Sinclair ZX Spectrum Archived News Items

26 January 2018Gears of Games talks to Bo Jangeborg of Fairlight fame

Spectrum fans might well remember Fairlight and Fairlight II, from Swedish coder Bo Jangeborg. These isometric adventure games were both highly regarded by fans of Sir Clive’s finest, with the original receiving a whopping 95% from Crash, and Computer & Video Games describing it as possessing “a level of detail and precision which surpasses anything seen on a Spectrum before.”

YouTube channel Gears Of Games has recently tracked down Bo Jangeborg for a major interview, which you can see above. It’s well worth a look – the interview is conducted entirely in English and goes into a great deal of depth, with the video running for 54 minutes. The production values are high, and Bo does the vast majority of the talking, covering everything from his start in programming to the various technical tricks used in Fairlight. If you’re a fan of the games, this is essential viewing.

Give it a watch on YouTube!

08 October 2017Spectrum Next update

A rather large update appeared on the ZX Spectrum Next Kickstarter page late Sunday evening. Updating all backers on where they are currently up to regarding production, the case and inner workings of the upcoming machine which will proudly bear the name of Sinclair.

With the initial production delayed, originally delivery was set for August for just the boards, now things have begun to move along again as the components required have been delivered. The Next is now ready to have it’s molds produced - the update reveals that both case and keyboard will be completed by two separate companies. The castings in China and then it will be shipped to the UK for plastic injection. The Next team say “We’re hoping to see the Next full case in the flesh in a couple of months, and I’m sure we speak for all the backers when we say we can’t wait to see it!”.

Both the Next Manual, which is being produced by Phoebus, is currently under way and the last of the Dev Kits (issue 2) have been issued – 30 in total – with the hope that this will boost the software for when the Next arrives. Another set of boards (Issue 2A) are currently in development – 30 of – to again bring more developers on board to increase the software for the machine on launch. Finally the last part of the update concentrates on showing Victor Trucco and his work behind the scenes, working with the Internet software for the ZX Spectrum Next.

Visit the Kickstarter page for more information.

17 March 2017Ooze, New AGD ZX Spectrum Game by Andy Johns Released!

Andy Johns has today released his new game, Ooze, for the Spectrum 128K. The game is written using AGD (Arcade Game Designer) by Jonathan Cauldwell.

Andy has developed numerous other Spectrum titles, including Monty's Honey Run and Monty Mole and the Lost Souls. This new game though is rather special, as it adds music to an AGD-based game, thanks to David Saphier who worked out how this can be achieved. David also added the menu art including the menu code, menu music by Miguel/CPU and some in game music by Rayden/Vitali.

You can download Ooze from Dropbox. It's a 128K game, so be sure to configure your favourite emulator for 128K mode.

31 January 2017ZX Spectrum Next Taking Shape

Henrique Olifiers published on YouTube an 8-minute long video showing the board in action. On the video, the PCB is installed in a regular ZX Spectrum case for demo purposes. Talking about the demos, he uses some of the best demos available for the Spectrum, trying to convince us (as if it was needed!) that the machine has the best possible hardware emulation one can find.

Watch the YouTube video, check out more info on www.specnext.com and join the discussion on Facebook!

27 November 2016Snake Escape out now

Here we have a brand new game (it's been quite a while in development) for the ZX Spectrum!

Guide a snake through increasingly difficult mazes in order to escape and reach the food... featuring: Code and levels (converted and new) by myself Awesome graphics by top artist BiNMaN Awesome soundtrack by top composer MmcM Original concept by Tommi Tuovinen

This game is based on a webgame called LIME RICK, although with a modified design. Many maze levels were "improved" from the original (hardest levels became even harder), and there are also 4 extra (extremely hard) new levels at the end. Can you solve them all???
Download it now from here and have fun! NOTE: Play it on a ZX-Spectrum 128K model otherwise you will miss the AY music! NOTE2: This game uses multicolor graphics powered by NIRVANA+ Engine, so it will work on all original ZX-Spectrum models without the need for additional hardware. It should also work on any accurate emulator, including the ZX Vega.

