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If he calls himself Mr. Hyde...
Jekyll and Hyde is a Visual Novel that's part of the Maz M video game series that reinterprets well-known works of classic literature with stylized art and gameplay. In this case, it's based on the Robert Louis Stevenson Gothic novella The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, developed in 2013.
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The game follows each of the main players - Mr. Utterson, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and others - in the streets of Victorian London, as the story gradually unfolds to the reveal that pretty much everyone and their grandma already knows about nowadays, but also expands upon the original story with additional scenes. Along the way, you solve puzzles and interact with people to piece together the whole story before reaching the tragic conclusion.


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  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Edward Hyde could arguably fall into that, aside from the pointed teeth and scary eyes.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Let's see...Mr. Hyde stomped on a little girl among things he's done, vandalizes property on a street and bar, picks fights with civilians, and murdered Sir Danvers Carew.
  • Backtracking: Players will be going through familiar locations introduced at the beginning of the game to acquire items needed to move the plot along. Fortunately, there is a map to make it easier.
  • Blood from the Mouth: One scene shows Hyde with a trace of blood coming from his mouth after having used cyanide to kill himself.
  • Cane Fu: How Hyde killed Sir Danvers Carew.
  • Chase Scene: In one scene as Hyde, he chases Mr. Danvers Carew down the street before going for the kill.
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  • Chromosome Casting: Downplayed. While the main characters played are unquestionably male, there are some female characters you can talk to to get information, such as the maid Sally Tucker.
  • Destroy the Evidence: After learning the Awful Truth about Dr. Jekyll and his connections to Mr. Hyde along with the events that transpired from this, Utterson deemed the knowledge too terrible to tell authorities, so he had the paper burn in the fireplace.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Edward Hyde attacks a little girl just because she bumped into him by accident.
  • Downer Ending: Like in the original story, Mr. Utterson is unable to save his friend, Dr. Jekyll, and both Jekyll and Hyde have perished by their own hand.
  • Femme Fatalons: Hyde sports some, but never uses them for violence.
  • Fixed Camera: The game is set at a diagonal angle.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: When Lanyon witnesses Hyde's transformation into Dr. Jekyll because of the concoction, the poor doctor's mind cracks from sheer horror.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Hyde gets annoyed or angered very quickly over the slightest provocations, such as getting bumped by accident, the barkeep's quality of drink, and the conversation with Danvers Carew.
  • Jekyll & Hyde: Pretty much the staple for this game, transformation drug and all.
  • Mini-Game: Players will engage in minigames that involve puzzle-solving, entering codes, etc.
  • No Name Given: Averted with a few supporting characters - the maid who witnessed the murder of Sir Carew is named Sally Tucker, and a police officer is named Mr. Newcomen.
  • Noodle Incident: The game averts this somewhat by allowing players to step into Mr. Hyde's shoes and see what malicious antics he gets into. While the book doesn't go into detail about what Hyde does while he's out before the murder, the game lets players roleplay Hyde attacking the little girl, causing trouble at a bar, and chasing and killing Sir Danvers Carew.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Hyde displays red eyes when he gets dangerous, though it's not as noticeable when he's in his best moods.
  • The Scottish Trope: The moment Utterson brought up Jekyll's name, Lanyon immediately interrupts, demanding him not to speak his name.
  • Story Branching: The story branches between the main players - Mr. Utterson, Edward Hyde, and Dr. Jekyll - as players unravel the details of the plot.
  • Truer to the Text: The game follows the original novella very closely for the most part.
  • Victorian London: Where the game setting takes place.
  • Villain in a White Suit: Downplayed and subverted; Dr. Jekyll wears a white suit, but he doesn't present himself as an evil person.


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