Spectrum 2.0

Review of 'Manic Miner'

Rating:5 User: rahtgaz

Manic Miner is the quintessential Spectrum game; an arcade experience with immediate goals, progressive difficulty, colorful, simple controls and instructions that can be laid out in one paragraph.

Of course it was also highly addictive and fun to play. Manic Miner ranks among my favorite games of all times and its simple drawn character, an icon I will never forget.

The objective of the game is simple. Collect all the objects on the screen and move to the now blinking cage-like door to proceed to the next level. Watch your air supply represented by an horizontal white bar and make sure you finish before it runs out.

The game was however fiendishly difficult. Despite being all about timed actions and pixel-precise jumps, even with the help of my notes it took me forever to finish it. You are only given 3 lives and the loss of one means you'll have to start over on that screen. The game can become frustrating. But that was widely accepted back then and Manic Miner was a favorite among many who would spend hours and hours playing the game and taking their notes on how to better finish each room.