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Retro Weekends Episode 18: Dizzy

Retro Weekends plays and reviews Dizzy for the ZX Spectrum. All gameplay footage taken from real hardware.


What we thought

"Its a good game there's no denying it, and it was definitely good fun for the low price. I actually even liked the rolling jumping mechanic by the end of it! It kind of just adds something to the game. I do disagree with them just changing the colours of some sprites and renaming them though, that was a little lazy. Overall this is huge value for £2 and I enjoyed playing it."

(Budget Game Score) 4/5

"I think this is a reasonable game, even outside of the context of the Spectrum it was still reasonable in 1987. Sure its not going to be winning any awards for its graphics and yeah the year this arrived there were some fantastic action-adventure games being released (Faxanadu and Rygar spring to mind), games with huge worlds stacked with content that featured great graphics and music that completely blow this game away. But this game has some level of charm, it introduced a character who would be a big gaming presence later on here in Europe, and its not really fair to compare these game anyway as Dizzy sold for only £1.99 at the time! and for that £1.99 you did get a proper action-adventure experience where you could explore different environments and go on an adventure, travelling through icy wastes and mines and such before reaching a wizards castle.

(Budget Game Score) 3/5
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