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Manic Miner

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You play the role of Miner Willy, a bold explorer and adventurer. He discovers a network of underground caverns used by an advanced but now extinct civilization, and realizes that the mines contain lucrative metal ores. Through 20 caverns, you must collect all treasures before all time (air) runs out, watching out for the nasty guardians, the obstacles, dead falls, quicksands and all elements to be found in a classic platform game.


Manic Miner ZX Spectrum The Cold Room
Manic Miner Commodore 64 I got all the keys here so now I need to exit.
Manic Miner Commodore 64 The cold room. Beware the evil penguins.
Manic Miner Game Boy Advance Original Mode sees a faithful reconstruction of the original speccy levels

Alternate Titles

  • "Manic Miner: ZX Spectrum HD" -- iPad title
  • "Manic Miner starring Miner Willy" -- Tag-lined title
  • "Manic Miner 32" -- Windows title

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User Reviews

Take a shine / to Manic Mine / ur ZX Spectrum Ashley Pomeroy (233)
Old time's classics comes to PC! A must! DOS dusoft (49)

The Press Says

Consoles Plus Game Boy Advance Sep, 2002 89 out of 100 89 DOS Jan 01, 1999 8 out of 10 80
TeleMatch Amstrad CPC Dec, 1984 2 out of 3 67 ZX Spectrum Feb, 2010 6 out of 10 60 Amstrad CPC Feb, 2010 6 out of 10 60 ZX Spectrum May, 2004 5.82 out of 10 58 Game Boy Advance Aug 13, 2002 5 out of 20 25


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SAM Coupe port 4 Rola (7046)
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1001 Video Games

Manic Miner appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


The author of the game, Matthew Smith, wrote Manic Miner and the follow-up game Jet Set Willy before the age of 18. He wrote Manic Miner while working for Bug-Byte Software. When he left to join Software Projects he took the licence with him together with the follow-up game.

Cheat code

The cheat code 6031769 is based on Smith's driver license number (slightly changed).


There was an unreleased sequel to Manic Miner called Mattie Goes Mining. The idea for this title was to improve upon the Commodore 64 version of Manic Miner. This may have included the use of multi-color graphics and other graphical or sonic improvements. There was once a news article about the title (the source is unknown) which says that the game was at an "advanced state" at the time of the article. They stated that there would be "many improvements" to the original game to take advantage of the Commodore 64. That was all that was ever heard of the game, and it never surfaced anywhere. Just who was developing the title is unknown as well.


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