Released 18th December 2020
Dizzy and Pogie rushed for shelter in their house as a fierce wind approached. The wind whirled around their house ripping it from the ground and taking them soaring up into the heart of the cyclone!
They awoke when the house came crashing down with a bump and a scream! Opening the door they discovered they were in a new and magical land called Oz. A land ruled over by four witches - the good witches of the North and South and the wicked witches of the East and West. Only, now Dizzy appears to have killed the Wicked Witch of the East making the Wicked Witch of the West furious and in a rage she snatches Pogie and disappears in a puff of smoke!
Dizzy must rescue Pogie and find a way home and the answers appear to lie with the Wonderful Wizard of Oz in the Emerald City. Along the way, Dizzy meets a brainless Scarecrow, a heartless Tin Woodman and a Cowardly Lion and many other characters who all need his help, many of whom seem oddly familiar.
This is a new adventure designed 100% by The Oliver Twins and inspired by the classic book - The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
The Press Release
The first completely new Dizzy in adventure from the Oliver Twins in 28 years is to be released Friday 18th December 2020 for ZX Spectrum!
Dizzy was a massively successful UK Video game character developed initially for 8 bit home computers, but then as the series expanded in popularity, there were many releases on 16 bit computers, PC’s and consoles. He was seen by many as the UK’s answer to Mario and Sonic. In recent years he’s become a firm favourite with retro gamers and many have pleaded for new Dizzy games to be released.
With the launch of the Spectrum Next Kickstarter campaign the Oliver’s set a stretch goal committing them to design a new Dizzy game if the target was met. At the same time they teamed up with the Crystal Kingdom Dizzy remake team to deliver the game should the goal be met, which it was.
This has been a labour of love and no money has changed hands in its development and as such the developers are pleased to give this new Spectrum game away for free.
The game is inspired by L Frank Baum’s book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz released in 1900! Whilst a successful as a brilliant Children's book, it was catapulted to new fame through the iconic MGM film of the same name in 1939 and was the first ever-live action colour film.
Designed by The Oliver Twins using traditional methods and a little help from Excel, and Google Docs. Programming has been by Evgeniy Barskiy, whilst graphics were provided by Dmitri Ponomarjov, Alexander Filyanov, Oleg Origin, Marco Antonio Del Campo and Jarrod Bentley. Music & FX by Sergey Kosov.
The Logo and Poster illustrations were by Piotr ‘PIT’ Gratkiewicz
“We first contacted this talented team when they rewrote Crystal Kingdom Dizzy from scratch, improving just about everything in the game. We felt confident that if we designed a great new Dizzy game they would excel in the development and make an outstanding new game.” Philip Oliver
“It’s amazing to see such a large, colourful and engaging game running on a Spectrum - that’s just 128k! That’s the same as 6 seconds of an MP3 song. They’ve used every technique possible to make it absolutely stunning. Technically and artistically it’s incredibly impressive and we’re so pleased with what they’ve achieved” Andrew Oliver
The Team at work
The Map (Spectrum + Design)
A new Dizzy Game announced
19th May ‘17
After being asked so many times over the years if we’ll make a new Dizzy, we finally give in to help support the Spectrum Next Kickstarter campaign.
This is the funny video we created to reveal the game would be inspired by the classic Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, and would be called Wonderful Dizzy.