27, 1997 (Japan)
18, 1996 (USA)
> In this unique action/platform game you play the part of a hero, Mr
Bones -- a dead blues musician resurrected from the grave.
The bad news is you're part of DaGoulian's evil undead army, and they don't
much appreciate your delusions of grandeur. It's your mission to
thwart his evil plans of world domination by defeating his minions throughout
over 20 unique levels.
> For its time, the visuals in Mr Bones are excellent.
Nice and smooth animation coupled with pseudo-3D effects. It's funny
how your skeleton-character loses bones as you take damage. The first
level reminds me of Dracula for Sega CD (which
I thoroughly enjoyed). Throw in the over-the-top FMV cut-scenes and
you have a nice graphical combination to tell a mildly interesting story.
> Just about every level in Mr Bones is a new mini-game in
itself. The level of diversity is almost unparalleled. You
can do everything from jump over obstacles to jamming a guitar solo; playing
an Asteroids clone to pounding a drum solo. It's all
here and it controls spot-on.
> The original music by blues guitarist Ronnie
Montrose is a perfect match. A perfect example of music
that can raise the level of satisfaction in a game. On the other
hand, the sound effects are adequate and certainly do not detract.
> The first time I played through this game I kept thinking, how do they
keep coming up with all these different levels? The guitar jam level
is serious fun and way ahead of its time, especially when you consider
Mr Bones was released ages before Guitar Hero.
Action platform games just don't get much better than this.
> Mr Bones epitomizes Sega's ability to bring
fresh ideas to their own consoles. Something the "New" Sega
has been searching for. This game has everything from diverse gameplay
to an A++ soundtrack. It's a must-play for Saturn owners.
8.8 | Graphics: 8.5 | Control: 8.5 | Sound: 10 | Fun: 8.0
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