Thursday, April 13, 2017

Magicland Dizzy

I'm so dizzy, my head is spinning...

Being a bit of an odd bod, I've never taken much time to play any of the Dizzy games so figured I should choose one from this hugely popular series and see where it takes me. I've decided on Magicland Dizzy, probably because I was reminded of Stormbringer from my Spectrum 128 days. Amusingly, I've gone and picked one which wasn't designed by the Oliver Twins but by Neal Vincent and programmed by Derek Leigh-Gilchrist of Captain Dynamo fame.

Magicland has been infected by an evil wizard. Yes, another evil wizard but he's not banked on Dizzy who plans on saving the day. Dizzy must explore Magicland and rescue six of his friends being held captive. To do this he must solve many puzzles, trade items and talk to the natives. Basically, what you'd expect I guess!

Okay, the first demoed puzzle is easy. This scary dude is hungry so, feed him something nice!

Oi! egg head O_o

The graphics are beautiful with cartoon artwork by Leigh Christian (Magic Boy) which includes lots of neat animations and effects. Just look at that mean-looking troll in the animation above - it's better than watching Nick Jr. Audio hasn't been forgotten with stunning chip music to enjoy throughout. It's YM-tastic and I loved it!!

Well, having only played for a short while, I can honestly say I'm shocked at just how superb this game is. The controls are spot-on perfect and I'm getting the distinct impression that my old brain won't be frustrated by any stupid puzzles. From what I've seen, each character will need something, so it's a case of finding out what and where it is. Simple, but interesting without the irritation I lazy adventurer like me initially expected!

I found this map on a Russian Dizzy website. Click twice - it's pretty BIG!!

So far so good?

Magicland Dizzy is an intriguing adventure and something I didn't expect. I'm not the greatest explorer with these games but I'm going to give it a stab. There are lots of things I need to do, like rescuing somebody called Dylan? Also, Dozy is fast asleep so I should figure out how to wake him... Have a blessed Easter everyone †


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