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Miner Willy series

Group Description

Platform games starring Miner Willy.

Mega-tree

Mega-tree was the third in the Miner Willy series and was developed in 1984 by Matthew Smith, Marc Dawson and Stuart Fotheringham. According to Fotheringham, Software Project's management expected them to produce a quick sequel while the development team took their time to discuss gameplay and do research because they wanted to produce "the best and most innovative game of the time". In the end, they had only a single mock-up screen when the project progress was reviewed after three months, the game was cancelled and Fotheringham (probably Dawson, too) was fired.

Miner Willy Meets The Taxman is often cited as aka for Mega-tree, but according to Games That Weren't, it was an entirely different project which never left the planning stages.

Selected Covers

Manic Miner MSX Front Cover
Front cover for Manic Miner
Jet Set Willy MSX Front Cover
Front cover for Jet Set Willy

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Jet Set Willy
Title screen
Screenshot from Jet Set Willy: Online
Title screen
Screenshot from Manic Miner
Title screen
Screenshot from Jet Set Willy