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Spindizzy (ZX Spectrum)

Spindizzy ZX Spectrum Loading screen

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Description

As GERALD (Gyroscopic ExploRAtion Landing Device) you must explore 385 screens of Hangworld, using limited fuel. The game is viewed isometrically, which means that the controls are rotated through 90 degrees - this, coupled with the fact that many screens have huge gaps and diagonal paths, means that it's hard to get far at first. Falling off ledges loses you time, which is very limited to start with

Gerald must collect energy crystals throughout his journey - which can also be shortened by using a complex system of lifts. Sections you have travelled through are automatically mapped.

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Spindizzy ZX Spectrum Title screen
Spindizzy ZX Spectrum One of the more complex switch settings
Spindizzy ZX Spectrum Game over
Spindizzy ZX Spectrum Need to find a way through the other screens to reach the roof

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

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

Apple port

The game's designer Paul Shirley did not learn than an Apple port had been made until the 2000s, and he never received any royalties for it.

Awards

  • Happy Computer
    • 1986 - Best Dexterity Game of the Year
    • Issue 04/1987 - #7 Best Game in 1986 (Readers' Vote)
  • Power Play
    • 1987 - Best Atari XL Game '87

Martin Smith (63197) added Spindizzy (ZX Spectrum) on Sep 28, 2004
Other platforms contributed by Lucefin (1432), Kabushi (116470) and Martin Smith (63197)