Dizzy Returns: Kickstarter launched to bring back '80s platforming icon

We refuse to make the 'egg' pun, but there's (potentially) very exciting news for gamers of a certain age as today sees a new Kickstarter launched to bring back Dizzy, the egg-shaped star of several classic platform/adventure games from the 1980s and 1990s. Dizzy Returns has been pitched by The Oliver Twins themselves, who created the original series. Here's their heartfelt pitch video:

The game is being planned for release on iOS and PC in the latter half of 2013 if it reaches its funding target of £350,000 (about $558,000). Of course, there has been an iOS Dizzy game recently (a remake in the shape of Dizzy: Prince of the Yolkfolk), which was exciting in its own way for being the first Dizzy game in years, but ultimately fell down by being too short and simplistic for today's tastes, as well as being one of the weaker entries in the series in the first place.

But the new game really would be a new game, built from the ground up complete with 3D character models. The Oliver Twins speak of adding in side quests and different modes to cater for quick or long play sessions as well as varying difficulty levels. The art style in the concept images does look very inviting, even giving Dizzy a proper in-game explorer's hat. That's progress.

If you're still unconvinced as to why anyone should actually care about a jumping, hat-wearing egg, then we suggest you read Dizzy: Don't care? Here's why you should and 10 incredibly interesting things you didn't know about Dizzy. If you are convinced, then head on over to the Kickstarter page for more details.




  • JarkayColt - November 23, 2012 4 a.m.

    I'm not quite old enough to have played any of the Dizzy games, but this does have me thoroughly intrigued. That art is gorgeous and reminds me of Rayman Origins. I might have to go without food for the next week or so I can afford a £200 pledge for the hardback artbook just to support beautiful games like this (as well as UK devs). Also, look at the description for £100; you get a retro boxed version! Plus, it looks like all the PC versions are exclusive to backers, which I think I'd prefer over an iOS version. I don't even have an iDevice anyway. So, how much can the Oliver twins put you down for Justin? Two grand will immortalise you as a rather eggcellent NPC! *bricked*
  • GR_JustinTowell - November 23, 2012 4:19 a.m.

    I'd love to contribute but I don't know if that would be classed as a vested interest from a professional perspective. Might have to settle for just saying I think it's a great idea, which I definitely do!
  • wheresmymonkey - November 23, 2012 8:49 a.m.

    I don't think it does. So long as you don't review the end product.
  • Vordhosbn - November 23, 2012 3:51 a.m.

    I care Dizzy, I care! Although I wish the Egg would venture out past iOS so I could actually consider buying the spherical bugger.
  • JarkayColt - November 23, 2012 4:02 a.m.

    Pledging £10 or more would seem to net you a PC version, which comes in varying guises depending on the actual amount pledged.
  • Vordhosbn - November 23, 2012 5:02 a.m.

    Didn't spot that, nice one!

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