Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde with James & Mike

Mike Matei / October 16th, 2013


  • Benjamin Turney

    October 16, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    Nothing is worse than the bombs

    • October 19, 2013 at 12:07 am

      the singing lady is the hardest part of the game (even when you have coins to shut her up it still a [email protected]#$# to get around her), and yes me and two of my friends have beaten this game, you have to jump very very very often to remotely have a chance in this game.

  • October 16, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Awesome! Thanks for the bonus video! Can’t wait for the new AVGN next week!!!!!

  • Sam Katzman

    October 16, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    Is any of that shit in the game in the book???

  • gabriot

    October 16, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    Just a tip – when the bomb guys come, walk up to them and immediately run left as they drop the bomb, this is how you avoid the bombs. If you run to the right to try and avoid em you run the risk that if you get hit or have to stall at all to doge someone you’ll get bombed.

  • October 16, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbTxk5-dZpM this is a complete playthrough of jekyll and hyde

    • Billy Blanks

      October 17, 2013 at 1:14 pm

      DOne on emulator with save states. MUCH easier. Not the same. sorry.

      • October 19, 2013 at 12:09 am

        it possiable with acutal console just james and mike are walking too much they need to constantly jump to have a chance of beating the game. Also in some parts you have to move slowly since spawns are cause by the screen advancing, so the slower you go the less enemies appear.

      • Bludman2

        October 20, 2013 at 12:15 am

        @NihilistSolitude I know that James and Mike suck at this game and make it seem was harder than it actually is e.g they jump forward to dodge the cat coming from behind them but it still shouldn’t be that hard. You shouldn’t have to move slowly to stop enemies spawning and you shouldn’t have to spam the jump.

    • Gergő Hajnal

      October 19, 2013 at 5:58 am

      Wow, the japanese version is like a completely different game. You can actually go into houses avoiding all those shit, and somehow get coins and replenish health and angry meter? Why would anybody not want to do that? Why there is so much difference between the two versions?

      • October 22, 2013 at 8:59 pm

        For a lot of American Nintendo games, they took a Japanese game and cranked the difficulty way up. (Bayou Billy is another example: the Japanese version Mad City is much easier.) They did this because didn’t want kids who rented it for a weekend to finish it; they wanted them to have to buy the game.

  • BladeRunner

    October 16, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    great, one of the best videos like this so far. Never thought you guys would play this game in a James & Mike video, so awesome.

  • gammera

    October 16, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    • Billy Blanks

      October 17, 2013 at 1:13 pm

      Really?? U think people dumb enough to pay that much for glasses. for a costume?? and 70 buks for pants?? hahah! Just go to a Kmart, or even thrift store, or dollar store. Easy to find a plain white button shirt, and khacki pants. You can get the pants, shirt, glasses, the pens, all for UNDER 40 buks. SO please dont spam your crappy overpriced shit here. EVER!

  • October 16, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    JAMES ROLFE YOU MENTIONED RYGAR! Please do a video about it please. Want to see your reactions.

  • October 16, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    today is my birthday i’m happy to watch this thank you James & mike for making my birthday even better. lol!

  • Joker83

    October 16, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde has got to be the Nerds arch-enemy game now. Mike, it would be really cool if you actually could track down the makers of this game for an interview. Would be interesting, because clearly the game was out out without being tested at all. I remember seeing this game and, like James, assuming it would be really cool only to find out the horrible truth.

    Anyway, thanks for posting this video! It really made me happy, I always look forward to Cinemassacre videos

  • October 16, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    Haven’t watched it yet, but holy sh-t this is going to be awesome.

  • K6CTX

    October 16, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    I’ve never seen Mo’fucker Mike so animated in my whole history of visiting Cinemassacre.

  • October 16, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    Anyone else noticed the game titled ‘CLOWNS’ in the background? Sounds horrifying! Play that!

  • ikensee

    October 16, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    Mike must have been EXACTLY at the half way point so when he came back as Hyde he was already at the part where Dr. Jekyll died, therefore Hyde immediately died. Pretty crazy. If I was Hyde in this game I would kill myself too so I wouldn’t have to go through the rest of the game.

  • herbsuperb

    October 16, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    That may be the funniest video you guys have ever done. Matei looked like he was going to lose his mind. Thanks, and Happy Halloween!

  • Aaron1375

    October 16, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    That was funny as shit. I can make it to the barrels James was talking about, but at that point I throw the game across the room. The difficulty in the game does seem to be completely random. At times one can progress through a stage unscathed, at other times everything is trying to rape you! No rhyme or reason to it and no patterns either. I don’t even see winning it with an emulator to be honest.

  • October 16, 2013 at 11:34 pm

    i have that batman shirt

  • October 16, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    This would be a good game to use to do psychological experiments with. Hook up people to see the brain and physiological response as they play this game. I’m sure the casinos have already done something like it.

  • October 16, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    And give them a questionaire, too!

  • The Shamster

    October 16, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    I just saw on the youtube playthrough that you can hide in buildings by pushing up on doors.

    Maybe this could help a little.

  • The Shamster

    October 16, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    I also think the Japanese version is actually easier, meaning that the US version is poorly ported and almost unplayable.

