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Mr. Bones (SEGA Saturn)

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A philosopher named DaGoulian came up with a dubious doctrine: he believes that the only way to ensure the survival of the good is by making the world more evil. He invented a special set of drums using science and alchemy, allowing him to control a power called "skeletism". By using this power, DaGoulian reanimates the dead, raising people's skeletons from their graves and building a fearsome army to fulfill his mad plan. However, one of these skeletons had been a person of a particularly pure heart, and instead of being afflicted with the red (evil) skeletism, he is reanimated with its blue version, allowing him to retain his free will and refuse the madman's orders. DaGoulian orders his minions to get rid of this rebel, who has to fight for his life and eventually figure a way to stop the insanity.

Mr. Bones is an action game that consists of numerous stages. With the exception of a few, each stage has a different goal and introduces unique gameplay style. The stages also vary greatly in length, some being extended platform levels and others consisting of short timed sequences. Many of the stages involve avoiding hazards or enemies, as well as tasks that must be completed within a certain time limit. Mr. Bones, the skeletal protagonist of the game, usually has no offensive arsenal. When damaged, he begins to lose limbs and bones, which affects his manoeuvrability and speed; he may even end up with nothing but a head and a neck hopping on the ground.

Some of the stages are simple one-screen arcade levels, while others may deviate from the action-oriented gameplay (e.g. a stage during which the player has to combine sentences into jokes to get past guards). A few stages involve music exercises, for example a level that requires Mr. Bones to play blues guitar to impress a skeleton crowd. Another stage is a paddle game variant in which a small Mr. Bones bounces off a giant head of himself, trying to collect his own bones. In another level the hero must protect a village of tiny people against enemy assault.

The story is advanced by video cutscenes displayed between the levels. Some of these are computer-generated, while others utilize footage of live actors, or a mixture of both.


Mr. Bones SEGA Saturn In platform stages our undead hero loses limbs as he takes damage.
Mr. Bones SEGA Saturn ..as well as some live-action bits.
Mr. Bones SEGA Saturn The game uses lots and lots of decent quality pre-rendered FMV...
Mr. Bones SEGA Saturn In this stage you have to play guitar by stringing together canned samples.

Alternate Titles

  • "ミスター・ボーンズ" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Blues in B flat and a ribcage is all you need to defeat evil Cor 13 (171996) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
I've never seen such cute skeletons! Melody (119) 4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars

The Press Says

Defunct Games Jul 31, 2005 95 out of 100 95
Game Revolution Jun 06, 2004 A- 91
The Video Game Critic Oct 03, 2000 A- 91
Jeuxvideo.com Mar 02, 2012 18 out of 20 90
Shin Force Jan 29, 2009 8.8 out of 10 88
Game Players Dec, 1996 7.6 out of 10 76
GamePro (US) Jan, 1997 3.5 out of 5 70
GameSpot Dec 01, 1996 6.3 out of 10 63


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This is so cool 2 Somebody bring me Sisko! (8)
Jan 12, 2008


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quizzley7 (21203) added Mr. Bones (SEGA Saturn) on Oct 14, 2006