The first time I ever heard of Dizzy was Christmas day 1988. I received a game called Ghost Hunters and my sister got a game called Dizzy. I played Ghost Hunters a few times but I just couldn't put Dizzy down (even though it wasn't my game). I was on it all the time because I (like many others) had become completely hooked on Dizzy. Dizzy is quite simply a walking, talking egg with boxing gloves, who likes to help people out and do good things. Designed by the Oliver twins and published by CodeMasters, it was an immediate hit when it was released in the UK in June 1988. So it is without further ado that I welcome you to the world of Dizzy.
The story begins with an evil wizard called Zaks who is terrorising Dizzy's home village of Katmandu. He keeps upsetting everyone in the village by making it rain during the Yolkfolk's weekly cricket match. Being a young egg in need of a little bit of respect from his fellow Yolkfolk, Dizzy decides he will search for Zaks and destroy him. Only then will he get the respect he is seeking.
The aim of the game is to make a potion to destroy the evil wizard Zaks. The ingredients you will need to search for are: 1) Vampire Dux Feather 2) Leprechauns Wig 3) Troll Brew 4) Clouds Silver Lining. You then need to mix all four ingredients in a flask and cook them in a cauldron. To get these items you have to overcome several puzzles, like how do I get down to the mine when the minecart is blocking the way? You need to use certain objects that you pick up on other objects in the game so you can progress a little bit further.
The major niggle with this game is the fact that you can only carry one object at a time. This means you have to do a lot of trekking back and forth through the game world. This can get a little bit tedious at times, as the game world is fairly large. But you're not alone in your adventure; there are creatures you have to dodge, like bats, birds and spiders. You start with three lives and can (thankfully) collect more on the way. The music is quite nice and jolly and the graphics are detailed and cartoony.
It's a good fun and challenging game, one that will take a while for you to complete.
|GRAPHICS - 8/10|
|Very cute and very cartoony. The detail level is quite good but I don't
think they pushed the graphics enough. A bit too similar to the Spectrum
version of Dizzy.|
|SOUND - 8/10|
|Quite jolly music at the intro screen but no in-game music. The sound
effects in the game are nothing spectacular but they work well.|
|PLAYABILITY - 8/10|
|A great little world is there for Dizzy to eggsplore, however it does start
to get tedious as you have to go back and forth for objects.|
|OVERALL - 9/10|
|A good start to the famous Dizzy series. Some of the puzzles are a bit of a
challenge and it is pretty darn addictive too.|