  • October 17, 2013 at 12:24 am

    “. If his anger reaches a certain level, he transforms into Mr. Hyde and is taken to a nightmarish world of monsters. As Mr. Hyde kills these monsters, his anger abates and eventually he transforms back into Dr. Jekyll.”

    its not getting back to where you died as Jekyll its gettig youranger level back down to “normal”

  • October 17, 2013 at 12:28 am

    “If at any point Mr. Hyde reaches Dr. Jekyll’s location, a bolt of lightning strikes him, killing him instantly. Therefore, the objective of the game is to advance as far as possible as Dr. Jekyll and to transform back as soon as possible as Mr. Hyde.”

    there explains the lightening.

    still worst game ever

  • paisan13

    October 17, 2013 at 12:30 am

    Hi guys,
    if you really want to learn how to play this game maybe the speedrun can help you out:


  • eric lim

    October 17, 2013 at 12:31 am

    Someone beat it in 23 minutes


  • D-Man

    October 17, 2013 at 1:20 am

    Since no one has mentioned it yet, the mechanics of the games are that Jekyll and Hyde have two health bars. The top one is your standard life bar – you lose all of it, you die. Below it is the rage/anger bar. Once it is depleted Jekyll turns into Hyde. Once Hyde destroys enough monsters his rage subsides and he turns back to Jekyll.
    The anarchist bombs can mess with you though. If you have not gotten far enough ahead of the bomb, the knock-back pulls you into the explosion (real fair game mechanics) making it so that a single bomb can drain your entire life and anger bar. Since your anger bar is drained, you shift to Hyde. But then since you have no life, you immediately die as Hyde.

    BTW, I had the exact same experience as James showed in the review of the game. I was 7 years old and I decided to try the game because the cover art looked scary. I had the unusable weapon, the bomb f-ing me up even though I was nowhere near the explosion, turned into Hyde, and inexplicably dying from lightning 5 seconds later. Only as a 7 year old, I thought I was too stupid to understand the game, since that is what my older brother told me when I died in games.

  • October 17, 2013 at 1:28 am

    You guys should play SMB2 the Japanese version on wii. Its hard as shit.

    • Dan021

      October 17, 2013 at 7:39 am

      Thats Super Mario the Lost levels for America, it’s hard but the thing I wasnt expecting was the 9-A-B-C-D worlds, at first when I reached 8-4 I was really proud… then level 9-1 appeared. And omg the levels with the multiple bowsers, XD

  • Kenneth Hobaugh

    October 17, 2013 at 1:39 am

    Love ya James and Mike but that guy who posted that walkthrough of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde made u guys look like sissies.

  • October 17, 2013 at 1:48 am

    What a terrible game that has nothing to do with the novel :O

  • October 17, 2013 at 1:53 am

    fuck you dr.jekyll

  • Max Lemasters

    October 17, 2013 at 1:55 am

    It is like somebody else is playing, or at least connected to you via emulation turboing the women npc’s to deliberately run into you. The speed of the screen crawl makes my skin crawl, so frustrating to watch. My friend and I will give it a shot- so far some AVGN games are a no go with beating them. Might as well add this to the list.

  • October 17, 2013 at 2:42 am

    James’ smile when Mike plays is priceless.

  • sekito kariya

    October 17, 2013 at 3:08 am

    So, from what I have read from people who have played this game; I think I get most of the mechanics.

    1. There are 2 bars, the life bar and the rage bar. You die if the life bar is depleted, as either Jekyll or Hyde. As Jekyll, when the rage bar is depleted you will turn to Hyde. As Hyde, when the rage bar is full, you turn back to Jeckyll with 3/4 of the life bar replenished. If the life bar and rage bar is depleted at the same time, Jekyll turns to Hyde and immediately dies

    2. Dogs, cats, birds, bees, spiders, slingshots do not deplete the life bar, but they all deplete the rage bar. The life bar (as well as the rage bar) depletes when you are hit by a running person; or the more imminent threat: bombs. Bombs take more than half of both bars is you are drawn into the explosion.

    3. As noted, Jekyll and Hyde plays the same map, Jekyll scrolls right while Hyde scrolls left. The game saves the progress of each character. If Hyde gets farther than the progress of Jekyll, then he will get hit by lightning and instantly die.

    4. Hyde replenishes his rage bar by killing enemies, while the rage bar is depleted if he got hit. The target of the game is to kill the most enemies (so as to return as Jekyll) with the shortest distance (so as to not catch up with Jekyll)

    5. Some people claims that in order to avoid bombs, the best tactic is to rush towards the bomb guy when he appears; so that he drops the bomb to the right of the screen; and then rush left to get the farthest away from the bomb.

    6. Cane hurts dogs, cats and bees only.

    So, that’s it. I haven’t actually played the game nor am I planning to, so everything said is pure speculation. Please correct me if I am wrong.

    • October 17, 2013 at 4:05 am

      Ha Ha “rush towards the bomb guy” Dr. Jekyll moves at less than 1 mph. The only thing you’ll be rushing to do with this game is turn it off!

      • Dan021

        October 17, 2013 at 7:29 am

        Yeah, I find it easier to just go left as soon as a bomb appear and jump at the last second. If something is preventing you from being in that sweet spot, well your doomed.

      • October 17, 2013 at 12:37 pm

        You weren’t rushing to turn it off.

