Mr Do! - Christopher Tupa

Retro Arcade Art By CTupa: Mr Do! (1982)

Christopher Tupa has certainly picked a fantastic and often overlooked game this week. Mr Do! has a lot of history here on the Retroist. Not only was it the second episode spotlighted on the Diary of an Arcade Employee Podcast. But in fact the Retroist himself tackled the game on his 105th podcast! In all honesty, Ctupa’s pick for this week’s Retro Arcade Art project deserves far more attention.

I say that Mr Do! deserves more attention because it gets overshadowed by Dig-Dug. I of course know that there are indeed some similarities between the two classic games.

Obviously with the latter you are playing a game where the goal is digging underground. Dispatching foes with your trusty pump or even boulders. Where as in Mr Do! the Player takes on the role of a clown digging through the strata. Taking out the bad guys with the aid of a power ball and oversized apples.

Friends, let me get right to the point. In my youth I felt that Dig-Dug was the better arcade game. It wasn’t until many, many years later that I realized that it was in fact Mr Do! that was the superior title. I realize of course you might be wanting some proof to back up that bold claim.

For one I feel our clown-themed game has more going for it. For example while you might be able to dig under the boulders and squash bad guys in Dig-Dug. With Mr Do! you can do the same as well as push those apples over the edge, letting them drop down the tunnels you’ve created.
Mr Do! - Apple Trap

Did I forgot to mention that the monsters can push those apples off towards you as well?
Mr Do! - Monsters and Apples

Furthermore, not only are the foes the Player must contend with more aggressive in Mr Do!. But while you always have your pump in Dig-Dug. The Player must hurl their power ball and hope it doesn’t bounce down the wrong tunnel!
Mr Do! - Powerball

Every time the Player uses the power ball, it takes longer to regenerate. As well as the fact you can clear a stage in multiple ways. A level will be completed if you pick up all the cherries, wipe out all the monsters, or by snagging the rare diamond.
Mr Do! - Diamond

Players can end a stage too by defeating monsters sporting letters. If you happen to spell out the word ‘extra’ you advance to the next level. However you also have to contend with Alphamonsters who gobble up those apples and hunt you down!
Mr Do! - Alphamonsters

I suppose in closing the reason I feel Mr Do! is the better arcade game, is that it requires so much more skill to play. Please bear in mind this is merely my personal opinion, friends.
Mr Do! - Universal Sticker

You know a little about Mr Do! now. So why not watch the game in action?

As always with CTupa’s Retro Arcade Art project, you can purchase the artwork featured in this post. The originals are ink and watercolor and are 5″x7″ on 8.5″x11″ size paper. You can hop on over to Christopher’s Official Site to contact him as well as check out more artwork from his project!

I hope you won’t forget to check out CTupa’s previous entries in his Retro Arcade Art Project as well!


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Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

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