The brilliant prequel to Jet Set Willy sees Miner Willy battling through the robot-filled underground mines of Surbiton. Fast, colourful graphics and very weird enemy creatures. You are ... See full summary »

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The brilliant prequel to Jet Set Willy sees Miner Willy battling through the robot-filled underground mines of Surbiton. Fast, colourful graphics and very weird enemy creatures. You are chased by deranged robots, pirouetting rabbits and mutant toilets as you race to collect enough keys to escape? And they aren't your only problem because there's limited oxygen in each cave, so move it or be asphyxiated. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Followed by Jet Set Willy 2 (1985) See more »

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The Dawn of Time for computer gaming.
9 March 2006 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

Wow am I old! I remember Manic Miner on my 48K ZX Spectrum. A couple of dozen levels of fiendishly difficult platforms.

Each level was one 2D screen which you usually had to make your way from the bottom to the top of. Even the first screen was difficult and if you lost all your lives back to the beginning you went. This was way back before the concept of 'Saved Games'.

In my opinion a better game than the slightly more free-form Jet Set Willy, Manic Miner is right there at the dawn of time of computer gaming, and games like Mario Bros, Tomb Raider and Prince of Persia can all trace their roots back to here.


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