- "I mean, I know you've played a lot of bad games before but, no, lemme tell you... that game is bad."
- —The Angry Video Game Nerd about Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a 1988 game on the Nintendo Entertainment System based on the novel Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and its film adaptions. It was critically panned by critics and is widely regarded as one of the worst games ever made. To this day, the Nerd still deems this as "the shittiest game he ever played". However, since then games like Plumbers Don't Wear Ties, Big Rigs, Desert Bus, Crazy Bus and Hong Kong '97 have taken that title in terms of technical quality and functionality. Also, the Nerd still refused to play E.T. for the Atari 2600, though he did play it in The Angry Video Game Nerd Movie.
The game, according to the Nerd, is notorious for its incredibly sluggish controls and bland action. The plot basically involves Dr. Jekyll trying to get to his wedding. But the villagers keep on attacking him "for some reason", probably because the town's posessed by a demon or something? I don't know. The sound effects are also poorly composed, one example is when cats chase Dr. Jekyll, they make a bizarre horn-like sound.
The game was the first to be reviewed on the website Something Awful, gaining a score of -37. Brett Alan Weiss of the website Allgame declared that the "music and graphics are tolerable, but the controls are sluggish and the action is exceedingly dull, rendering Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde almost unplayable." IGN ranked the cover art the third scariest cover art in gaming. Author Andy Slaven commented that the game was frustrating, criticizing its controls yet finding the visuals acceptable.
The video was originally created as a VHS tape on May 16, 2004 along with Castlevania II: Simon's Quest. It was the second NES video game ever played on the show as well as the first game developed by Bandai. The video was later released 22 months later on April 8, 2006 on YouTube with the following two videos being uploaded: Castlevania II: Simon's Quest and The Karate Kid. The Nerd revisits 6 years later as a 5th Halloween special on October 7, 2010, following the episode Back to the Future Re-Revisited. In the episode, he goes more in depth, and in the end, the stress is too much that he turns into a Hyde-like monster who goes to Robert Lewis Stevenson's grave to beat up his corpse, which comes to life and starts mocking him, stating "I AM THE DEVIL! Now go play some Dr. Jekyll and Mr. HYYYYYYYYYYYDE!!!!!". This, however turns out to merely be a nightmare. The Nerd awakens, plays the game and fakes an epiphany about the game before saying "Or, you could just say, 'THE GAME FUCKIN' SUCKS!'"
The line Why don't the weapons do anything? that was shown in the full intro theme originated from this episode.
Other episodes that mention Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde:
- A Nightmare on Elm Street
- Ghostbusters (Part 1)
- The Wizard of Oz
- Little Red Hood
- R.O.B. the Robot
- Ghosts n' Goblins
- Atari Sports
- Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure
- Tiger Electronic Games
- AVGN Games
- Wish List (Part 1)
- Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing
- Hong Kong 97
- Mega Man Games
- The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
The full AVGN song mentioned the game indirectly.