Namco Brings Two Classics to Mobile
Do the Do?
Namco has announced that Mr. Do and its spin-off sequel Mr. Do's Castle are now available on the mobile platform. Originally developed by Universal (the modern Aruze and brief owner of SNK's major properties when they went under in 2001) and published by Atari, the game was very similar to Namco's own Dig Dug, which was released in arcades at around the same time. Ironic that Namco would be the one to publish Mr. Do on another platform so many years later.
The first game has gameplay much like Dig Dug, where you tunnel around and progress through areas by completing one out of four objectives: collecting all the items, eliminating all foes, spelling out the word EXTRA by killing certain alpha enemies and collecting a rare green diamond. Unlike the protagonist of that "other game", however, Mr. Do attacks by firing a round ball or by utilizing the apples that are scattered on the screen as a sort of delicious bowling ball substitute.
The sequel, Mr. Do's Castle tries to establish its own territory away from Dig Dug by abandoning the tunnel concept for a more puzzle-based one-screen platformer. Mr. Do himself also tossed his ball for a mallet weapon, and while the game still maintained the four goals concept, there was twist in that you now had to smash fruit bricks rather than collecting them.
Both games will be featured in their original arcade incarnations, as well as graphically enhanced versions that add new levels and power-ups. There aren't any sweeping art changes but things are generally more colorful and the environments in Mr. Do's Castle do pop out a little better.
"As one of the most well-known arcade classics among retro gamers, Mr. Do! and its sequel Mr. Do!'s Castle are games that are great for the mobile platform and the mobile gaming audience," said Scott Rubin, vice president of sales and marketing, Namco Networks. "The Mr. Do! franchise is a perfect example of how Namco Networks is bringing classic games to mobile, maintaining the authenticity of the classics that everyone knows and loves, while also offering game enhancements suited for next generation gamers."