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FAQ by ASchultz

Version: 1.0.0 | Updated: 05/19/02

Do! Run! Run!(Arcade) FAQ
version 1.0.0
copyright 2002 by Andrew Schultz schultza@earthlink.net

Please do not redistribute this FAQ for profit without my consent. I 
write these documents for the memories and to help others to relive them 
as well, and in addition Do! Run! Run! is a pretty tough game on later 
levels. However, sending me an e-mail asking me for this game 1. by its 
name and 2. by my first name *should* get you a more favorable response, 
although I am very bad about responding to e-mails.

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  OUTLINE

  INTRODUCTION

  MONSTER INFO

    THE GREENS

    THE BLUES

    THE LETTER MONSTERS

  SCORING

  STRATEGY

    THE BASICS

    AVOIDING FIXES

    GETTING RID OF MONSTERS

    GETTING THE E-X-T-R-A

    CIRCLING THE BOARD

    CLEARING THE BOARD

    MAXIMIZING POINTS PER LEVEL

    A FUNNY QUIRK

  THE BREAKDOWN

    LEVEL 1 + 10X

    LEVEL 2 + 10X

    LEVEL 3 + 10X

    LEVEL 4 + 10X

    LEVEL 5 + 10X

    LEVEL 6 + 10X

    LEVEL 7 + 10X

    LEVEL 8 + 10X

    LEVEL 9 + 10X

    LEVEL 10 + 10X

    11 AND BEYOND ARE TOUGHER BECAUSE...

  VERSIONS/CREDITS

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  INTRODUCTION

  Do! Run! Run! is a nice little action game and in my opinion the 
strongest of the Mr. Do canon even if it seems the mellowest. You zap 
around on a 9x15 board with three levels collecting dots to build your 
powerball, which you can fire at any time. It will bounce back and forth 
until it runs out(takes a while) or hits a monster, of which there are 
green clam-like things and blue snakey things which launch themselves as 
fireballs at you. If your current path(denoted by a white line) traces 
out enough of the board(usually 2/3) when you close it, then a circle 
with a letter will appear over a random dot. Even if you don't cut 
enough of the board out, the dots improve to something better: cherries, 
peaches, lemons, and a green pineapple looking thing. Collect it to 
release a letter monster, which is similar to those in the earlier Mr. 
Do levels. It's actually easier to get an extra Mr. Do in this game than 
in any others.

  There are also logs to release that roll down the board(it has three 
levels) and run over the monsters, which are surprisingly vulnerable; 
they don't move out of the way! You can complete the level by killing 
all the monsters(the usual,) getting all the dots on the board, or 
getting an extra man. However there is a time limit before the monsters 
get faster.

  MONSTER INFO

  In general you start off faster than the monsters but get a bit 
slower. This is remedied by climbing between levels, which the monsters 
cannot do nearly as fast as you can. In general the monsters do not 
change direction between dots. Neither do you, and so if you stop 
between two and move perpendicularly, you'll finish your journey before 
moving. So always try to anticipate your turning moves a bit, or you 
will find you've gone a square too far.

    THE GREENS

  The green monsters seem to be the dumbest but can also be the most 
annoying if you put your mind on cruise control. They get very 
unpredictable on the later levels and can reverse or even just sit 
around(that is VERY annoying) without warning. A couple randomly walking 
around may in fact create a blockade that will annoy you. On later 
levels they even grow smart and they may away once you shoot at them 
unless they are in close range.

  If you wait too long these green/red clam/oysters will turn into weird 
blue hedgehogs reminiscent of Mr. Do's Castle. They will also be faster. 
But they are just as vulnerable. After a while they will change back but 
will not have lost any speed.

    THE BLUES

  The blue monsters can be nuisances, and the more you can wipe out 
earlier, the better. If they are behind and on a level with/above you 
they may turn into flames and shoot themselves quickly at you. Although 
this is dangerous, you can avoid it pretty easily. The sound that 
heralds this is pretty clear, and you can always duck out briefly and 
come back. If you hit a flame with a power ball, the ball shifts 
direction ninety degrees. This can be great(greens may walk into it 
eventually) or annoying(you wanted to nail a monster behind you.)