11 September 2016ZX Spectrum Crowdfunding updates

News from the EuroGamer.net site: Some Kickstarter backers of the "Recreated ZX Spectrum" have yet to receive the nostalgia-fuelled retro keyboard - and the boss of the company behind it has been silent for months.

Wesley Yin-Poole at Eurogamer says: "I've spent the past two weeks investigating what looks like another example of a Kickstarter gone horribly wrong - at least for some who forked out for what was supposed to be the glorious revival of one of the most beloved computers in video game history."

Elite Systems launched a Kickstarter that was successfully funded in January 2014, with 821 backers pledging a total of £63,194. But since then, not every backer has received their device, and since this device is not much more than a Bluetooth keyboard that looks like a ZX Spectrum and which relies on an app for the gaming experience, backers have recently reported that this critical app has been withdrawn from all the respective app stores. The full article can be read here.

On a more positive note, The Indiegogo project's Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega Plus Console (see title pic) is apparently nearing release, with the first backers expecting to receive the goods this month. The Vega+ is a new low cost hand-held games console with a colour LCD screen and 1,000 licensed games already installed. It incorporates all the features of the predecessor, ZX Vega, and more, including stereo output for great reproduction of gaming sounds and music. It is the only games console that exists with 1,000 licensed games already included and with both an LCD for anywhere use and video out for TV use.

02 June 2016New RPG Speccy mini game - Magical Tower Adventure

Timmy over on the WoS forums has created a new mini RPG adventure called Magical Tower Adventure. It's a colourful game consisting of 10 levels.

There is a story of a Tower somewhere in the evil lands, filled with monsters and other magical creatures. Many fighters have entered but no one came back. There are many rumours about treasures and princesses but no one really knows. This time a new Hero has arrived at the Magical Tower, and he will need all the help he can get to kill the boss at the top level of the Tower.

Full instructions are given in the ZIP file. The game is in .TAP format, so you can play it on the majority of Spectrum emulators.

25 May 2016New for Spectrum: Tourmaline

From the RetroSouls Team comes a fresh Boulder Dash clone for the ZX Spectrum.

Tourmaline has been created by Denis Grachev, the Russian designer and creator of wonders like Alter Ego, 8-bit Night and Multitude BiColor edition - he now presents us with a kind of clone of the classic Boulder Dash, with great level design, remarkable graphics and seamless gameplay.

The game is free to download from RetroSouls.

03 May 2016Spectrum Next announced

A presentation at Play Blackpool this past weekend announced new plans for [yet another] reimplementation of the venerable ZX Spectrum.

This one is the brainchild of Victor Trucco, Fabio Belavenuto, Rick Dickinson (who designed the hardware of the ZX80, ZX81, ZX Spectrum, Plus and QL), and Henrique Olifiers. The Spectrum Next is a totally open source project, and will have faster and more memory, new video modes, SD storage, and RGB/VGA/HDMI output.

Being a reimplementation at the hardware level means it will run all existing Spectrum (and ZX81!) software, and is also compatible with most hardware expansions out there.

The specs sheet is certainly quite interesting: Z80 CPU 3.5/7 MHz, 512Kb RAM, "ULA+" video featuring expanded video modes and colours, SD Card slot with DivMMC-compatible protocol, AY-3-8912 or FM2149 audio chips (selectable) with stereo output, DB9 joystick port(s) with selectable protocol, PS/2 port for mouse/external keyboard use, Multiface functionality for memory access/savegames/cheats etc, Mic and Ear ports for tape loading and saving, and an original external bus expansion port plus accelerator expansion port.

It is scheduled for production through a crowdfunding campaign in the near future – the date, time and amount to raise haven’t yet been announced. More news as and when we get it...

16 February 2016Sir Clive Sinclair launches sleek Vega+ hand-held console

Legendary British entrepreneur Sir Clive Sinclair has launched a hand-held console based on his classic ZX Spectrum system from the 1980s.


This is the second incarnation of the Vega, which was first revealed as an Indiegogo crowdfunding project last year . The original machine hit its 100,000 target in just two days - but the newer version is sleeker and will be able to connect to the internet. "The user will also be able to download additional games free of charge from the thousands that are available on the web, so there is no need for users to pay any more than the cost of the basic product, which will be in the region of 100," explained Retro Computers Ltd, the Luton-based company developing the console.

