. Do plays very similar to the original Mr. Do, with the same goals (kill all the creatures, clear the board or spell extra) to finish a level, it is anything but Mr. Do. This one looks a whole lot different. In most remakes of classic games, you get a facelift and some new features. But in this one, you get a wild, wacky game that will have you scratching your head and examining your soda to see if someone dropped something into it. It is like an acid trip, ala Mr. Do.
First thing you will notice is that this game is colorful. Painfully colorful. It is very bright and almost makes you want to grab some shades as it borders on blinding. There should be a law against using so much color in a video game. As is the case in many Japanese games, it is very cutesy. You have big, colorful characters who are all over the place. You may be looking for the CTW logo (for you who are too old to remember, that stands for Children's Television Workshop, the creators of Sesame Street). Each level has a specific theme to it. There are bowling balls and pins in the first level and later levels have you plowing through wood floors and other oddities. The game is very creative in that regard and I give it kudos for that.
The enemy also changes from level to level with toy soldiers, goopy globs and other things coming after you. There are even some odd creatures that pop up like a very mean looking Yeti. Not all of the creatures can be taken out with one shot. Some need you to drop stuff on them or to use one of the special weapons on them.
Speaking of special weapons, there are power-ups in this game, something you thought you would never see in a Mr. Do game. Some make you speed up, some give you rockets to shoot, etc... It really makes a weird game, even weirder. Something wrong with a clown with rockets, fighting letter people. It's like public television gone haywire! But it is good fun, much more fun than those telethons that public television throws. Maybe if they had a militant Bozo the Clown attack Sesame Street, they would get some serious donations. Or maybe not. Anyways, this game is wild, but in a good way. So if you want to play Mr. Do, but are tired of the old version, then give this baby a whirl and see. As the commercial goes, "This isn't your father's Mr. Do".
This is just a review of the arcade machine. If you are looking for the actual arcade machine, you may want to check out ebay. Click below to see if you can find this game.