Update: You can pre-order The Oliver Twins Collection and Xeno Crisis / Tanglewood double-pack now using the links below:
Original Story [Wed 10th Jun, 2020 12:00 BST]: A brand new collection of games has been revealed for the Evercade retro system today, with all profits made from its sales being donated to a great cause.
‘The Oliver Twins Collection’ will feature 11 games in total, including seven titles from the Dizzy series. Just like previous releases, the eleven games will be released on a single cartridge which can be used with the console either in handheld mode, or on your TV via HDMI:
- Treasure Island Dizzy
- BMX Simulator
- Fantastic Dizzy
- Super Robin Hood
- Go! Dizzy Go!
- Dizzy The Adventurer
- Panic Dizzy
- DreamWorld Pogie
- Wonderland Dizzy
- Mystery World Dizzy
The cartridge is a special edition project between Codemasters, The Oliver Twins and Evercade, with all profits going to the National VideoGame Museum charity. The Oliver Twins have shared a message regarding the new cartridge in a press release:
"We were really excited to hear about the Evercade. It promised to be an awesome way to play officially licensed Retro games, either on the move or the TV – with classic collectable Cartridges. It was well designed and a great price. What could be better?!
Then they reached out to Codemasters and us to ask permission for a special Oliver Twins collection which would include 11 of our classic 8-bit console games! That now makes it the best Retro console in our eyes and we’re really pleased that thousands more people will be able to enjoy the games we wrote around 30 years ago!
The lovely people at Blaze and Codemasters have also agreed that ALL profits and licencing royalties go to charity." - Philip & Andrew Oliver AKA The Oliver Twins.
The new cartridge is planned to launch in Q3 and you can register your interest via Evercade's official site. The team plans to launch 4-5 cartridges this year, alongside the 10 available from launch.
If you haven't already, make sure to check out our Evercade hardware review to learn more about the system, its library of games, and whether or not it might be for you.
This article was originally published by nintendolife.com on Wed 10th June, 2020.
I grew up in that age and the Oliver twins were hugely respected. I can’t recall the games, I suspect like many retro games they will be punishingly hard, but will look forward to reviews.
Evercade is becoming more appealing too. A few more speccy classics and I could be tempted!
Well done on the donations angle too.
It even has the classic Code Masters logo on it!
No Fantasy World Dizzy? That was my favourite one, from what I can remember.
It doesn't say which version of Dizzy they're releasing, Speccy, Amiga or something in between?
Aww I owned and completed all the dizzy games on Amiga 500 they were fantastic. Pretty sure I was able to download them all a few years back on my laptop.
That's nice to see such generosity - also curious as to which charity - although I don't think they should feel obliged to say – because sometimes there are charities the general public wouldn't understand the value of – just curious that's all.
I am rather sad that Fantasy World Dizzy and Magicland Dizzy are not on here. They were both fantastic. Some of these look like "new" entries in the series. Not all 8 bit as the box claims! I am still interested, though!
These games are awesome, great deal for the evercade.
No Linus Spacehead?
I had a multicart on NES as a kid with treasure island dizzy, super robin hood (which I recommend giving a whirl to anyone who gets this cart), linus spacehead and some game about a kid with a boomerang. Possibly boomerang kid. I liked it.
with all profits going to the National VideoGame Museum charity
The link to their website doesn't seem to work for me.
Fantasy Land Dizzy was a great game, best of the series. I had most of them on the Speccy and thought Fantasy Land was mindblowing compared to the other games I'd been playing. I miss playing all those CodeMasters and Mastertronic games (Curse of Sherwood was cool too).
@dew12333 Apologies, that should be fixed!
@Collette @brunojenso We mentioned the charity in the article...
"The cartridge is a special edition project between Codemasters, The Oliver Twins and Evercade, with all profits going to the National VideoGame Museum charity".
Treasure Island Dizzy, was the best and played it to death.
Only one problem with the version on the C64 (which I had) there was a bug that you could never reach the final coin.
Wait so this is the mascot of the Aladdin Deck Enhancer? I remember that thing could toast any NES that is not the original front loader.
Has anyone ever gone back and played any of the Dizzy games? I had the collection for my Speccy and boy did my 10 year self find them unbelievably hard. I don't think that I even came remotely close to completing a single one but have nostalgic memories of this series all the same.
@ryancraddock Ah sorry, my apology.
All I want is this on PS4. I loved these games.
Looking forward to this, never played any of these games, so they'll be new experiences for me.
Evercade comes increasingly more tempting.... it'll let me get upset all over again with failing to complete pixel perfect jumps and rolling into water/lava/slightly angry trolls.
@retro_player_77 makes sense, I believe the Aladdin deck enhancer was something to do with codemasters back in the day
@KIRO Me too! I was playing them on Amstrad CPC 6128! I remember playing a lot of Dizzy titles. Were one of my favorites. Good luck to the donations.
Oh, a reason to buy the Evercade.
Curse of Sherwood! Love that game. 🙏🏻
Man. Never played Dizzy but read a review in Total magazine for one of them about a million times hoping to play it. Never got around it
Awww, no Ghost Hunters?
@Tipehtfomottob Played them again last year! Some are hard but some like Prince of the Yolkfolk are pretty easy. They are mostly all still amazing.
Ah yes, that’s what DJ Slopes was teasing in his Evercade review...
