Infobox VG| title = Pyjamarama
developer = Chris Hinsley
released = 1984
ratings = N/A
ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC
media = Cassette
input = Keyboard,
"Pyjamarama" is a
computer gamefor the ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPCand Commodore 64. It features Wally Weekas the central character and is the second (after " Automania") of a series of games featuring Wally and/or members of his family. It was published by Mikro-Gen. The game takes its name from the second single by the band Roxy Music.
"Pyjamarama" is an
arcade adventureset across several interconnecting rooms. The player takes the role of Wally, who has gone to bed for the night and has to wake up early in the morning for work. Unfortunately, his alarm clockhas not been wound, and thus he will sleep late in the morning, and his boss will fire him. However, in his sleep, Wally's consciousnesstravels around his home, and other places, wearing his pyjamas, in search for the key to rewind the alarm clock and wake himself up.
The game is made up of static single-screen rooms, each of which can include platforms in various arrangements, objects to pick up, and enemies to avoid. Wally can walk through the screens to progress through the game's map and to pick up objects. Wally can only carry two items at a time, so each time he picks up an item, he drops an old item in its place. Contact with an enemy drains Wally's "snooze energy", and if it runs out, Wally loses one of his "lives". When all three "lives" are lost, Wally returns to sleep and doesn't wake up until late in the morning, losing the game.
"Pyjamarama" can be played either with a
joystickor with the keyboard. Only three controls are needed: walk left, walk right, and jump.
Four other Wally Week games were released. These are: "
Automania", " Everyone's A Wally", " Herbert's Dummy Run" and " Three Weeks in Paradise".
A remake of "Pyjamarama" was released for Windows and Mac OS in 2005. It can be downloaded via the Remakes Zone website. [http://remakeszone.com/?lng=english]
The ZX Spectrum version of Pyjamarama received the Game of the Month award in the November 1984 issue of
Personal Computer Games. This was somewhat controversial as Pyjamarama beat the BBC Micro version of the game Elite to the title.
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