  If you wait too long these snakes will puff up and grow fangs. After a 
while they will change back but will not have lost any speed.

    THE LETTER MONSTERS

  The screen changes color, and the letter monsters are accompanied by a 
posse of three blobs if you step on a circle with a letter in it. Letter 
monsters also seem to come out a fixed time after you start a level--and 
if you finish a level very quickly the letter monster may still come out 
on the next level on time. Letter monsters aren't counted in the list of 
monsters you need to destroy for the next level and if neglected will 
return to the top of the screen where the "Extra" is. Also if you 
complete a level with a letter monster about to come out it will be 
preserved until the next level. However, if you complete a level with an 
extra monster still out there, it will disappear for the start of the 
next one.

  Monsters with three blobs in front generally try to track you down. 
The best bet is to get under a log, knock its support out, and wait for 
the blobs to catch up--almost--to you. If you can make it so your trail 
is in the log's path, that is good, since the blobs tend to follow your 
path. If your path has recently switched between levels, the letter may 
get held up and not reach the log's path in time for you. The second 
best bet is to try to outflank the blobs using different levels. If you 
can make things so you get behind them, you can shoot the letter monster 
from behind. When you shoot the letter monster with blobs left, you get 
the same value for each blob(which disappears) as you do for the 
monster. The second way is not so lucrative or easy, but if you are out 
of logs, it is not a bad idea and sometimes makes for a fun action 
variant from the first way. It works particularly well at a corner of a 
platform where you walk down in one direction and come back in the 
other, although of course you only get 500 points per monster, a far cry 
from the logs.

  Individual letter monsters are a bit more reticent. The best hope is 
to try to pin it in a corner and when it moves away, run after it. They 
don't outright duck and are loath to bend their path, so this should 
work. Also if you hear the siren going off, head for the top center and 
try to shoot for the space where they'll re-enter--or just leave a 
powerball bouncing across the top.

  SCORING

--each time you block off an area with your path(white line,) everything 
inside it gets promoted. The point lists for all of it is below:
  --10 points for each dot
  --20 points for each cherry
  --40 points for each peach
  --80 points for each lemon
  --160 points for each green pineapple thing. In general you get more 
of your powerball recharged for each item with more points you pick up. 
I think you need 12 dots for a powerball, 8 cherries, 6 peaches, 5 
lemons and 4 pineapples.

--blasting any monsters with a powerball gets you 500+500*(# of bounces 
off walls) up to a maximum of 3000.
--nailing monsters with a log gets you 1000, increasing by 500 up to 
3000 for each subsequent one. (To get a log rolling, walk over the 
perpendicular support under it and then walk out from under the log. 
Note you can walk away from the log and it will chase you, so you may 
want to walk to the side.)
--destroying a letter monster gets you the same points for any trailing 
blob as well

--5000 point bonus in addition to the extra guy when you spell E-X-T-R-A

I find I can get 15000-18000 per level.

  STRATEGY

    THE BASICS

  Well, I find a counterclockwise or clockwise circle to start things 
off is the best. Once you've roped off a good section of the board, step 
on the letter and pick off the letter monster. Then pick off some more 
monsters, wait and see if a letter monster will come out, blast it, and 
complete the level.

  This all seems simple enough, but the details can sometimes be a 
hassle. You'll find that monsters may pin you in a corner, you may have 
to cut off your path, or you may be short the material you need for a 
new power ball. What to do?

    AVOIDING FIXES: GOOD STARTS

  Well, when you start you may want to gravitate to the part of the 
board that's least populous. Also you may want to use a powerball to 
take out a monster nearby. Remember, the earlier you shoot it, the 
earlier you'll get one back. It's one of those cases where it's ok to 
fire away early. Also cut out of a corner if too many monsters creep up 
around you. You don't have to encompass the entire board and in fact get 
no bonus points for doing so.