The team behind the new console say they have completed development and the prototype is ready to go into production. There's even a choice of three different colours: red, blue or white. According to the Indiegogo campaign, the Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega+ is scheduled to launch in September 2016.

17 January 2016Dingo v1.3 released for ZX Spectrum

The original version of this game was an arcade machine made by A.C.G also known as Ultimate Play the Game in 1983 and its a game that looks very much like their classic Spectrum game, Sabre Wulf. The game has never seen any other commercial releases, but it was also remade for the PC in 2008 for a competition, and ported to OSX in 2011.

Your mission is to dash around the melon field and collect all the fruit there, to complete your mission. Your enemies are the Dingos they should be avoided as they will stomp the life out of you if they get too near, and koala bears only have one life (well, three actually). Sometimes the Dingoes will also collect fruit by stomping on it and throw it at Big Ted which is also fatalif they hit that is.

Copyright for the game idea is held by A.C.G. who made the original arcade game in 1983. This remake was programmed by S. Borgquist (aka Sokurah), 2011, and updated Jan 2016, with graphics from Mark. R. Jones.

You can read more about it, or download the game for free from World of Spectrum or from Tardis Remakes.

08 December 2015Chrimblast! New Shoot Em Up for the ZX Spectrum

World of Spectrum user Rtape has announced the release of his entry for the ZX-DEV 2015 comp Chrimblast!, a Shoot em Up game where you have to shoot the enemies and collect the presents (!!!).

The game has 8 levels, but it is actually a very well-done game with nice graphics and good background music. The sprite flickering that the author warned on his post is the downside of the game, but it doesnt hurt the gameplay at all.

The game plays AY sound whether you're on a 48K or 128K Speccy, so on 48K it is best to turn the music off.

The game can be download for free from here

02 July 2015Recreated Spectrum launched

For Speccy fans, it's been a little while since the Kickstarter campaign by Elite Systems founder Steve Wilcox raised the 60,000 needed to build their new project, but what is now being called the "Recreated Spectrum" is now available to purchase.

While the machine itself looks pretty much identical (it's a few grammes lighter) the actual computing is done by a smartphone or tablet computer, so the unit you actually purchase is a Bluetooth keyboard.

You can download a free app and then play games and even programme in BASIC!

Comparing it side-by-side with a pristine model from the 80s you would be hard pressed to tell them apart. The initial run of 5,000 has sold out, but interest is high and it looks like the Spectrum may once again appear in shops.

Visit the dedicated website here!

24 April 2015SD card reader and diagnostic card for Speccy 48K

Retroleum has released a new combined expansion for Spectrum 48K and Spectrum+ owners. The 'SMART' card combines an SD card reader, Spectrum diagnostic card and Kempston joystick interface. Oh, and it also has a reset button.

Whilst the card only physically fits in the 48K and Plus models, it is electrically compatible with the 128K, +2, +3, etc, so if you need to use it, you'll need to take the top half of the Spectrum case off ;-)

The SD card reader supports the instant loading of snapshot (.sna) and many tape (.tap) format files as well. The diagnostic option provides audible feedback and visual (if the Speccy is displaying to your TV ok) showing such things as faulty RAM chips.

This hobbyist project is being updated regularly by Phil (Retroleum). You can order yours at his online store here for just 23.99.

24 April 2015ZX Spectrum Vega available to buy

People can now buy the Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega games console. We first heard about this console back in December last year. It was announced as a crowdfunding project launched and backed by Sir Clive Sinclair which collected 155,000 from backers. The device comes 32 years after the original Sinclair Spectrum was launched and is bundled with 1,000 classic games for your retro-gaming nostalgic pleasure.

The Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega was designed by Chris Smith, Technical Director at Retro Computers, makers of the new retro gaming device. As mentioned in the headline, the machines are now available to order on the Retro Computers website.

Purchasers will have to wait for the machines to be dispatched however. According to a press release received today the first 1,000 units will be shipped to customers at the end of May. Looking at the IndieGogo project page this production run has already sold out completely. A production run of 3,000 will be made available in July then, as long as orders keep up, 10,000 will be produced in August or September. The consoles are being manufactured by SMS Electronics Ltd in Beeston, Nottinghamshire.

