seven years ago, I created a game meant to be a little homage to classic single-screen platform coin-ops of the 1980s. It was one of my first titles.
I released it on the day of Easter, as a humble gift for the Spectrum community. Reception was positive enough: players liked the odd, psychedelic look of the game. However it was deemed to be very difficult. Maybe too much for the majority of users. Besides, although I was satisfied with the final result, I felt that I could do even better. There was something that I thought was missing... the game seemed a diamond in the rough to me.
Fast forward to 2019, after the release of Sophia II... Felipe Monge asked me if I wished to contribute to his Play On Retro project, a cartridge for the Dandanator add-on. I accepted wholeheartedly and thought this was the chance to finish what I had started six years earlier. This time I cared to make it closer to what I had in mind back then. A better user interface, less punishing gameplay, more screens, redesigned enemies, funky/jazz-inspired AY background music...
In several interviews and in my Annual, I stated that I meant to release the game on its own only after the launch of the Play On Retro project. But things have changed. The Corona virus pandemic caused such a delay that I thought, as Easter 2020 was approaching, it was the time to let the mushroom hero hit the screens again, bolder than before. Felipe kindly agreed, and so today, Funky Fungus Reloaded is here for all of you to enjoy. Happy Easter everyone
Hi! Good placement of enemies, man. They made me sweat. The farthest, the world 1-13, and a maximum of 1320 points; and thank goodness you have that continuation when you start again. It is very addictive, and I am serious. It happens that you start and you always say "one more and I leave it", and when you realize it has been a while. (Your wife calling you on the one hand, the boy who wants me to help him with his homework on the other ... ha ha ha!) Jokes aside, I liked it a lot, how could it be otherwise. Thanks, Alessandro!