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Manic Miner

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


Manic Miner BBC Micro Presentation Information with Title
Manic Miner ZX Spectrum The Cold Room
Manic Miner BBC Micro Examining the Cold Room (Demo mode)
Manic Miner Game Boy Advance Once you have all the keys you exit the level by touching the lock

Alternate Titles

  • "Manic Miner: ZX Spectrum HD" -- iPad title
  • "Manic Miner starring Miner Willy" -- Tag-lined title
  • "Manic Miner 32" -- Windows title

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User Reviews

Take a shine / to Manic Mine / ur ZX Spectrum Ashley Pomeroy (233)
Old time's classics comes to PC! A must! DOS dusoft (49)

The Press Says

Commodore User Commodore 16, Plus/4 Jun, 1986 9 out of 10 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Apr, 1984 9 out of 10 90
Consoles Plus Game Boy Advance Sep, 2002 89 out of 100 89
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga May, 1990 870 out of 1000 87 DOS Jan 01, 1999 8 out of 10 80
Amiga Power Amiga May, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 67 Amstrad CPC Feb, 2010 6 out of 10 60 ZX Spectrum May, 2004 5.82 out of 10 58
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Apr, 1990 4 out of 12 33 Game Boy Advance Aug 13, 2002 5 out of 20 25


Topic # Posts Last Post
SAM Coupe port 4 Rola (7464)
Jul 14, 2012


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).


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
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