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We've all got our favourite Speccy character. Whether it's Miner Willy or Monty Mole- We'll be building a profile of the most popular and best loved characters that have ever invaded our sinclair spectrums..

More characters to follow soon. Click here to request a review on a character not yet documented and zxspeccy will built a review and post as soon as is possible. Enjoy.

Meet Your Favourite 'Spec-Chum':

Meet: Miner Willy

First Game:
"Manic Miner"
Full Name:
Miner Willy
15 pixels
13 pixels
First Appeared:





Manic Miner
1984 Gremlin Graphics

Quite possibly the best known and loved speccy character and game. This was published during the speccy's infancy and it is still one of the best platform games produced for the Speccy. Easily standing up to -and in many cases surpassing- games created almost a decade later.

The follow-ups were no less exciting, featuring miner willy in Jetset willy. A huge adventure/platform where Willy could walk throughout the mansion and explore any of the multitude of rooms before collecting all the required objects in each room to finish the game.

Varying difficulties are presented in each room as you progress and a subtle background tune which can also be disabled. Lovely!


Manic Miner
Jet Set Willy
Jet Set Willy II- The Final Frontiert

Manic Miner

Venture through twenty screens collecting the keys, bananas, ice-cream cones etc. You cannot progress to the next level until you colleact all and enter the portal.

Once all twenty screens are complete, you must return to the beginning and complete them again, only this time its gets harder.

But be quick; you must complete the screens in a set time or your air will run out and you will meet the great miner in the sky..

JetSet Willy

The next Willy game. Bigger, better and badder! Over 60 more screens, countless baddies, good sound and very, very difficult, even with the eight lives!

Usual story: Items scattered everywhere and in some tricky places, but great fun. Not many sequels outdo their predecessor, but this is an exception to that rule.

JetSet Willy II -
The Final Frontier

Sadly the same as Jet Set Willy, only with more screens. No difference on gameplay- still great, but then its using JSW. Published by Software Projects and written by Matthew Smith. Still a classic to this day. More versions of this game emerged but were sadly only a reflection on the original.


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