Nice cheerful music
You can save your game
Graphics are quite basic
Must register with Codemasters
Codemasters has released the C64 version of Treasure Island Dizzy onto the PC for free. The download has a built-in emulator. this means that you do not need any other software to play the game. Just download the game, install, and enjoy. Please note you have to register on the Codemasters website before downloading this game. Registering is free, so there is no real problem.
As the game begins, you (Dizzy) find yourself stranded on a desert island. So why are you on a desert island you may ask? Well, according to Codemaster's website, Dizzy was on a cruise and he decided to organise a game of cricket. He used Captain Long John Silver's wooden legs as stumps. The stumps were lost overboard, and so Dizzy was made to walk the plank. Now you are trapped on this island, you have to find a way off and return home to your friends.
So here you are on the island, and you want to escape. As you explore, you gradually realise that the only way off is to build a boat. However, this is not as easy as you first think. You need to collect items from the island to help you solve various puzzles. Things would be so much easier if eggs could breathe underwater, if only you had something to help you with that...
When your boat is finally ready, you discover you also need to find some coins to pay the taxman! These coins can be hidden anywhere, even hidden behind scenery.
This game is controlled entirely by the keyboard. Use Z and X to walk left and right. Jump by pressing the Shift button. Control your inventory, and pick up items by using the Enter button. Simple as that.
You are allowed to carry up to 3 items at a time. The items you are carrying are shown (in words) at the top of the screen, along with your score and the number of coins you have found.
Technically, you only have one life. However, with this version, you can save your game (woohoo). This is a welcome feature as, as one mistake can kill you. To save your game, press F9, then choose 'State', then 'Save'. Now type in a name for your saved game and press Enter.
MUSIC AND SOUND EFFECTS
You can change between music and sound effects by pressing 'M'..
I liked the music very much. It was very cheerful and bubbly all the way through the game. It inspires you to keep playing right to the end.
I wasn't so keen on the sound effects. There is a nice 'spacey' sound when picking up an item, but those footsteps get very annoying after a while.
Although the puzzles are quite easy, finding all the coins can be very tricky. Some of them are well hidden, and you have to search everywhere.
Review by: Frodo
Safe for all ages