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Andrew Broad
Arcade: Platform
ZX Spectrum 48K/128K

Dan Whitehead
Chris Bourne

In case you didn't know, Manic Miner and Jet Set Willy remakes are plentiful. They range from the stunningly beautiful - for example, Maria vs Some Bastards by Vidar Eriksen - to the devilishly difficult. Most of the remakes by Dr Andrew Broad (aka Broadsoft) fall into the latter category and Party Willy is no exception to this rule.

Following on from such titles as MM: The Buddha of Suburbia, JSW: Goodnite Luddite and MM: Ma Jolie, not to mention Dr Broad's own authoring tools Manic Miner Screen Editor and the Jet Set Willy Construction Kit (all of which can be downloaded for nowt at the address given), Party Willy sees our hero on the verge of marriage to his long-suffering housekeeper Maria, and comes in two parts. In part one you must guide Willy home from his stag night at best mate Jet Set Dick's house (on the other side of Surbiton), whilst in part two Willy must seek absolution for his sins ("wilful drunkenness, fornication, trespassing on private property, theft, cheating at computer games, listening to 'bad' music and receiving Holy Communion in the state of mortal sin") in order to marry Maria in The Chapel. Bless.

Written for "Advanced JSW players" Party Willy requires concentration, skill and determination in no small measures, and if you're not a Willy fan you might find your spirits begin to fail rather quickly. If you can stick with the game long enough to work through the feelings of despair and hopelessness you'll emerge victorious to a challenge well met. For the rest of us there's an infy lives poke in the help file.

A very difficult JSW clone indeed. Enthusiasts will love it; others will tear the hair from their scalps.


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The loading screen. So simple - a simple screen for a simple game, right? Think again

Dick's place. Naturally the green plants will kill you. And the redhead. Off you go then...