1001 Video GamesManic Miner appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.
AuthorThe 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 codeThe cheat code 6031769 is based on Smith's driver license number (slightly changed).
SequelThere 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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