Dizzy: Prince of the Yolk Folk Review (iOS)
We were first introduced to this intelligent little egg (Dizzy) back in 1986 when Codemasters, a British developer, released their first title in this arcade adventure series (Dizzy – The Ultimate Cartoon Adventure).
For anyone owned a ZX Spectrum back in the mid-late 80’s, it was hard to get away from this unlikely hero and protagonist. Dizzy, an anthropomorphic egg with red boxing gloves and red wellies, is a little hard to forget. Personally, this little egg formed the cornerstone of some of my most memorable gaming experiences growing up. I was therefore delighted at the thought that this classic puzzle-adventure game would reach a new audience/generation with the re-release of the most critically acclaimed title in the series (Dizzy – Prince of the Yolkfolk).
Originally released in 1991 for both the 8-bit and 16-bit computers (we’re talking pre-, Prince of the Yolkfolk (POTY) was deemed by most as the ‘fans favourite’. While POTY was the sixth and possibly the smallest in the series, it was also the most well-received due to its smaller level/quest design addressing some of the critics concerns. That being said POTY continued to use the same winning formula as its predecessors, but condensed Dizzy’s charm and appeal into a smaller, more playable package.
Skip forward 20 years, and Codemasters decide to give POTY a graphical revamp with HD cartoon graphics replacing the old pixel sprites and an all round modern polish for the smartphone platforms.
With the exception of a few modern changes to some of the game world objects, the gameplay is the same as the original. The HD graphics look fantastic and the sound/music, while a little repetitive, is still very funky and catchy.
I personally found the touch pad controls on the iPhone to be very intuitive and unobstructive during gameplay. On some iPhone titles I have found that the on-screen control system can obscure the users view of the game world, but POTY handles this really well.
The only negative comment I have on the remake is directed at its level of difficulty. In the original, the player was granted 3 lives in order to complete the game. However, in the HD remake, the user is given an infinite amount of lives, which negates an important characteristic of the Dizzy series …tension and fear, having that penalty for dying that could bring about an abrupt end to your quest. But this is only a minor criticism, and on the whole this remake stirs all the old emotions and brings back all the happy memories of the ZX Spectrum or Amiga.
Finally, as with all great platform games, the plot of the game is kept simple and POTY is no exception (I think?). So here goes: Daisy has been poisoned and whisked off to the castle tower, Pogie has stolen all the ingredients for the cherry pie and Dizzy has been captured by Rockwart the troll and placed in an underground prison.
Therefore, it’s you job to help Dizzy escape from the underground prison, defeat the troll guarding the tower, wake Daisy and oh… find some cherries along the way …simple!
Overall, POTY has survived the years really well. The primary gameplay elements and charm from the original have been kept in tact and simply given a modern polish. An eggcellent remake to a classic title and well worth the purchase for your smartphone.
7 Resurr-egg-tions out of 10
Article by Chris Rieley