Those of us above a certain age will remember spending many an hour back in the mid eighties tearing our hair out trying to complete the platforming classic Manic Miner. Some of us now have little hair left to tear out, of course, but the golden days of gaming will be forever etched in our memories.
Inspired by the Atari 800 game Miner 2049er, Manic Miner was initially released on the ZX Spectrum, before being ported to other popular platforms including the Commodore 64 and eventually the Amiga.
Although not quite as well known as major characters such as Mario or Pac-Man, Miner Willy quickly found a cult following, and these days the coolest retro gaming fans can be seen wearing T-shirts and drinking out of mugs to celebrate a vintage platform game that once won a Golden Joystick Award in the magazine Computer & Video Games. The sequel, Jet Set Willy, was just as well received and was No.1 for many months in the ZX Spectrum charts. The setting is in Miner Willly's house, which needs to be tidied up after a party. Willy wears a hat, rather than a miner's lamp in this platformer.
Without wishing to sound rude, I really miss gripping onto my joystick and I've never really felt in full control of any game using other methods, particularly with driving games. Rotating an android device or touching arrows on the screen really doesn't float my boat.
Anyway, this article is supposed to be about Manic Miner T-shirts, so let's get down to business!
There is just one design available at the US store featuring Jet Set Willy (above) which is by Cafepress. It comes in numerous colours, but each one is displayed separately, so here is the link to view all of them.
Jet Set Willy T-shirt in 9 colors
Multiple Jet Set Willys T-shirtWhite Jet Set Willy T-shirtRow of Jet Set Willys T-shirtFour Jet Set Willys T-shirt
As you can see, there are four designs featuring Jet Set Willy available at Redbubble.com. All designs are available for men and women and can be printed on a range of tops. Worldwide shipping is available.
I a found a couple of Manic Miner shirts on ebay UK which are brand new and can be bought using the "buy it now" option. You can use the generic link below to view all available designs in the UK, US, Canada and Australia. I can't guarantee that there will be anything available in your country, but it's worth a try, at least.
Manic Miner T-shirts at ebay
As you will appreciate, the subject matter is very niche and sources for T-shirts are pretty limited. However, I was pleased to have found several designs, and if you want something quirky and retro to wear, then a Manic Miner or Jet Set Willy T-shirt is a great solution.
You will find an A-Z of Retro Gaming T-shirts at my website SimplyEighties.com.
You can also play Manic Miner for free at my website if you're on a PC. The game is flash-based and, therefore, won't work on smartphones and tablets.