System NES
Developer Nintendo
Genre Light Gun / Platformer
Series Gumshoe Series

Mr. Stevenson is a retired detective whose daughter has been kidnapped by a mob boss King Dom. He must find the Black Panther diamonds in order to save her, but they are hidden all over the land.

Your level of control over Stevenson is limited. He runs forward blindly, and in order to make him jump you have to shoot him with the Zapper. You can also use the Zapper to take out enemies in his way. Stevenson has to navigate the stages and find secret passages in order to find all of the diamonds.

Release Information

Region Name Release
US Gumshoe Jun 1986
Europe Gumshoe 1987

Ports & Remakes

Arcade VS. Gumshoe

The Inspiration for Mr. Stevenson

In an interview on, Nintendo designer Yoshio Sakamoto discussed the inspiration for Mr. Stevenson:

So we had this old man who was running down the street, shooting things like a bottle, and it's not so much that you're shooting it, but you're telling it, "Jump!" This had changed quite a bit from Mr. Yokoi's original idea, but it had turned into something very interesting.

At the same time, I didn't even have permission from him, but I decided to make the character look a little like Mr. Yokoi. When he first saw it, he was very surprised: "What have you done here?"