      • October 20, 2013 at 7:56 pm

        your DAMN Right man that game is from hell!

  • frostare

    October 17, 2013 at 3:15 am

    Regarding that list I thought the hardest was gonna be Cheetahmen for SEGA Genesis or that long first level Terminator for the NES

    • Gergő Hajnal

      October 19, 2013 at 6:07 am

      I think in the first Terminator game there is much more harder levels than the first one. Like the crazy driving levels. Or junping on narrow platforms with random spikes emerging.

      • Gergő Hajnal

        October 19, 2013 at 6:08 am


  • The Shamster

    October 17, 2013 at 3:57 am

    Here is a longplay of the US version of this ‘game’


    Maybe this will help in some way.

  • October 17, 2013 at 4:01 am

    Hey James and Mike! I know you suggested in your Nerd video to stay away from this, but not unlike Silver Surfer, this game piked my interest.
    I wanted to tell you that I spent a whole evening on it (never using any save states) and after many runs, I finally got to the end.
    Reading through the internet, I found out that there was another ending if a certain condition was met, and so I did the most rational thing and played the whole thing again to achieve just that. Yes, I know I might be insane.
    Anyway, I wanted to tell you that you are approaching the bomb guys wrong. You’ll get the biggest chance for minimum damage if you just move close enough to trigger the drop and then get away from them as fast as possible to the left. Once you master that, the games becomes much easier.
    You should give it another go doing that and it could be done with in a two hours gameplay. Just my two cents.

    Oh, and James, be thankful you haven’t yet seen the horrors of the sixth stage in Silver Surfer

  • Smokingspoon

    October 17, 2013 at 4:37 am

    XD… THAT game. Ahhhh, Halloween is so cool.

  • skwij

    October 17, 2013 at 5:50 am

    Thanks for suffering so we could all be entertained! I think the first game that proved to me that games could be total crap was LJN’s X-Men. Happy Halloween!

  • Dan021

    October 17, 2013 at 7:26 am

    The honest truth here,
    When I played that game a long time ago, I would just keep walking right and jump over everything, including bees. I would walk left only for a bomb, jumping at the last sec when it blows up. I made it to the cemetary and didnt have time to finish it because the game was rented. I don’t think this is the hardest game ever, BUT ITS ONE OF THE MOST FRUSTRATING GAME for sure. Calm people who play games in a zombie state are better at games like this, same with when I did Ninja Gaiden 1-2-3. (3 was done on a emulator since I didnt find the game anywhere back then)

    To me the hardest game I ever played is Kileak the DNA Imperative on the PS1 and to this day I don’t know anyone who beat it. There is 1 Let’s play who was completed on the net but I never watched it, either the guy played it for years or he had a guide. Try it sometimes guys, the first few levels are fun and then… 😉

  • Dan021

    October 17, 2013 at 7:40 am

    Also, if James and Mike had Anger meters in that video, they would have turned to Hyde multiple times 😀

  • BrandeX

    October 17, 2013 at 8:25 am

    In this video: indication that James doen’t rad anyone’s comments. (around 17 min mark)

  • Bryce

    October 17, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Watching Mike play the game alone is almost Lovecraftian. It’s like we are watching him quickly lose his sanity. If only they didn’t show what he was playing and we were forced to imagine what unnameable horror lies beyond our view.

  • Rick

    October 17, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Holy shit! XD this game is fucking massacring you guys… I am so sorry! This game gets meeeean.

  • Entrenaturaleza

    October 17, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Loved the video!

  • JohnMatrix666

    October 17, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Gotta love Mike and his tantrums 😀

  • rockgrant

    October 17, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    I have beaten this game legitimately. The key is to move extremely slowly, making a few steps forward and then stopping. It’s excruciatingly boring, but it’s the only way to win. You also MUST avoid the bombs, they will kill you faster than anything in the game. The way to do this is to slowly inch forward, then when the bomb is dropped, move backward as far away as you can. Do NOT attempt to outrun the bomb or jump over it.

  • SoTH

    October 17, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    As long as they don’t use save states at least.

    Most people on the internet use them to avoid viewer frustration, so they don’t have to repeat everything over again.

    Also, save states are helpful for practice as well. You can’t practice or realize what you did wrong by being thrown all the way back to the beginning. New games realize this and no longer work said way. They have checkpoints as standard so that the actual challenge is getting past the scenario itself, alone and only.

  • October 17, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    lol honestly don’t know why you put yourself thru playing this game again. It’s painful at times to watch >.<

  • Sammit

    October 17, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    So the title screen music is from Rygar, but whats the gameplay music from? It sounds so familiar.

  • fackya

    October 17, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    You guys are masochists. I will never play that game again. I remember trowing it in the garbage as a kid. This is the game that should have been buried and never see the light of day…instead of ET.

  • October 17, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    Mike:”This is bullshit!”

    Understatement of the fucking year.

  • Orionsaint

    October 17, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    This game is all together Evil.

  • TheFoolJoss

    October 17, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Mike said it!

    “We should hunt these people down.”

    I’ve been thinking for a while that you should do a show called “What were you thinking?” where you play these games with the people who made them. You must be able to track some of them down

    • Gergő Hajnal

      October 19, 2013 at 6:15 am

      I think most of these people are japanese, who – guess what – live in Japan 🙂 . But for the other half it would be fun, like in the Toxic crusader episode.

