Super Pierrot

The Arcade PCB by Universal Co., Ltd

Super Pierrot screenshot

Emulated in MAME !

DESCRIPTION

[ARCADE] Arcade PCB

Super Pierrot © 1987 Universal.


Whoo hoo, this game is nothing but dot eating fun. You play the game one screen at a time, and each screen will be covered with dots, baddies, and will have a few logs thrown in to boot. What you are trying to do is either eat all the dots, or kill all the monsters. There are two basic kinds of enemies (plus a few more that will sometimes escort the bonus letters). The first kind is a sort of green clam, these are slow moving and pose little danger to Mr. Do. But the second kind is fairly dangerous, it is a purple cartoon snake, and it will make quick rolling attacks at Mr. Do!, you must dodge these, as your powerball is ineffective against a rolling snake. Both enemy types will sometimes transform into a purple sightless unicorn if they manage to remain alive long enough, shoot the unicorns as soon as they appear, because you cannot outrun them over long distances.

Mr. Do! has two things to defend himself with. The first is the superball, he starts out carry this, simply toss it at an enemy, and they will vanish (you can also bounce the superball off of walls for a higher score). Your superball regenerates as you eat dots and fruit, and it is often a good idea to use it as soon as it regenerates (to take out yet another baddie). Your other weapon is the logs that are scattered around the game board. Simply push them, and they will roll down the screen, taking out anything in their path (including Mr. Do! if you are dumb enough to get in their way).

You leave a line behind you as you walk, when you meet your own line (creating a box), any dots inside the box will be upgraded to cherries, while cherries upgrade to apples, which upgrade to lemons, which finally upgrade to pineapples. You don't have to do any of this fruit upgrade stuff at all, but is the best way to rack up a lot of points. You can collect letters to spell EXTRA to get a free man (just like all the other "Mr. Do!" games).

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Main CPU : Zilog Z80 (@ 3.9 Mhz), (2x) Zilog Z80 (@4mhz)
Sound Chips : (4x) Texas Instruments SN76496 (@ 4 Mhz)

Players : 2
Control : 4-way joystick
Buttons : 2

TRIVIA

Super Pierrot was released in March 1987 in Japan.

This game is known outside Japan as "Do! Run Run".

Because of the video game crash of 1983, Universal decided to release their final Mr. Do! game as a conversion kit only, because the market for dedicated cabinets had all but dried up at this point (but it was a full kit that would fit any cabinet, not just a kit for other Mr. Do! games). This kit is fairly rare, and is almost impossible to find today. The kit contained a new PCB and new graphics for the machine, the graphics were purple themed, and the marquee had a 'DO! Run Run' logo superimposed over a purple geometric landscape with a blue line running randomly about it.

Bootleggers ported this title to the very similar "Mr. Do's Castle" hardware, although that version is fairly rare.

UPDATES

The maze graphics are slightly different than "Do! Run Run".

TIPS AND TRICKS

• Hint : Try to make concentric circle patterns from the outermost edge in, 'eating' the outermost cherries, dots or whatever each time. This will allow you to get a ton of pineapples, which score the most, and will get you a good score in early stages before it gets difficult.

SERIES

1. Mr. Do! (1982)
2. Mr. Do's Castle (1983)
3. Mr. Do's Wild Ride (1984)
4. Super Pierrot (1987)
5. Neo Mr. Do! (1996)

PORTS

Computers:


MSX japan (1988)

SOURCES
Game's ROM.

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