Crapshoot: Dizzy, the eggcentric English platformer mascot

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From 2010 to 2014 Richard Cobbett wrote Crapshoot, a column about rolling the dice to bring random obscure games back into the light. This week, who wants some eggs?

When you think of heroes, you probably don’t think of eggs. For a while though, Dizzy was one of the faces of the UK computing scene—his smile legendary, his adventures popular, and his games mostly a load of complete arse. It’s amazing how much less that mattered in a time when most games came on cassettes and only cost pocket-money though, so let’s take a look at some of Dizzy’s greatest hits, and most egg-scruciating misses.

Yeah, okay, that’s a bad pun. But I’m almost positive there won’t be any others.

From the start, Dizzy enjoyed the title Prince of the Yolkfolk—though I’d take him with a pinch of salt, along with maybe some ketchup. There’s never any real sense that his eggy kingdom has much power. They don’t even have proper soldiers. Each of the main games is something of a platformer mixed with treasure hunt, where Dizzy must scramble himself to get to some new location—a treasure island, a fantasy world, another, slightly different fantasy world—where he has to jump around and solve the kind of puzzles that made you glad computer magazines at the time printed full solutions.

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