  Also if you do get killed at the beginning remember to take an 
alternate route picking up dots only if you can shoot a bad guy quickly. 
And don't go the same way twice if you're killed early.

  General video game strategies such as moving all the time are usually 
quite good unless you have a very long path that you want to close; 
remember that if you go more than one square back on your path, it 
disappears. So if you must keep moving, don't trail back. You also want 
to watch for narrow stretches where you get trapped in to the side--by a 
platform or a green monster above--and a blue fireball comes shooting at 
you. Not pretty. A log can also function as a monster since it is lethal 
if it runs over you. So you may want to try to avoid running out from 
under a log to an edge.

  Be sure also not to waste a log until a bunch of monsters are chasing 
you. Generally they get mesmerized by the log, which helps to get you 
out of a pinch. And also if you are trapped with a log on one side, you 
can push it. It has the same effect as taking out the log from under.

    GETTING RID OF MONSTERS

  Although you can usually pick off a monster to your side with a quick 
motion, there are more surefire ways to ambush. Generally if you sneak 
up behind a monster it won't see you firing. Similarly if it is climbing 
down and you fire at where it's about to go, it is easy picking. Also if 
you are just climbing up a platform and the monster is on the square 
next to you, you can fire and hit it for an easy kill. On the flip side, 
if you are climbing down, you have to be a bit more careful and wait 
'til the last minute--or your powerball will bounce harmlessly back past 
your dead skeleton.

  There are two logs on each level, and although you can push one and 
get it rolling if you need an emergency way out of a situation, you 
should try to nail at least three monsters per log. They will get you 
the majority of the level's points unless you are lucky enough to be 
able to circle around a lot. Original monsters are mesmerized by falling 
logs but letter monsters are not.

  Monsters that trail and gain on you can be annoying. However, shoot a 
powerball away from them and just as it is coming back, duck at the last 
minute. It's a nice way to get an extra 500 points and you can still 
flee a group of monsters--while picking up the dots you need for the 
next power ball. Besides, turning around can be lethal if you face a 
pack of monsters.

  If you can learn where to place a ball so it will bounce back and 
forth a lot and likely hit a monster, the extra 3000 points can come in 
handy. For instance you will probably want to shoot it vertically for 
the simple reason that the game map is wider than it is tall(9x15.) You 
can also walk across its area while it is bouncing away to try to goad 
the monsters. If the powerball is trapped in a smaller area, hide behind 
it if possible.

    GETTING THE E-X-T-R-A

  For the first few levels it is not so bad. Generally you can encompass 
most of the board, get a letter, wait under a log, run the letter 
monster over, wait for another letter to come out, and shoot it. I've 
gotten an extra man on level three although excessive dawdling and 
dodging hasn't turned up a way to get it on level two. You can only grab 
one letter in a circle per level, but if you're killed before you can 
grab one, you can circle the board and have one appear again. In general 
when goading the letter monster into following you, you want to keep the 
way clear of other monsters. I recommend getting under a log and letting 
the blob follow you. If you duck out at the last instant, the letter 
monster should get caught under the log.

  Remember that the letter monster doesn't count as a monster you need 
to kill to win the level, and if you kill everything else, the level 
ends automatically.

    CIRCLING THE BOARD

  Try for the corners if there are no monsters around, but be sure to 
duck if a lot seem to be congregated on the side. Also if there is a 
monster or two ahead be sure to shimmy and try to blast any one in your 
path. You should be able to make continual progress. I generally just 
head counterclockwise but if there are a lot of monsters in that 
direction to start out then you can head the other way. I've actually 
managed to get a letter to appear without clearing very much of the 
board at all. If you have a choice I think you want to clear the area 
directly below the EXTRA to increase the likelihood a level will appear.

  In order to get lots of points picking up pineapples you may need to 
make progressively smaller circles. This is because monsters speed up 
and you will need to duck up and down the platforms to shake them off. 
It's not physically possible to outrun them and still circle the board 
fully given time constraints. But it can potentially net you an extra 
5000(a 5x6 square is not out of the question and would net 30 
pineapples) points if you play it right.