  • Strider Tien

    October 17, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Usually I like these kinds of videos but I had to force myself to sit through this one. God this game is fucking horrible. Like, it’s not even fun to watch other people fail like in Dragon’s Lair (original version, not those pieces of shit for various Nintendo consoles). It’s just painful to watch.

  • Kuuenbu

    October 17, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Someone should get Lowtax and Shmorky from Something Awful Video Game Abomination Broadcasting to play this.

  • October 17, 2013 at 8:08 pm

    I made it at the barrel part as well thats the real challenge of this game.

  • October 17, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Ok, I just tried it. I’m still shaky.

    I now understand why James has turned in the nerd.

  • DMM_poo

    October 17, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    I bought this game because I thought that it can’t be that bad, but it is that bad.

    • gluserty

      October 17, 2013 at 9:06 pm

      This game made me frustrated and angry just to watch; also, it just doesn’t even look like fun.

  • October 17, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    guys, when you’re hyde, you DON’T want to get back to Jekyll. When the lightning strikes and you die, that means you’ve reached jekyll, and you die. What you want to do is kill monsters to refill your Meter before you reach jekyll. and you’re right, when you have no life, you die immediately as Hyde.

  • October 18, 2013 at 12:24 am

    Well obviously the point of the game is to make you go through what Dr. Jekyll goes through. It turns you into the rage and angst that is Hyde. It is an experiment in human rage. In many ways this game is the first game to emulate its ideas via the players actual emotions. The Dr. has spoken. Good fun watching this. My favorite was when Mike was alone I could see is real anxiety expressed through his reactions.

  • Bludman2

    October 18, 2013 at 1:21 am

    So you made an AVGN video about this, you reviewed the movie and now you make a James and Mike? All that’s left is to review one of the board games.

  • Gaston

    October 18, 2013 at 2:27 am

    You have like.. two health meter. I don’t know if you see that but if the top meter down to cero as Jekyll, you die as Hyde (inmediatly that you spawn). The second meter.. i don’t know what the fuck means, but at least i found one solution, don’t drop the top meter to cero so you have another chance!!. The second one meter looks like the angry, whenever he gets hits by the people, that decrese, but that doesnt happen if you get hit by spider, or animals i think. Nice Vid BTW!! I’m waiting for the new AVGN chapter.

  • speedupspeeddown

    October 18, 2013 at 4:14 am

    Motherfucker Mike was Motherfuckin’ pissed! Motherfuckin’ hilarious!!!

  • October 18, 2013 at 4:33 am

    Like Gabriot said, it’s easier to backtrack with the bombs. The life meter is your life, but since turning to Hyde takes precedence, being killed with a bomb will transform you first. Getting back to where you were when Jekyll as Hyde does kill you. People only start running around when a bomber is present. It’s important to make sure you avoid them and keep cool and play it safe with the bombs: better to turn to Hyde, especially if you’re far in a level, than to get yourself instantly killed. You can pay the opera singers to shut it with coins you get as Hyde. Timing is the big thing with the game, I guess, although I never actually beat it either… 😐

  • October 18, 2013 at 7:09 am

    Hey nerd did you know that there’s a japanese version of the game and it’s completly different? even the bombs!! you should watch this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSaAIRVcis8

  • October 18, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Awesome stuff I love these lets play videos. I can’t wait to see you try it again. Also it would be awesome to watch you guys play a few more infamous NES, SNES titles 😛

  • decollate

    October 18, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    This walkthrough doesn’t appear to use an emulator or save states: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqios0JW1J8
    There are apparently 2 endings and Jekyll is supposed to finish levels of his own. Even though they aren’t supposed to meet, there is a time when they have to to get the more detailed ending. In addition to making a game with no fun involved, they really made this more convoluted than anything. There is nothing intuitive about the object of this game.

  • October 18, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    looks like there is two versions of the game. US and Japan and the Japan ver looks easier.

  • October 18, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Hello Guys, another great video.
    Here’s a video from a Let’s Player, Cornshaq, who finished the game. Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqios0JW1J8

  • October 18, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    Here’s the Japanese version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSaAIRVcis8

  • Stephan Jackson

    October 18, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Cinemassacre for life!!! Someone should isolate and play with 8:27-8:33 in this video. Kinda sounds like “Can you jump when you’re high?,” followed by an awkward silence and response. I just replayed that section a few times and had bonus laughs!!!

  • October 18, 2013 at 9:28 pm

    Im pretty sure this guy is for real, he has hundreds of longplay videos on his youtube channel, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrX_r68VUzQ , ofc somebody in this world must have beaten this game, i wont even try it thoughn 😛

  • funnyman3

    October 19, 2013 at 2:04 am

    I killed something!!!!

  • funnyman3

    October 19, 2013 at 2:07 am

    You know what’s bullshit… psycho waves..

  • funnyman3

    October 19, 2013 at 2:10 am

    Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde remastered for Playstation Network….make it happen!

  • October 19, 2013 at 3:16 am

    Fuck that game. You guys need to play a good obscure NES game. I recently discovered “The Lone Ranger” on NES, and it’s a surprisingly fun fucking game. It’s like a mix of several different genre games all rolled into one, and it’s a helluva lot of fun. Give it a shot, you won’t be disappointed.