08 April 2015Little Dragon 2 for Spectrum released

Courtesy of Gabriele (Gabam) and Neil Parsons, here is a long awaited title - Little Dragon 2, a homebrew platformer for the ZX Spectrum.

With stunning visuals, and great gameplay we recommend you give it a try.

Visit the WOS boards for download and more info!

13 January 2015New version of Zero Spectrum emulator v0.7

A new version of Zero, a ZX Spectrum emulator for Windows has just been released today. This version 0.7 adds full support for SZX specification 1.4 files, loads of command-line arguments added for execution from front ends, correct cold boot and reset emulation, shortcut keys for major emulator functions, fully resizable game window, and many many issues fixed.

The emulator is written entirely in C#/.Net.

Visit the Zero site to download or leave feedback.

02 December 2014Sinclair Spectrum Games Console to be Crowdfunded

The much beloved Sinclair ZX Spectrum is to be relaunched as a retro gaming console. It is the work of an Indiegogo project which has been endorsed by Sir Clive Sinclair himself.

The new Sinclair Spectrum Vega simplifies the original keyboard into a rectangular gamepad and comes preloaded with 1,000 games for the Spectrum. What's more, you can use an SD card to load up old Spectrum games you still have lying around, and the company behind the project, Retro Computers, promises to iteratively release more free games once the console is out.

The price of the ARM-based Spectrum Vega is 100 (about $150), and deliveries of the first 1,000 units are expected to begin in February of next year, provided the funding campaign goes to plan. It's all very geeky and soaked in nostalgia, but there's one unforgivable flaw to the whole thing: the 20 "Byte" funding tier is only four times the size of the 5 "Bit" funding.

Visit IndieGoGo here for details or to join the campaign.

13 September 2014New game Ninjajar from The Mojon Twins

Once again it's time to give the old Speccy a dusting off and inject a fresh infusion of life into the tape deck courtesy of the ever-prolific Mojon Twins! Stalwarts of the ZX Spectrum scene, the Mojon's output over the years has varied in quality from great to not-so-great, but their latest release Ninjajar! has undoubtedly set a new benchmark for the much-loved 8-bit home computer.

Graphically the game is a powerhouse by ZX standards, stretching the limited hardware to its breaking point. The visuals are top notch with graphical qualities that would not look out of place on an NES, or dare I say it a Master System. Sprites are perfectly rendered and the levels are varied and (at least for the Spectrum) full of detail and memorable. Throughout the game you will encounter many different environments, from the rainy early stages through to the trap filled castles towards the end, each brimming with originality and challenge.

Visit the Mojon Twins website or download the game from here!

30 August 2014Spectrum Today #0 - now in English

The first issue of Spectrum Today has now been translated from Slovak into English.

This issue contains an interview with the admin of speccy.pl, tons of reviews of brand new homebrew games including Horace to the Rescue, Speccies 2, and Escape from Cnossus, previews of Abbaye Des Morts and Bomb Munchies, and lots of tech talk on cross compilers, multicolour in Spectrum games and more.

Spectrum Today covers current activities on the ZX Spectrum and compatible computers scene. It is published three times per year and is free. It is edited by ellvis/zeroteam with the help of a wider community.

Click here to read this issue.

29 August 2014Speccy Jam has started!

Speccy Jam is a regular world wide 1 week game jam, where indie game developers come together to create games with the flavour of the legendary 8-bit personal home computer, the Sinclair ZX Spectrum.

Game developers can work alone or as part of a team, and can use any game engine or dev tools to create their game. It can be developed for ANY device or platform it doesnt matter as long as it looks and feels like a Spectrum game!

To sign up or get more information, head over to Speccyjam.com

11 August 2014Gamex sequel on its way

Gamex 2, the sequel to Gamex sees the player trading shares, not in fictional companies, but in minigames ! As part of the dividend, the player gets to play the minigames he has invested in whenever that minigame's results are due. The score accumulated can then be re-invested and so the cycle continues...

