Dizzy creators launch Kickstarter campaign

Original '80s gaming icon creators Philip and Andrew Oliver are asking for funding to develop Dizzy Returns for iOS; £11,937 of £350,000 goal already pledged.

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The original creators of 1980s gaming icon Dizzy have launched a new Kickstarter campaign to bring the egg-headed hero to PC and mobile platforms.

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Twins Philip and Andrew Oliver are asking for £350,000 on crowd-funding platform Kickstarter to complete a new instalment in the series titled Dizzy Returns. If made, the game will launch on PC and iOS, and will be developed with the help of Blitz Games, the development studio founded by the Oliver brothers in 1990.

"Our aim is not to just reboot an old Dizzy game," the brothers wrote on their Kickstarter page. "We want to stay true to the spirit and core ideals of the original series, whilst utilising the platforms, technology, and resources we now have at our disposal...New puzzles, new characters, new locations, and new ways of playing will bring Dizzy bang up to date and make the game just as much fun for gamers today as it was in the 1980s.

"It’s also pretty obvious that any new Dizzy game should have a home on PC. It’s something that Dizzy fans regularly ask us for, and, after all, the ‘classic’ Dizzy control experience with keyboard keys or joystick harkens back to the days of the Amstrad, Spectrum, Commodore 64, ST, and Amiga."

In addition to the above, the game will feature a new story and mechanics, as well as non-linear puzzles and a retro mode (8-bit graphics and classic difficulty).

As of writing time, the Kickstarter project has amassed £11,937 ($19,136) of the £350,000 ($561,000) goal.

A minimum pledge of £10 ($16) gives users a digital PC copy of the game, plus access to developer diaries, interviews, and digital content.

If funded, Dizzy Returns is slated for release in Q3, 2013. Last December, Codemasters released a remake of 1991 2D adventure title Dizzy: Prince of the Yolkfolk for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices.

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