  • caitseith

    October 19, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    What did Mike ever do to you? This game should be in the official list of inhuman means of torture!

  • ivan diaz

    October 19, 2013 at 2:44 pm

  • October 19, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    I got to the part with the barrels! Too dam hard. Apparently thats the last level and you have to beat a boss as Hyde? Randomly one time I died as Jekyl and it put me on top of these buildings as Hyde where I think the boss is but I fell off the bulding and died and now I can;t get back to the buiding.. sometimes the game lets you fight the boss, other times it doesnt.

  • October 20, 2013 at 3:27 am

    when the little boy fires the slingshot instead of jumping just duck under it

  • October 20, 2013 at 11:12 am

    I beat the game… with the beat a game button of course!

    • October 21, 2013 at 11:09 am

      I beat it regularly! Took a lot of time to figure out how the game works… basically go really slow. And if you are about to lose your life bar as Jekyl, let a bomb explode close to you which lowers your meter enough to become hyde and if you survive as hyde you get your health back as jekyl.

      • October 21, 2013 at 9:25 pm

        That’s a pretty good tip. I’ll try to keep it in mind. Though, easier said than done.

  • Czab

    October 20, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    This game is an outrage! Stop playing it! If I got this when I was a kid I would have been SO pissed off!

  • knoxklay11

    October 21, 2013 at 3:20 am

    since the whole game is such a piece of shit and a nightmare to play… i shutter to think what this barrel stage must be like if its the 1 thing you guys mentioned the most D:

  • Levi Brown

    October 21, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    At least it wasn’t made from lgn!!!!!!!!

  • October 21, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    The secret to the game is just walk. You guys spend a lot of time jumping which is a natural reaction in a video game but this is no regular video game. If you keep walking, you will literally avoid all bombs. The redder guy who drops bombs requires you to walk away from him. And if there’s a hazard ahead of you, you can stay on the left edge of the screen and the guy will drop a bomb in front of you that won’t hit. Duck under Billy Pones and just keep walking. Sometimes the cats and dogs will even go away or the birds won’t catch up to you. Just walk!

    It’s one of those games that’s easy once you know how to cheese the system. It’s a horrible game, don’t get me wrong, but it’s beatable once you understand the design.

  • October 22, 2013 at 4:40 am

    This game ruined one of my weekends too. I feel your pain.

  • October 22, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    Watching this video is extremely frustrating. Not because of the game, but because of the stupidity of both James and Mike.
    Exactly how hard is it to deduce that “hey, if my life bar empties, I die”? I mean, seriously. James has been playing this for *years* and he still can’t deduce that if your life bar goes to zero, you die? How old is he? Three?
    They are constantly wondering in this video why sometimes you die when you turn into Hyde, and think if it’s random, yet there’s a huge-ass life bar on top of the screen that’s empty when you die. How much IQ do you need to make that deduction?

    • johnpseudo

      October 23, 2013 at 8:06 pm

      Well, why don`t you ask what kind of sense it makes that Jekyll still turns into Hyde after losing all his life, though his life is drained already and he should die right away … I guess that`s what makes it so confusing, it makes no sense at all. And what is so bad about not getting something right away … ?! We all have that sometimes, so don`t be a wise-ass …

  • Ben_from_G-town

    October 22, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    FUCK THIS GAME! I agree with you. The mechanics and gameplay of this game don’t even make any sense. Have you guys thought of looking up a FAQ? Who knows how much it would help, but maybe it’s worth a shot? Or maybe the game is just broken, and no logical strategies will work!

  • October 23, 2013 at 2:13 am

    “Please, let me try this game again.” AWESOME!!! Love it Mother Fucker. Nice video guys. Thanks for the videos on top of Monster Madness- GREAT October!

  • johnpseudo

    October 23, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Mikes Batman Shirt rules !!! When you two can`t decide who`s talking first, it`s annoying and funny at the same time … Kyle should come out from behind the couch, smack you both over the head and yell “One at a time, guys” … 😉

  • Sam Katzman

    October 24, 2013 at 4:04 am

    We’re trying to get somewhere in this fucking game…. LOL

  • October 28, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Okay, so google offered a few insights into the game:

    *Getting hit drains your transform “meter” as well as depleting life.
    *When the meter is empty, you transform… even if you are dead.
    *You refill the meter by killing things with Hyde, and transform back when it’s full.
    *If Hyde ever catches up to Jekyll’s progress, lightning strikes.

    This doesn’t make the game easy, but perhaps a bit less of a drunken bumble through a dark room.

  • Senna4ever

    October 28, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    The game is not hard, James and Mike have no idea how to play it…and there is a difference.

    I’ll explain it the best I can.
    There are 2 meters at the top. “life” & “meter”.

    “Life” is just that a life bar and works just like any other game with a life bar. It’s empty…you die.
    “Meter” is a “sanity meter” if you will. if it’s full, you control Jekyll, when it empties you control Hyde.

    If the “life” meter empties, it does not matter who you control, when it’s empty you die…simple stuff.

    The idea is to keep “sane” and stay in control of Jekyll. If you do empty the “meter” and become Hyde, you have to kill enemies to regain “sanity” and fill the meter to become Jekyll again.

