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#1 MathUseMyth

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Posted 03 October 2018 - 06:41 AM

Hey everyone,

 

This might seem like a dumb question, but does anyone out there have the Jet Set Willy II remake for the PC? It's the one that's done in the same style as Andy Noble's remake of the original JSW, but I don't think he did it. It came with a room editor. I had it a few years ago, but somehow lost it.

 

I'd really like to play it again. After having beaten the Spectrum version (got to be the hardest game I've ever beaten), I'd like to try my hand at the PC remake.

 

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Posted 03 October 2018 - 08:00 AM

The only links I can find for this are as follows. :)

 

I have not examined the files to check their reliability or freedom from virii but I would be surprised if they did contain anything they should not:

 

https://www.old-game...et-willy-ii-the

 

http://div-arena.co.uk/wips/view/302 , Note: This link is not currently working. Try via the Archive here instead


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Posted 03 October 2018 - 08:38 AM

Thanks, I'll try it, but I'm pretty sure it's not the version I had before. There was one that looked like it could have been taken from Andy Noble's source code for JSW because it was so similar in style. Still, I'm always willing to give a new version a look! Cheers!


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Posted 03 October 2018 - 09:11 AM

Thanks, I'll try it, but I'm pretty sure it's not the version I had before. There was one that looked like it could have been taken from Andy Noble's source code for JSW because it was so similar in style. Still, I'm always willing to give a new version a look! Cheers!

You're welcome. :)

 

I'll see if I can find any more variants although those are the only 'immediate to hand' ones. I'm not 100% sure if you can download the version from the archive link though, but while (hopefully not permanently) the live version is down it appears to be the only link.


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Posted 03 October 2018 - 12:43 PM

Thanks, I've tried it. It's OK, but definitely not the one I had before. I must have been crazy to lose that.

 

The version you have linked to seems easier in some ways (the enemies in the Study and the Forgotten Abbey all move in sync, the bouncing ball in Downstairs has been removed), but the enemy sprite patterns are different. Anyone who was a pro at the original would have to get the new patterns down.

 

Eh, might be worth a try. But if anyone has info on that mystery version that only I seem to have played, let me know! Remember: there was a room editor (maybe as a separate exe).



#6 jetsetdanny

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Posted 04 October 2018 - 02:11 AM

Hello, MathUseMyth!

 

I am 99.9% sure that the version you are referring to is Dan Richardson's excellent JSWII remake for the PC (or, to be precise, one of them - please see below). In fact, I believe (without checking it in detail) that Spider has given links to this very version. If you don't think it's the one you remember, I think your memory is playing tricks on you.

 

The reason I say it is because:

 

- I think it's actually the only remake of JSW2 for the PC in existence;

 

- It *is* the one that came with a room editor, and I *really* doubt that there could have been another PC version with a room editor.

 

The remake and the editor were discussed on the Manic Miner & Jet Set Willy Yahoo! Group in the past. The actual original announcement of the level editor is here. The link there to Dan's homepage is dead, but perhaps you will have some luck looking it up on the Wayback Machine if you choose to do so.

 

In the text file accompanying one of the releases I mention below, Dan says, "I originally released two previous versions of a Jet Set Willy II remake a while ago (...) You can find them at these two web pages..

 
 
These links are dead, but what I want to highlight here is that Dan apparently released two versions of a JSWII remake. So perhaps if the version which you can download from the link Spider gave does not look like the one you remember, it could be that you remember Dan's other version, if there were two of them. In any case, I am sure you do have a remake by Dan Richardson in mind.
 
The version which I believe was the final released one is here:
 
Attached File  Jet_Set_Willy_II_PC_(Dan_Richardson_2004).zip   1.91MB   4 downloads
 
Below there are also some files which used to be hosted in the Files section of the Manic Miner & Jet Set Willy Yahoo! Group (not accessible any more). Among them is the first release of Dan's PC version, a test version of the Sprite Editor, a Mass Collaboration file (which never really took off, IIRC) and "JSW Remix", which is " basically Jet Set Willy with some screens from Jet Set Willy II and some extra screens" designed by Dan Richardson. Perhaps this is the one you remember.
 
I am not sure about the current status of these files. Please don't spread them excessively and do let me know after you have downloaded them, and I will delete them from here, just in case Dan wouldn't want them available for download at this time.
 
Enjoy and do let us know if any of these is what you remember and what you've been after! :)
 
Attached File  jswIIwe_V1.zip   1.89MB   3 downloads
 
Attached File  Sprite_editor_test_2.zip   312.44KB   4 downloads
 
Attached File  MassCollabPC.zip   20.51KB   3 downloads
 
Attached File  JSW_RemixPC.zip   1.6MB   4 downloads





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