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Miner Willy's Mega-Tree Auctioned For Charity 21

Thanks to Blue's News for pointing to a Megatree Ltd. press release discussing the charity auctioning of the original development discs for Mega-Tree, the legendary, unfinished Commodore 64/Spectrum title that "was [to be] the third in a trilogy of games following 'Manic Miner' and 'Jet Set Willy'." The currently-in-progress Ebay auction, to benefit Cancer Research UK, has much more info and concept drawings of the game sometimes called Miner Willy Meets The Taxman by co-creator Matthew Smith, also noting that "The Atari hard disk containing more 'Mega-tree' graphics was 'lost' when it accidentally dropped off the back of Matthew's motorbike when he went through the Mersey tunnel."
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Miner Willy's Mega-Tree Auctioned For Charity

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  • by DrSkwid ( 118965 ) on Wednesday April 21, 2004 @07:31AM (#8927168) Homepage Journal

    I hope my disks sat readable for that long.

    I've had floppies corrupt in the time it takes to walk across the room !

    I still have some BBC games [] on cassette and disk.

  • According to the police: on Merseyside, many things magically fall off vehicles!
  • Manic Miner (Score:1, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward

    Get Manic Miner for Java enabled phones here [] or here []. The Vodafone release has all 20 levels, the Orange version just has the first five.

    Oh, and this charitable release from MegaTree appears to be more about self promotion rather than setting free the fabled sequel.

    • Re:Manic Miner (Score:3, Informative)

      And don't forget my own port that runs in a web browser []!
      • by Anonymous Coward
        You wrote that? Damn, you rock. You reduced all of my web-developer friends to slack-jawed amazement and the making of little whimpering noises. You're too good!

        Now, does the WRITETYPER cheat work?
      • I wrote that quite a few years ago - it took about three months (it doesn't have the 'typewriter' cheat, BTW, and is not quite finished but is playable to the end). I'm also working on a Jet Set Willy [] port but that's some way off completion.
  • For anyone who's interested, Matthew Smith has a website here [] (although it hasn't been updated in years).
  • This is so cool (Score:2, Interesting)

    by evil-osm ( 203438 )
    Talk about giving fans the chance to finish off where the developers left off. This is pretty darn neat, granted the disks still function, as they said, the disks may not even work after 20 years.

    I'd LOVE to see this happen with Ultima 8's lost expansion (The Lost Vale) []. It would be soo neat if EA released the old code for that expansion since it never got completed, as the community would be far more than willing to complete it. Please EA? huh? huh? :)
  • does anyone remember Miner 2049er? I think it was by Brouderbund - played it on old 1Mhz Apple //e.

  • From the Jet Set Willy article:

    If you always type MERGE "" whenever you load a game for the first time, then you can count yourself amongst that select programming group known as 'hackers'

    I love it!!!!

    Good article though. I got all the objects in the game (many years ago now) but still did not manage to complete it successfully (actually I'm not sure if I did or not: I remember my head being stuck down the toilet though). I dont know what the guy is going on about the Conservatory Roof tho, I never ha

Exceptions prove the rule, and wreck the budget. -- Miller