Rockwart the Troll has cast a spell on Daisy, leaving her asleep for 100 years. Dizzy sets off to put this right in a compact and concise arcade adventure following the conventions of the Dizzy series. You start the game trapped underground, thanks to the results of an errant spell, but can find your way out to explore the castle and find Daisy. There are stars to collect along the way, as well as food to replenish energy lost in contact with the many hazards. Succeed and you and Daisy will ride off into the sunset together.
I began pitying the egg when I fully understood his name. All this flipping is making me dizzy...
You start off trapped in a cave and your goal is to awaken Princess Daisy who, of course, is sleeping in the tallest tower of a castle. You must find a way to reach her by performing tasks like burning down doors and being knighted. Of course that's not a problem for an egg! Although water is...
When I first began playing the game I assumed that the hardest part would be to find out who I give what to and so on. Later on I realised it was a lot more difficult because of the way Dizzy moves. For example, after you land from a sideways jump/flip you usually roll a bit so sometimes you can roll off something you just jumped onto. Not only this but as you travel back and forth across the River Styx you may fall into the water and annoyingly waste lives.
The arrow keys make Dizzy move, the up arrow key is to jump, running sideways then jumping makes you jump at an angle, and the space bar or enter key makes you pick up objects or go to your object screen.
I'd rate this game as a 3 for the following reasons: the sound gets terribly distorted and awful if not run in DOSBox, and the game can be very challenging just because of the amount of travelling across water required, while you don't get to explore fully in order to figure out puzzles without running the large risk of dying and losing at one simple point. I found the series very original but very frustrating because of the movement and the fact that you can't save. Therefore one mistake such as falling into water makes it even more frustrating because it can cost you so much.
I hope you enjoy this as much as I did the first time I played a Dizzy game; I suggest you play it in DOSBox because I found it more enjoyable that way, especially because of the music.
Fans of Spectrum computers would recall that Codemasters' Dizzy series were some of the best games ever made for that computer. Created by a quirky pair of designers who call themselves The Oliver Twins, the series feature Dizzy, prince of the egg-shaped people (okay, they're actually eggs) who are, quite ingeniously, called yolkfolk. The games are either arcade adventure, or arcade-style puzzlers. The series is memorable for eccentric level design, great music, and wonderful cartoon-style sense of humor. There were 15 Dizzy games made for the Spectrum, only 7 of which were ported to the PC.
Prince of The Yolkfolk is the fifth Dizzy game in the series, and the third to have been ported to the PC (after Fantasy World Dizzy and Magicland Dizzy). This time, the troll has taken over the king's castle and the princess has been captured. Only Dizzy can save the day, as usual. You also have to collect cherries, which replenish your energy.
This is undeniably the easiest and shortest of all Dizzy games (only 30 rooms), and for a reason: it was meant to appear exclusively in a Dizzy compilation, but ended up being released as a budget game anyway by Codemasters. Despite the small size, Prince of The Yolkfolk is still a challenging arcade adventure that should appeal to Dizzy fans and fans of cartoony games in general. If you've never played a Dizzy game, Prince of Yolkfolk is a good start.
Okay to start off you should know that I am referring to the games on the ZX Spectrum (128k for the tech-heads). This is because more games came out on the Specky (Spectrum) and its that which the games were originally coded on (they were ported to many other systems including the Amiga and the PC).
Okay, so you may be asking, "so what the hell is Dizzy?" Well, it's a game that was made on the ZX Spectrum in the 1980's but finished its reign on the PC and Mega-Drive (Genesis for the Americans). The basic concept of the game is that you are a egg that is called surprisingly enough Dizzy, you are part of a small village that has "the yolk folk" inhabiting it. The Yolk Folk are your family and friends.
The basic plot is unusually the same in these games "Zack the evil wizard has captured Dizzy's friends and girlfriend, Dizzy is obviously pissed at this and sets off the find his friends to defeat the evil wizard Zack". You accomplish this task by jumping around many, many screens of pure fun picking up objects and solving tasks.
In all there were 7 PURE Dizzy games (Dizzy, Treasure Island Dizzy, Fantasy Land Dizzy, Magicland Dizzy, Spellbound Dizzy, Prince Of The Yolk Folk and Crystal Kingdom Dizzy. (There was another game called Fantasitic Adventures of Dizzy that was released on the Mega-Drive and the PC but I don't count that as being pure for reasons specified later). Dizzy also formed a few Spin-offs, the obvious ones being Kwik Snax (which was a puzzle game that had a super cool Dizzy rock band in it :D), Fast Food Dizzy (PAC-Man Rip-off ;)), Dizzy Down The Rapids (Action game involving Dizzy in a barrel and apples), Panic Dizzy (another puzzle game) and Bubble Dizzy (in which you had been thrown off a pirate ship into the deep water and have to find you way up to the surface by riding bubbles. Hell a magazine (crash magazine) even made its own version of Dizzy (Dizzy 3 1/2) as the release of Dizzy 4 was getting close.
If you're still in puzzlement of why the creators (the Oliver Twins), created their whole game around a load off eggs! Then think of it this way; Mario is one of the best selling game series ever and that is about a Italian plumber created by some guys in Japan... go figure?
Prince of the Yolkfolk: Well this is another game in which people should download if they are not sure, as this one is very user friendly. But I have to say it's the second easiest of the group (being so easy my 6 year old niece got quite far in it, but then she had to go home as it was tea time. I digress again)
In this game, Daisy has gone missing and the king has left the kingdom again :O something must be wrong. You start off trapped in a house under the ground with a locked door blocking your only way out, your only objects to hand are a pile of leaves, matches and water (Humm whatever shall we do).
Your tasks range from visiting heaven to crossing the river Stinx (the so-called river that you have to cross to get to hell). This game has great graphics and sound and is great fun to spend a while sitting in front of the computer staring at an egg bounce around).
Music: Just HAD to put this in, the music is great! The tunes stick in your head for years.
Conclusion: Definitetly worth getting, even if you're not a fan of platformers. Gords statement: " Whoopee Boing Boing Boing Boing Boing Boing Boing Boing Boing Boing Boing Boing Boing Boing Ahh crap I jumped in the water"
Bad things about Dizzy: Yes there are some bad things about these games :O. Basically the controls are one, as you can sometimes jump too far or to short and you die, you can lose all of your lives on one small part like jumping over a lake. After you have got real far and that happens, you get pissed off quite a bit.
Another great Dizzy game. Do the same - run around, pick up objects and use them on the right place. I always adored this little egg guy.
People who downloaded Dizzy: Prince of Yolkfolk have also downloaded:
Dizzy: Fantasy World of Dizzy, Dizzy: Fantastic Adventure of Dizzy, Dizzy: Bubble Dizzy, Dizzy 2: Treasure Island, Magicland Dizzy, Dizzy 7: Crystal Kingdom, Adventures of Robin Hood, Alone in the Dark
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