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

Manic Miner for the Nintendo DS

Headsoft have ported the classic ZX Spectrum game Manic Miner to the Nintendo DS!


The Story:

“The tale of Miner Willy and his incredible adventures in the mines, and then the mansions, of Surbiton is legend. But like all legends, it doesn’t tell the whole story.

Most people know Willy simply as a digger who got lucky and lived happily ever after in decadent luxury. Far fewer know the secret – suppressed for quarter of a century by the government – of how he also saved Planet Earth from alien invasion.

It wasn’t until an eccentric but dedicated historian writing a paper for a renowned academic journal (Retro Gamer issue 63) pieced together the complete saga of Willy’s heroic exploits from fragments of scattered evidence – in the form of obscure retellings of the ‘Manic Miner’ folk fable in ancient languages readable only via long-obsolete machines – that the whole truth was finally revealed.

Welcome to Manic Miner – The Lost Levels!”

Excellent! Get it now!