Naturally, the player's score is taxed - the more contact he makes with enemies the more tax increases. When it reaches 100% the game is over. Fortunately, the player can collect bowler hats to reduce his tax rate ;-) Achievements along the way will gradually lead to more aspects of the game becoming unlocked. At present, there are 16 minigames and the occasional newsflash feature. The game is still undergoing development, with more bits and pieces planned.

The author, Jonathan Cauldwell is interested in hearing from you with suggestions for a subtitle or strap line for the game, so take a look here for some screenshots and a short video.

11 July 2014Ben Hecks ZX Spectrum Mod

Sponsored by Element 14

Ben has modded many old computers into gaming portables and today he takes a crack at something new - the ZX Spectrum. He gets stared by taking the computer apart and for a closer look inside. He makes sure it works by simulating loading a game from tape before he gets down to making modifications. He adds a new EEPROM with two different operating systems and makes some an upgrades to the video RAM.

Watch the first part of this exciting project here.

UPDATE 31 Aug 2014
Parts 2 and 3 are have now aired. See the links below...
Part 2
Part 3

01 May 2014ZX Spectrum Kickstarter firm pays overdue royalties

Longstanding UK games studio Elite Systems has reportedly paid all overdue royalties to developers whose titles were featured in its ZX Spectrum Elite Collection apps for iOS and Android.

ZX Spectrum Elite Collection was released in October 2010 and initially included six Spectrum games: Chuckie Egg, Saboteur!, Turbo Esprit, Harrier Attack, Buggy Boy and Frank Bruno's Boxing.

Over the years a number of DLC packs expanded the collection to around 200 games. While Elite owned the rights to some of these titles, most were acquired through licensing agreements with their original programmers, with royalties promised for each sale. For numerous developers, these royalties went unpaid until now.

One of the affected parties, Dynamite Dan developer Rod Bowkett, told Polygon this week that Elite Systems has now cancelled its contracts with the developers in question and paid them all outstanding royalties.

"It seems this affair has finally been resolved," Bowkett said. "In addition our contracts with Elite have been successfully terminated thus preventing the company from legally using any of our games in any of their current or future products.

"This has been a very long haul for us, but hopefully a line has been drawn which will discourage similar copyright abuses in the future."

Shortly after completing a successful Kickstarter campaign for a Bluetooth ZX Spectrum keyboard for iOS, Android and Windows devices in January 2014, Elite Systems pulled its ZX Spectrum game emulator apps in response to the complaints about their legality.

15 April 2014DivMMC EnJOY! for the ZX Spectrum

The DivMMC EnJOY! is the successor to the highly successful DivIDE interface, which nowadays is the most widely used storage interface for the ZX Spectrum. But the DivMMC EnJOY! is the affordable alternative with an SD card slot, making it easy to transfer Spectrum software from your PC. It has an integrated Kempston joystick interface, 128K RAM, reset button, and comes with ESXDOS in its firmware which is a FAT/FAT32 file system, so no additional PC software is needed. It can save snapshots to your SD card so you can stop playing a game and pick it up later, and with some new BASIC commands you can even save your typed-in programs too. It supports .TAP, .SNA, .Z80 and .TRD file formats.

Manufactured by Ben Versteeg, it is available on Ebay and SellMyRetro for just 45 (50 EUR).

The DivMMC EnJOY! is fully compatible with all Sinclair ZX Spectrum models: 16K, 48K, 128K, +2, +2A, +2B and +3.
Go to Ben's site here: www.benophetinternet.nl/hobby or watch the demo on YouTube

09 April 2014New ZX Spectrum Homebrew Arcade Puzzler 'El Stompo'

If there is one thing console gamers have to be jealous of with the ZX Spectrum, it's the constant supply of new homebrew games being released on the home computer. The latest title to smash its way onto the classic system is El Stompo, an arcade puzzler featuring an angry green protagonist out to restore countless old television sets through brute force.

Featuring similarities to that of Lode Runner, Penguin Land and many other titles in the same genre, El Stompo has you traversing 35 different single screen levels - each with the aim of stomping on televisions to retune them. Upon the way there will be many obstacles and enemies to prevent your progress, however, with each successful stomp you'll be rewarded with a familiar logo of a bygone broadcast signal.

