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Best mindless entertainment game since Tetris. Multimedia Mike (20630) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars
A classic puzzle game which still remains enjoyable today Jon Collins (28) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 4.2
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.5
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 4.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.6
Overall User Score (60 votes) 3.8

Critic Reviews

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Ação Games (May, 1991)
O segredo para se dar bem é aprender a manipular direitinho as cápsulas: você pode encaixá-las de pé, deitadas ou até mesmo viradas, invertendo o lado das cores. Estude bem a colocação das peças, pois uma decisão errada pode melor todo o seu jogo.
Nintendojo (2003)
Dr. Mario may not be as popular or critically acclaimed as it’s older brother Tetris. But I honestly belive it is the better game. It’s intuitive design and simplistic gameplay make it very user friendly, but it’s customization of speed and virus infestation make it a tough one to master. On top of that it’s one of the most competitive games on the market to this date. If you haven’t tried this outstanding puzzler out yet, then you owe it to yourself to pick up either the original, Dr. Mario 64, or even its latest reincarnation in Wario Ware Inc.
NES Archives (Mar 22, 2008)
Dr. Mario is not quite as good as Tetris but its two-player mode is my personal favorite of all of the Tetris clones on the NES. You can really adjust the levels for two players of different talent levels to make any match even. This is a must buy if you are a fan of Tetris but not necessary if you don’t enjoy those kinds of games.
Gillade du Tetris så gillar du Dr Mario. Det här Tetris i nästa generation så att säga. Dr Mario är minst lika vanebildande. Står du i valet och kvalet mellan att köpa Dr Mario till NES eller till Game Boy så föreslår vi Game Boy. För att vara ett spel till NES så kanske det händer lite för lite för den normale Nintendospelaren.
Groovy music and pleasant graphics add to the charm. Two-player mode is loads of fun and can get quite vicious, as eliminating pills/viruses from one’s own bin sends trouble over to your opponent’s side. Chaining is particularly important here, as the more viruses are eliminated, the bigger the attack on the opponent. If ever a game could make a trip to the doctor’s office seem charming, it would certainly be this very appealing title.
1UP! (Dec 06, 2001)
La version NES reste la meilleure de toutes car elle est en osmose avec la console, chaque élément du jeu colle parfaitement avec les capacités de la petite NES. Et je ne le répèterai jamais assez, les musiques sont super.
NES Times (Feb 15, 2008)
All in all Dr. Mario proves to be another top-notch puzzler in the NES library. Nintendo did an excellent job building on the Tetris formula with its own added touches, and it has enough addicting action that will have you constantly coming back for more. This is one doctor that you should definetely make an appointment with.
Mean Machines (Feb, 1991)
I liked Columns a lot, but in places it was ridiculously easy. But Dr Mario's even better, what with dealing with all the germs as well as creating the columns. When you first start playing, clearing the screen of germs is quite a tall order but once you've got the hang of it, there's tons to keep you glued - like creating cunning multiples for example. Dr Mario is a mega-addictive game that certainly deserves a place in any NES owner's collection, although if you're after a single puzzle game to keep you occupied, Tetris still rules.
The Game Hoard (Sep 19, 2018)
Dr. Mario’s design for a color matching puzzle game makes it an immediately accessible title that is easy to get involved in, easy to adjust to your skill level, and easy to come back to. The virus clearing goal makes it easy to gauge your progress as the play gradually grows more challenging, although the difficulty in the final stages relies on some initial unknown factors. With a multiplayer mode that you can adjust easily to make a more even match between players, Dr. Mario ensures that, while you might not be able to sink your teeth into its simple design for a long haul, it can still be enjoyed whenever you are hankering for a check-up with the doctor.
Video Games (Sep, 1991)
Nintendo hat mit dem in Spielerkreisen angesehenen Gütezeichen “Mario“ glücklicherweise kein Schindluder getrieben. Dr. Mario spielt sich recht eigenständig und macht einen Mordsspaß. Gerade im übervölkerten Markt der Denk- und Tüftelspiele ist es schön, mal wieder einen so guten Vertreter zu sehen. Die Präsentation ist schlicht und passend, im Sound-Bereich werden Euch zwei verschiedene Melodien zur Hintergrundberieslung angeboten. Der berühmte Ich-spiel-nur-noch-eine-Runde-Effekt trat bei mir schon lange nicht mehr so stark auf wie bei Dr. Mario - sowohl bei der Game-Boy- als auch bei der NES-Version.
VideoGame (May, 1991)
Mário mudou de profissão: como um médico, deve organizar as cápsulas de remédio por cor, de modo a alinhar quatro de uma mesma cor na horizontal ou vertical.
Overall, this game is fun, and it can last a while between the single player and two-player elements, but I find Tetris 2 to have more depth with its one player against the computer mode, more variety with its different shaped falling things, and more satisfying music. Although this game is good and well worth picking up, if you are only going to pick up this or Tetris 2, I’d say go for Tetris 2.
neXGam (2002)
Hmmm...ob der x-te Klon dieser Art von Spielen euch noch begeistern kann, hängt wohl maßgeblich von eurem Erfahrungsschatz ab. Geboten wir hier halt nicht mehr als dürftige Standardkost, sieht man mal vom zeitweise spaßigen Zweispielermodus ab. Wessen geschicktes Spielerhändchen noch nicht genug vom angeblich zeitlosen Spielprinzip hat, kann den geforderten Preis ja mal investieren - sollte sich dann im Nachhinein aber nicht beschweren.
The Video Game Critic (Aug 21, 2010)
Dr. Mario must have been a hit on the NES, because it was later re-released for the SNES and N64. Despite being one of the few video games my wife enjoys playing, she was rather critical of this NES version. Compared to the N64 edition, the visuals look indistinct and even I have to admit the difference is pretty dramatic. There are better versions out there, but Dr. Mario is inherently fun on any platform.
Play Time (Jun, 1991)
Auf diese Weise haben die Programmierer sowohl Elemente des Dauerbrenners 4-Gewinnt als auch des Computerhits Tetris unter einen Hut gebracht. Die Mischung ist hochexplosiv, denn sie kann sehr leicht zur unkontrollierbaren Mario-Sucht führen! Wem das Spiel alleine doch irgendwann zu langweilig wird, kann zusammen mit einem Freund eine Partie wagen, denn es besteht die Möglichkeit zu zweit auf einem Bildschirm zu spielen. Sowohl Grafik als auch Sound bleiben hinter der guten Spielidee leider weit zurück. Meiner Meinung nach sind diese beiden Kriterien für ein reines Denkspiel aber auch nicht unbedingt maßgebend.
50 (Nov, 2011)
I wish Dr. Mario were more interesting, but I can’t seem to love the little guy. The game entranced me when I was a kid, but recent play sessions have left me cold. Head-to-head is still fun, especially on later versions. The good doctor will always live on in my nostalgic dreams, but in 2011, he’s just an average Joe.