NEWS - Thursday, February 15, 2001


(RUMOR) - Classics re-visited

Two classic titles are reportedly heading their way to the 3D realm and onto nextgen platforms such as the XBOX and the PS2. Manic Miner and Jet Set Willy, two classic titles from the ZX Spectrum days, are on their way!

For those of you who can’t remember these titles, well alone the ZX Spectrum, Manic Miner had you playing Willy the Miner through various single screen levels, jumping over flying boots and the like and tackling conveyor belts. Jet Set Willy was distinctly mad, and charted Willy’s mission to collect as much wine as possible from around his enormous house to get past his monstrous wife and get to bed. (sounds like a kewl game to me! -K)

According to Jester’s Chris Morland, speaking to CVG today, the new games will definitely end up on Game Boy Color and next gen formats, most likely PlayStation 2 and Xbox. "At the moment we’re at the design stages," he said. "We want to take the old ideas and rejuvenate them. It’s highly likely that the next gen versions will be in 3D."

The press release from Jester Interactive stated that "Jester Interactive has continued the retro gaming flavour, following the acquisition of Graftgold’s back catalogue, by scooping the rights to the famous platform games Jet Set Willy and Manic Miner. The deal, that acquires the titles from original publisher Software Projects, offers the opportunity to develop games based on the popular ZX Spectrum games.

Created by Matthew Smith, Jet Set Willy and Manic Miner both received rave reviews at the time of release and are widely regarded as the most enduring and fondly remembered Spectrum games.

Work is underway to ensure that the titles translate well to next generation platforms and that mobile and handheld versions are faithful to the original games."

If you're unfamiliar with the ZX Spectrum, you can check out this link to read up on it as well as obtain the emulator for that retro gaming feel!
Source: http://www.computerandvideogames.com/

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