The Fantastic Adventures of Dizzy

Critic Score User Score
Genesis
...
...
NES
73
3.2
Game Gear
...
3.1
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Description

The evil wizard Zaks has cast a spell on the peaceful Yolkfolk, and while many fell under his spell, others have other problems to deal with, including Dizzy, who saw his girlfriend Daisy kidnapped and taken hostage by Zaks, and it's up to him to restore the Yolkfolk to normal and rescue Daisy from the top of the Cloud Castle's tower.

The most technically-advanced of Dizzy's adventure games in many ways, it was the only one to feature actual scrolling rather than a flick-screen system, the only one not to be released for the 8 bit computers the character originated on, the only one to originate on a console, as well as featuring many mini-games, such as Bubble Dizzy and an Operation Wolf clone.

Gameplay involves walking Dizzy through the levels, picking up objects and using them to solve simple puzzles. There are plenty of tests of arcade skill along the way as well, as gaps must be jumped and baddies avoided - starting with a limited number of lives, the player can earn more by completing Theodore's puzzle. Before rescuing Daisy the player must capture all stars that unlock the gates of the tower.

This game was later re-released on the NES with an updated Aladdin cart version. Updates include the number of collectible stars have increased from 100 stars to 250 stars, Dizzy now walks at a brisker pace, there are small terrain differences, some item placements have been rearranged, and the inventory system has become more simplified.


Screenshots

The Fantastic Adventures of Dizzy DOS Dizzy enters the Prince's castle after the crossbow shooting minigame
The Fantastic Adventures of Dizzy Genesis Died on the stakes
The Fantastic Adventures of Dizzy NES The opening story
The Fantastic Adventures of Dizzy DOS Inventory

Alternate Titles

  • "Fantastic Dizzy" -- European title

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User Reviews

Dizzy went out with a bang! DOS Nowhere Girl (1582)
Adventure-exploring at its best Genesis Luis Silva (13294)
Different to be sure! NES Oblio (108)
One of a kind DOS Graham Houston (3)

Critic Reviews

N-Force NES Nov, 1992 92 out of 100 92
N-Force NES Dec, 1992 92 out of 100 92
N-Force NES Jun, 1992 90 out of 100 90
Video Games Genesis Aug, 1993 69 out of 100 69
Video Games NES Aug, 1993 65 out of 100 65
Amiga Joker Amiga Jan, 1994 62 out of 100 62
Total! (Germany) NES Jun, 1993 3.25 out of 6 55
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) NES Dec, 1990 20 out of 40 50
PC Zone DOS May, 1994 50 out of 100 50
Gameplay (Benelux) DOS Jun, 1994 30 out of 100 30

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Trivia

NES version

The Fantastic Adventures of Dizzy for the NES was available in two different formats; the first was a regular cartridge, and the second was a compact cartridge which required the Aladdin Deck Enhancer. The idea behind the compact cartridges was to take circuitry that was common to all NES cartridges and remove it placing it in the Deck Enhancer, leaving the game cartridge containing only parts that were unique to each game (mainly the game code.) Since the game cartridge now contained fewer parts, the manufacturing cost (and thus the cost to the consumer) was to be lower. To play the game you would plug the compact cartridge into the deck enhancer which would form a complete NES cartridge which could then be used in the normal fashion. Very few games appeared in compact cartridge form (seven total, including Dizzy the Adventurer which came with the Deck Enhancer. All of these games were by Codemasters, who also invented the Aladdin Deck Enhancer.)

Awards

  • Game Players
    • 1991 - Best NES Adventure Game
  • Parents Choice
    • Award
Information also contributed by Servo

Related Web Sites

  • Dizzy's Domain (Information about each game for each system, including walkthroughs and reviews)
  • Yolkfolk.com (A Dizzy fansite with info about all of Dizzy's adventures in addition to fan-made games.)
Contributed to by B.L. Stryker (20700), Kartanym (10765) and Martin Smith (63071)