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OverFlow Productions' extremely challenging platform game, Top Hat Willy, was released for the Commodore Amiga in 1994. (A PC version is also now available!) Based on the extremely popular ZX Spectrum title Jet Set Willy, this public domain game improves upon the original in almost every way, not the least of which is the difficulty factor!
The object? Guide the top-hat-wearing Willy through 100 screens encompassing his mansion and its grounds to pick up all 160 pieces of trash. Guarding the rooms are all manner of evil creatures: rabbits, bubbles, floating televisions, wagon wheels, and birdy druids - to name just a few. Like Jet Set Willy, the ghostly sprites seem unaware of Willy's presence, moving along their own repetitive paths. Naturally these paths always seem to be in Willy's way.
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Willy has nine lives at his disposal. Nine might sound like a lot, but unfortunately his quest is so difficult that he needs that and more!
Before his ordeal is done, you will guide Willy through locations varying from the clouds above his mansion to the mine (and neighboring pits of hell!) beneath it. Willy will traverse the hollow innards - and branches - of a giant oak tree populated by all manner of fiendish, fixed-path wildlife. And what platform game worth its salt would be complete without a Tower of Death?
I first completed Top Hat Willy while I was living at 112 in Columbus, Ohio. Yes, it is possible to win! When I wasn't watching TV or playing networked games of Doom 2 with the Rea boys, I ran artifical intelligence experiments on my Amiga in the spooky basement and played Top Hat Willy. After I finished it I wrote a letter to the programmer, Tero Heikkinen. (Tero himself had never completed the game.) To my great surprise, this letter was mentioned in the docs of version 1.2 of Willy.
Believe it or not, but I've received mail from another fan who completed the game! Congratulations!
Do you like a good challenge? Are you sick of all the first person perspective fight-to-the-death and go-down-killing games out there nowadays? Do you have what it takes to collect all 160 pieces of trash littering Willy's mansion? Download tophatwi.lha for your Amiga and see, or get the new PC Port that adds multicolored sprites and simple background animation! If you like platform games, you can't miss with Willy! An Amiga with 1MB of RAM is required for the Amiga executable, but if you don't have one, you can use the Ubiquitous Amiga Emulator and play Top Hat Willy almost as easily! I've written detailed instructions on setting up UAE for Willy.
If you don't have UAE handy, I highly recommend the excellent PC port. It's fantastic!
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