Cult hero Matthew Smith followed up Manic Miner
with a seminal platform game. Having struck it lucky in the first game, Willy now owns a lavish mansion with over 60 rooms linked in a 3D plane, and must tidy it all before his housekeeper will let him sleep.
Each room has 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.
- "La Casa de Jack" -- Spanish title
- "Jetset Willie" -- Alternate title (C64 media)
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The Amstrad version of Jet Set Willy
was the original official expansion of Jet Set Willy
by Software Projects
. This expansion was written by Derrick P. Rowson
and Steve Wetheril
, and contains 132 rooms. This expanded version is the basis of Jet Set Willy II: The Final Frontier
The author of Jet Set Willy
wrote the game and its predecessor Manic Miner
before he was 18.
The music playing in the background is If I were a Rich Man
from the US Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof
, first performed in 1964.
Circa 1989, Paul Taylor
and Carl Whitwell
worked on an Atari ST conversion of this game for Software Projects
-- late enough in the title's life that the painstaking port (disassembled code read off the Spectrum's monitor and typed into the Atari's keyboard, screen data dumped as hex and dictated to a typist) was never released to the commercial market. During the same period Shahid Ahmad
worked on an Amiga port that met a similar fate of obscurity.
Information also contributed by
- Retro Gamer Magazine
- Issue 37 - #6 in the "Top 25 Platformers of All Time" (poll)
- Happy Computer
- Issue 04/1985 - #3 Best Game in 1984 (Readers' Vote) (Commodore 64 and ZX Spectrum version)