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.
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!
The first two T-shirts below are available at Amazon's UK store. If you're from other countries, then scroll down past these to find more tees.
&The T-shirt shown in military green is also available in grey, black or white, and comes in five sizes to fit 32" to 54" chest. The black T-shirt can also be bought in an X-large size, and this will be displayed underneath at Amazon.
These particular shirts are not available at the U.S. store, but there is an alternative, thankfully.
&The tee above is available in a whopping 15 colours for sizes ranging from X-small to XXX-large. It's also ethically sourced and uses sustainable manufacturing processes.
|Manic Miner Shirt at Redbubble.com|
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 a few designs, and if you want something quirky and retro to wear, then a Manic Miner 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.