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Percy Penguin in The Present Palaver

Concept & Code by John Davies
written using The Amazing AGDx

The Story

Oh dear, Santa has come a cropper in some unusually awful Christmas Eve weather and managed to tip a bunch of children's presents out of his sleigh and into the eerie icicle forest far below.

Percy, being the perfect penguin he is, has volunteered to retrieve the presents before the Christmas Day deadline as Santa's elves have clocked off for the night.

He may not be able to fly but his jumping skills are second to none, and he'll need them to make his way through the freezing cold treachorous forest, recover every single present dropped and return back to Santa's workshop before time runs out.

Do you have what it takes to guide Percy on his journey and save Christmas in less than an hour?

Better get your skates on!!

The Game

Percy Penguin in The Present Palaver is a platform game for the ZX Spectrum in the same vein as Manic Miner and Jet Set Willy.

You must traverse through 26 screens where you'll encounter all manner of creatures to avoid and glowing Christmas gifts to collect. All 50 presents must be returned back to Santa's workshop in the final hour before Christmas Day.

The Controls

Q-Skate Left, W-Skate Right and Space-Jump
P-Tunes On/Select Tune L-Tunes Off


Percy Penguin, Polar Bears, Etch a Sketch, Mr Frosty, Baubles, Deadly Stalactites, Snowy Owls, Decorations, Ghosts, Christmas Tree, Teddy Bears, Penguins, Squirrels, Snow, Hidden Passages, Choppers, Extra Lives, Bats, Space Hopper, Christmas Countdown, Presents, Stars, Turkey, Snowmen, Stylophones, Yetis, Ice, Crackers, Rubiks Cube, TV and much more.... 

Special Thanks to...

Allan Turvey, Sparkling Additional Code
Andy Green, Beautiful Loading Screen
Jonathan Caudwell, The Wonderful AGD
Paul Jenkinson, Fantastic Tutorials
David Saphier, Lovely Musicizer II

and the Fabulous Tunes by
Davos, Djnzx48, Key-Jee
X-Agon, Ironman and Noize

and also everyone else who's helped me at all along the way.
You know who you are. Cheers.


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Percy Penguin Vs3.tap 46 kB
Percy Penguin Instructions.txt 2 kB


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Amazing Manic Miner type of game!

Thanks. My aim was to make a decent Christmas game that was a cross between Manic Miner and Jet Set Willy. It finished up exactly as I'd hoped :)

A very interesting idea and I like the look of the whole game! Unfortunately I couldn't get it ti work on my Mac :( 

I don't know if you've heard of Game Development World Championship before (gdwc2019) but it's a competition for indie game developers where they can submit their games and it's free! It's great if you want some more visibility for the game and it only takes a couple of minutes to join :)

Which Spectrum Emulator are you using on your Mac? There's a bunch here - https://www.worldofspectrum.org/faq/emulators/macintosh.htm

I'll check out gdwc2019. Thanks for letting me know :)

I think the problem might be my own Mac since it's pretty old. And no problem! The competition is open until September so there's still time to think about it! :)

That's a shame . I hope you find an emulator that works on it so you get chance to play and enjoy the game :)

Yes, thank you! :D

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The first game review of Percy from Brazil. https://planetasinclair.blogspot.com/2019/06/percy-penguin-in-present-palaver.html?fbclid=IwAR3JOpPTOxkzgEB94yqM5cKCEMB_nwTT_q2oc89P72RZSV4X5kjYksFf64I

not spanish ;)

Ooooh, Sorry Andre. Portuguese?

eheh, yep :)