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#3206 Jet Set Billy Gumboot Software ( Colour Genie )

Posted by dave_a_e on 29 February 2016 - 07:53 PM

I started collecting Colour Genie games about two years ago. I don't have Jet Set Billy in my collection but an image of the cassette is available on line. I've created a page for it on my Everygamegoing site.




There's a Colour Genie emulator for the PC called Genieous which is quite good (Link to this is on the same page above) and you can also view instructions on how to convert games back to WAV by entering 'Colour Genie Conversion' as a search term on the Everygamegoing site.

#105 Jsw Videos

Posted by dave_a_e on 01 September 2014 - 10:15 PM

Here is a one-minute Rapid Review of the BBC Micro version of Jet Set Willy 1 and Jet Set Willy 2:





If you like the style of these videos, then be sure to check our AcornElectronTV and Dragon32Universe on YouTube which between them have 100s of these Rapid Reviews.

#102 Personal Computer News

Posted by dave_a_e on 01 September 2014 - 08:15 PM

Once upon a time, when I was a child and my neighbour had an Acorn Electron, I played a game called Trainiac - a fast little number even though it was in Basic.


I remembered this game and went looking for it on the Internet. I finally found it, after some 5 years of searching, hiding away in the pages of Personal Computer News magazine. I then spent another 3 years collecting up every issue of this magazine - from many different sources! - just to see if there were any other great games within its pages.


Finally, a friend had me take all those magazines and create Personal Computer News, which he updates when he can (with a little help from me on the framework/coding side):


You'll find 100s of game reviews and screenshots on this site too, including reviews of Amstrad and Spectrum versions of Manic Miner:


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#101 Pc Version

Posted by dave_a_e on 01 September 2014 - 08:11 PM

The PC version was created by Andy Noble and, from being all over the Internet in the early Noughties, there's precious little trace of it to be found now.


I wrote a review of it for the EUG magazine back in the day, which can be found here:



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#99 Amstrad Cpc464 Version

Posted by dave_a_e on 01 September 2014 - 08:05 PM

Here is a selection of screenshots from the Amstrad CPC464 version of Manic Miner. This version was produced by Amsoft, presumably under licence from Software Projects.


There is a review of this game on the Personal Computer News web site too:





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#98 Acorn Electron Version

Posted by dave_a_e on 01 September 2014 - 08:00 PM

Here are a large number of the rooms in the Acorn Electron version.

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#95 Acorn Electron Version

Posted by dave_a_e on 31 August 2014 - 09:54 PM

Here are two screenshots from Jet Set Willy for the Acorn Electron. I'll try and do some more over the next couple of days. There's a map of the Electron house too.

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#91 Jsw Dragon 32 Version

Posted by dave_a_e on 30 August 2014 - 12:56 PM

Yes, I believe there are a few articles in Dragon User that mention these, making the comment that Roy Coates managed to squeeze in an extra 10 rooms on top of the Speccy version in about 2/3rds of the memory. Also, he clearly shared Matthew Smith's original creative streak.


If anyone fancies playing the Dragon version, then a good emulator is xRoar, although it's less user-friendly than it could be.

#87 Resolution Of Screenshots

Posted by dave_a_e on 30 August 2014 - 10:03 AM

I like the different sections with all of the screenshots but they seem to be in wildly different sizes. For example, the true resolution of BBC screens is 320 x 256. However, in the section here, the screens are 1200 x 783 which does not scale down to the original resolution. The same is true for the Amstrad and C64 versions. It would be better to keep screens as *exact replicas* from the start. Having produced loads of 8-bit stuff over the years, I know how easily this can become a headache if you want to resize images in the future. Anyone got any thoughts on this?

#86 Dragon 32 Universe

Posted by dave_a_e on 30 August 2014 - 09:59 AM

A while ago, there were only two websites about the Dragon 32, which was a fairly popular machine back in its day. These were DragonWiki and The Dragon Archive. Both were Wiki-type sites and I found them pretty difficult to navigate, and many games did not have instructions or links to reviews. So I created this site:




which is like a Panini sticker album of information. I am updating it fairly regularly with new acquisitions (Got a few new games this week!) and it has a lot of duplicate tapes and disks in its for sale section. Also it has some fairly rare stuff on there - i.e. games that probably only sold in single figures. You can find the Willy games in the Professional Releases under Software Projects publisher.

#85 Jsw Dragon 32 Version

Posted by dave_a_e on 30 August 2014 - 09:52 AM

Here are a wealth of screenshots (1 per room I believe) from the Dragon 32 version of Jet Set Willy. I made these a year or two ago for the Dragon 32 Universe site. Again, the Dragon 32 conversion of Jet Set Willy was programmed by Roy Coates and includes a full cheat mode allowing you not only to *play* any room you wish, but also to move Willy to any position in that room before commencing play.


Equipped with this cheat you can scroll through every room the game has, place him directly on top of the items to collect, start the game, pause the game, scroll the rooms again and finally see the end of game sequence.

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#84 Dragon 32 Version

Posted by dave_a_e on 30 August 2014 - 09:49 AM

Here are some screenshots from the Dragon 32 conversion of Manic Miner, converted by Roy Coates.


The Dragon 32 conversion is unusual in that it includes two extra rooms, and a full cheat mode. The game itself is very playable.

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