This is a real challenge for my sensibilities. On the one hand I'm more than a little sick of Kickstarters trading on nostalgia, but on the other hand THIS IS DIZZY AND I WANT IT!
The Oliver Twins, creators of the series and its multiple sequels, have set up a Kickstarter to create a brand new Dizzy for PC and mobile.
Dizzy might not have been popular in Australia but in the UK, where I grew up, Dizzy was as popular as Mario. It was the game we all grew up playing, talking about in the playground — it was massive. Right now, I'm feeling the lure of nostalgia, the kind of nostalgia I've been whinging about when other developers pop up on Kickstarter trying to reboot certain franchises.
But on their Kickstarter page the Oliver twins are pretty adamant this game will do more than trade on nostalgia.
"We want to stay true to the spirit and core ideals of the original series, whilst utilising the platforms, technology and resources we now have at our disposal," they wrote. "We believe that Dizzy Returns is a perfect fit for mobile gaming, and touch screen technology obviously means that we can experiment with and implement new mechanics and new ways of playing in Dizzy Returns."
The twins admit that they're looking to move beyond some of the game's flaws and create something that's able to stand on its own two feet.
"Whilst we love the original series of Dizzy games too, they were far from perfect – there were lots of technical and financial limitations at the time that prevented us from adding all the things we would have liked," they said.
"We want to match the magical feeling of the classic games, but also bring the controls, the pace and even the underlying structure of the game up-to-date for gamers today.
"We’re also very aware that we’re dealing with the stuff of childhood here; nostalgic reminiscences of formative years (not to mention our own), and in some cases, the earliest memories of playing computer games! We’ll do everything we can to respect those Dizzy memories. We don’t want to replace them; we want to create fantastic new ones that will hopefully be looked back on in 20 years with the same warm feelings."