Dizzy: Prince of the Yolkfolk Review

Dizzy: Prince of the Yolkfolk Review

Dec 12, 2011

Dizzy: Prince of the Yolkfolk is a remake of the 1991 platform/adventure game from Codemasters. Players control the egghead Dizzy; literally, he’s an egg; as they try to get him to rescue his girlfriend, also an egg, from the clutches of Rockwart the troll. As well, the cherries from Daisy’s cherry pie must be collected! 
 
Players largely go on a variety of fetch quests, trying to deliver items to other characters, and to use items to try and capture creatures, for example. The game has 16 achievements to earn, that correlate with the major tasks in the game; as well, players compete for high scores by collecting stars that add points, which tick down with each second. Players get hints when the clock hits zero, but obviously this means fewer points for players to score. The controls have also been optimized for touch screens and for Android tablets, with buttons on each side for horizontal movement and diagonal jumping.
 
This is unfortunately one of the most infuriating platforming experiences I have ever had the misfortune of playing. The game moves at a glacial pace, so any missed jump means that the player has to get Dizzy back up to the jump spot…slowly. Very slowly. Also, most platforms can’t be jumped up through, so there are occasional points when a jump has to be made where Dizzy won’t hit his head lest he falls all the way down, and the trudge back up through the platforms to attempt that stupid jump again begins again. It’s absolutely not fun, and I just quit in frustration at these points. The game is relatively short, but most of the length comes from these repeated platforming attempts. If Dizzy could climb up ledges, or move faster than a sloth on tranquilizers, then it would be less frustrating.
 
This game has a fun premise that works great for mobile – it’s just absolutely not fun to play because of the slow pace and frustrating platforming. With some amplified speed and user-friendliness enhancements, this game could have some promise. For now, stay away. This game has not particularly aged well into the modern era.