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Manic Miner is an 1983 video game. Willy has discovered an automated, abandoned for untold centuries, mine in Surbiton.

The good news is, the mine machinery has been piling up wealth which is there for the taking; the bad news is, it's still active and doesn't take kindly to intruders...

This game became controversial when a number of Bug-Byte programmers left to found Software Projects, and Matthew Smith used a contract loophole to take Manic Miner with him.

Manic Miner is also famed as the first Spectrum game to feature a backing track alongside the sound effects, a feat previously considered impossible as the Speccy only had one sound channel. This was done by arpeggiated multiplexing: the tune and the effects were both played as a rapid staccato, and interleaved with each other. The title screen also features an attempt at two note chords using a similar method. The resulting rendition of The Blue Danube did not work quite so well.

Spawned a sequel, Jet Set Willy. A second sequel, Miner Willy Meets the Taxman, was announced but never released — indeed, probably never even started.


Manic Miner contains examples of the following:

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