Miner Willy

Miner Willy is the protagonist in a series of platform games for the ZX Spectrum, MSX, Amstrad CPC and the Commodore 64 home computers. The first two games - Manic Miner and Jet Set Willy - were written by computer-game programmer Matthew Smith during the early 1980s.

The Willy saga was to be a trilogy and a third game in the series was planned, Miner Willy Meets The Taxman.[1] [2]

The series started in 1983 with the release of Manic Miner, and was followed up a year later with Jet Set Willy (one of the best selling video games of all time)[citation needed] and Jet Set Willy II. Another game in the series, The Perils of Willy, was released solely for the Commodore VIC-20.[3] Andre's Night Off was published as a type-in listing in the June 1984 issue of Computer & Video Games.[4] In addition, quite a few unofficial sequels, remakes, homages and updates have been released.[5]

Games in the seriesEdit


  1. ^ "PCW Article on Matthew Smith". www.carlylesmith.karoo.net. Retrieved 2018-08-29.
  2. ^ "Matthew Smith interview with Iain Lee". Thumb Candy. Archived from the original on 2010-06-05. Retrieved 2009-08-10.
  3. ^ The Perils of Willy at VIC 20 Gamer Archived February 20, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2015-04-30.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Andre's night off instructions
  5. ^ World of Spectrum listing, showing the large number of fan-made Jet Set Willy sequels.