El Stompo has been released online for free in .TAP format, ready for use in a ZX Spectrum emulator, or on the original hardware using a DivIDE.

View a video of the game in action here.

28 March 2014New Homebrew Leonardos Lost Last Invention For ZX Spectrum

If classic platformers such as Jet Set Willy, Chubby Gristle and Impossamole are your thing then look no further. An all new adventure known as Leonardos Lost Last Invention has just painted itself onto the ZX Spectrum - with expansive areas to explore, fantastic 8-bit visuals and plenty of pop-culture references to boot.

Arriving as a free download, this three level quest is one new homebrew offering you don't want to miss. Built using the Arcade Game Designer package, Leonardos Lost Last Invention puts you in control of Da Vinci as he hops around collecting lost relics from afar.

Click here to read the full article

02 March 2014Castlevania coming to the ZX Spectrum

Now that is a headline I would never believe I would ever write unless it was an April Fool's joke. But this is true, one of the many fine examples of homebrew ZX Spectrum coding projects out of Retro Games Battle 2014 that took place recently in Russia, coder SaNchez and music manDarkman007 made the seemingly impossible by porting a fully working version of Konami's "Castlevania" for the NES to Sir Clive Sinclair's 8-bit wonder. Some demo footage is up on YouTube.

Oh those wonderful AY chiptunes! The full version will be release this coming April in TAP format so not only will it be playable on emulators but you will also be able to convert it to audio file and play it on real hardware! Can't wait to Load"" this one!

(˳˘ ɜ˘)˳ ♬♪♫ Great, now I have those sounds stuck on my head...

13 February 2014ZX Spectrum Kickstarter project stalls over unpaid developer bills

A Kickstarter project to recreate the ZX Spectrum is in disarray after it was revealed that many of the original developers of the included Spectrum games had never been paid for the inclusion their work.

Elite Systems raised 63,194 to make a Bluetooth version of the classic British ZX Spectrum computer on Kickstarter, offering rewards including the Bluetooth Spectrum itself, printed artwork from spectrum games like Jet Set Willy and Manic Miner and the ZX Spectrum: Elite Collection app for iOS and Android. As well as being used to play Spectrum games, Elite Systems plans to ensure that the Bluetooth ZX Spectrum will optionally work as a standard bluetooth keyboard for Windows and Mac computers.

But it is the app, required to use the device to play Spectrum games, which has led to disgruntled developers coming forward. The ZX Spectrum: Elite Collection app was first released on Apples App Store in September 2010, boasting of 100% original and officially licensed ZX Spectrum games. Through in-app purchases, a further 25 collections of Spectrum games were added over the next three years.

But despite the licensing agreements being signed, it seems very few developers were actually paid the royalties they were owed for the inclusion of their old games in the Elite Collection app.

03 February 2014Controversy over Bluetooth ZX Spectrum keyboard

Retro game lovers felt a strong pull towards a Bluetooth ZX Spectrum replica keyboard on Kickstarter, successfully funding it to tune of more than 60,000.
But now the campaign is marred in controversy and those backers left with a sour taste in their mouths. Maker Elite Systems stands accused of not honouring deals with Spectrum game developers and not paying to use their games. This dates back to 2010, to the first of Elite's iOS ZX Spectrum apps, when old Spectrum games were sold as part of the Elite Collection app and as standalone games.

But the people who originally made those games never received a penny, reported GamesIndustry International, after seeing correspondences between developers and Elite, interviewing developers and consulting a solicitor.
More than a dozen of those developers took to the Bluetooth ZX Spectrum Kickstarter page to sound the alarm. "We ask you to not purchase any Elite product that either includes any of our games or supports IAPs of them," they collectively stated.
Several of the unpaid game developers intend to pursue a combined case against Elite Systems with Apple and Kickstarter. The Bluetooth ZX Spectrum keyboard, meanwhile, is due out in September 2014.

25 December 2013Speccy emulator update

This Speccy version, released on December 25 2013, adds 64-color ULA+ emulation, and custom color palettes.

