Dizzy: Prince of the Yolkfolk HD re-make now available on iOS!
One of my earliest memories of computer games came from sitting in my mate’s bedroom after school, eagerly waiting for my turn on his hallowed Amiga system. We sunk hours into the likes of Zool, Lemmings, Another World, and Flashback, but there was one game that we would always come back to- Dizzy Egg’s Prince of the Yolkfolk. Sporting beautifully rendered cartoon graphics (for 1991!), a subtle mix of puzzles and platforming, and a loveable cast of characters, the game’s firm but fair difficulty meant we came back time and time again to solve every puzzle and collect every last cherry we could find.
(CPC, Amiga, and iPad POTY screens)
To celebrate the game’s 20th anniversary, Codemasters (the original publishers) have released an full HD remake, which dropped on the iTunes app store last Friday (December 9th) in both iPad and iPhone formats. All of the original cast and puzzles that we first fell in love with have been included (albeit with a few subtle changes for the new generation of gamers), whilst the graphics have had a serious overhaul; replacing blocky, static rooms and NPCs with hand drawn, scrolling backgrounds and fully animated characters.
(POTY iPad screen)
We’ve been really impressed by the port so far, with the all important whimsical, humorous, and inherently English vibe kept intact. The games controls remain fundamentally the same as earlier iterations, with keyboard commands replaced with directional keys displayed unobtrusively at the sides of the game screen.
Unfortunately, Codemasters aimed this port towards the casual market when toning down the difficulty; gone are the strict 3 lives imposed by the original, with Dizzy’s invulnerability making most of the games various traps pointless. Even with this small shortcoming, the game remains a treat to play through, and is highly recommended to any fans of the puzzle/platform genre- let’s just hope there’s more of Dizzy’s extensive back catalog to come!
(Amiga and iOS POTY screens)
The history of Dizzy: Prince of the Yolkfolk
Released in December 1991 for the Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, C64, ZX Spectrum, DOS, NES, and Amiga, Dizzy: Prince of the Yolkfolk was the sixth instalment in the long running series from legendary British developer, Codemasters. Unusually, POTY was the first Dizzy game that the original creators, the Oliver twins, didn’t have a hand in, with production duties outsourced to little known producers, Big Red Software.
The project was said to be completed in just one month, and whilst the obvious shrink in size from previous Dizzy games came at the grievance of many of it’s fans, the game was widely regarded as one of the strongest in the series- it’s smaller playing field offering a more refined, and less infuriating experience.
The game has been re-worked before, with 1992 seeing an enhanced release on the ill fated Aladin Deck Enhancer, renamed Dizzy the Adventurer. This version would also go on to feature in 1993’s The Excellent Dizzy Collection, a selection of six of the adventurous egg’s most popular releases.
(Original POTY cover art)
Dizzy: Prince of the Yolkfolk backstory
Grand Dizzy was feeling very down one day, so Dizzy and Daisy decided to cheer him up by baking him his favourite food, cherry pie! So off went Daisy to get some cherries from her cupboard and there were none to be seen! “Pogie’s pinched the cherries!” she cried, as she saw Pogie’s pawprint in the cupboard. “That darned fluffle. Come here you!” and Pogie promptly darted off into the enchanted forest to escape Daisy’s rage.
Dizzy and Daisy decided to go into the forest to catch Pogie and gather some more cherries at the same time. Whilst searching for Pogie they got lost and found a castle, where they thought they would find help, but it seemed deserted. They looked in the castle for Pogie, but Daisy caught herself on a mystic spinning wheel. She started feeling really sleepy, so she found a bed and went to sleep. “Wake up Daisy, wake up!” shouted Dizzy. But before he could wake her up, Rockwart the troll caught him and locked him up in an underground prison! Now Dizzy must escape, wake up Daisy from her enchanted sleep, defeat Rockwart, and find the cherries along the way.