A downloadable game

48K ZX Spectrum - 2010


Once upon a time, a little creature known as Horace wandered too far into the Mystic Woods. The Mystic Woods, being what they are, shifted and moved until Horace was really lost.  Horace is afraid that he will never get out and so has called for your help to aid in his escape. The woods will spring many surprises on you. It will take all your wits and agility to help Horace get home.

64 terrible areas await you, can you help him?

Originally released in 1995, Horace in the Mystic Woods was released only for the Psion-3 series of palmtop machines. Fifteen years later, armed with the original source code and graphics, I'm trying to bring Horace back to his spiritual home on the ZX Spectrum, where his adventures first began. This is not a modern-style "re imagining" of the game, but a warts'n'all remake where I'm trying to keep the gameplay as close as possible to the original game, whilst expanding the graphics for the new (old!) platform.

RetroGamer - "...an abundance of pixel-perfect jumping action, a collection of curious assailants and a slightly twisted sense of humour. ...this is a worthy addition to the Horace family tree." - 92%

Release date Aug 02, 2010
Rated 4.4 out of 5 stars
(7 total ratings)
AuthorBob's Stuff
Tags8-Bit, horace, horace-in-the-mystic-woods, Retro, sinclair, ZX Spectrum


hitmw.zip - TZX emulator file & instructions 227 kB


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Thank you for this, here is my tribute...

This is an immense piece of work sir!

While I haven't played the original version of this one before to compare against, it feels like it fits right in with in with the other Horace games on the ZX Spectrum. It's a lot of fun!

Thanks, glad you’re enjoying it! 😃

It’s actually pretty difficult to play the original - I had to buy a Psion 3 and the game cartridge to play it and compare it against what I’d written. Horace’s scream is a sample taken ‘live’ from that machine!