If you’re old, like me, and spent a disproportionate amount of your youth plugged into a ZX Spectrum, you’re now feeling inappropriately excited. Matthew Smith has announced his triumphant return to game development some 30-years after his last release. Eep!
At just 17-years old, Smith single handedly created a gaming icon in the shape of Mani Miner. This platform gaming powerhouse took you on a surreal journey of 8-bit exploration way back in 1983, which was soon followed the following by an even more Python-esque outing in the incredible Jet Set Willy. That was the last game Smith made before disappearing into gaming legend, and obscurity.
He’s reappeared over the last couple of years, after apparently spending much of the 90s living in a commune in Holland, and has lent his voice to the exciting indie documentary From Bedrooms to Billions, which takes a heartfelt look back at the UK’s home computer revolution.
According to PocketLint, Smith is teaming up with Speccy stalwart Elite Systems to create a brand new game. Elite Systems has returned to retro glory in recent years by licensing a host of classic games and re-releasing them for the smartphone platform. This makes for an excellent and suitably equipped partner for Smith to work with on his new game, and points clear path toward Android and iOS for it release (though I wouldn’t be entirely surprised to see desktop computers also supported). Great news indeed, though whether Miner Willy ill be in attendance remains to be seen.
A website, called Matthew Smith is Here, has appeared on the Elite Systems domain, but so far without any content. More news as it finds its way out of the mine.