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Head Over Heels, PC

Which leads me up to this 2003 remake of Head Over Heels, by Retrospec.

A re-imagining of Ritman and Drummond‘s classic game, with updated visuals and sound. Does it cut the mustard? Does it live up to the greatness of the original?

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Head Over Heels, Atari ST

The Atari ST and Amiga versions of Head Over Heels are pretty much indistinguishable, other than slight colour palette differences.

Both – I would say – are among the greatest video games of all time.

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Head Over Heels, Amstrad CPC

The best-looking of all the 8-bit versions of Head Over Heels, in my opinion.

Amstrad Head Over Heels is perfectly suited to the CPC‘s high res graphics mode and looks lovely with those (few) extra colours. Four colours. I think it’s four colours they used to make those marvellous graphics. Amazing, isn’t it?

Whoever made the Amstrad graphics for this game definitely deserves a pat on the back. You made gaming history, mate. Well done.

The Amstrad version – like all the versions to be honest – plays pretty much perfectly – identically to the original. A little bit of slowdown when there are things going on on screen, but not so much that it gets in the way of enjoyment.

Again: I’m not sure who the person was who converted it. Possibly original ZX Spectrum author Jon Ritman himself. It’d be nice to know, to give the person the credit they deserve.

More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Head_over_Heels_(video_game)

Head Over Heels on the King of Grabs:
ZX Spectrum versionCommodore 64 versionAmstrad CPC versionMSX version, Atari 800 version, Atari ST versionAmiga versionPC version, Head Over Heels Week

 

Head Over Heels, Commodore 64

Although the Commodore 64 was not thought to be particularly well-suited to these types of isometric platform games, Head Over Heels bucks the trend by being arguably just as good – if not better – than the Spectrum original.

Thanks to the sterling efforts of programmer Colin Porch.

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Head Over Heels, ZX Spectrum

Jon Ritman did the programming and Bernie Drummond did the graphics. And the result was: Head Over Heels – an isometric platform game, published by Ocean Software, and featuring two different characters who can combine to become more agile.

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Head Over Heels Week

Happy April Fools Day!

A celebration of jokes and humour, and – in our world – video games.

Written by Jon Ritman, with graphics by Bernie Drummond, Head Over Heels was first released in 1987 and is still a fantastic game to play now – across a number of different formats.

So every day this week we’re going to be celebrating Head Over Heels – a classic 3D platform game like no other – starting with the ZX Spectrum original, and covering all the different versions of the game as the week progresses.

Anyway: welcome to April. You lovely gaming fools.

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Head Over Heels on The King of Grabs:
ZX Spectrum versionCommodore 64 versionAmstrad CPC versionMSX version, Atari 800 version, Atari ST versionAmiga versionPC version, Head Over Heels Week