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Dizzy attempts a return

Dizzy attempts a return

The Dizzy series spawned eight titles in the space for five years

Classic puzzle series Dizzy is attempting a comeback through Kickstarter.

The creators of the egg-adventurer, Philip and Andrew Oliver have launched a pitch on the crowd funding platform requesting £350,000 to create a new modern entry to the series.

The Oliver twins want to do with Dizzy Returns what they had originally hoped to do with the series but could not due to financial and technological limitations. They expect to be able to realise a more vibrant and colourful world and to address some of the more obscure puzzles that featured in the original series.

Since creating Dizzy in the late 80s, The Olivers have been running Blitz Games Studios and have worked on several licensed titles and most recently on Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two.

The first title in the Dizzy series, subtitled as The Ultimate Cartoon Adventure, was released in 1987 on the Amstrad CPC and Sinclair ZX Spectrum. The game spawned eight direct sequels as well as several spin offs and ports to other systems. The last title in the series, Crystal Kingdom Dizzy, came out in 1992, making it 20 years since a new Dizzy title was released.

Codemasters, which owns 50% of the rights to the Dizzy franchise, also released an HD remake of Dizzy Prince of the Yolkfolk last December for iOS and Android devices.

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mattbailey 26th November 2012, 08:47 Quote
Kickstarting the project, when a commercial company already owns 50% of the rights, and the "Kickstarters" already own a games studio.

I, as a donator take the risk and they take th profits (if any). Genius. I think not!
Stelph 26th November 2012, 09:20 Quote
Would it be a risk tho? Either they dont make the amount needed and they dont get funded, or they do and since they are already established it is more likely the game will be released rather than the project getting cancelled.
steveo_mcg 26th November 2012, 09:23 Quote
There is always a risk, look how many games EA et al can in a year some even quite far along in development. Also where is the up side?
greigaitken 26th November 2012, 09:32 Quote
I remember trying to get into this on my amstrad, i thought it was one of the weaker games.
Dudey109 26th November 2012, 09:40 Quote
Great i used to love Dizzy :)
Griffter 26th November 2012, 09:44 Quote
i wonder when someone will start a new competitor "kickstarter site" by using kickstarter to get funding.
Guinevere 26th November 2012, 09:51 Quote
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Originally Posted by Stelph
Would it be a risk tho?

Yes. They could:

A) Raise the money
B) Pay Kickstarter their 5%
C) Spend the other 95% on development costs
d) Run out of money and stop
Dave Lister 26th November 2012, 11:44 Quote
Loved the reboot they did for the sega megadrive, can't say I ever tried any of the early versions though.
Speed 26th November 2012, 12:17 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by steveo_mcg
There is always a risk, look how many games EA et al can in a year some even quite far along in development. Also where is the up side?

The upside is of course that we might get another Dizzy title where as without kickstarter we would otherwise never see!
goldstar0011 26th November 2012, 12:35 Quote
I loved Dizzy games on my Spectrum 128k
Dead Ghost 26th November 2012, 14:28 Quote
Please check this other UK Kickstarter project, a game made by one person, inspired by Dizzy, call Spud's Quest: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/409406442/spuds-quest Only 3 days to go and he is close to the goal, maybe you could help him. He's got a demo posted, which i quite loved, tbh.
Bazz 26th November 2012, 17:58 Quote
This and Blue's Journey, best games ever
l3v1ck 26th November 2012, 18:51 Quote
Dizzy: Now there's a blast from the past!
loftie 26th November 2012, 21:37 Quote
omg....i still have these on tape. Yes i said tape
Eldorado 27th November 2012, 02:22 Quote
Many a Saturday night was spent making scrambled eggs with Dizzy.
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Can I copy your tapes loftie? My 48k Speccy still works!
Eldorado 27th November 2012, 02:25 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Griffter
i wonder when someone will start a new competitor "kickstarter site" by using kickstarter to get funding.
I'm looking for funding for my HandCrank project , got a spare bob or two?
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