Now, before you start shouting at me, Megatree is already in the GTW archives, but you may be in for a surprise. It was thought for many years that “Miner Willy Meets The Taxman” and “Megatree” were the same game, and that the first title was the working title for “Megatree”.
Well, after attending a Q/A session with Matthew Smith at the recent CGEUK 2004 at Croydon, Matthew startled listeners when he talked about “MWMTT” and revealed that it was actually a separate game in itself.
In this title, Miner Willy has to travel back and forward in time and try and avoid the Taxman at different periods of history. Not much else is currently known at present, but Matthew Smith it is hoped that some day he will reveal more about the game in a “Creator Speaks” page.
Certainly, the taxman part was thought to be a feature of Megatree, but it seems that over the years, the press mixed up the nature of the two titles and they combined into one GTW. But now the real truth is out, and GTW may have another title to hunt down.
No doubt, although this would have been a Speccy game first off, it would have had a C64 incarnation coded by another programmer. Matthew had no part on other machines at that time apart from the Speccy.
As far as GTW can tell, the game was in fact never even started and existed as a design and set of ideas by Matthew. It is likely that this game would have followed in the footsteps of the doomed Megatree title.
Yet another Matthew Smith game to learn more about…
Contributions: Matthew Smith