That’s right, can you believe it? It’s been 30 years since Dizzy first appeared on the ZX Spectrum in Dizzy – The Ultimate Cartoon Adventure. Additionally, to celebrate, the Oliver Twins who created Dizzy all those years ago have announced a brand new celebratory title in Mystery World Dizzy.
Unveiled as part of a special 30th anniversary event, Mystery World Dizzy isn’t just your average anniversary title. In fact, for all intents and purposes it’s basically a NES remake of Dizzy 3: Fantasy World Dizzy, one of the most popular games in the classic retro British gaming series. What’s more, it’s a game that was initially created all the way back in 1993, but was never released due to financial problems.
This isn’t the first we’ve heard of the existence of this NES instalment in the Dizzy franchise though. It was actually referenced within the Oliver Twins’ official autobiography Let’s Go Dizzy: The Story of The Oliver Twins. Here Andrew Oliver actually revealed the following about the long lost remake:
We had some good staff and I thought we could direct them to make an updated, slicker version of our favourite Spectrum Dizzy game – Fantasy World Dizzy. We had always wanted to go back and change some things. Hindsight is a wonderful thing and the original game was written at home with no involvement from others. Now we had the opportunity to modify the original where we thought we could make it better. Sadly this game was never finished.
Thankfully though, the game is now available for everyone to play, despite 24 years having past. This comes thanks in part to Dizzy super fan and programmer Lukasz Kur, who also helped restore the also long lost Dizzy Wonderland in 2005. Nevertheless, now he has even surpassed his earlier work by finally helping the Oliver Twins to complete Mystery World Dizzy.
Even better though is the fact that right now the game is completely free to play over on the Mystery World Dizzy website. Nevertheless, for true retro fans there will also soon be a working physical NES cartridge made available according to the the Oliver Twins, just as they did with the now ultra-rate Wonderland Dizzy. This will come via an upcoming Kickstarter campaign which will be used to fund the production of the cartridges, and if you’re a Dizzy fan you’ll want to make sure to grab one quick.
Finally, the Oliver Twins also revealed that the proceeds of this upcoming Kickstarter will be heading to at least one very deserving cause in SpecialEffect, a UK based charity that helps make video games accessible to those with disabilities. It’s also a charity that is very close to Rings & Coins, with Rings & Coins founder Stuart Drake having also recently raised over £500 for SpecialEffect when he ran the Liverpool half marathon. As such, any money that Dizzy and the Oliver Twins can raise for Special Effect is very worthwhile indeed.