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Head Over Heels (ZX Spectrum)

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Two distinct characters called Mr Head and Mr Heels are played in this arcade adventure. They are separated at the shoulders but capable of joining together to maximize their abilities in some situations (but reduce them in others, so they can be split again).

The game is presented from an isometric perspective, and presents the characters with a number of puzzles involving switches, jumps and climbs. The levels are 3 dimensional, and the characters must collect crowns as they progress. Objects can be picked up and manipulated as necessary.


Head Over Heels ZX Spectrum The Egyptus World
Head Over Heels ZX Spectrum Not an easy task to build a stair with that deadly bell roaming around
Head Over Heels ZX Spectrum Another one of the puzzles that were simplified on 6502-based computers
Head Over Heels ZX Spectrum This fish is a checkpoint

Alternate Titles

  • "Head Over Heels HD" -- iPad title
  • "Head-Over-Heels" -- Atari 8-bit loading title
  • "Foot and Mouth" -- Working Title

User Reviews

The Immortals (#12) Ashley Pomeroy (233) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

Critic Reviews

Sinclair User May, 1987 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Your Sinclair Aug, 1990 98 out of 100 98
The Games Machine (UK) Aug, 1990 97 out of 100 97
Crash! Apr, 1987 97 out of 100 97
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Jul, 1990 93 out of 100 93
Your Sinclair Jun, 1987 9 out of 10 90
Eurogamer.net (UK) Aug 21, 2007 9 out of 10 90
Crash! Jul, 1990 89 out of 100 89
Sinclair User Jul, 1991 89 out of 100 89
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) May, 1987 8.6 out of 12 72


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1001 Video Games

Head Over Heels appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


  • Commodore Format
    • March 1991 (Issue 6) - listed in the A to Z of Classic Games article (Great)
    • March 1994 (Issue 42) – Heaven: Music of the Gods
    • Newsfield Reader's Awards - Best Arcade Adventure 1987 (readers choice)
    • Newsfield Reader's Awards - Most Challenging Game 1987 (readers choice)
  • Power Play
    • 1987 - #3 Best Atari XL Game '87
  • Retro Gamer
    • October 2004 (Issue #9) – #35 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)

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