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AmstradCPC

Jet Set Willy

Jet Set Willy
GenreArcade Platform
DeveloperSoftware Projects
PublisherSoftware Projects
Released1985
Rating
Graphics:6.0
Sound:7.0
Gameplay:8.0
Overall:7.0
Reviewed byndial
Jet Set Willy is a flip-screen platform game originally written for the ZX Spectrum home computers. It was the sequel to the Manic Miner game released in 1984. The game was later developed for the Amstrad CPC, Acorn Electron Atari 400/800, BBC Micro, Commodore 16, Commodore 64, MSX and the Commodore Plus/4 computers.
 
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Jet Set WillySTORY / GAMEPLAY
Jet Set Willy is another of those platform games where you jump around impossibly difficult screens and avoid weirdly abstract enemies. Having just bought a mansion and after a huge house welcoming party, the housekeeper just won't let Willy to enter his bedroom until he gathers all the trinkets from around the mansion's rooms that his guests have scattered around (pretty weird scenario). The rooms are full of hazards such as static killer objects and guardians that move along predetermined paths. Willy loses a life if he touches an enemy or falls too deep, starting again from the point at which he entered the room.
The truth is that probably you'll never be able to finish this game! Ever! Despite being supplied with an unholy amount of lives, this game set new standards in difficulty levels back in the mid 80s! The mansion is huge, the monsters too many and the game doesn't even tell you how many items are left to get! Nevertheless, Jet Set Willy is a fun and quite addictive game!

GRAPHICS / SOUND
Although the game looks more like an early 48k ZX Spectrum game, the graphics on the CPC are colorful and actually quite good in their simplistic way. The Amstrad version has up to 16 simultaneous colors and most of the sprites are tiny but beautifully animated, as on the original version. In general, for a mid 80s platform game, Jet Set Willy looks good. There are also a few simplistic (and rather funny) sound effects during gameplay, while the introductory tune is Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata!
 
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Intro music:  In-game sound:
 
Comparable platforms
Amstrad CPC
Commodore C64
Sinclair ZX Spectrum
 
Hardware information

Amstrad CPC 464/664/6128

Amstrad CPC 464/664/6128CPU: ZiLOG Z80 4MHZ
MEMORY: 64 KB or 128 KB of RAM depending on the model (capable of being expanded to 512k using memory extension boards)
GRAPHICS: Motorola 6845 address generator, Mode 0: 160x200 / 16 colors, Mode 1: 320x200 / 4 colors, Mode 2: 640x200 / 2 colors, A colour palette of 27 colors was supported
SOUND: The CPC used the General Instrument AY-3-8912 sound chip, providing 3 channels Mono Sound (via internal speaker) but capable to offer Stereo Sound provided through a 3.5 mm headphones jack (with pretty impressive outcome!). Also, it is possible to play back digital sound samples at a resolution of approximately 5bit. This technique is very processor-intensive though.
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The Amstrad CPC 464/664/6128 (default) color palette
RGB 27-colors palette (16 on screen)
 
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