Dizzy, Prince of the YolkFolk

by Allister Brimble, Chris Graham, David Whittaker, Jon Cartwright, Peter J. Ranson, Shan Savage
Code Masters Ltd
Sinclair User Issue 134, Apr 1993   page(s) 18,19


Following on from last month's frollicking funderland of fabbo games still available for the Speccy, Mark 'Cor Blimey Guv' Patterson gives us the lowdown on another batch of game greats from the pages of the world's most SU-per Speccy mag. The sheer number and variety of games is bewildering but since bewilderment is Marky's lot he's definitely the best man to give 'em a go...

Label: Codemasters
Memory: 48/128K
Price: Tape: £3.99
Reviewer: Mike Patterson

Dizzys most recent outing ts another arcade-adventure-cum-puzzle solving rollick.

This time the spectrum's favourite egg is out to recover several hundred stolen cherries.

One of the best Dizzy game to date. It combines excellent graphics, a fantastic soundtrack and more puzzles and traps than in any other game in the series. If you haven't got it already, this is one game you should have.

Overall: 88%

Transcript by Chris Bourne

Sinclair User Issue 129, Nov 1992   page(s) 21

Label: Code Masters
Memory: 48K/128K
Price: £3.99 Tape
Reviewer: Big Al Dykes

Ferngully - The Last Rainforest, America's latest all star animated movie with a green message doesn't stand a chance as far as woodland related japes are concerned when measured against Leamington Spa's Dizzy. Dizzy's environmentally conscious, subscribes to peace on Earth and he's been recycled more times than the average milk bottle. What a guy.

Boing, boing it's time to bounce around egg world again collecting things, solving problems and avoiding trolls. But most importantly of all you've got to rescue Diz's one and only true love, Daisy who's been trapped under a sleeping spell by evil Rockwart the Troll and currently lies in an enchanted castle doing Sleeping Beauty impressions.

It all started off one day when their mischievous pet Pogie stole a half ton of cherries which Dizzy and Daisy were going to use to make a Twin Peaks pie for Grand Dizzy. They chased him out into the forest to recover them - and pick up a few more into the bargain but got hopelessly lost in the enchanted castle.

Guide Dizzy around forest, castle and clouds collecting cherries, snippets of conversation and all manner of useful implements sort the whole mess out. You also get to meet or help out other characters like Dylan (of all people) King Arthur and his famous sword Excalibur and a noble lion who has also fallen prey to Rockwart's evil scheming.

As usual the presentation of this game is magnificent. Graphics are funny and colourful and recognising then picking up, using or dropping objects is easy. Unfortunately control is somewhat difficult due to Dizzy's propensity to roll around a lot, while the distance between clouds and trees and other objects only Dizzy (and a few other Code Masters stalwarts) can walk on, or through, can mean getting around sometimes takes a lot of work.

However Dizzy Prince Of The Yolkfolk has lots of playability and lastability so you'll never get bored - just a little frustrated perhaps. A special mention must go to the soundtrack. It's really atmospheric and medieval and fits the bill perfectly. Unless you already have it on compilation Prince Of The Yolkfolk is well worth getting, whether you're new to these eggy adventure games or a hard boiled fan already.

Well well more Dizzy fun and problem solving. Every time I see a new Dizzy game I moan and groan about it, 'cos there are just so many. However once I start playing I always get really into it and end up enjoying the game. It can't be helped. Prince Of The Yolkfolk is darn good fun.

Graphics: 86%
Sound: 80%
Playability: 82%
Lastability: 89%
Overall: 88%

Summary: This instalment in the Dizzy series was first launched as part of the Dizzy's Excellent Adventure package last Christmas. It was the best game on it and I would suggest getting your hands on it right now if you fancy a classic bit of Dizzy japes and haven't already got it on the compilation.

Award: Sinclair User Silver

Transcript by Chris Bourne

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