Manic Miner

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Manic Miner
Title image from the game
Game No. 163
Voting 7.10 points, 20 votes
Developer Mathew Smith, Chris Lancaster, Kris Lancaster
Company Software Projects
Musician Strauss' "Donauwalzer"
HVSC-File GAMES/M-R/Manic_Miner.sid
Release 1983
Platform ZX Spectrum, C64, Amiga, Amstrad CPC
Genre Jump & Run, Platformer (Single Screen)
Gamemode Single player
Operation Icon Port2.pngJoystick
Media Diskette Datassette
Language Language:english
Information Follower: Jet Set Willy

Description[edit | edit source]


While prospecting, Miner Willy stumbles on an old, long forgotten mineshaft. On further exploration, he finds evidence of a superior lost civilization. These ancients used robots to dig deep into the Earth's core to supply the essential raw materials for their advanced industry. Centuries of peace and prosperity passed, until one day the civilization tore itself apart thorough war. It lapsed into a long dark age, abandoning its industry and machines. Nobody, however, thought to tell the mine robots to stop working. Through countless ages they had steadily collected a huge stockpile of valuable metals and minerals.

Miner Willy realizes that he now can make his fortune by finding the underground store. To move to the next chamber, you must collect all the flashing keys while avoiding nasties like POISONOUS PANSIES and SPIDERS and worst of all, MANIC MINING ROBOTS. However, if you fall heavily three times the game will end. After collecting all the keys, you can enter the flashing portal to escape the mine.

Design[edit | edit source]

Manic Miner is an early game from the C64’s earliest days. The levels lack variety but have a good buildup. Willy and the guardians animate smoothly. But the simple sound eventually gets monotonous.

... an animation from the game.

Hints[edit | edit source]


Q , E , T , U  or O  = move left
W , R , Y , I  or P  = move right
SHIFT  or SPACE  = jump

Or use the joystick in port#2

A  = pause on
S  = pause off
L  = music on
K  = music off

additionally in the crack by Remember

  = abort game and back to menu
RUN/STOP  = restart current level

Solution[edit | edit source]


  • You can recognize the collapsible floors by their distinct color or shape.
  • Despite bugs in the original release, you can now traverse all the levels and complete the game, as shown in the video by Reinhard Klinksiek.

Cheats[edit | edit source]

Voting[edit | edit source]

Voting of the C64-Wiki users (10=the best vote):
7.10 points at 20 votes (rank 414).
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C64Games 7 26th July 2008 - "very good" - 2622 downs
Lemon64 7,3 04th January 2011 - 68 votes 6,25 26th June 2011 - 4 votes
ZZap64 95% Issue 89/06

Reviews[edit | edit source]

H.T.W: "This veteran of the platform games is simple but nevertheless ingenious. You see in the graphics that the ZX Spectrum was the inspiration for it, but the animation of the sprites is fluent. The levels are built up well-thought-out and get harder during the game. You need pixel exact jumping and this also with the pressure of time. A nice game from the starting time of the C64."

Robotron2084: "Manic Miner, that is borderline graphics, which is dishonourable to the C64, annoying background music in permanent loop and an inhuman difficulty grade. Hard stuff for true platform fanatics, who seek a real challenge after Jumpman. For me personally Manic Miner is simply too stressful. 5 out of 10 points."

pj64: With its kooky plot and surreal cast of characters it caused a stir when Bug-Byte released it for the little old ZX Spectrum back in 1983. It's great to see such a faithful port. However, like other Speccy games, it did not capitalize on the C64’s better graphics and sound and probably won’t impress C64’ers.

Miscellaneous[edit | edit source]

There is a cc65 remake by Stefan Wessels available.

Award[edit | edit source]

  • The game was awarded the British Golden Joystick Award in the category Best Arcade-Style Game of the Year in 1983.

Cover[edit | edit source]


Highscore[edit | edit source]

Topscore of Camailleon
  1. Camailleon - 22.174 (15.06.2011)
  2. Equinoxe - 19.650 (13.06.2011)
  3. Robotron2084 - 15.268 (31.05.2011)
  4. Ivanpaduano - 3.706 (12.07.2018)

#2 Equinoxe #3 Robotron2084
#2 Equinoxe #3 Robotron2084

Links[edit | edit source]

WP-W11.png Wikipedia: Manic_Miner