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This page gives a short description of how to play Charlie II, how the controls work and what the different items are for.

Charlie II - Level 1

How to play

  • The shareware version of CHARLIE II contains six levels, of which two are hidden (indicated with the question marks). The objective of each level is to collect coins and diamonds and then find an exit. Some levels have a secret exit which leads to a hidden level.

    From the OPTIONS menu, you can select the difficulty: EASY, NORMAL or HARD. To complete a level, you must collect at least the following percentage of coins and diamonds, which varies per difficulty:

      Difficulty Required percentage of coins and diamonds

    Because the amount of items is different in each level, just keep collecting them until you see the message "Find the exit!". If you leave a level without the required percentage of coins and diamonds, you will have to retry it.

    The hearts at the top left indicate Charlie's health. The number of hearts at the beginning depends on the selected difficulty. A super heart is hidden somewhere in most of the levels.

    Just like in the original Charlie the Duck game, Charlie can beat most of his enemies by jumping on top of them, but some can only be defeated using a shield. Items are hidden in the yellow crates.

    In each level, you can find the letters to spell the name "CHARLIE". If you find them all, Charlie receives an extra life.

    Each level has a check point. After touching it, you can start there if Charlie loses a life. However, if you exit the game and start again, you will always have to start at the beginning of the level.

    When you start playing, you have to select file 1, 2 or 3. Your progress is automatically saved in this file. Normally, you can't play levels you have completed earlier, but after completing the entire game (complete version), you may choose any level to play. Only after reaching 100% for every single level, you may add your total score (of all the levels together) to the high scores!

Charlie II - Status line

The status line

    The status line at the bottom of the screen shows the following information (from left to right):

    • Number of lives
    • Number of coins
    • Number of diamonds
    • Total score

    Charlie's health is displayed at the top left of the screen.


  • All menus in the game are controlled with the arrow keys. Options can be chosen by pressing Enter. Press Esc at any time to go back or quit the game.

  • Use the following keys to play the game:

  • Toetsen Action
    Left / Right arrow keys

    Walk faster
    Down arrow key

    Diving only works in some special places. Charlie will come out of the water somewhere else. This way, you can find hidden areas!

    Hidden area somewhere in the game

  • If you have a joystick, go to Configuration, Controls to set it up. During the game, use button A to Jump, B to walk faster.
  • The following keys are also available during the game:
  • Key Function
    Pause Pause game
    Esc Quit game


  • In each level, lots of useful items can be found. Some are hidden in yellow crates, which Charlie can open by jumping on top of them.
  • Item Description
    Colect all the coins and diamonds you can find before leaving a level.
    This heart will increase Charlie’s health.
    The egg gives Charlie an extra life.
    This shield will make Charlie invincible for a short period of time.
    Collect all the letters to spell the name CHARLIE for an extra life.
    This Super Heart increases the number of hearts Charlie can store.

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