    CLEARING THE BOARD

  This is not recommended but is fun to try. Obviously it will take a 
while to run over every single square, and the monsters will probably 
have seriously sped up in the meantime. It is obviously easiest to pick 
up the board without circling it but if you want to get anything 
resembling decent points then you probably should convert a bunch of 
dots to pineapples. It would also be good to kill all monsters except 
one; less distractions that way. You get no bonus for clearing the 
board, just a sense of variety, I guess.

    MAXIMIZING POINTS PER LEVEL

  Remember that most of your points will come from rolling the logs 
downhill. So stack up a bunch of monsters there and be sure to use the 
two logs productively. Failing that you usually want to try to bounce a 
powerball once whenever you get the chance.

  Also if you are about to get an extra guy, you may want to get as many 
points as you can, since the level ends right away once you get the 
final letter in the EXTRA.

  It's also a bit risky, but with one monster left, if you can duck up 
and down, you can rope off and pick up a lot of points. But it's not as 
fun as blasting action.

    A FUNNY QUIRK

  If you are against one monster, you fire, and it catches you, the 
powerball may come back to hit it. You will then revive and not lose the 
guy you thought you did. WARNING: over long distances this does not work 
so well. The powerball will bounce past everything. Good timing is 
needed especially on later levels when the monsters tend to pause a bit, 
leaving you holding the powerball when you thought you'd be able to 
blast the monster. But it is cute and fun to try.

  [does this happen with the 5th letter monster as well?]

  THE BREAKDOWN

  Each level of DRR has three platforms: top, middle and bottom. They 
are labeled *, : and . respectively where they have dots. The logs are 
labeled in the direction they fall. Although you can figure it out(logs 
roll down) I figured it would be a convenience.

  * = top level
  : = middle level
  . = level
 ^v = where logs start
 <>

  Every ten levels the map pattern cycles. Some monsters appear in new 
locations not found ten levels ago and sometimes monsters are taken out 
of the mix although the net change is nonnegative. The most monsters are 
11. I put these notations just to the right of the square where the 
monsters are. I didn't go past level twenty because the general monster 
formations are the same, and if you get that far consistenly you're 
doing better than I can. I lose focus and cop out in the mid-teens--on a 
good day.

  A = where green monster first materializes(levels 1-10)
  a = where blue monster first materializes(levels 1-10)
  B = green(11-20)
  b = blue(11-20)

  [Note monsters materialize at different times.]

  The ledger for the maps is as follows:

    LEVEL 1 + 10X

. . : * * *B* *B* *A* * : . .

. . : * * * * * * * * * : . .
      vvv           vvv
. . : : : : *a* *a: : : : . .

. . : : :a: * * * : :a: : . .

. . : : : : * * * : : : : . .

. . : :a: : : : : : : :b: . .

. . . : : : : : : : : : . . .

. . . . . : : : : : . . . . .

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    LEVEL 2 + 10X

: : * * *a* *B* * * * * * : :

: : * * * * * * * * * * * : :

: : : : : : <a* *A* * * * : :
            <
: : : :a: : < * * * * * * : :

: : . . : : : : :a* *B* * : :
                    vvv
: : . . : :a: : : : : : : : :

: : . . . . : : : : : : : : :

: : . . . . . . : : : : : : :

: : . . . . . . : : : : : : :

    LEVEL 3 + 10X

: : * * * * * * * * * * * : :

: : * * * * *A* *A* * * * : :
                      vvv
: : : : : < * * * * : : : : :
          <
: : : : : < *a* *a* : : : : :

: : : : :a: : : : : :a: : : :

: : : : : : : : : : : : :a: :

: : : : : . . . . . : : : : :

: :b. . . . . . . . . . . : :

: :b. . . . . . . . . . . : :

The UR blue monster doesn't appear in scene 13.

    LEVEL 4 + 10X

. : : : : * * * * * : : : : .

