If you ever find yourself yearning for the days machines like the Intellivision console and Spectrum ZX first bought computing to the masses, well, you’re in for a treat. This weekend, the Internet Archive announced the “Historical Software Collection,” a … Continue reading ?
"You swim slowly through the night, contemplating the solitary brutality of your existence as an apex predator." Jaws, the text adventure, is fantastic in three ways: as a game; in its adherence to the ZX Spectrum's palette and limitations; and its location firmly in the 19A0s.
From Elite, the makers of the ZX Spectrum: Elite Collection [$2.99] and tons of similar retro-y stuff, comes Ultima IV: C64 [Free]. It's totally free, and seems to include both the full game as well as a bunch of reference material like a digital copy of the original player reference card and tons more. I
The story of the BBC Micro Junior Archaeologic The Sinclair Spectrum made the Acorn Electron inevitable.…
Formula 1 racing games have come a long way in the last 30 years or so. I can clearly remember my first one, the imaginatively named ‘Formula One Simulator’ by Mastertronic for my 48k ZX Spectrum (remember that rubber keyboard?). Having...Show More Summary
In Yugoslavia in the 1980s, computers were a rare luxury. A ZX Spectrum or Commodore 64 could easily cost a month's salary, and that's if you could even get through the tough importation laws. Then in 1983, while on holiday in Risan,...Show More Summary
The Jupiter Ace was a small membrane keyboard, cassette tape drive computer akin to the ZX Spectrum released in 1982. Priced at £90, it was a little more expensive than its home computer contemporaries, but had a very interesting feature: instead of BASIC, the Ace ran Forth. Show More Summary
Every week, a new and interesting human being tackles our decidedly geeky take on the Proustian Q&A. This is the Engadget Questionnaire. In this installment of our regular session of inquiry, B&O Play's Corporate Vice President Henrik Taudof Lorensen discusses the focused Path and face-to-face connectivity. Show More Summary
Older gamers and students of history might recall the ZX Spectrum, a primarily UK-based console from the early 1980s. Even so, you might not know the patchy history of Willy's Great Adventure, first developed 28 years ago but never released. Show More Summary
Back in the days of the ZX Spectrum, this odd multimedia-style game featuring Jon Pertwee and the music of Ian Dury came out and won a few awards. It was only available by mail order. I don't k...
Retro gone screechingly mad Those with a working ZX Spectrum in their cupboards but lacking a working cassette deck with which to load programs need fret no more: there's an app for that.…
Do you remember playing Bomberman on the MSX, ZX Spectrum or NES? Yeah, so do we. Frantically running around a grid-like maze with oversized bombs in hand, laying them down... Keep reading ?
In 1985, Charles Bronson went 8-bit in the Death Wish 3 computer game from Gremlin Graphics for the ZX Spectrum, Armstrad CPC, and Commodore 64. It was an intensely violent and gory game. For the time people, for the time. You can download the TZX tape image here, the Amstrad CPC version here, and likely [...]
Mike Singleton's The Lords of Midnight [$4.99] was originally released for the ZX Spectrum in 1984, on magnetic cassette tape. It was quite possibly the most ambitious game of its time, and you can see the roots of the modern open-world RPG in it as well as its influence on later strategy games and the [...]
It's autumn 1988. My cousins have handed down to me my first computer, a ZX Spectrum 48K. I have a little bit of money in my pocket and fancied something more current than the BombJack, JetPac and Deathchase fare that's had be bashing those infamous rubber keys. Show More Summary
Back in March we reported that Mike Singleton's expansive 1984 adventure game The Lords of Midnight, which brought a rich and incredible fantasy world to the meager ZX Spectrum home computer, would be making its way to iOS. Singleton teamed up with developer Chris Wild in early 2011 to begin the effort of bringing this true [...]
1980s tech for 1980s rules A pal of mine suggested a short while back that it might be fun to obtain the blueprints for Sinclair Research’s ZX Spectrum and have a batch built up to sell to fans of retro computing. It’s a good job this...Show More Summary
Or Linux, Windows and Pandora The 80's are so now, as hot on the heels of the RISC OS' Raspberry Pi debut comes the equally retro-tastic news that the BASIC version used in the Sinclair ZX Spectrum can also run on the Pi.…
Chaos: The Battle of Wizards is an old tactical game created for the ZX Spectrum computer in 1985. Despite its complexity, it has a loyal following and has influenced a lot of games and developers. Now, the original creator of Chaos,...Show More Summary
XCOM creator Julian Gollop was ?surprised and puzzled? by calls for him to remake his 1985 ZX Spectrum game Chaos: The Battle of Wizards. In his first Chaos remake blog post the designer said he is embarking on the project now because...Show More Summary