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Mal etwas Geschichtsunterricht für unsere jüngeren Leser: ganz knapp vor den 3D Ego Shootern gab es eine andere Kategorie Spiele, die uns in unserer Jugend dazu gebracht hat, Nachmittags freiwillig wieder zurück (!) in die Schule zu gehen um dort die wenigen Apple ][ Rechner zu belagern:

Jetzt, nur ca. 30 Jahre später , kann man das endlich wieder spielen: hat das alles vorrätig. Schnell die passende Chrome Extension installieren, und los geht’s!

Wenn jetzt noch jemand Falcons findet… Auch den Flight Simulator II kann ich empfehlen. Auch Sneakers, Snack Attack und Raster Blaster waren damals sehr beliebt. Und die Stunden die wir mit Mystery House und Mask of the sun verbracht haben…

Retro-Goodness: Re-launch of the Sinclair ZX Spectrum?

Now this is great news:

“An all-new version of classic gaming device the ZX Spectrum is being readied for release.

The hardware is reportedly being created by games developer Elite Systems Ltd, which was originally founded in England back in 1984.

Although few details are known about the new Spectrum, The Telegraph reports that it will be a bluetooth keyboard designed to look and feel like the original – suggesing you’re going to be able to plug it into your telly and play immediately.”

Not sure about the bluetooth part, but I can’t wait to hear more details. While the iPhone Emulator ZX Spectrum: Elite Collection HD - Elite Systems Ltd and especially the iPad HD version ZX Spectrum: Elite Collection HD - Elite Systems Ltd rock a dedicated piece of hardware would be nicer…

ZX Spectrum Emulator for iPhone is here!


“The media and consumer reaction to the announcement, in late September, of Apple’s approval of ZX Spectrum: Elite Collection has been extensive and enthusiastic. Our concerns now are to ensure that both groups understand that Vol. #1 of the App is a work-in-progress, a rough diamond if you like and that we’re committed to developing the App (eliminating some of its more obvious shortcomings and adding new features) over the weeks and months ahead. Our commitments include:

– the App will always be priced at £0.59 (Euro0.79, US$0.99)
– 6 more games in a free update (Vol. #2), within a month, taking the number included to 12
– a further free update (Vol. #3), within a further month, including an in-App ‘shop’.

This inaugural volume includes:

– Turbo Esprit #3 on top 100 best games, voted for by visitors to World of Spectrum
– Saboteur #10 on top 100 best games, voted for by visitors to World of Spectrum
– Chuckie Egg the classic, developed by Nigel Alderton
– Harrier Attack inspired by the conflict in the South Atlantic
– Frank Bruno’s Boxing the UK #1 Best-Seller
– Buggy Boy the arcade original driving game

Features of this inaugural volume:

– 100% original ZX Spectrum games
– for each of the 6 games
o game-specific play controls
o extensive playing instructions
– option of portrait or (full-screen) landscape play / display modes
– authentic ‘Spectrum’ sound
– link to ‘ZX Spectrum’ “

Get it in the ZX

C64 on the iPhone – Back to Basic

I really hope you were smart enough to buy the C64 Emulator for the iPhone while it was still available.

They had to pull it because it’s possible to enable the BASIC interpreter through a backdoor:

– Go to settings, enable “always show full keyboard”
– Start a game
– Go to the EXTRA keyboard and press RESET

C64 Basic

I’m not buying Manomio’s excuse that this was supposed not to be possible (yeah, right..), at the same time I don’t get the fuss – does Apple think you could PEEK and POKE into real iPhone memory…?

Anyway, even though I had to re-type several times due to the miniscule keyboard in the emulator, starting that 3 line program gave me a very strange feeling of satisfaction.

Maybe that’s because this is where my programming skills ended ;)

Now let me go and pull out some old YOUR COMPUTER magazines and start entering a few programs…