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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 (opens in new tab) 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 (opens in new tab)), 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 (opens in new tab) and 10 incredibly interesting things you didn't know about Dizzy (opens in new tab). If you are convinced, then head on over to the Kickstarter page (opens in new tab) for more details.

Justin Towell
Justin Towell

Justin was a GamesRadar staffer for 10 years but is now a freelancer, musician and videographer. He's big on retro, Sega and racing games (especially retro Sega racing games) and currently also writes for Play Magazine,, PC Gamer and TopTenReviews, as well as running his own YouTube channel. Having learned to love all platforms equally after Sega left the hardware industry (sniff), his favourite games include Christmas NiGHTS into Dreams, Zelda BotW, Sea of Thieves, Sega Rally Championship and Treasure Island Dizzy.