Fantastic Dizzy (Fantastic Adventures of Dizzy)
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Released
04/1991
Release Formats
Publisher
Codemasters
Authors
Author: Philip & Andrew Oliver (The Oliver Twins)
Programmers: The Oliver Twins, Derek Leigh Gilchrist, Paul Griffiths, Ash Hogg, Lyndon Sharp, Peter Williamson
Graphics: Leigh Christian, Joby Wood
Musician: Matt Gray, Ash Hogg, Matt Simmonds, Lyndon Sharp
About...

Story:

The land of the Yolkfolk had always been a safe a peaceful place.
The Yolkfolk themselves, with their oval shaped bodies and bright red gloves and boots, lived in treehouses high in the forest.

They spent their days exploring the forest and mining diamonds to trade with the trolls in the neighbouring town of Keldor.
This had been the tradition for as long as anyone could remember.....that was until that fateful day, when a dark stranger came to the land.

The stranger, known as Wizard Zaks, wore a long black cloak and a pointed hat which shaded his glowing eyes.
He took over Keldor Castle and summoned the head of the Yolkfolk.

Grand Dizzy went to the castle, only to be greeted by armour clad trolls carrying axes.
He introduced himself as a friend, but Zaks ordered the guards to seize him.
Grand Dizzy cunningly somersaulted over their heads and escaped.
From that day forward, the Yolkfolk have lived in fear of Zaks and his evil powers.

One day, Dizzy and his girlfriend Daisy were walking in the forest when the sky turned black.
A large bird swooped down and carried Daisy away to Zaks' newly built castle in the clouds.
Zaks himself had also cast an evil spell over the Yolkfolk.

It is now up to Dizzy to undo Zaks' evil spells on his friends and rescue Daisy from his evil clutches.


Notes:

Fantastic Dizzy (also known as The Fantastic Adventures of Dizzy on the NES release) is a 1991 video game developed by Codemasters.
It was published to several platforms, including the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis, Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear, Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), Amiga and MS-DOS.
 
The game was originally intended to be released in time for Christmas in 1990, but because of a legal action between Codemasters and Nintendo over the Game Genie, the title was released in April 1991, making it miss the Christmas rush it was originally slated for.
Furthermore, the game only sold 125,000 units instead of the expected 500,000.
Despite this, the game was awarded the 'NES Adventure Game of the Year 1991' by Game Players Magazine and given the coveted 'Parents Choice Award'.
 
Fantastic Dizzy has almost all characters in the series, 16 total.
While most of the Yolkfolk were harmed by Zaks, the evil wizard and final enemy in the game (Daisy was kidnapped by him, Denzil frozen inside an ice cube and Dora was turned into a frog), others have other problems (Grand Dizzy is ill, Dylan lost Pogie the Fluffle and Dozy is quite normally, sleeping).
 
Other characters include the Good Wizard Theodore, which grant an extra life to Dizzy if he completes his puzzle, Blackheart the Pirate, who has his ship docked in Keldor, the Palace Guard, who lets Dizzy get inside the city if he bargains with him, Prince Clumsy, looking for a princess, Shamus the Leprechaun and the Shopkeeper.
 
There are several places for Dizzy to visit, including the whole complex of the Yolkfolk secret treehouse, the mine, the neighbouring town of Keldor, a pirate ship, a castle, the grasslands, Carber Bay, the cemetery and finally Zaks' Cloud Castle.
 
The game scrolls horizontally, but most areas do not scroll vertically.
When Dizzy jumps to an off-screen platform, a new screen is loaded.
 
As game play continues, the scenery cycles between night and day. 

A prototype for the Mega Drive version can be found HERE.

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