Speccy emulates 16kB, 48kB, and 128kB versions of Sinclair ZX Spectrum, as well as Spectrum +2, +2A, and +3, as well as Timex Sinclair models. At the moment, Speccy supports all types of ZX Spectrum joysticks and the Kempston mouse. The AMX mouse support is not yet complete. Both ZX printer and the Timex (aka Alphacom 32) printer are supported and will print to a file using ASCII graphics. AY8910 PSG chip is obviously supported, in both 128k and Fuller modes. Only BetaDisk/TR-DOS disk interface is currently supported, although other disk, wafer, or microdrive devices appear on the menu. These are being worked on.

Speccy will load files in .Z80, .SNA, .TAP, .TZX, .FDI, .TRD, and .SCL formats. It will also load screenshots in the .SCR format. You may save files in .Z80, .SNA, .FDI, .TRD, .SCL, and .SCR formats. Speccy has an interesting feature of automatically converting ZX beeper sounds into MIDI score and storing the soundtrack to a log for later playback.

Click here to download Speccy version 2.2 now, or go to the website.

13 December 2013Spectaculator for Android now available!

In April 1982, Sir Clive Sinclair launched what was to become one of the most popular home computers ever made the Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Spectaculator is a ZX Spectrum emulator that takes you back to the 1980s to the golden era of 8-bit gaming!

Includes the officially licensed Stephen Crow Anthology: 1983-2013 Stephen Crow. All rights reserved.
- Factory Breakout
- Firelord
- Laser Snaker
- Starquake
- Wizards Lair

Upgrade to the full version to allow you play your own games. Upload and play .TAP/.TZX cassette files and .SZX/.Z80/.SNA snapshots

Download Spectaculator now and start playing the games of yesteryear all over again! Get it on Google Play

28 November 2013Mojon Twins Release another Homebrew Platformer

Just mere weeks since their last release, the homebrew ZX Spectrum heroes The Mojon Twins are back with yet another smash hit for the classic home computer. Goku Mal is their newest offering, a fully fledged and rather impressive multi-screen platformer with more than enough action to keep you adventuring into the early hours.

Very much like The Mojon Twins' prior releases, Goku Mal offers an incredible level of depth for a ZX Spectrum homebrew, along with plenty of challenge, stunning visuals and a catchy soundtrack. If anything, it's worth mentioning that Goku Mal draws a lot of inspiration from Capcom's Mega Man series, providing fans of the home computer with an equally as taxing adventure spanning countless screens of action.

This five level free download stars Goku Bad, the result of Eleuterio's failed experiments to sculpt the perfect woman in his crazy laboratory. With Goku Mal awakening rather angry at his creator, it's up to you to take control and traverse the many pitfalls, chasms and creatures laid before you.

As usual this new release can be downloaded for free at The Mojon Twins' website and enjoyed on the original hardware using a device such as the DivIDE or on an emulator.

27 March 2013Jet Set Willy's Matthew Smith to return with new game

Even by today's standards, Manic Miner and Jet Set Willy still hold their own as fiendishly difficult, cunningly constructed platforms games. You can find them both on many emulators these days, with Elite's iPad and iPhone app - ZX Spectrum: Elite Collection - leading the way. READ: APP OF THE DAY - ZX Spectrum: Elite Collection Vol. 1 (iPhone / iPod touch) And, thanks to the success of the company's retro gaming applications, Smith is ready to return with an all-new game almost 30 years after Jet Set Willy first hit the Speccy, and published in conjunction with Elite Systems. Sadly, little is known about the game itself at present. Bar the announcement that Smith and Elite have joined forces for a "new game", there is not much else to go on. The company has revealed that a site will be live soon, at www.matthewsmithishere.com, but it's not allowing access at the moment it seems.

Click here to read the full article

05 September 2012Spectrum 30 event

Join in for the 30th anniversary of a home computer from Cambridge that got generation programming and put Britain at the forefront of the video game industry, an event that will be celebrated over a two day weekend fair at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge (UK) near the building where it all began. Go to www.spectrum30.org.uk for more details.

23 April 2012ZX Spectrum turns 30 today!

Yes folks, the Sinclair ZX Spectrum which, at least in the UK, was the most successful home computer of the 1980s, turned 30 years old today. So a heart-felt cheer for everyone in the UK, and a big thank you to Sir Clive and the team who brought us such a wonderful computer.