    Now, as Hyde using your “psycho wave” drains your “life”, so don’t spam it. This is why you keep dying without being hit.
    If you regain “sanity” you’ll return as Jekyll with full “life”.

    James’ original thought of not being allowed to play further as Hyde as you did as Jekyll (or you die) is true.
    This is why if you turn to Hyde early, you’ll die pretty much right away.

    Basically you just need to keep both the meters at the top filled up while you progress through the level.
    When playing as Hyde, don’t spam the “psycho wave” and chose your kills, get “sane” again and return to Jekyll with full “life”.

    Again, it’s the “life” meter emptying that is killing you.

  • November 8, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Also, there are a couple things I’d like to point out, from personal experience – I apologize if either of these have been pointed out elsewhere. First thing, if I understand the mechanics correctly, you only lose life from your Life bar using Hyde’s psycho wave if it misses. If it hits a monster, you don’t. From my observations, that seems to be the case (someone correct me if I’m proven wrong). Secondly, Jekyll AND Hyde both start at stage 1, only Hyde is playing the levels in reverse, yes. As proof, if you can make it a few stages without turning into Hyde, and then turn into Hyde, you can play a few stages (assuming your Life bar isn’t drained all the way) before the lightning bolt comes down (if you can’t get your Anger meter back down and turn back into Jekyll). Also, the game keeps track of Hyde’s progress as WELL as Jekyll’s. So it’s continuous – Hyde doesn’t just start over on the same level he’s on, but neither does he skip levels if you make it really far as Jekyll. Also, if the way to get the good ending has not been posted, again someone correct me if I’m wrong…apparently at the very end of the game, after the barrels and stuff, you have to turn back into Hyde, and beat the monster as him – so basically Hyde is killing his inner demons, extinguishing the monster he created out of himself, so he can get married and be happy, because now there’s no more Hyde. That’s what I get out of it anyway. Again, I’d appreciate any corrections if I’ve posted something wrong. Just thought I’d share my two cents.

  • November 9, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    You guys forgot already, I’m pretty sure james said it in his previous review. The reason you die so soon as Hyde (when u get struck by lightning) is becuz you didnt reverse fill up your meter to Jekyl before you get to where u died as Jekyl. You reverse yourself from Hyde to Jekyl by killing things as hyde.

  • November 9, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Mike looses his temper way too soon , he’s not even considering James’ advice/ explanation.

  • November 9, 2013 at 7:24 pm

  • November 9, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Alright James, Mike… I just sent away for a copy of the game from Amazon – should be here within a few days. (The US version.) Collecting all known information on the game, I’ll make it a mission of mine, just for you guys, using a real NES, with no Game Genie, to beat this game and get the good ending. I’m gonna record it on a VHS tape and rip it to my computer. It’s been ages since I’ve uploaded anything to YouTube anyway – might as well. 😉 As proof, I’ll record an introduction part with my iPhone, showing the actual equipment that I’m going to be using. I did a slight mod to my NES to preserve the 72-pin connector a bit longer (so the game is not pushed down on mine), but it’s still the real deal.

  • November 12, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    I’ve beaten this game legitimately. It’s not so much “hard” as it is that the game wants you to do several counter intuitive things and never prompts you. Once you know what to do, it’s easy, except that it’s boring, slow, and clunky.

    It’s a lot of nonsense to explain, but I’ll try to do it as coherently as possible.

    There’s two meters, health and anger. When your anger meter depletes, you become Hyde. Some enemies do more damage to health, and some to anger. You want to deliberately take more damage to your anger so that when you become Hyde you have plenty of health left to fight with, since you don’t get your health refill until you turn back into Jekyll. The times when you turn into Hyde and die instantly, that’s because Jekyll simultaneously depleted his life and anger so that when he transformed, Hyde had no health left and thus died instantly. In fact, you know how when you hit people with the stick, all it does is deplete your anger meter? This is actually strategically advantageous when you want to deliberately turn into Hyde to get some health back. Another weird trick is when you see the bomber, back off just a little bit to the left (NEVER to the right), but stand still about one or two Jekyll-widths away from the blast. If you do it just right, it will deplete almost all of your anger meter and barely ding your health.

    The main thing that was screwing Mike over was his handling of the bomber. The bomber is easily recognizable by his neon pink suit. When the bomber appears, as soon as you reach him he will set a bomb. You absolutely must run away to the LEFT to not get hit. If you try to pass it to the right, it will blow up and suck you back into the blast, turning you into Hyde but also draining your health so much that Hyde might fall dead as soon as he spawns. Again: the whole trick is to deliberately deplete your anger meter and turn into Hyde but without depleting your health.

    Turning into Hyde and back into Jekyll is the ONLY thing that will restore your life. If you don’t try to turn into Hyde every once in a while, you will indeed get your ass handed to you.

