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Jet Set Willy II: The Final Frontier

MobyRank MobyScore
ZX Spectrum
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2.5
iPad
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Electron
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4.0
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Description

This platform game is the sequel of Jet Set Willy. Again has each room its own hazards, such as spikes, revolving razors and ropes. The route through the house must be navigated carefully, due to the multiple entrances to some rooms - this is perhaps the first action game where mapping is an advantage. Another innovation, to the chagrin of players everywhere, is manual protection - a sheet of colour-coded numbers.

Screenshots

Jet Set Willy II: The Final Frontier Commodore 64 Butler's pantry.
Jet Set Willy II: The Final Frontier MSX Macaroni Ted
Jet Set Willy II: The Final Frontier ZX Spectrum Loading screen
Jet Set Willy II: The Final Frontier Amiga "Macaroni Ted"

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Commodore User Commodore 16, Plus/4 Feb, 1987 8 out of 10 80
Amiga Joker Amiga Feb, 1992 29 out of 100 29

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Trivia

Development

Jet Set Willy for Spectrum had a much smaller mansion of 60 rooms, but when ported to Amstrad CPC the designers (Derrick P. Rowson and Steve Wetherill) decided to expand the game, more than doubling the number of rooms to 132. Later, the expanded version was ported back to Spectrum, and from then on was considered Jet Set Willy II.

References

In this game there are numerous rooms that are parodies of other games and people:
  • "Macarroni Ted" was named after Technician Ted who worked for Marconi
  • "Alienate" was named after all the alien films and is meant to sound like Alien 8
  • "Captain Slog"/"Beam me down Spotty" are just corruptions on the appropriate sayings
  • "Dumb Waiter" is a tribute to Eugene Evans and his program wacky waiters
  • "Flower Power Source" is a tribute to the flower Power movement of the 60's
  • "Galaxic Invasion" is a tribute to the Galaxians and space invaders of the early 80's
  • "Holt Road" was a residence owned by the software house and was used to house some programmers
  • "Loony Jet Set" is a tribute to lunar jet pac a game that was release in the early 80's
  • "Megaron" is an ancient Greek word for hall
  • "Money Bags" is a tribute to Mathew Smith and all the monies he was going to make
  • "NCC 1501" is a tribute to Star Trek and the ship NCC 1701" Enterprise"
  • "Someone else" is named after Cameron Else who phoned up the programmer and announced that one note was wrong in the title tune.
  • "Star drive early brick version" derives its name from a skit at old technology being not up the job
  • "The trouble with Tibbles is.." is a tribute to one episode of Star Trek that featured tribbles.
  • The well appears 3 times in order to say "Well, well, well" as a remark to indicate your pending demise.
  • In the central map area an homage to the game Hunchback is effected with the parapet-running, rope-swinging, pit-jumping rooms (from left to right) On the Roof, Up On the Battlements, We must peform a Quirkafleeg (its peculiar name a reference to a Fat Freddy's Cat comic strip), I'm sure I've seen this before, and Rescue Esmerelda, with Belfry atop it.

Awards

  • Retro Gamer
    • September 2004 (Issue #8) – #79 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)
Information also contributed by Derrick P Rowson and Technocrat
Contributed to by Sciere (268754), Kabushi (126325), Martin Smith (63136), koffiepad (10010) and Macs Black (77784)