After Broken Sword
, and Wasteland
is the latest classic game franchise that's hoping to gain a new lease of life via a Kickstarter campaign.
Dizzy - a UK-born platforming hero - was a talking egg with boxing gloves who starred in a whole slew of games on creaky old computers like the Spectrum, Commodore 64, and Amiga.
In the words of Dizzy
designers Philip and Andrew Oliver, the franchise contains "quirky characters and story, interesting locations, platforming challenges, [and] the satisfaction of a puzzle well-solved", all inside a "colourful, fun world".Spellbound
It's been 20 years since Dizzy's last outing (not counting the iOS remake of Prince of the Yolkfolk
), but the Oliver Twins want to bring the egg back to life. So to speak.
To that end, Kumo Lumo
developer Blitz Games Studios - the Oliver Twins' own video game development firm - plans to build a brand-new Dizzy
game called Dizzy Returns
for both PC and iOS.Concept art
"We believe that Dizzy Returns
is a perfect fit for mobile gaming," the Oliver Twins state on their Kickstarter page.
"Touchscreen technology obviously means that we can experiment with and implement new mechanics and new ways of playing in Dizzy Returns
This new version - if funded - will have 3D characters, a hint system, and puzzles not possible on old platforms (e.g. tricky head scratchers that involve physics, time, and light). You'll also be able to experience the game in "Retro Mode", with 8-bit graphics and a Classic difficulty level.Crystal Kingdom
The game has a modest Kickstarter goal of £350,000, and it has a month to raise the funds. If it doesn't, "the game won't be made, simple as that".
Backers can secure rewards like T-shirts, a boxed copy of the PC game, a studio tour, and an appearance in the game by putting their money where their mouth is.
If Dizzy Returns
does get funded, it should be out towards the second half of 2013. Will you back this game? Eggs-plain your reasons in the comments below (oh, come on, let us have this one).