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Spindizzy (Commodore 64)

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Description

As GERALD (Gyroscopic ExploRAtion Landing Device) you must explore 385 screens of Hangworld, using limited fuel. The game is viewed isometrically, which means that the controls are rotated through 90 degrees - this, coupled with the fact that many screens have huge gaps and diagonal paths, means that it's hard to get far at first. Falling off ledges loses you time, which is very limited to start with

Gerald must collect energy crystals throughout his journey - which can also be shortened by using a complex system of lifts. Sections you have travelled through are automatically mapped.

Screenshots

Spindizzy Commodore 64 Title Screen
Spindizzy Commodore 64 Starting out
Spindizzy Commodore 64 A narrow path
Spindizzy Commodore 64 It's easy to fall off here

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The Press Says

Pixel-Heroes.de May 17, 2011 9 out of 10 90
Happy Computer 1986 90 out of 100 90
64'er Aug, 1986 13 out of 15 87

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

Spindizzy appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Apple port

The game's designer Paul Shirley did not learn than an Apple port had been made until the 2000s, and he never received any royalties for it.

Awards

  • Computer Gamer
    • February 1986 (issue #17) - Included in the list Spectrum Collection (the best Spectrum ZX games since 1985 by editorial staff choice)
  • Happy Computer
    • 1986 - Best Dexterity Game of the Year
    • Issue 04/1987 - #7 Best Game in 1986 (Readers' Vote)
  • Power Play
    • 1987 - Best Atari XL Game '87

Lucefin (1430) added Spindizzy (Commodore 64) on Oct 17, 2004
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (123000) and Martin Smith (63138)