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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 Not an easy task to build a stair with that deadly bell roaming around
Head Over Heels ZX Spectrum Loading screen
Head Over Heels Commodore 64 Title screen
Head Over Heels ZX Spectrum The sleeping rabbits can provide you with extra lives -- as well as invincibility, fast speed (Head) or high jumps (Heels) for a limited time

Promo Images

Head Over Heels Magazine Advertisement

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) ZX Spectrum Ashley Pomeroy (233)

Critic Reviews

Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Aug, 1990 98 out of 100 98
The Games Machine (UK) Amstrad CPC Aug, 1990 97 out of 100 97
The Games Machine (UK) Commodore 64 Aug, 1990 97 out of 100 97
Crash! ZX Spectrum Apr, 1987 97 out of 100 97
Amstrad Action Amstrad CPC May, 1987 95 out of 100 95
CU Amiga Amiga Sep, 1991 94 out of 100 94
ST Action Atari ST Mar, 1993 90 out of 100 90
Crash! ZX Spectrum Aug, 1990 89 out of 100 89
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amstrad CPC May, 1987 8 out of 10 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) ZX Spectrum 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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