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Description

Two distinct characters called Mr Head and Mr Heels are played in this arcade adventure. They are separated at the shoulders but capable of joining together to maximize their abilities in some situations (but reduce them in others, so they can be split again).

The game is presented from an isometric perspective, and presents the characters with a number of puzzles involving switches, jumps and climbs. The levels are 3 dimensional, and the characters must collect crowns as they progress. Objects can be picked up and manipulated as necessary.

Screenshots

Head Over Heels Commodore 64 Title screen
Head Over Heels Amstrad CPC A glowing crystal
Head Over Heels ZX Spectrum The direction is pretty clear
Head Over Heels Amstrad PCW Main menu

Alternate Titles

  • "Head Over Heels HD" -- iPad title
  • "Head-Over-Heels" -- Atari 8-bit loading title
  • "Foot and Mouth" -- Working Title

User Reviews

The Immortals (#12) ZX Spectrum Ashley Pomeroy (233)

Critic Reviews

Sinclair User ZX Spectrum May, 1987 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Aug, 1990 97 out of 100 97
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Jun, 1987 9 out of 10 90
Commodore Format Commodore 64 May, 1994 90 out of 100 90
ST Action Atari ST Mar, 1993 90 out of 100 90
Crash! ZX Spectrum Aug, 1990 89 out of 100 89
Happy Computer Amstrad CPC 1986 81 out of 100 81
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amstrad CPC May, 1987 8 out of 10 80
Tilt Amstrad CPC Jun, 1987 15 out of 20 75
Amiga Joker Amiga Nov, 1991 63 out of 100 63

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

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

Awards

  • Commodore Format
    • March 1991 (Issue 6) - listed in the A to Z of Classic Games article (Great)
    • March 1994 (Issue 42) – Heaven: Music of the Gods
  • CRASH
    • Newsfield Reader's Awards - Best Arcade Adventure 1987 (readers choice)
    • Newsfield Reader's Awards - Most Challenging Game 1987 (readers choice)
  • Power Play
    • 1987 - #3 Best Atari XL Game '87
  • Retro Gamer
    • October 2004 (Issue #9) – #35 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)

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