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Jet Set Willy 2
By Software Projects
Spectrum 48K

Published in Home Computing Weekly #129

It's a little surprising really, that Jet Set Willy II passed with so little comment. That's partly Software Projects' own fault of course, for trying to flog it as a new game when it's just the original JSW with extra rooms. Admittedly there are quite a lot of new rooms, almost doubling the size of the game, but after all the times I've played JSW I just couldn't work up the enthusiasm to go through all those familiar scenes in order to find the new ones.

It's also an indication of how far Spectrum software has come in the year and a bit since JSW was launched. Way back then the game represented the state of the art. The quality of the graphics had everybody stunned, and the sheer number of rooms .in the game was unsurpassed. Now of course, JSW II, with no real enhancements, looks quite dated, and if it weren't for the connection with Matthew Smith's original game it could easily be dismissed as just another old fashioned platform game - just another JSW clone in fact.

It's still an enjoyable game, there's no doubt about that, and some of the new rooms are just as infuriatingly addictive as those in the original. But, if you've got the original and you're still in the market for a platform game, then you might be better off buying a game that is entirely, rather than just 50%, new.


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