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 HD" -- iPad title
- "Manic Miner starring Miner Willy" -- Tag-lined title
- "Manic Miner 32" -- Windows title
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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.
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.
Information also contributed by
- Retro Gamer
- October 2004 (Issue #9) – #3 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)
- Issue #37 - #2 in the "Top 25 Platformers of All Time" poll