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Head Over Heels

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ZX Spectrum
Amstrad CPC
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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.


Head Over Heels ZX Spectrum Head and Heels will often need to part ways during their adventure
Head Over Heels ZX Spectrum The Book World
Head Over Heels Amstrad PCW Jumping from this platform is a leap of faith
Head Over Heels ZX Spectrum This is one of the puzzles that were simplified on 6502-based computers

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

The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum Aug, 1990 97 out of 100 97
The Games Machine (UK) Amstrad CPC Aug, 1990 97 out of 100 97
Commodore Format Commodore 64 Feb, 1994 95 out of 100 95
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Jul, 1990 93 out of 100 93
ST Action Atari ST Nov, 1991 92 out of 100 92
Amiga Power Amiga Sep, 1991 92 out of 100 92
Commodore Format Commodore 64 May, 1994 90 out of 100 90
Eurogamer.net (UK) ZX Spectrum Aug 21, 2007 9 out of 10 90
Tilt Amstrad CPC Jun, 1987 15 out of 20 75
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amstrad CPC May, 1987 8.6 out of 12 72


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1001 Video Games

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


  • 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
    • 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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