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App description: PRESS RELEASE 28th June, 2013 Wallasey, Merseyside and Lichfield, Staffs. England

Re.: Previously Unseen 'Miner Willy' Game Emerges After 28 Years

Willys Great Adventure for the ZX Spectrum is authorised by Matthew Smith, author of Manic Miner and Jet Set Willy.

Willys Great Adventure: ZX Spectrum will be available from the iTunes App Store, from the Google Play Store and for Amazon Kindle Fire / HD on Friday 28th June, 2013 and after for Windows Phone 8 & Windows 8.

Willys Great Adventure was developed by Terry Lloyd in 1985, as a homage to Matthew Smiths Miner Willy games. Willys Great Adventure has not previously been released and is believed to be otherwise unknown, until offered to Elite (in an email at 9:50am on 12th July 2012) for publication.

I can confirm it has never seen the light of day. Unless someone stole it off my computer and put it out there without me knowing {:~). I've been playing it through again myself to test it, and I have to say I think it's one of the most complete and totally customized mods out there (in terms of all new rooms, tiles and sprites). Although there are some other good ones I've played, a lot of them keep the original graphics and just have new rooms, while some change the graphics but the rooms and map are very similar to the original. Whereas, WGA changed about 98% of the original stuff (Willy even has a new hat, an Indy-style adventurer's Fedora). - Terry.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Matthew Smith and Elite have previously announced that they are to co-operate in the development and publication of a new game. Willys Great Adventure is NOT that game. A further announcement about that game will be made at a later date.

This Press Release is published by:
Elite Systems Ltd. Celebrating 25 Years ! 1984-2009
Twitter: @elite_systems

Legal Notice: Willys Great Adventure TM & © 1985-2013, Matthew Smith. Developed by Terry Lloyd. Published by Elite Systems Ltd. ZX:EC TM & © 2010-2013 Elite Systems Group Ltd. Sinclair ZX Spectrum TM & © 1982-2013 Amstrad Ltd. Elite® is a registered trademark (142270). All Rights Reserved.


This announcement (including an exclusive video in which Matthew Smith speaks about Willys Great Adventure for the ZX Spectrum): http://matthewsmith.elite-systems.co.uk/?p=158

Willy Great Adventure: ZX Spectrum for the iPhone and iPod Touch S.R.P. GBP1.49 / Eur1.79 / US$1.99

Willy Great Adventure: ZX Spectrum HD for the iPad and iPad Mini S.R.P. GBP1.49 / Eur1.79 / US$1.99

undeadcow's comments:
iPhone Edition; there is a separate iPad edition.

iPad Edition link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/willys-great-adventure-zx/id662759404?ls=1&mt=8
06-28-2013, 09:16 AM
Joined: Dec 2010
Location: Houston, TX
Posts: 9,493
This port has an interesting backstory:
Originally Posted by Retrocollect.com
It's safe to say that both Manic Miner and Jet Set Willy paved the way for countless platformers soon after. One of these which was due to proceed this ZX Spectrum duo in 1985 was an unofficial title starring Miner Willy known as Willy’s Great Adventure. While this home-made homage never hit the shelves, Elite systems have since picked up this lost classic and have released it on iOS & Android.

So where exactly did this lost Miner Willy game from 28 years ago come from? Interestingly enough, an ex-Gremlin, Core Design and Eurocom designer - Terry Lloyd - recently got in touch with Elite Systems to inform them about a certain ZX Spectrum title which has been sitting on his hard drive for several decades. Willy’s Great Adventure was Lloyd's tribute to the platformer, one which appears to be an intricate modification of Matthew Smith's original featuring all new graphics and gameplay elements.

As of today, Willy’s Great Adventure is finally available to enjoy after being archived for so long. Both iOS and Android devices users will be able to secure this lost classic on the go for a mere £1.49.
06-28-2013, 09:26 AM
Joined: Jan 2011
Location: England
Posts: 11,294
I must admit i got all excited thinking it was the upcoming game from legendary programmer Matthew Smith !

This isnt a bad game for all the old old retro fans. Theres quite a few Jet Set Willy homages available on various sites, this is a new one which apparently is from the 80's.

If you like old skool platformers then this should appeal to you, very difficult games like this, its great theres a save feature though !

But really looking forward to the new game from Matthew Smith at some point
11-23-2016, 03:39 PM
Finally completed this three years after first downloading it!

Originally I'd missed a couple of rooms (and therefore items) but gave up, then got a nostalgic urge to download again last week and just completed it.

Couldn't find much about the game on the web, which is a real shame cos it's a cracking little game and a real homage to the original games.

Am tempted to map it and stick it out there for anyone who comes across it one day.
11-23-2016, 04:51 PM
Joined: Jun 2012
Location: Brazil
Posts: 718
Originally Posted by Disco Driscoll View Post
Am tempted to map it and stick it out there for anyone who comes across it one day.
It seems to have been pulled though.