Miner Willy

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Miner Willy is the protagonist in a series of platform games for the ZX Spectrum, MSX, Amstrad CPC and the Commodore 64 home computers. The first two games - Manic Miner and Jet Set Willy - were written by computer-game programmer Matthew Smith during the early 1980s.

A third game in the series was planned, Miner Willy Meets The Taxman.[1]

The series started in 1983 with the release of Manic Miner, and was followed up a year later with Jet Set Willy (one of the best selling video games of all time) and Jet Set Willy II. Another game in the series, The Perils of Willy, was released solely for the Commodore VIC-20.[2] "Andre's night off" was published as a type-in listing in the June 1984 issue of Computer & Video Games.[3] In addition quite a few unofficial sequels, remakes, homages and updates have been released.[4]

Games in the series[edit]


  1. ^ "Matthew Smith interview with Iain Lee". Thumb Candy. Retrieved 2009-08-10. 
  2. ^ The Perils of Willy at VIC 20 Gamer Archived February 20, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ [1] Andre's night off instructions
  4. ^ World of Spectrum listing, showing the large number of fan-made Jet Set Willy sequels.
  5. ^ Notingham Screenplay Festival interview, February 2005 Referred to as the Vodafone version