The team behind the classic Dizzy games, the Oliver Twins, are back with a new “unreleased” Nintendo Entertainment System game. Dreamworld Pogie was intended to be released by Codemasters over 20 years ago for the Nintendo NES but it fell through the cracks and never saw the light of day. Now, thanks to Kickstarter and a few robust fans, it may just see a limited release. That is a little misleading though as looking at the support it has gotten, it is almost guaranteed success on the crowdfunding service.
There is not a lot of information available on Dreamworld Pogie. Seriously, go ahead and search for it. You won’t find much.
Dreamworld Pogie definitely has the graphics and animation to die for in a Nintendo Entertainment System game. That is evident by the gameplay video we were able to grab. If you would like to give Dreamworld Pogie a run, The Oliver Twins have placed the ROM file on DreamworldPogie.com for free. This is quite awesome of them–you can even download it and keep a copy forever.
I am not sure what was changed but over on ROMHacking.net there is a patch file that reportedly fixes various things in Dreamworld Pogie.
I will be backing this Kickstarter if for nothing else than to say thank you for being so forward thinking about digital distribution and supporting their fans like this.
Various sources point to Dreamworld Pogie having been planned for the Aladdin Deck Enhancer and possibly as a standalone cartridge release.
The Aladdin Deck Enhancer was Camerica’s answer to high costing games. The idea was to put the common chips that their games were using in one part (the Aladdin Deck Enhancer), then the game specific chips would be placed in the smaller cartridge that you purchased separately. This was intended to lower the cost of games since they were no longer repeatedly purchasing the same chips in a redundant fashion. It was not a success by any means, but it was innovative and holds a place in retrogaming history.