Oldschool Gaming - reviewing new games on classic computers

Sir Clive Sinclair is known for his innovative if somewhat quirky ideas, the Spectrum probably rates as his most popular design to date; the first colour computer made in the U.K., 48K memory and an affordable price began a success story that the huge software library continued.

Sinclair Spectrum Reviews
Lunaris

Space-bound booty collection with more than a few overtones of Thrust.

 Jason & Jeff added 27/06/2005  score 7 
Ragnablock

Some frantic block-smashing action combined with asteroid fields and boss battles.

 Gordon & Paul added 02/06/2007  score 7 
Stranded

A dimensional bridge needs obliterating and only a blob called Moosh and you can do it!

 Frank & Shaun B. added 01/09/2008  score 7 
W*H*B

Isometric 3D puzzle games are a staple diet for Spectrum gamers... here's breakfast!

 Doug added 13/06/2010  score 7 
zBlast SD+

Yay! It's time for some out and out un-ashamed space blasting action for the Speccy.

 Frank & Jason added 01/10/2007  score 7 
Invasion of the Zombie Monsters

Zombies, thousands of 'em - wait until you see the yellows of their eyes...?

 Gordon added 15/08/2010  score 6 
Stronghold

Negotiate through the Stronghold, working out how to retrieve the keys and get out safely.

 Andy & Paul added 01/09/2008  score 6 
Ghost Castles

Who you gonna call when there's supernatural goings on to stop? A magic lamp and a chest!

 Gordon & Paul added 09/08/2006  score 5 
Existenz

What we need is more horizontal-scrolling shoot 'em up action... oh, here's one now!

 Jason & Gordon added 01/10/2007  score 4 
Horace Miner

More oldschool than usual - Horace goes a bit Manic Miner.

 Paul added 09/09/2014  score 4 
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Resources
Spectrum Open Source Web Project

A large source repository for a mixture of games, demos and utilities for the Spectrum.

Spectrum Technical Wiki

A collection of useful technical information for Spectrum programmers.

World Of Spectrum

Official (someone at Amstrad said nice things) and close to definitive archive of Spectrum software.

Developers
Bob Smith

Developer of titles such as Dominetris (not about women in leather, sadly!) and the Farmer Jack.

The Mojon Twins

Previously part of the CEZ Games Studio team and now releasing games under their own label.

Publishers
Cronosoft

UK-based purveyors of fine software on tape and disk for several 8-bit formats.

Emulators
RealSpectrum

A powerful Windows (and legacy DOS support) emulator with a high level of accuracy.

Spectaculator

A good Windows-based shareware emulator (trial available) that handles several models and clones.

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