File Name: La casa di Jack / La casa de Jack
File Submitter: Spider
File Submitted: 27 Aug 2017
File Category: Jet Set Willy [Patched]System: Sinclair
Original Author(s): Matthew Smith
Third Party Author(s): Load 'N' Run Italy / Load 'N' Run Spain
These are slightly modified Italian and Spanish versions of JSW with full Italian / Spanish text translations throughout. They were both released by Load 'n' Run.
The Italian version, called 'La casa di Jack', was released on the Italian Load 'n' Run tape 11 in December 1984. There is no visible personal credit in this version.
The Spanish version, called 'La casa de Jack', was released on the Spanish Load 'n' Run tape 1_02 in March 1985. It was created by Juancho Martínez Cubero, and it is a spin-off from the Italian version.
Both versions share some characteristic features.
The keypad has been bypassed and a different title screen, still in the JSW style, is displayed (it is in Italian in both versions, reading 'LA CASA DI JACK', i.e. 'Jack's House').
The words on the screen in 'Entrance to Hades', written using the room graphics, read, 'LA MORTE', which is 'death' in Italian. The Italian word is present in both versions.
A built-in infinite lives choice is offered upon each game start. In fact, when you choose this option, you do not get inifite lives, but your lives are renewed when you move to another room (or re-enter the same one). In other words, if you keep losing lives in one room, you don't see them disappear from the status bar (lower third of the screen), but after you've lost the 8th life in this room, it's Game Over. However, if you exit to another room, your lives are replenished (and you can lose 7 of them again, and then it's Game Over after losing the 8th life in the same room, unless you move to another screen).
Both files still have the critical bugs which are present in the original JSW, so they are not completable. The bugs can be fixed using the four official Software Pokes. Completable bug-fixed versions are offered for download here alongside the original, incompletable ones.
The Italian version has a custom loading screen with instructions, which the Spanish version lacks.
The scrolling message in the Italian version reads as follows:
***Premi ENTER per giocare *** LA CASA DI JACK .. © 1984 by LOAD 'N' RUN .. Guida JACK in ogni stanza della sua casa per raccogliere tutti gli oggetti prima di mezzanotte in modo che la moglie lo lasci andare a dormire ..*** Premi ENTER per giocare
The scrolling message in the Spanish version reads as follows:
***Pulsa ENTER para jugar *** LA CASA DE JACK .. LOAD 'N' RUN .. Guia a Jack por cada habitacion de su casa para que pueda recoger todos los objetos antes de medianoche y su mujer lo deje ir a dormir..*********... Pulsa ENTER para jugar ***
The Italian version had been known to the JSW/MM community for a long time. It was included in Darkman (Nigel Bland)'s compilation of Italian variants of MM and JSW, hosted by Andrew Broad. However, it was incorrectly described as 'an Italian variant of La Casa di Jack', while, in fact, "La casa di Jack" IS the Italian variant, it was primary, and the Spanish version, "La casa de Jack" is secondary, as it was evidently created / translated from the Italian variant (so, in reality, La casa de Jack is the Spanish variant of La casa di Jack).
It was thought until recently that the Spanish version was only available as a .z80 snapshot. Consequently, a reconstruction effort was undertaken in order to create a more user-friendly .tap file. There was enough data present in the snapshot to reconstruct most of the BASIC. However the loading routine appeared to use screen memory, possibly for data compression. As this was no longer present, said data could not be used, but the loading screen was created to look about as near to the original release as could be imagined.
The .z80 snapshot also suffers slightly from not being JSWED-friendly. This is caused by the AIR bytes being set to chr$32 (a space). A tape file was constructed with the resurrected loader (modified to work with a standard tape file) and made to be editor-friendly by restoring the AIR bytes to their original values. This version can be used to perform any edits if required more easily (if you are OK with using the Spanish version rather than the Italian one).
In March 2018, the origin of the Italian and Spanish versions was discovered and discussed on this forum, and the relation between them was described properly. Files of the two issues of Load 'n' Run where the games originally appeared were found at a website dedicated to the Load 'n' Run releases, from which they can be download (no doubt they had been there for years). The JSW game files were extracted from these tapes and are offered here as individual downloads in .tap and .tzx formats, along with bug-fixed, completable versions with the four official Software Projects POKEs applied.
The 'historical' .z80 snapshot of "La casa de Jack" is supplied as well, along with the 'reconstructed' .tap which had been created from it before the original tapes were identified and found.