. : : : : : *a* *a: : : : : .
  vvv
. . . . :A: * * * : :A. . . .

. . . . : : *a* *a: : . . . .

. . . . : : : * : : : . . . .

. . . .a. : : : : : . . .b. .

. . .b. . . : : :>. . . . . .
                 >
. . . . . . : : :>. . . . . .

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

The UR blue monster doesn't appear in scene 14.

    LEVEL 5 + 10X

: : * * * * * * * * *a* * * *

: : * * * * * * * * * * * * *
    vvv
: : : : : : * *A* * *A* * *A*

: : : : :a: * * *a* * * * * *
                    vvv
: : : : : : : : : : : : : : :a

: : :a: : : : : : : : : : : :

: : : : : : . . . . . . . . .

:a: : : :a: . . . . . . . . .

: : : : : : . . . . . . . . .

The UL blue monsterdoesn't appear in scene 15.

    LEVEL 6 + 10X

: : * * * * * *a* * * * : : .

: : * * * * * * * * * : :a: .
    vvv
: : : : : * * *A* * : : :a. .

: : :A: : * *a* * * : : : . .
                vvv
: : : :b: : : : :a: : : : . .

: : : : : : : : : : : : . . .

: : :A: . . . . : : . . . . .

: : : :b. . . . : : . . . . .

: : : : . . . . . . . . . . .

    LEVEL 7 + 10X

: : : * * * * *B* * * * * * *

: : : : : < * * * * * *A* * *
          <
: : : : : < *a* * *a* * * * *
                    vvv
. : : : : :a: * * : : : : * *

. : : :b: : : * *a: : :a: :a*

. . . : : : : : : : : : : : :

. . . . . . . . . : : : : : :

. . . . . . . . . : : : : :B:

. . . . . . . . . : : : : : :

    LEVEL 8 + 10X

* * * * *a* * *a* * *a* * * *

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
                vvv
* * *a* : : : :B: : : * *a* *

* * * * : : : : : : : * * * *
    vvv
* : : : : : :b: : : : : : : *

* : :a: : . . . . . : : :B: *

* : :A: . . . . . . . : : : *

* : : : . . . . . . . : : : *

: : : : . . . . . . . : : : :

    LEVEL 9 + 10X

. : : : : * * * * * * * * * *

. : : : : : * * * * * *a*A* *

. . . . : :a: *a* *a* * * * *

. . . . : : : * *a: : : : : :

. . . . : : : * * : : : :A: :

. . . . : : : : : : : . . . .

. . .a. . < : . . . . . .b. .
          <
. .b. . . < : . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

The DR snake is gone in level 19.

    LEVEL 10X

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

* * * * * * * * * > : : : : :
                  >
* * : : * *a: : *b> : : : : :

: : : : : : : : : :A: : : : :

: : : :a: : :a: :a: : :a: : :

: : . . : : : : : . . : : . .

. . . . . . : :b: . . . . . .

.A. . . . . : : : . . . . . .

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

The UR snake is gone in level 20.

    11 AND BEYOND ARE TOUGHER BECAUSE...

--on the first ten levels you almost always get a letter monster you 
need to form "EXTRA." Usually the circle with a letter in it will change 
until it hits a letter you can use. Past level ten you need to time when 
you step on the letter in the circle(which changes) or hope you get 
lucky with the monster that drops by. You need to time your step into 
the circle very carefully. I think on level 30 the circle letter changes 
even more inflexibly--it may get stuck on E and A.
--a few more monsters
--less time to pick up the circle with the letter in it, or the letter 
monster for that matter
--green monsters duck you more or stay put or reverse more randomly

So be careful out there!

End of FAQ proper

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VERSIONS

1.0.0 sent to GameFAQs 5/18/2002. Should be reasonably complete although 
I don't know when monster positions loop and so forth, so this FAQ is 
not exhaustive.

CREDITS

mame.net for the cheats that let me explore this game and for the 
screenshots which helped with my text maps.

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