Jet Set Willy

User Reviews

The quintessential ZX Spectrum game ZX Spectrum Jamie Mann (19)
A fun but hard game Amstrad CPC makky (11)
Its JSW, lovingly converted with extra screens on less memory Dragon 32/64 drmarkb (21)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Amstrad CPC 4 4.0
Atari 8-bit 4 4.2
Atari ST 2 4.5
BBC Micro 2 4.5
Commodore 16, Plus/4 2 3.4
Commodore 64 6 3.2
Dragon 32/64 3 4.5
Electron 2 4.5
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MSX 2 4.5
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Windows Phone 2 4.0
Xbox 360 1 4.0
ZX Spectrum 12 3.9
Combined User Score 42 4.0

Critic Reviews

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ZX SpectrumCrash!
Jet Set Willy is a high point in the development of the Spectrum game. I hope there will be others, maybe ones of a different kind, but I’m sure nothing will top this game for addictivity, fluent graphics, responsiveness and sheer imagination. The nightmare quality of the events suggests its author should be receiving therapy. Instead, he’s probably getting rich. Good luck to him...
The two most important aspects of character identification are "want" and "need", and seldom in the history of games have these vitalities been better portrayed than in Jet Set Willy - precisely the reason we're so inexplicable drawn toward his games and consider his progenitor to be on a different creative level to us mortals who play the games.
Commodore 64Computer and Video Games (CVG)
If you enjoyed Manic Miner on the 64, you will enjoy this too. I rate the game higher than Manic Miner and it is certainly in the Top 5 best ever games for the 64.
ZX SpectrumGamesCollection
Un Videogioco che non può lasciare indifferenti. Messa in scena, personalità e stile da vendere. Da giocare almeno una volta nella vita.
ZX SpectrumSinclair User
Manic Miner was one of last year's classic Spectrum games and now programmer Matthew Smith has brought Willy back again in an equally zany sequel, Jet Set Willy. Willy is living the decadent life after striking it rich down the mine but his housekeeper revolts after one party too many and will not let Willy go to bed until he has cleared all the mess.
ZX SpectrumComputer and Video Games (CVG)
Jet Set Willy is bound to be up among the top ten in the C&VG Daily Mirror software charts before very long - and I confidently predict that Matthew Smith and Software Projects have got another number one on their hands. Jet Set Willy is available now from Software Projects of Liverpool and is a bargain at £5,50.
Amstrad CPCAmtix!
Jet Set Willy is another classic platform game, one that innovated the 'exploring' arcade/adventure idea. The massive playing area keeps you hooked just because you want to see the next room. The graphics are attractive and reasonable, but nothing to jump over the moon about, but their strength lies in the way all the screens ling up to form the mansion.
ZX SpectrumTeleMatch
Es geschieht eine Menge. Was wir vermissen, ist der Neuigkeitswert, ist die heutzutage gefragte grafische Top-Qualität. Und was gefällt? Da wäre die Vielzahl der Screens, die Fülle der grafischen Hinderungselemente zu nennen. Unterm Strich: Ein Programm von dem man mehr erwartet, bei dem man sich fragt, ob‘s fürs Geld nicht etwas besseres gibt. Das heißt im Klartext: Jet Set Willy ist Durchschnitt.
Atari STThe One for ST Games
With only the 16-bit version on disk, this isn't appealing as Manic Miner. Why? Because 16-bit technology hasn't done Jet Set Willy any favours: although the play area, sprites and background are all larger, it just hasn't got the same feel! There will be a "Spectrum" version along soon, so real Willy fans should probably wait for that.
Atari 8-bitAtari Gamer - XL-XE Game Review Edition
This Atari version is even harder, mainly thanks to a number of mistakes made by the programmers. The sprites are far too big making them even harder to avoid and this, combined with the bad collision detection, leads to many frustrating moments. This game does have one saving grace though, the amazing music by Rob Hubbard. I would go as far as saying it’s one of the best 8-bit tunes ever made. Jet Set Willy fans will probably want to take a look but it is also worth noting that a homebrew remake was done in 2007 that uses ported Spectrum graphics instead (with the music) and plays far far better.
Commodore 16, Plus/4Commodore User
The sad thing is that with a bit more time and effort spent, this game could have been as much as a success as the original, the potential is all there, it has just been wasted. My advice is steer clear of this one, it is a lot of money to pay for disappointment.