Back in 1987 an egg somersaulted and then barrel-rolled onto numerous 8-bit machines, it then grabbed the gamers of the day adoration and quite honestly has never lost it. Dizzy was his name and this year – 2017 – he’s celebrating his 30th Anniversary and it’s being celebrated in style.
Dizzy appeared thanks to the programming skills of the Oliver Twins (Philip & Andrew now of Radiant Worlds) and it was published under the then hot, new budget label on the scene Codemasters, run by the Darling Brothers. Going on to spawn numerous sequels, spin-offs, 16-bit games and merchandise Dizzy was a mega-hit! Still today the boxing-gloved wearing egg is held in high-esteem, as a ‘previously never-released title’ “Wonderland Dizzy” only recently arrived online and it was also released as a NES cartridge as part of a Kickstarter perk.
Now to celebrate Dizzy’s 30th Anniversary a special “Dizzy Eggshellent Eggshibit” will open on the 8th April 2017 at the National Videogame Arcade (NVA) in Nottingham and visitors will be able to :-
- Explore how Dizzy games were created as the Oliver Twins open up their archive to the NVA. Zoom in to the individual pixel-level and investigate the Yolkfolk character designs and puzzles. Hear them talk about their inspiration and the tools they created to code for different systems and design graphics and animation.
- Take a step back and drink in the original, hand-drawn paper maps that show how all the details come together to make the fantasy world of Zakeria. The NVA’s patented combination of engineering skill and magic, will bring these 1980s maps to life using cutting-edge technology.
- Immerse themselves in a recreation of the Oliver Twins’ studio, complete with their curtains, where they coded the Dizzy games on their actual Amstrad CPC. See their family photos, design documents, reviews and even the monitor they won in The Saturday Show’ Design a Game competition in 1983.
Also there will be plenty of versions of Dizzy loaded up for you to show off your talents.
For more information go to the NVA website here, also check out the Yolkfolk.com for all the latest Dizzy news too.