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The Adventures of Willy Beamish (DOS)

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Description

Willy Beamish is a kid who likes to goof off and have fun. Naturally all the grown-ups get in the way by making him go to school, making him clean his room, etc. But now that's school's out for the summer, Willy is determined to have a good time and maybe even have his pet frog win the frog jumping contest. However Willy has a habit of getting into trouble, and naturally that means it will be a challenge to get out of it.

The Adventures of Willy Beamish is a point-and-click graphical adventure. You play Willy Beamish, an eight year-old kid who is just trying to get through life without losing his lunch money. But he'll have to deal with parents, teachers, babysitters and bratty sisters. The player must solve different puzzles to ensure Willy can progress, get out of trouble and generally avoid ending up grounded.

The in-game time progresses even if no action is taken. This means many puzzles have to be solved in a certain time frame or rely on being in the right place at the right time. A special aspect of this game is a bar which shows Willy's relationship to his parents. It gets affected by the way certain situations are resolved, e.g. it increases if Willy refuses to play with his sister, and when it is full they send Willy to a military school and the game is lost.

Screenshots

The Adventures of Willy Beamish DOS Willy's room - no sisters!
The Adventures of Willy Beamish DOS Some horror icons have cameos here...
The Adventures of Willy Beamish DOS The answering machine is always fun to listen to.
The Adventures of Willy Beamish DOS Living room - ghost grandpa Beamish's portrait is on the fireplace

Alternate Titles

  • "הרפתקאות ווילי" -- Hebrew spelling
  • "The Adventures of Willy Beamish: What if you were nine again... knowing what you know now?" -- Taglined title
  • "Les Aventures de Willy Beamish" -- French Title

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User Reviews

You don't want to know what I'll do if I am nine years old again *Katakis* (37823) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
A charming game on the surface - but with a very sticky underside jossiejojo (41) unrated
Don't know why everyone keeps calling this a 'kid's game'... Joey Zamingo (67) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars
Unlike any other gaming experience. Macaroni Penguin (18) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Entertaining, but often arbitrarily difficult adventure game. Lucas Schippers (59) unrated
One of the first adventure games to use the "hand-drawn cartoon" look for it's characters. Digital Arse (14) unrated

The Press Says

Micro News Dec, 1991 19 out of 20 95
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Feb, 1992 10 out of 12 83
Datormagazin Dec 19, 1991 4 out of 5 80
Techtite 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
The DOS Spirit Dec 22, 2010 4.5 out of 6 75
Adventure Gamers Oct 01, 2010 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Power Play Jan, 1992 52 out of 100 52
PC Games (Germany) May, 1993 51 out of 100 51
PC Joker Jan, 1992 31 out of 100 31

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Trivia

Cancelled sequel

At one point there were plans for a sequel that would have featured Willy as a teenager.

Version differences

The CD version of The Adventures of Willy Beamish featured full speech while the floppy version did not. The CD version also contains some different cutscenes and different credits part.

The DOS and SEGA CD versions of the game used slightly different color palettes and contained small differences in visual details. In general, the DOS version featured a lighter color palette than did the SEGA CD release of the game. This can be seen in a scene of the school auditorium in the introduction of the game (DOS -- SEGA CD). Notice in the comparison not only that the auditorium seats have completely changed color but that the stage has a different design, such as the inclusion of floor lights in the DOS version, and that the children have appreciably different appearances.

Extras

Some boxes included four removable stickers featuring artwork of "Willy and Horny," "Horny," "Leona," and "Squad Monster" (from the Nintari game). Specially marked game boxes also included a free Willy Beamish LCD watch offer which required that players send in a coupon and the warranty cards. The watch was in-fact analog and depicted Willy Beamish's face in the center of a circle, surrounding the game title, with Horny the frog's webbed-prints representing the hours between 12, 3, 6, and 9.

Manual

The original game had a real wirebound notebook (32 sheets/college ruled, approx. size 8x5in/20.3x12.7cm) in crude childlike writing as it’s manual. The installation instructions were printed on the back of pinkish A4 sized "Pizzarama!" pizza menu (as visited in the game) complete with main courses, beverages, on the side items, desserts, and prices. The later CD-ROM booklet reproduced the notebook pages as b/w pages within a larger ringbinder, though the pizza menu instructions were excluded.

Awards

  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #10 Most Innovative Computer Game
Information also contributed by Garcia, John David Karlgren, and Timo Takalo.

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mclazyj (28) added The Adventures of Willy Beamish (DOS) on Jul 12, 2000
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