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Wanted: Monty Mole is a platform video game published in 1984 by Gremlin Graphics. Versions were released for the ZX Spectrum and Commodore 64 home computers. It is the first game in the Monty Mole series.

Wanted: Monty Mole
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Developer(s)Peter Harrap (Spectrum)
Antony Crowther (C64)
Publisher(s)Gremlin Graphics
SeriesMonty Mole
Platform(s)ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64
ReleaseZX Spectrum
Commodore 64


The player controls the titular mole who has to travel around a coal mine collecting pieces of coal and other miscellaneous objects while avoiding various nasties and the infamous crushers.[1] The style of gameplay is typical of platform games of the 1980s. The ZX Spectrum version is a flip-screen game while the Commodore 64 version uses scrolling. The game was inspired by the UK miners' strike of 1984–85.[2]


The ZX Spectrum version was voted the 15th best game of all time in a special issue of Your Sinclair magazine in 2004.[3]

It also won Crash magazine's readers award for best platform game in 1984.[4]


Wanted: Monty Mole spawned five sequels: Monty is Innocent (1985), Monty on the Run (1986), Auf Wiedersehen Monty (1987), Impossamole (1990), and Moley Christmas (1987) - the last only being available as a cover tape from Your Sinclair.[5]



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  2. ^ Purchese, Robert (2011-04-13). "Peter Harrap wants new Monty Mole". Eurogamer. Retrieved 2018-01-29.
  3. ^ "Top 50 Games of All Time". Your Sinclair. Imagine Publishing. November 2004.
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  5. ^ "Moley Christmas". World of Spectrum. Retrieved 2012-01-16.

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