Dizzy’s back! One of the most fondly remembered games characters from the 8-bit era is set for a HD makeover. Codemasters® eggcitedly announced today that Dizzy®, the eponymous egg-shaped have-a-go hero is returning to game screens in Dizzy: Prince of the Yolkfolk, a special eggdition of the 1991 eggventure for iPad, iPhone and Android devices. The game is due to launch on “Egg-mergence Day” – Friday, 9th December – and can be seen in the reveal video now showing at www.DizzyGame.com .
After many years of Dizzy fans’ requests (including an eggsasperating online petition with thousands of signatures) the cartoon eggventurer will be starring in a remake of one of his most popular arcade eggperiences, first published 20 years ago. In this iOS/Android eggdaptation, our hero in a whole shell is back in familiar form, complete with red boxing gloves and his trademark somersaults as he ventures forth in an eggventure packed with collect-and-solve puzzles in a magical cartoon world.
As ever, his friends, the Yolkfolk, are in trouble and need saving from danger. On this occasion, girlfriend Daisy has been trapped in mysterious castle while our hero has been locked in an underground dungeon by Rockwart the troll on orders from Evil Wizard Zaks (boo and hiss).
To save the day, Dizzy must run and tumble around the kingdom of Keldor. On his journey throughout this magical land Dizzy will explore underground caves, leap and bound into tree tops, cross the River Styx (which strangely seems to run through Keldor) and bounce all the way up to the far away clouds to assist Saint Peter at the Pearly Gates.
On his adventure Dizzy encounters all kinds of characters, from the Grim Reaper to the Troll-terrorising Fluffles, some needing his help, some offering advice and some simply wanting to bite his hands off. By collecting objects and solving puzzles, the assorted cast will help Dizzy in return as he continues on his quest to rescue his beloved Daisy from the castle.
Dizzy’s gaming heritage goes as back to 1987 when he was first created by Philip and Andrew Oliver, known as The Oliver Twins (www.olivertwins.com), for the original game Dizzy. Now heading Blitz Games Studios, the Olivers have welcomed Dizzy’s return:
“It always astounds us what a loyal fan base Dizzy still has,” says Philip Oliver. “Even after all these years people remember Dizzy fondly and it’s great to see him return for his older fans and introduce him to a new generation of gamers.”
Adds Andrew Oliver: “Dizzy Prince of the Yolkfolk was one of the most popular Dizzy titles and it’s exciting to see him making his debut iOS and Android for the holidays.”
The iOS and Android editions of Dizzy: Prince of the Yolk are being developed by DNA Interactive, with Paul Ranson, the game’s original project director, heading development.
“20 years on and Dizzy: Prince of the Yolkfolk remains one of the most memorable games in the series for its puzzles and humour and it’s an absolute pleasure to return to the director’s role for this HD edition,” says Paul Ranson, development director, DNA Interactive.
“For once, this is a retro classic that doesn’t require rose-tinted glasses to appreciate its design and gameplay – Dizzy: Prince of the Yolk is simply a great puzzle-solving romp that’s been brought up-to-date with glorious visuals.”
Dizzy: Prince of the Yolk will be published by Codemasters on “Egg-mergence” Friday 9th November and available from the App Store for iPad and iPhone and from Android Market for Android phones and tablets. For the latest on the game visit www.DizzyGame.com. The game will not, unfortunately, be available on Eggsbox.