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Dizzy: Prince of the Yolkfolk (DOS)

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Written by  :  Nowhere Girl (1555)
Written on  :  Nov 13, 2012
Platform  :  DOS
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Summary

It disappointed because it's so short, now it's a relaxing little adventure

The Good

The game has very good graphics. The colors are lush and suit the atmosphere of the game with their palette with dominant shades of brown, dirty yellow, green, blue and grey. However, the most impressive aspect are the details. "Prince of the Yolkfolk" is graphically similar to "Magicland", with some elements directly copied from that game with minor changes in shade, however there is much more attention to the details. Far away, in the background, mysterious and disquieting mountain fortresses and huts can be seen - they have no influence on the story and gameplay, but they add to the mysterious and magical atmosphere of the game.
The game also has very good music - apart from some of the melodies in "Fantastic Adventures of Dizzy", perhaps the best music in a Dizzy game. The music also creates a mysterious, in some way yearning mood.
As usually in Dizzy games, there is no possibility to save, but in such a short game it doesn't matter - it's only a big drawback in the largest Dizzy games. The difficulty level is OK - it's better to watch your step while walking in the clouds and it's difficult (but not dangerous) to get back out of the castle behind the lake (it's a kind of a pixel jump - you have to jump when the lift is at its highest point), but most parts aren't too difficult. In this game the items to collect are cherries and most of them are visible - mostly in fan games some collectables are hidden so well you have to ask other players for hints.

The Bad

One could complain over a few graphical details, such as too much contrast in size between tall trees able to hold platforms and smaller trees which are just a part of the background.
Walking back and forth can get boring - however, it has always been a part of Dizzy games.
And, also as usually, there is hardly a real story to the game - despite its adventure component - and it's difficult to understand the connection between the king being away and Daisy being asleep...

The Bottom Line

As I said in the summary, the game's shortness isn't really a drawback - it's a game you can complete in about an hour if you know how to solve it, so it's rather relaxing and not just too short. However, Dizzy's problems began with this game. It was announced as part of a game pack and then released alone, and it disappointed when compared with the very complex "Spellbound Dizzy". Many fans had the opinion that Dizzy games were losing quality. Later, when "Crystal Kingdom Dizzy" was being sold at twice the price of previous adventures, Dizzy games quite suddenly stopped selling well. Now it's easy to disregard those bad marketing decisions - probably because lots of games are available for free...
In late 2011 the first official Dizzy game in many years has been made and it was a smartphone remake of "Prince of the Yolkfolk". The graphics look impressive, although also too sweet, but I won't be able to say much about the game until it's released for computers and not just devices that my 2000 mobile phone couldn't even imagine. ;) Are Codemasters perhaps repeating the mistake they made when they thought few people were still playing games on computers and decided to focus on consoles?