Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is less a game you play, and more a playable text you explore for insight into the human condition. To wit: this review, which isn’t a review at all.
Insight into Hypocrisy
Dr. Jekyll’s afternoon is comprised of a daily constitutional, which he takes through the town, the cemetery, the park, and the street. He has no weapons. He can jab his walking cane at people and animals, but he doesn’t wish to bring harm upon anyone, so he keeps it by his side. However, the townsfolk, who are all very well-to-do, agitate Jekyll in the strangest ways. Case in point: the gentleman with the top hat – who may or may not be a Bolshevik revolutionary disguised as a dignitary – leaving bombs next to the doctor. Supposedly decent women ensconced in ruffles snicker and pass the doctor as the bombs explode. Should Jekyll raise his cane and defend himself against these brutes, he will suffer the consequences and slowly turn into Mr. Hyde.
Meditation in Dual Nature Control
There comes an all-too-brief moment with Dr. Jekyll’s walking engagement where the enemies disappear. The rapscallions shooting rocks at him cease their cries. Dogs decide he isn’t worth the effort to bite. Then, and only then, is Dr. Jekyll’s walk a tranquil one. He takes in the surprisingly varied and colorful backgrounds of the town and reflects on his unfortunate nature. How best to fix his horrendous curse?
Is This Pile of Confusion Really a Game?
Jekyll doesn’t do anything in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. He has no attack and avoids everything. When he transforms into Hyde, the corrupt world is displayed as pure decay, and high society as misshapen ghouls (at least you can punch them now without fear of reprisal). When Hyde punches enough creatures to fill his Jekyll meter, he’ll be transformed back to goodness. But are Jekyll and the “real” world he inhabits really “good?” Perhaps it’s best to let Hyde reach Jekyll’s starting point. Once there, lightning comes down from the sky and destroys him. God’s mercy on a soul tormented by the world he inhabits.
PUBLISHER: Bandai DEVELOPER: Advance Communication Co.
GENRE: Curious RELEASE DATE: 04/08/88 – (JP), 04/1989 – (US)