Jet Set Willy

Average Rating: 6.97/10
Video Game Rank: 2733
Commodore 64 Rank: 97
DOS Rank: 321
Macintosh Rank: 601
Atari 8-bit family Rank: 19
ZX Spectrum Rank: 39
Atari ST Rank: 68
Windows Rank: 1566
BBC Micro Rank: 12
MSX Rank: 22
Dragon 32/64 Rank: 2
Amstrad CPC Rank: 38
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Video Game: Jet Set Willy
Jet Set Willy PC
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DOS remake for Mac
Rel Date: 2004-00-00
Publisher: Retrospec
Macintosh
Developer: Retrospec, Software Projects
Media: Downloadable Content
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Jet Set Willy PC
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DOS remake for Windows
Rel Date: 2004-00-00
Publisher: Retrospec
Windows
Developer: Retrospec, Software Projects
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Jet Set Willy PC
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DOS remake
Rel Date: 1999-01-29
Publisher: Retrospec
DOS
Developer: Retrospec, Software Projects
Media: Downloadable Content
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Jet Set Willy
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Atari ST release
Rel Date: 1997-00-00
Publisher: Software Projects
Atari ST
Developer: Software Projects
Media: 3.5" Disk
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Jet Set Willy
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Atari 8-bit release
Rel Date: 1986-00-00
Publisher: Tynesoft
Atari 8-bit family
Developer: Software Projects, Tynesoft
Media: Compact Cassette
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Jet Set Willy
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Amstrad CPC release
Rel Date: 1985-00-00
Publisher: Software Projects
Amstrad CPC
Developer: Software Projects
Media: Compact Cassette
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Video Game: Jet Set Willy
Jet Set Willy
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MSX release
Rel Date: 1985-00-00
Publisher: Software Projects
MSX
Developer: Software Projects
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Jet Set Willy
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BBC Micro/Acorn Electron release
Rel Date: 1984-00-00
Publisher: Tynesoft
BBC Micro
Developer: Software Projects, Tynesoft
Media: Compact Cassette
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Jet Set Willy
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Commodore 64 release
Rel Date: 1984-00-00
Publisher: Software Projects
Commodore 64
Developer: Software Projects
Media: Compact Cassette
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Jet Set Willy
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Dragon release
Rel Date: 1984-00-00
Publisher: Software Projects
Dragon 32/64
Developer: Software Projects
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Jet Set Willy was first developped for the Sinclair ZX Spectrum in 1984 as a sequel to the successful Manic Miner, and is now regarded as one of the most classic platform games ever. It was ported to a large number of 8-bit consoles at the time.

A 2D platform action game like Manic Miner, in Jet Set Willy the player controls the rather flat-faced character Miner Willy, jumping around on screens filled with enemies that move on the screen following a certain scheme, and that will kill on touch. As Willy can't be controlled in mid-air, the game is all about high-precision jumps to avoid the enemies and collect the blinking items on screen.

Unlike Manic Miner, which is about clearing one screen after the other, in Jet Set Willy the player explores all rooms in a vast mansion consisting of no less than 60 rooms, and the goal of the game is to collect all items in all rooms, or the housekeeper Maria won't let Willy go to bed. This has to be done before midnight, which accounts for 5 hours of playing time as the game starts at 7 PM.

If Willy is killed, he loses one life and is returned to exactly where he entered the room, keeping any momentum, which can be disastrous if he enters a room in a way that will get him killed; this will cause a chain-reaction of losing all remaining lives. This, combined with the fact that all rooms require a meticulous jumping, has earned Jet Set Willy the rumour of being one of the most difficult platform games ever released.

The game was planned to be released on the Amiga and Atari ST in 1989, but near completion, Software Projects cancelled the release as they regarded JSW as being out of its time. The Atari release was nonetheless inofficially spread, and is now available as a free download for the platform.

Jet Set Willy was revived by the developper Retrospec in 1999, porting it to DOS and later Windows and Macintosh as an official free download. This "Jet Set Willy PC" is a direct Spectrum port, keeping the exact same sprites only decorated in multicolour.

Individual credits:
Mathtew Smith: design

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Video Game Rank: 2733
Commodore 64 Rank: 97
DOS Rank: 321
Macintosh Rank: 601
Atari 8-bit family Rank: 19
ZX Spectrum Rank: 39
Atari ST Rank: 68
Windows Rank: 1566
BBC Micro Rank: 12
MSX Rank: 22
Dragon 32/64 Rank: 2
Amstrad CPC Rank: 38
Num Ratings: 19
Average Rating: 6.97 Ratings Breakdown
Standard Deviation: 1.34
Num Views: 1092
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Avg. Game Weight: 1.0 Weight Breakdown
Fans: 2
Personal Comments: 7
Users Owning: 18
Users Wanting: 0
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Total Plays: 2
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