“Doctor Doctor my arcade cab has no PCB.”
“How does it work?”
This time around over on the excellent Ten Pence Arcade the high score challenge is for Dr Micro. I think it’s fair to say we’re familiar with all the Drs. Drs Watson, Mario, Spock, Oetker and the most famous, Alban but not so much the titular Dr Micro of this wondrous retro throwback. Developed by Sanritsu, who would later go on to create the classic Bank Panic for Sega, and released in 1983, Dr Micro is a three screen platformer clearly drawing inspiration from Donkey Kong. You control what one assumes to be the hero of the game. A hero which looks to be a toddler in earmuffs wearing a jump suit in colours not dissimilar to Donkey Kong’s Jumpman. Hey, if you can’t innovate, imitate right? The toddler has to progress through the three aforementioned screens towards a climactic showdown with an evil scientist (he’s evil because he has a moustache) who bears a striking resemblance to Dr Eggman before the biscuit and pie addiction took hold.