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Video Game / Stanley: The Search for Dr. Livingston

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Stanley: The Search for Dr. Livingston is an Adventure Game released in 1992 for the Nintendo Entertainment System.

You take control of reporter Henry Morton Stanley , in search of Dr. Livingston. As the game goes on, Stanley will be collecting various weapons, keys, and powerups to help in his search in the Masza jungle.

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  • Adventurer Outfit: Stanley wears a safari outfit sans rifle.
  • An Axe to Grind: One of the several weapons Stanley can find to toss at foes.
  • Archer Archetype: Stanley's learned in archery to be able to use a bow and arrows.
  • Blade on a Stick: One of several throwing weapons Stanley can use is a spear.
  • Blow Gun: A ranged weapon for Stanley that is notably weak, but with infinite ammo.
  • Bottomless Pits: Unfortunately, these will instantly murder anything that'll fall in.
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  • Carry a Big Stick: One weapon Stanley can stumble across is a club to bludgeon enemies with.
  • Critical Existence Failure: Stanley will keep fighting until his health is completely drained.
  • Evil Mask: One of the enemies Stanley will encounter, shooting 3 ways.
  • Fetch Quest: Stanley will have to fetch several items to various towns to be helped by the towns.
  • First Town: Port Harken is where the adventure begins.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: An emergency weapon that can be upgraded eventually to shoot giant fists into enemies faces for heavy damage, also being the only way to defeat the Alnuk.
  • Giant Spider: One of the many enemies out to kill Stanley. They'll swoop down when Stanley goes to cross under.
  • Grappling-Hook Pistol: Stanley will have to make good use of the graphnel to succeed in his journey.
  • Helicopter Pack: Stanley can make use of this to slow his falls to non-lethal velocities and catch any air currents.
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  • Historical Hero Upgrade: Of David Livingstone and H.M. Stanley.
  • I Choose to Stay: Stanley says that to the ship captain at Port Harken, yet Dr. Livingston stays at the floating island at the end.
  • Idle Animation: After a bit of waiting in a standing position, Stanley takes off his hat and wipes his eyebrow and puts it back on.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Stanley can use gemstones to excellent effect against enemies and the Mortuk.
    • Stanley can also throw miniature fists at enemies if he finds them.
  • Improvised Weapon: Stanley can make use of rocks to accost enemies.
  • Interchangeable Antimatter Keys: Keys to the Kelka and Seals of Chitka serve as this to any Kelka.
  • Jungle Japes: A lot of the game will take place in the jungle, occasionally with a travel across a river or gate.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: One item Stanley can use is the shield, which is useful for dealing with demons in one hit.
  • Machete Mayhem: One other weapon Stanley can find to slice at foes.
  • Man-Eating Plant: One more enemy that will go to One-Hit Kill Stanley.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous: The Alnuks are these, wielding a sword, blow gun, bow, and spear.
  • Noble Savage: There are natives, but they're not there to talk on the most part, but to kill Stanley. They usually drop weapons upon being defeated though.
  • Not the Fall That Kills You…: Poor Stanley will die if he falls too far without using his gyro copter in his backpack.
  • One-Hit Kill: A few enemies can do this, including giant spiders, boa constrictors, alligators, and man-eating plants! Even bottomless pits and spikes will do Stanley in instantly!
  • 1-Up: In the form of Stanley's head, these also top out Stanley's health!
  • Our Demons Are Different: They carry spears and are the toughest enemy in the game. The shield will stop them cold upon running into them.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: The ghost warriors are there to guard the kelkas harmlessly until you give them a key or seal.
  • Poison Mushroom: The skulls are not to be picked up.
  • Port Town: Port Harken is a Port.
  • Ruins for Ruins' Sake: The Masza is filled with plenty of ruins to find items and goods.
  • Shows Damage: The Evil Masks will lose feathers on the top to show how much health they have until they phase out.
  • Small Towns: There are a few small towns for Stanley to visit and help.
  • Temple of Doom: There are a couple temples to worry about, as well as Kelkas, which require a key to the Kelka or Seal of Chitka to bypass a ghost warrior
  • The Many Deaths Of Stanley: Stanley can fall too far and land upon the ground, get cocooned by a Giant Spider, devoured by a Man-eating plant, torn apart by alligators, or just beaten to his death by the enemies.
  • Unusable Enemy Equipment: Averted on the natives, but played straight for the Blow Gun natives, The Mortuk's staff, and the Alnuk's weaponry.