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Willy Beamish is a kid who likes to goof off and have fun. Naturally, all the grown-ups get in the way by making him go to school, making him clean his room, etc. But now that's school's out for the summer, Willy is determined to have a good time and maybe even have his pet frog win the frog jumping contest. However Willy has a habit of getting into trouble, and naturally, that means it will be a challenge to get out of it.

The Adventures of Willy Beamish is a point-and-click graphical adventure. You play Willy Beamish, an eight-year-old kid who is just trying to get through life without losing his lunch money. But he'll have to deal with parents, teachers, babysitters, and bratty sisters. The player must solve different puzzles to ensure Willy can progress, get out of trouble and generally avoid ending up grounded.

The in-game time progresses even if no action is taken. This means many puzzles have to be solved in a certain time frame or rely on being in the right place at the right time. A special aspect of this game is the bar which shows Willy's relationship with his parents. It gets affected by the way certain situations are resolved, e.g. it increases if Willy refuses to play with his sister, and when it is full they send Willy to a military school and the game is lost.

The GOG release of this game for Windows includes both Floppy and CD versions of the game. The main differences are that the CD version has updated graphics, features animations and animated character portraits instead of static images, enhanced audio, and full voice-acting whereas the Floppy version doesn't feature any voice-acting.


The Adventures of Willy Beamish DOS Willy's father Gordon looking for a job
The Adventures of Willy Beamish Windows Willy is not paying attention to speech (GOG release, CD version)
The Adventures of Willy Beamish Amiga Your mother's angry on Tifanny.
The Adventures of Willy Beamish DOS Willy's console game is not exactly a clever one...

Promo Images

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The Adventures of Willy Beamish Magazine Advertisement


Alternate Titles

  • "הרפתקאות ווילי" -- Hebrew spelling
  • "The Adventures of Willy Beamish: What if you were nine again... knowing what you know now?" -- Taglined title
  • "Les Aventures de Willy Beamish" -- French Title

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User Reviews

You don't want to know what I'll do if I am nine years old again DOS Katakis | カタキス (42788)
They named the frog Horny SEGA CD browned (126)
A charming game on the surface - but with a very sticky underside DOS jossiejojo (41)
A great adventure game! SEGA CD ETJB (480)
A great game that was poorly translated to the Sega CD. SEGA CD Joey Zamingo (82)
Don't know why everyone keeps calling this a 'kid's game'... DOS Joey Zamingo (82)
Unlike any other gaming experience. DOS Macaroni Penguin (18)
Entertaining, but often arbitrarily difficult adventure game. DOS Lucas Schippers (59)
One of the first adventure games to use the "hand-drawn cartoon" look for it's characters. DOS Digital Arse (14)

Critic Reviews

Micro News DOS Dec, 1991 19 out of 20 95
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Feb, 1992 10 out of 12 83
Datormagazin DOS Dec 19, 1991 4 out of 5 80
Amiga Power Amiga Apr, 1992 69 out of 100 69
Mean Machines SEGA CD May, 1993 68 out of 100 68
Power Play DOS Jan, 1992 52 out of 100 52
PC Games (Germany) DOS May, 1993 51 out of 100 51
CU Amiga Amiga Mar, 1992 48 out of 100 48
Amiga Format Amiga Apr, 1992 44 out of 100 44
Australian Commodore and Amiga Review Amiga Feb, 1992 Unscored Unscored


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Cancelled sequel

At one point there were plans for a sequel that would have featured Willy as a teenager.

Version differences

The CD version of The Adventures of Willy Beamish featured full speech while the floppy version did not. The CD version also contains some different cutscenes and different credits part.

The DOS and SEGA CD versions of the game used slightly different color palettes and contained small differences in visual details. In general, the DOS version featured a lighter color palette than did the SEGA CD release of the game. This can be seen in a scene of the school auditorium in the introduction of the game (DOS -- SEGA CD). Notice in the comparison not only that the auditorium seats have completely changed color but that the stage has a different design, such as the inclusion of floor lights in the DOS version, and that the children have appreciably different appearances.


Some boxes included four removable stickers featuring artwork of "Willy and Horny," "Horny," "Leona," and "Squad Monster" (from the Nintari game). Specially marked game boxes also included a free Willy Beamish LCD watch offer which required that players send in a coupon and the warranty cards. The watch was in-fact analog and depicted Willy Beamish's face in the center of a circle, surrounding the game title, with Horny the frog's webbed-prints representing the hours between 12, 3, 6, and 9.


The original game had a real wirebound notebook (32 sheets/college ruled, approx. size 8x5in/20.3x12.7cm) in crude childlike writing as it’s manual. The installation instructions were printed on the back of pinkish A4 sized "Pizzarama!" pizza menu (as visited in the game) complete with main courses, beverages, on the side items, desserts, and prices. The later CD-ROM booklet reproduced the notebook pages as b/w pages within a larger ringbinder, though the pizza menu instructions were excluded.


  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #10 Most Innovative Computer Game
Information also contributed by Garcia, John David Karlgren, and Timo Takalo.

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