When I was a child, Dizzy the Egg was a very popular game in my household. My brother and I adored the Oliver twins’ productions, particularly the Prince of the Yolkfolk and Fantastic Dizzy. I think we both must have put a good portion of our formative years in front of that punching glove wearing egg. We were both pretty crap at the games, because we were so young, but they were brilliantly addictive and absolutely stunning games for the time. Until recently, I had thought that the series was done and dusted, which definitely wouldn’t have been a crazy thought as the most recent release, if you don’t count the HD re-release of Prince of the Yolkfolk, was all the way back in 1992. However, all that changed after the discovery of the source code of Wonderland Dizzy, which has now been touched up and is available to play here.
Taking a good number of aspects from the Alice in Wonderland book, as well as a few of the better puzzles from other games, Wonderland Dizzy is a real gem. You’re able to play as either Dizzy or Daisy (or both!) and you must do what you always have to in these games – rescue your family and friends from the perilous places they’ve put themselves. The main things you have to do in the game are pretty basic – it essentially boils down to picking up items and putting them where they need to go – but the game is challenging. I’m not the best at platformer games, so perhaps I’m not the greatest judge, but I went through a lot of lives on the ‘fun’ setting just to get through certain bits. The puzzles are all pretty fun to work out, and there are dozens of interesting items to pick up that you will need to figure out where they go to, so it’s a pretty enjoyable experience in terms of gameplay.
Considering it was written for the NES, the graphics and music are actually pretty decent in the game. Obviously, Dizzy looked much nicer on other systems, but he is definitely represented well here on the NES. The world is vibrant and colourful and there are plenty of wonderfully drawn characters and environments to interact with and enjoy. I always felt that the music in the Dizzy series has always been top notch – even now I find myself humming the tune from the Pacman inspired Fast Food Dizzy – and Wonderland does not disappoint. The 8-bit tunes being pumped out are brilliant, giving me the feeling of adventure that only the Dizzy series has ever managed.
I absolutely adore Dizzy, in all of his forms, so it’s not a surprise to me that Wonderland Dizzy is still fantastic, even after 22 years of sitting in an attic. If you’ve not played any of the Dizzy games, then do check out the game and also take a look at the YolkFolk website. It’s a great place to learn more about the series and they also have a few of the games available to play through their website, so it’s well worth the click.