@Roam85 that was Quattro Adventure, a beautiful golden cartridge...
as a child, I was obsessed with Linus Spacehead and IMHO the Robin Hood game is the better Zelda 2. mesmerising soundtracks, sadistic difficulty. good times.
@samuelvictor thanks for all of that info. I never realised the Dizzy games and their names were so confusing! The only way it could be more confusing is if there was a Gryzor Probotector Dizzy.
I only recall the Commodore 64 Dizzy games (with their big boxes) from my childhood, so I’ll have to check out the NES versions.
I had a lot of these games on the Amstrad, So long ago, I can’t remember if these were £1.99 like Mastertronic Games.
Absolutely loved Super Robin Hood (had speech, which was always impressive on 8 bit)
Who needs evercade when I've form my Amstrad and nes, ironic that some ps4 games take longer to instant than to load a cassette on my 464 plus.
@samuelvictor Hey, look who's back.
How have you been doing, mate?
@Gerald - yup, £1.99 or £2.99 in some cases. Codemasters generally released at the same price point as Mastertronic (when I were a lad...)
I’m in, as I have been with every Evercade cartridge.
@samuelvictor I am well, thank you, global pandemic and some other things considered, and good to hear you got out okay on the other end of that tunnel you were in. And a solid addition to the comments section AND the article. I didn't even know there was that much to know about these games. I only ever played the Amiga versions, and probably not all of them either.
@samuelvictor Well, I've never even met them, but most of what I've read about them, only speaks in favor of them, so I'll easily take your word for it that they're good people.
By the way, have you ever considered talking to the NLife management about featuring your game-related stuff on here? It could potentially be good marketing for you.
@samuelvictor that's brilliant, sounds about right! I watched a VGH video on it a while back. It does sometimes amaze me how these British companies (one based in Surrey, no less!) are known worldwide. I mainly like their micro machines games.to be fair.
I just clicked on the IMDb link on you're profile. I do SA work sometimes, I haven't worked on anything listed there but I'm sure it's not everything, I wonder if we've worked on the same thing before 🤔
@samuelvictor Button remapping is being included in all upcoming Evercade carts, BTW - and it's really not as big an issue as Game Sack made out.
@samuelvictor that's great stuff, you've certainly been busy! I sort of started around 2011 with the likes of war horse, Captain America and Jack the giant slayer. I've done a load of stuff since (some films and TV I am very visible in like Kingsman, EastEnders and the Benedict cumberbatch brexit film).
I'd have loved to get more into acting and voice acting but I never really found an "in" so to speak. SA work is great, especially if you're working with a good bunch or it's a project you're really interested in. Normally for me that's superhero stuff, EastEnders and projects where im a fan of the cast/crew involved but it's very demoralising when you are bottom rung and on countless projects (not everything by a long shot) just treated like children because of a few bad apples that "leak stuff"
I was going to say i'd love to know about the superhero film you're working on but I suspect you are sworn to secrecy on it (based on my own experience with superhero film) though it seems youve been quite candid about it in another post!
@samuelvictor Man, that all sounds mighty interesting. Guess I've got to keep an eye on you now. Or, you could tag me whenever you've got something new and interesting to report...
@samuelvictor great stuff, cheers for the advice. Unfortunately I'm at the age now where I can't work for free a lot, though I'd be happy to on some things if the job/people were good. Also I'm a union man through and through (even though I'm not part of a union lol) so I'd hate to be taking jobs from people just because I'm willing to do it for free. It's a problem in my main occupation which is IT, you can have all the experience, knowledge and common sense in the world but if somebody will do the job for half the price and scrape by with average or no feedback then your up the creek.
I do know what you mean though, I'm just not really in the circles to get offered that type of stuff. I have a mate who makes movies not too far from where I am but by the time I get the low down on it I am usually booked on a long string of paid work.
Maybe when I come out of my hidey hole in a post covid world, I might start looking into it more. I'm always on the look out for opportunities but typically, at least pre covid, I was always just always busy and knackered from the job I do, or DIY or some other activity. I'm sure I got another 30-50 years in me so hopefully something comes in in the not too distant (but still post-vaccine) future!
@samuelvictor appreciate it, best wishes to you too!
Even when i was a kid, there was something reassuring about that Code Masters logo, like you knew you were in safe hands and wouldn't go far wrong spending your pocket money on one of their games.
Enjoying the off-topic chat, but can’t for the life of me work out what SA stands for?!?
I was interested in this console, but it hasn't been available on Amazon since before its release.
And the games are always NES, Mega Drive, SNES and Atari versions. It's not like that's a problem to me.
@Ooyah Need to give people a reason to buy Collection 2!
Treasure Island Dizzy...
...was my first dizzy game and I think it was on my ZX Spectrum 48K.
Introduced it to my younger 4-5-6yrs old sister at the time, and she absolutely loved it (and just as much just watching me play it).
Might have been on the Amiga 500 now when think of it.
Oh well, was fun, loved it then. Love it now.
The games today should focus more like Dizzy did, and not like now, just running around shooting everything, andglowing ray-tracing.
Who cares about ray-tracing when the todays games are so bad?
Ok, im getting old... srry kids!!
I still want this system, I forgot all about it.
@ryancraddock Here in the Netherlands we've got a nice videogame museum too. Would've been nice if they'd donate to that as well but if their just going to cherry pick which museums are and aren't worth donating to then they won't be getting a penny from me.
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