The Adventures of Willy Beamish
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|The Adventures of Willy Beamish|
|System(s): Sega Mega-CD|
|Number of players: 1|
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The Adventures of Willy Beamish is an adventure game for the Sega Mega-CD. The game originally appeared on the PC in 1991, with an enhanced CD version created in 1992. The Mega-CD version is based on this enhanced version, and offers full voice-acting and a CD-quality soundtrack. While the Mega-CD version suffers from long loading times and a limited color palette, it also features an exclusive minigame called 'Super Space Knoid'trix' which can be played from the video game console in Willy's room.
The game stars a young boy named Willy Beamish, where the game begins shortly before the last day of school ends. The game takes place across four days of Willy's summer vacation, as the challenges he faces go from simple, such as avoiding bullies, to more challenging, such as defeating a monstrous babysitter and winning a frog race. The game ends with Willy having to foil a plot to destroy his home town.
Gameplay is controlled by a cursor that can switch between two modes, one to interact with hotspots such as objects and characters, and one to look at them, giving a more detailed description on them. Interacting with objects Willy can pick up will put them in his inventory for later use, and interacting with exits in an area have him move to a different area in the game.
When Willy talks to characters in the game, he will often get a choice of a certain things to respond to them with. While most lines of dialogue will continue the game, some lines of dialogue, such as lying to the school nurse about how sick Willy is, will instantly trigger the end of the game. The game also has a 'Trouble Meter', represented as a thermometer, which increases with each time Willy misbehaves. If the meter becomes full, Willy will be sent to military school and the game will end. Certain other situations, if not handled quickly enough or correctly, will also cause the game to end in failure.
The game takes place across four days of Willy's summer vacation, and time continues to progress as long as the game isn't paused. Opening the inventory will show a clock that keeps track of the time of day, and from there, time can be skipped if the player has already completed every necessary action for the current day. Time is important to keep track of, because if Willy is too late in collecting certain items or completing certain events, the game will become impossible to complete.
Because of the long load times in the Sega CD version, the game also includes a screen saver that allows the player to control a visual demo of spheres by holding a direction on the D-pad. The screen can be brought up at any time by pressing and holding the : button, even while the system is loading the next scene or action.
Main Game Controls
- : Cycles through hotspots
- : Interacts with hotspots, selects conversation options
- : Switches cursor between look/interact modes
- : Displays the "Laser Balls" screen saver
- Directed by: Jeff Tunnell
- CD Director: Scott Wallin
- Writers: Tony Perutz, Meryl Perutz, Tom Brooke, Dave Selle
- Voice Casting: Sher Alltucker
- Featuring the voice of Michael Zibelman as Willy Beamish
- Lead Programmer: Louie McCrady
- Lead CD Programmer: Marty Franz
- CD Programming: Marlen Shepherd, Glen Kirk, Rhett Anderson, Randy Thompson, Nathan Dwyer
- Animation Director: Pat Clark
- Art Director: Shawn Sharp
- CD Art Director: John Garvin
- Lead Production Artist: Mark Brenneman
- CD Production Artist: Viqqi Hippler
- Sound Design: Christopher Stevens
- Recording Engineer: Jan-Paul Moorhead
- Original CD Theme Song: Christopher Stevens, Don Latarski
- Sound Engineer: Ken Rogers
- Audio Programming: John Leavens
- Quality Assurance: Gregg Giles
- Source: In-game credits
- Main article: The Adventures of Willy Beamish/Magazine articles.
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