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#1 Spider

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Posted 22 June 2016 - 06:33 PM

As title ( ! )

 

I found this amongst my collection. Its actually dated 19th Jan 1995 in my files but that does not really mean a great deal.

 

Offers some features it seems. note the game is not properly patched for safety (the four bugs) though.

 

Example1. Keep Objects

Attached File  k_o..z80   28.28KB   54 downloads

This is very strange. :) Collect any objects you like (suggest you grab 3 or more) then kill Willy off by usual means. Now restart the game. you do not need to re-collect those objects you collected.

 

Example2. Keep Room

Attached File  k_r.z80   28.28KB   53 downloads

Safe start ? Best way to explain this. Head to the First Landing and climb down the stairs a little bit, now turn around and jump up, aim to hit the guardian in Top Landing when Willy 'appears' in the room above to cause an IDS. When the game finishes, restart it and you'll start in the room Willy died in, aka Top Landing.

 

Example3. No Instant Death

Attached File  no_i_d.z80   28.27KB   54 downloads

Best way to show this one: Go to Ballroom West on the right hand side of the screen. Now jump right so you'd enter the screen mid-air and normally it would be an IDS as you'd repeatedly hit the vertical guardian. This time you lose one life (on hitting it) then you restart safely on the left of Ballroom East.

 

Example4. All

Attached File  ko_kr_nid.z80   28.27KB   53 downloads

This is just all three options above selected.

 

Here is a 'menu' screenshot:

JETSETHK.png

 

Finally here is the file, its a .z80 unfortunately I do not have tape files. Note from looking at it, even without any options selected its semi pre-patched to some degree. Does not display properly (basic listing) in Spin, OK in Spectaculator. Start it with GOTO 15 if needed (attached file is already running and is 'as found')

 

I'm aware 'safe start' is possible in JSWED though but the others are a bit of a mystery. :)

 

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#2 jetsetdanny

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Posted 16 March 2018 - 10:00 PM

Andy, 

 

Thank your for the file and your interesting analysis :).

 

First of all, I would kindly suggest that this topic be moved to the general area (JSW section). I think it doesn't have to be limited to Contributors only, as it doesn't contain any 'sensitive' information :) and the file has 'always' been available for download also from here.

 

I analysed this version (in a different way than you did here) on JSW Central. Following the info provided by Andrew Broad, I believe that it is, indeed, Ian Collier's hack which is called "a Z80-version with megatrainer" on Gary Pearce's old JSW website.

 

Furthermore, apparently the so-called 'Gaping Pit' version originated from it (the only change being the name of the room "We must perform a Quirkafleeg", I think - although I didn't try to confirm it by comparing the files). The file "JETSETHK.z80" I have in my archive is dated 19.02.1995 (I think it's the same as yours - are you sure yours is from 19 January 1995, not February? - if you download the file from here, it's also 19.02.1995), while the "GAPING.SNA" file which is the 'Gaping Pit' version is dated 04.05.1999, so - if the time stamps on the files are correct - it was created four years after Ian Collier's version.

 

An interesting variant it is, indeed, with the megatrainer and four new rooms :). It can be completed if "Under the Roof" (42) is chosen as the starting room in the cheat menu, which allows the player to reach the items in "Conservatory Roof" (43) without climbing the Banyan Tree (which is not fixed and there's no option to fix it in the trainer). I did just that and made an RZX recording of my walkthrough, which can be downloaded from RZX Archive.


Edited by jetsetdanny, 16 March 2018 - 10:01 PM.


#3 IRF

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Posted 16 March 2018 - 11:24 PM

I recall reading an article which was published before Jet Set Willy was first released, which featured an interview with Matthew Smith along with some preview screenshots of various rooms, one of which was the 'Gaping Pit'. i.e. that was Matthew original name for the room which eventually became known as '...Quirkafleeg'.

 

Incidentally, my guess is that the Fire cells at the bottom of the room are meant to resemble people lying down with their legs in the air, which ties in with the explanation for this room's final, peculiar name:

http://skoolkid.gith...ormAQuirkafleeg



#4 jetsetdanny

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Posted 17 March 2018 - 12:18 AM

It was in Crash magazine apparently, according to the info here:

 

Matthew Smith, when writing the legendary Jet Set Willy, originally called this screen "The Gaping Pit", and it appeared as such in Crash Magazine when they got the scoop preview of it. However the retail release called it "We must perform a Quirkafleeg", this is because Matthew read some rather strange magazines, specifically, Fat Freddy's Cat - an American comic book, itself a spin-off from the Amazing Furry Freak Brothers. Most of these comics are about smoking pot, drinking beer, and not washing for several years, or all three, and are consequently very funny.


Edited by jetsetdanny, 17 March 2018 - 12:19 AM.


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Posted 17 March 2018 - 12:43 AM

The png scans of the original comic strip (which I hadn't ever seen before) have convinced me that the pattern/arrangement of Fire cells at the bottom of the 'Gaping Pit' are the specific element which inspired the eventual name!



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Posted 17 March 2018 - 11:13 AM

I got in touch with Ian Collier (fortunately, his e-mail hasn't changed in the last 13 years, since our last exchange of messages!) and he let me know that his version of JSW was created back in 1985 or 1986 and released in 1994 (not 1995, as I wrote originally, following the date stamp on the file; this has now been corrected). His post announcing the release is here.


Edited by jetsetdanny, 17 March 2018 - 11:14 AM.


#7 Spider

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Posted 17 March 2018 - 12:27 PM

Thanks for the detailed update. :) I've moved the topic too.


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Posted 17 March 2018 - 08:59 PM

Thanks! :)






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