As seen in: Dizzy (ZX Spectrum)
Also in: Fantastic Adventures of Dizzy (NES)
Distinguishing feature: Boxing gloves, white, egg-shaped body, incredibly poor dexterity
Strengths: Ability to find almost any item.
Weaknesses: Fragile shell, extremely accident prone.


Profile by Matt Cramp | January 7, 2010


I know anthropologists aren't supposed to judge their subjects of study, but I have to say: The entire Yolkfolk history is ridiculous. Dizzy and the Yolkfolk's continual lack of caution despite the fact that they are walking eggs, and could be completely shattered by a hard surface, does not seem to faze them at all. Take, for example, Dizzy's round-the-world trip, booked with a pirate crew, or Daisy's ability to get lost within seconds of wandering into a fantasy world that appears in front of her, or Dizzy's messing with Zaks' things and getting himself thrown into the world of a spellbook. How did these creatures manage to survive long enough to breed without natural selection whipping them into an omelette? I simply don't know.

And the entire conflict with the "evil" wizard Zaks was likewise entirely stupid; yes, I understand that Dizzy is upset that Zaks kidnapped his girlfriend, Daisy, and tumbled his way through expansive, interconnected fantasy worlds despite being essentially a walking egg in order to rescue her. But I want you to consider, for a second, the world in which the Yolkfolk live. It contains no pigs or cows, which means no bacon or sausages. The only chance Zaks has for a cooked breakfast is a Yolkfolk, and Zaks is, by all appearances, British. Denying a British man -- even a wizard, even an "evil" wizard -- his cooked breakfast is a goddamn war crime.

On the other hand, why, if Zaks was indeed after a hearty meal with chips, he would see fit to kidnap one egg and hold her in solitary confinement until her main squeeze turns up with a face-melting potion? It smacks of pantomime villainy more than anything, especially since Zaks is clearly capable of great feats of magic and probably could extract a meal from Daisy without doing her any permanent harm. Zaks is as much to blame for the fate he suffers at the hands of Dizzy. His vindictiveness on all of the Yolkfolk upon his return from the dead doesn't reflect well on his campaign to get a proper meal, either.

Sometimes I wish the Oliver twins had kept up the pretense that the Yolkfolk were fictional; at least that way we could write off their petty squabbles and lack of survival skills as an excuse for their latest adventure.


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