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Manic Miner

aka: Manic Miner starring Miner Willy, Manic Miner: ZX Spectrum HD

Description official description

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, Willy must collect all treasures before the time (air) runs out, watching out for the nasty guardians, the obstacles, long falls, quicksands and all elements to be found in a classic platform game.

The game is linear, and each room's exit only becomes available once all the items have been collected. Close contact with an enemy or stationary hazard, or falling a great distance, causes the player to lose a life and restart the level.

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Credits (ZX Spectrum version)




Subject User Date
SAM Coupe port Rola (8132) 2012-07-14 12:32:14


1001 Video Games

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


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.

Cheat code

The cheat code 6031769 is based on Smith's driver license number (slightly changed).

Oric version

The Oric port of the game suffered from horrible squashed-up graphics but to compensate the visuals there were 12 extra screen giving in total 32.


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.


  • ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
    • February 1991 (issue #41) - Included in the list Greatest Games of all Time, section Platform-based Games (editorial staff choice)* Commodore Force
    • December 1993 (Issue 13) – #78 “Readers' Top 100”* Commodore Format
    • April 1991 (Issue 7) - listed in the A to Z of Classic Games article (Great)
    • November 1994 (Issue 50) – #16 The All-Time Top 50 C64 Games
  • Computer and Video Games
    • Golden Joystick 1983: Winner best Arcade style Game
  • Retro Gamer
    • October 2004 (Issue #9) – #3 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)
    • May 2007 (Issue #37) - #2 in the "Top 25 Platformers of All Time" poll

Information also contributed by Caltrus.

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Related Sites +

  • Abandonia
    downloadable Manic Miner versions for C64, Amiga and DOSBox
  • Fan-remake of Manic Miner
    Barak Ori's remake runnable on Windows 95-XP
  • Manic Miner Remake
    Flash online version of Manic Miner on darnkitty.com
  • Retrospec - Manic Miner
    Free downloadable remake of Manic Miner - for DOS, PlayStation One, Blitz Basic, Windows and Macintosh
  • Wikipedia
    free Encyclopedia entry
  • World of Spectrum
    downloadable releases; additional material; remakes links; player reviews; magazine references; magazine adverts

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  • MobyGames ID: 6440


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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by Technocrat.

Amiga, BBC Micro added by C Horton. Amstrad CPC added by Mirkomick. iPhone, bada, Windows Phone, Tatung Einstein, Oric, iPad, Memotech MTX, Commodore 16, Plus/4, Dragon 32/64 added by Kabushi. ZX Spectrum added by Mirir. MSX added by koffiepad. Game Boy Advance added by Indra was here. Commodore 64 added by Andrew Fisher.

Additional contributors: PCGamer77, formercontrib, Cantillon, Patrick Bregger, mailmanppa, piltdown_man, Jo ST, FatherJack, ZeTomes.

Game added May 25th, 2002. Last modified February 22nd, 2023.