|Hayley - 03/07/2011|
<just found this site so i apologise for the amount of comments I'm making but i have very, very fond times with my Atari>
Game soundtrack was amazing- and it was probably one of the first games i completed. Graphics were pretty good, and it was very playable- tough, but not impossible.
Possibly one of Masteronics best
|Gruppenfuhrer WOLF - 15/09/2010|
I remember waiting for the end of holidays to play Henry's House again at home.
|Colin Baker - 23/02/2009|
Absolutly brilliant game for its time, and it still holds a lot of good memories, although at times it was incredibly frustrating! Still well up there with my favourite games of all time, even today.
|Roberto Rodriguez - 07/02/2009|
The greatest retro game of all time in my opinion. The controls are spot on and the level design is borderline genius!
The only slight disappointment is that there isn't an ending screen - you simply loop back to the first level.
However, you can't really complain with what's here. I didn't touch this game for about ten years but was surprised by how well it holds up today. I still hate that damn bird though!
|Jonny EOL - 12/12/2007|
Essentially the game Jet Set Willy should have been. A colourful and highly enjoyable platformer.
|Michael Strorm - 25/10/2006|
Great game; even by 1987 standards it seemed like an "old school" platform game, but it was done so effectively. I was particularly impressed with the second screen.
I didn't find out until later on that it was a conversion of an English Software C64 game from a few years earlier (Mastertronic must have had a deal with them; I think they converted ElektraGlide to some other formats.) It explains the homages to various games of that time.
Ironic that the JSW-influenced sprites on one screen of HH look really nice, and the graphics on the "real" Atari JSW were atrocious. Oh well :-/
There's not that much difference between the C64 and Atari versions (Atari has a slight edge), except that the music in the Atari version is better :)
Chris Paul Murray speaks...
"Henry's House was originally called Home Sweet Home. The publisher (English Software) of the C64 (first) version wanted to take advantage of the fact Charles and Di had just had Prince Harry so they renamed it. This is why the title piccy looks a bit odd - it was based on one of the Home Sweet Home stitching thingies and never meant to say Henry's House. I've got some silly letter from Buck Palace as the publisher sent a C64 and game to Diane and Charles for them to play - yeah, right... LOL. The reason the caterpillar appears when you type my initials in the title screen (infinite lives) was so I could brag 'it's the only bug in the game'.
Henry's House on C64 sold for £5.95 or £8.95 (I can't recall which) - I got £1 a unit. Henry's House on Atari sold for £1.99 under Mastertronic and I got... wait for it... 10p a unit. I had a £1500 advance recouped against royalties which meant nothing more until 15,000 games sold and I thought hmmm... nothing then. I got about £500-£1000 a month for over a year, crazy numbers, and proved a lot to me that there's a price people are willing to pay. I made a lot more from the cheap version despite getting 10 times less per unit.
I, er... used to go to John Menzies, Virgin, WH Smith and move my games to number one spots and spread them out a bit."