    The gameplay mechanic is that Hyde is playing through all the same levels you are; they’re just mirror flipped so they go from right to left instead of left to right. You need to make Hyde beat his levels too, but if Hyde gets ahead of where Jekyll left off, he dies and it’s instant game over. However, turning back and forth between characters is the ONLY way to regain health, so you MUST do it to not die.
    So therefor the trick is to do really really well on the first stage and never transform, so Jekyll gets one whole stage ahead of Hyde. After that, you need to turn into the monster and back about three times per stage; it takes about that many cycles to get Hyde through one level. At that pace, you’ll regenerate enough health to make progress but you’ll keep Hyde one level safely behind you. This is important, because the exception that proves the rule is the last stage. Hyde actually climbs the buildings and takes a different path over the rooftops for the last stage. Doing so will reveal the last boss and get you the good ending. If you merely beat the level with Jekyll, you’ll get no boss and the bad ending. Howoever, since Hyde’s last stage is different from Jekyll’s, he won’t cross paths and give you game over; so once Jekyll is on the last stage, you want to become Hyde as much as you can.

    If you know that that’s how the game works, it’s really no problem to beat; but that a whole bunch of arbitrary, stupid, confounding shit to have to figure out.

    • November 14, 2013 at 11:20 pm

      Yeah, this is pretty much it. There are also a few spots where you can go into the doors for a few seconds to protect yourself, whether from a bomb blast, or from Billy Pones’ slingshot. In the Japanese version, the first three levels have a lot more doors, and there’s also women that fill your anger meter back to Jekyll’s side, give you lots of coins so you can tell the singing women to shut up (you need at least one whole bag of coins to do this, which is why it’s so much harder in the American version), and arguing couples that throw things back and forth. Oh, and in those levels that are missing from the American version, the bomb takes twice as long – at least on the first level – for the fuse to light, giving you enough time to pass by it safely on the right, but not in the American version, since it starts on, I think, the Japanese version’s third level. Anyway, just got my cartridge tonight, gonna clean it up real good, and will start playing within the next day or two.

    • Ryan Meier

      February 26, 2014 at 12:37 pm

      This explanation seems legit. That’s alot of faith to put into a gamer back in the 80s though, with no internet and a shit smeared page in Nintendo Power.

  • Mike E

    November 14, 2013 at 10:33 am

    I was watching a Pat’s marathon replay awhile ago (since the Interwebs didn’t want me watching it the first time for some reason) and he was dodging the bombs multiple times.
    I guess the secret is he needed to ragequit Mega Man 3 first. 😀

    • November 15, 2013 at 10:35 am

      …As I sit here and type this, I reflect on my first completion of the game. I had Hyde up on the rooftops – technically it’s his seventh level because if you die and choose continue, you start directly there, back on the rooftops, if you turn back into Hyde; the level immediately before the rooftops is abysmally short, but if you die there and choose to continue, you start there if you transform back into Hyde; so the game keeps track of not only Jekyll’s level progression, but Hyde’s level progression as well, even after continuing. I jumped a bunch of the barrels, and there’s something I noticed about them; if you stop scrolling the screen when you hear the crashing sound (so you know barrels are coming), and walk to the left a little bit, the barrels will stop after….I think 12. And everytime you hear the crash sound, it’ll always be 12 barrels you’ll have to jump over. (Not sure about the Japanese version, since I believe that version has two barrel levels, though the first barrel level in the Japanese version is easier.)

      So, this brings me to the bombs. Unless you’re standing over them, most of the time they’ll do a lot more damage to Jekyll’s stress meter (I like to call it a “calm meter” or a “sanity meter” since that would make more sense in the context of filling it back up, which is what you do when you’re Hyde) than to his health, so I stopped and waited for the bomb guy to drop one. Immediately I took three steps to the left, and waited. Jekyll’s “sanity” meter dropped all the way down from the blast, but his health was barely touched. After all the tries it took for me to get it right, I knew I had my chance. I made it over the rooftops carefully, keeping close to the center of the screen as Hyde so those red ball-things wouldn’t keep showing up, and exploding (since they do a lot of damage to Hyde’s health). The brown ones are more or less okay if dealt with in a timely manner. When I made it to the monster, I wasn’t sure if I could beat him, but I mostly did the same thing, kept towards the center of the screen, and pounded away with the psycho wave. (Oh BTW, it’s a myth that the psycho wave drains your life meter; in fact, it does nothing at all to EITHER meter, but it does take a while to stop if you miss your shot, so you can fire off another one.) When the monster died, and Hyde transformed back into Jekyll, as I knew from watching previous videos, all of a sudden there was nothing. No barrels, no guys with bombs, no dogs. And I walked to the church, and got the good ending. To me, that shows either one of two things: all of these things bothering Jekyll were either the result of his mental instability on account of Hyde’s existence (a la schizophrenia), or they were manifestations caused by it.

      Anyway, I could argue the case that getting the BAD ending (where it just says “END” and no marriage ceremony nor Hyde death is shown) takes arguably more skill to obtain, since you can’t refill the sanity meter as Hyde on levels 6 or 7, only 5 or below, so you have to strategically plan in advance which ending you want to shoot for, and then hope that your plan succeeds. (Well, okay, technically you can refill some of it in the short sixth level, but it’s so short that you won’t get it far, likely not far enough to turn back into Jekyll at that point.)

      It took me hours to beat the final Jekyll and Hyde levels, and find a proper strategy. But now that I’ve done it, I’m sure I can do it again. And when I get good enough, I’ll record it on a VHS tape. The rip, however, will take some time, as I do not yet have a converter to transfer VHS to my computer (this is on my list, but it’s not cheap on my budget). It may even take another month, at this rate. But I’ll try to get things together as soon as I can.

