Sunday, October 18, 2015

Jet Set Willy

Who hasn't played with Miner Willy in one form or another over the decades? Surely the most respected series of 8-bit platformers ever to grace our TV screens? Well, here is the Atari ST's attempt at Jet Set Willy which is actually a replica of the original. It perfectly mimics the gameplay without any unnecessary bloatware "improvements" to be utterly authentic and guarantees the same level of entertainment you experienced in 1984 using the rubber Speccy!

This amazing carbon copy is probably the reason it was never published, the world had moved on by 1989 and we all expected "better" graphics than a humble clone of the original. Although finished, it wasn't ever released and that's a shame because I feel Software Projects created a brilliant game and it certainly succeeded in capturing the authenticity of the Speccy - perfectly. The image you are looking at (above) was taken off my Atari ST and not a ZX Spectrum! Okay, enough talking because it's time to help Willy clean up his messy mansion, he's tired and hasn't yet realised he can simply sack Maria and get in bed!


 - Download Jet Set Willy from my own Dropbox file server.
 - AtariMania has a download and an interesting read on their website.
 - Here is a pretty darn cool map of the entire Willy Mansion. Ahh the memories!
 - Of course, you might wanna run the ZX Spectrum game under emulation - using your Atari ST!! #geek