JSW Jet Set Willy

Will's Epic In The Timeless Zone


Jet Set Willy is a platform video game published in 1984 by Software Projects. It was originally written for ZX spectrum by Matthew Smith and ported to most other home computers of the time : Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, Dragon 32, Atari 8-bit, BBC Micro, Acorn Electron, MSX & MTX. (according to Wikipedia)

Jet Set Willy sur Amstrad cpc Jet Set Willy sur Amstrad cpc

Everyone remembers Willy. His white suit and his square hat made him as famous in his time as Charlie Chaplin (Maybe you know him as well : His brother dressed in black with a round hat). Some tried to dress him in a more colorful way in newer versions, but free and fun in his white suit, he had apparently not in mind to pursue a career like his cousin Mario ... Who knows ?, maybe the time will come !

Jet Set Willy sur BBC Micro Jet Set Willy sur zx Spextrum

By playing Jet Set Willy you could enjoy a pixel-accuracy precision in the movements and collisions not common in the videogames of that time, which made it particularly fair-play, and made up for the fact that the game was extremely difficult, merciless, not to say cruel (almost impossible to finish !)

Jet Set Willy sur Amstrad cpc Jet Set Willy sur Amstrad cpc

Graphics and sounds where both minimalist, but in this way especially stimulants for the imagination of the player. The psychedelic colors of some versions, very specific to the videogames of the time, were due maybe to genius, maybe to pure hexadecimal coincidence...
All this helped to give the impression of a living universe, poetical and endless, where it was good to stroll and collect sparkling objects, discover one or two new rooms, digging for an unsuspected bug toward a secret chamber or... Just stroll, with no other purpose than making tourism ÀÁÂ

Jet Set Willy sur Dragon 32 Jet Set Willy sur Dragon 32

You can still play the original game on various computers, generally through emulators.
the java version of the game I tested didn't work fine on my laptop, but you can play here a javascript version of Manic Miner which works great ! Sadly the author didn't seem to finish his version of Jet Set Willy :-(
However you'll find easily on the web a freeware pc version, and you'll find here a cpc emulator which work very well on a Mac.

Jet Set Willy sur Memotech MTX Jet Set Willy sur Acorn Electron