  • DarkD

    November 15, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    The bombs are dropped by a specific guy, if you just watch out for him, then you can turn around when you see him. I think that if you turn around just as he drops the bomb and jump when its about to explode, the damage won’t be that bad.

  • christburner

    November 22, 2013 at 5:51 am

    na na na na na na na na BATMAN!… fuck yeah mike, fuck yeah 😉

  • TheKingDuke

    November 24, 2013 at 9:15 am

    I truly believe that this game is hard.
    The game what i’ve played what truly hard is Tintin in Tibet.
    In my country i haven’t meet anyone who beats Tintin in Tibet.
    That game is still shit. Nice video.

  • Kuuenbu

    November 28, 2013 at 6:11 am

    It looks like one of those wonky physics systems that knocks your character back based on the direction you’re facing rather than your proximity to the damage source. Which is probably why the bomb keeps sucking you in.

    I’ve seen a few other games pulling that sort of retard programming logic, but the only one I remember offhand is Batman: Return of the Joker on NES. And even that’s just judging from the AVGN episode footage.

  • December 7, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    I saw a great Speedrun of this game, just search Dr Jekyll WR (world record). Amazing run.

  • December 7, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    There are actually 2 endings to this game. Checking the Walkthrough will explain how to do this, but it involves Hyde taking a different path than Jekyll, then fighting a boss in the church.

  • Logan Drees

    December 8, 2013 at 1:14 am

    I figured out that when you die immediately(not to the lightning) its because you lost all your life as jeckyl and he has no death animation so it switches to hyde to die

  • Kjetil håvås

    December 18, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    Zelda 2 , Ninja Gaiden , Street Fighter 2010 and Ghost N Goblins they were hard game but the most hardest of all games is Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde NES.

  • December 23, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    If you guys want answers to some of your questions then take a look at this FAQ on Gamefaqs. It explains the lightning and when you can turn back to Dr. Jekyll. This is the link to the FAQ

  • January 9, 2014 at 11:34 am

    You guys could JUST make videos of you two playing Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde over & over & over and I would watch them, laughing hysterically. It is both painful and hilarious to watch. I think you guys should make another one down the road, just like a running gag. And who knows, maybe you could get further in the game and show different levels? Keep up the great work!

  • Matthew Zimmerman

    January 19, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    The difficulty on this game definitely gets ridiculous on stage 3. Made the mistake of thinking it was easy. It is not. The most annoying part is the guy that places the bombs because that starts causing everyone to start running really fast. The game also technically has limited continues because if hyde gets back to the beginning of the stage you get struck by lightning every time immediately after you change.

  • HardboiledShamus

    January 27, 2014 at 3:31 am

    I finished it today. It was on an emulator, yes, but I didn’t use any cheats, save states or anything like. I just played the game as it normally is. The last screen with the barrels is one of the worst…..

  • Ryan Meier

    February 26, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    I don’t get how you guys don’t understand this. I haven’t even played the game and I can see what’s going on. You have a life bar that’s shared between Jekyl and Hyde – if you lose all your life while turning into Hyde you die instantly (Obvious). The meter below the life bar determines when you turn from Jekyl to Hyde and vice versa. If your meter runs out as Jekyl you turn to Hyde (When you get hit you lose meter power), when you kill things as Hyde you gain meter power and turn back into Jekyl. It’s really, really simple.

  • videogamehunter820

    March 5, 2014 at 9:35 am

    I have this game with an instruction manual (I couldn’t resist buying it). It says in the manual that (as Jekyll) you can give people coins (I guess they’re those little circles with “C” on them) to make them leave you alone. I haven’t tried it yet.

  • xariouz

    April 20, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    The North American version removed the ability to hide within certain buildings as well as certain sprites and segments from the original Japanese version. If at any point Mr. Hyde reaches Dr. Jekyll’s location (except in the final segment), a bolt of lightning strikes him, killing him instantly.

  • pokemario99

    April 21, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    OK, my theory is that there is two meters. The top one is for Hyde, and the bottom one is for Jekyll

  • Squirrel1256

    June 9, 2014 at 9:23 am

    You guys should let Bootsy try this game, if he can beat Back to the Future 3, he might stand a chance against this horrid game.

  • July 12, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    PSX Men in Black from Gremlin Entertainment… oh boy was I sad about wasting my money on that game as a kid

  • August 21, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    started playing this a few days ago, have only gotten to the 4th stage so far

  • NymbusZero

    September 8, 2014 at 2:38 am

    If you jump into the fat lady who sings when you have at least a full bag of coins (a big bag not little coins) she will stop singing now that was suppose to only be in the Japanese version of the game but it is in the US release too! Just thought I would drop a line to let you know! By the way you guys are awesome and wanted to also let you know I have beat the game (yes I used an emulator not possible any other way!) also got the real ending where you beat the red face as Hyde and yes there are indeed no enemies after you beat that red face! Anyways keep them shows coming peace!

  • NymbusZero

    September 8, 2014 at 2:39 am

    Also you can indeed hide in buildings to avoid bombs and it does work sometimes just have to time it right!

  • JT

    October 14, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    Can’t believe ya’ll are doin’ this again. It’s so hard to watch.

    • meinerHeld

      July 1, 2015 at 12:06 am

      Yer name looks like pi.

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