Spectrum 2.0

Review of 'Manic Miner'

Rating:5 User: Matt_B

It's got some great level design, a wicked sense of humour and where other games just haven't stood the test of time it's aged very gracefully thanks to the emphasis on playability.

Looking back though, this really pushed the envelope when it was first released. A lot of good Spectrum games were still written in BASIC at the time and even the machine code efforts were mostly clones of arcade machines with just a few different levels. A game with twenty unique screens, as opposed to randomly generated ones, seemed enormous at the time.

If there's a downside, it's that it can be very unforgiving. Even the Central Cavern isn't that easy to get through for a novice, but once you've cracked it there'll be no stopping you until you've seen the Final Barrier.

An iconic game and deservedly so.