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Miner Wally (I see what they did there...) returns in this Christmas-themed revamp of the infamously difficult C64 single-screen platformer from 1984. But a bit of snow and a Santa costume isn't the only thing that's changed, Wally has now developed his athletic abilities beyond recognition to give you the player a fighting chance of actually completing a level and hopefully having a lot more fun along the way.....


What's different?

The entire game has been re-written from the ground up complete with 'modern' controls and physics together with fairer collision detection to allow your character to nimbly traverse around the screen in a more contemporary fashion, whilst retaining the THIRTY fiendish level designs from the original that 99.99% of players never managed to reach, due to the bizarre control scheme and need for split-second timing.

While a certain level of experimentation and practice is still required to progress far in the game, you've now at least a chance to get out of sticky situations with some good old fashioned seat-of-the-pants reactions!

Another major change is that you no longer die when falling from a platform, and because this means the slides are no longer necessary to complete levels,  additional extra lives are placed on them to incentivise their use. And because a time bonus is also awarded for completing a level before the snow piles up completely, earning further extra lives for each 1,250 points scored is also easier. 

Finally, when you pick up items and then lose a life, they remain collected meaning you don't have to re-play the entire level from scratch.


Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(1 total ratings)
TagsChristmas, Commodore 64


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cminerx_100.d64 170 kB


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Nice christmas game! Our German-language review can be found in our recorded livestream starting at 00:55:37. Subscription to our YouTube or Twitch channel is welcome. 🙂

Brutal game! I fortunately never played the original but looking back, this does appear to be an improvement. Who would have thought to make a game so brutally difficult!

very good

It was brutal playing as a kid, my brother and I got to level 3 once or twice. Thanks for the remake

Awesome game!

Great work here! Thank you for this lovely present!

Lovely work Nick! Merry Christmas!

Oh well done, level 5 my record back in the day, I loved Ian Grays stuff, very good to see this !

Thank you for still developing cool stuff for the beloved Commodore. Merry Christmas 🎄 and please keep it up 🥰

Excellent thank you!

Good job! https://c64universe.wordpress.com/2023/12/24/a-china-miner-christmas-2023-arlaso... Thanks for this surprise, I don't recall having had the chance to play the original version, as I read I didn't miss anything good, so this is an excellent replacement. Merry Christmas! :-)