This freeware remake of the 8-bit classic from 1984 updates the graphics and sounds, adding a unique classical melody for each room, and more colors and details to the environment and characters. As in the original, the player controls Willy, the miner that became a millionaire in the previous game, wandering through his mansion after being ordered by Maria the housekeeper to clean all the rooms after a party. Willy must collect all the objects to gain access to his bedroom, whose entrance is blocked by the bossy woman. The rooms are filled with strange creatures, and Willy can be killed by touching any of them, by falling from great heights or by hazardous environments. The DOS version allows saving and loading with the F7 and F8 key at any point in the game. Other settings like speed and music selection can be changed on the options menu.
Manic Miner and Jet Set Willy are without a doubt the two BEST games ever made for the Sinclair Spectrum computer in mid-1980s. Designed by Matthew Smith and published by Bug Byte / Software Projects, these incredibly addictive platform action/adventure games are grandaddies of today's platform genre. Both games star Miner Willy, intrepid explorer who must explore 20 caverns in pursuit of treasures in Manic Miner, then clean up his own huge mansion (built from the fortunes he collected in those caverns) in Jet Set Willy.
In Manic Miner, you have to collect all the items from the cavern you are currently in, to get to the next cavern (level). You must hurry, though, as the oxygen keeps running out. Jet Set Willy makes the game much more fun with the addition of more varied locales (e.g. rooftop of your mansion, and the beach) and strange loonies who are out to ruin your day. Your task this time is to collect a given number of objects strewn about each of the mansion's rooms before Maria, your housekeeper, will let you go to bed. The games play much better than they sound, with very clever level design, user-friendly interface, and a seemingly endless variety of objects to collect and surprises to discover. PC gamers now have a chance to try out these Spectrum classics for the first time, thanks to Andy Noble's exceptional conversion of the Spectrum originals. If you wonder where platformers come from, look no further than these 1983/1984 classics. Must-haves!
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