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7 January 2007

The Fantastic Adventures of Dizzy

 in 1994,Dizzy Series,Platform — gord

The Fantastic Adventures of Dizzy The Fantastic Adventures of Dizzy

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 Fantastic 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?

The Fantastic Adventures of Dizzy (Mega-Drive and PC only):
This was the worst Dizzy game by far, it was just a cheap attempt at getting a few extra bucks. This game basically combined elements of all the other dizzy games and like Crystal Kingdom was just a platform game with easy puzzles.

The plot of this game I have to say I have absolutely no idea played it for about 10 mins, realized it was crappy, turned it off and hung my head in shame at the disappointment of this game. I have to admit this was Code-Masters fault and NOT the Oliver Tiwns, as they were the specky people.

Graphics are the best seen on a dizzy game and so is the sound, in my view this game is not really worth the floppy disk it came on.

Music:
Just HAD to put this in, the music is great! The tunes stick in your head for years.

Conclusion:
Defiantly 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.

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The Fantastic Adventures of Dizzy

  • Designed by: Oliver Twins
  • Published by: Codemasters

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Size: 795kb (3 min on 56k dial-up)

4 Responses to “The Fantastic Adventures of Dizzy”

  1. a gravatar Dogbone Says:

    How could someone hate dizzy games with out being sick in the head. they are not going to be the best games but come of it they rock

  2. a gravatar vibe Says:

    Wow, bizarre hatred of this game by the reviewer! It’s actually pretty cool, esp. on Megadrive. Better than the old Speccy ones maybe. Crappy puzzles? I thought they were pretty good, some of them. Has a nice atmosphere to it, and great tunes. So there.

  3. a gravatar bunnzy Says:

    Haha, I think you’ll never find someone so fond of Dizzy as gord is, he’s just very particular about the speccy ones 🙂

  4. a gravatar Matty Says:

    Quick question, How in the Name of the Gods do I get the game workin?!?

    -M

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