Maze Death Rally-X: Sinclair ZX Spectrum December Review

Posted by  on December 1, 2021

Maze Death Rally-X: December featured game

You all remember the 1980 Namco arcade classic Rally-X right? Well, Maze Death Rally-X for the Speccy should seem very familiar to you.

Maze Death Rally-XLoading Screen

Rally-X is one of my favourite golden age arcade games but it never saw an official release on the ZX Spectrum.

Back in 2018 a chap named Tom Dalby released his version, Maze Death Rally-X, to the world and what a joy it is for us Rally-X fans. The game comes in both 48K and 128K varieties but for the purpose of this review I’m playing the 128K version with the superior sound.

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HUDL bricked after factory reset and how to fix it

Posted by  on February 17, 2021

I did a factory reset on my Tesco HUDL

It turns out that was a mistake. The HUDL is getting on a bit now and while it may not be able to run the most recent apps it still can be used for some basic functions.

Tesco HUDL

I blew the dust from my old HUDL tablet with the intention of installing PlayZX and using it as an input source for my Sinclair ZX Spectrum. PlayZX is an Android app that connects to 1000s of Sinclair Spectrum games. The app plays the audio of the cassette as if it were loading games from a cassette deck but digitally and, therefore, no chewed tapes.

I decided to do a factory reset to start fresh with just PlayZX. That’s where things went horribly wrong.

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Christmas Bonus – Nintendo Classic Mini

Posted by  on December 20, 2016

I just won a Nintendo Classic Mini…

Yep, a Nintendo Classic Mini. It’s still sinking in that I won something, sorry.

Nintendo Classic Mini NES

I’m not the type of person who would normally enter a competition and even on the rare occasion that I do I rarely rank amongst the top scorers; and that’s OK because it’s normally for brain exercise and enjoyment of it all.
The last time I won a prize was back in the early ’80s when I won a competition to meet Worzel Gummidge (Jon Pertwee) at a show way down in the deepest parts of Cornwall but my parents were unable to take me and 5 year old me threatening to make my own way there wasn’t really ever going to make an impact.

Just over a week ago my lovely niece tagged me in Game Smart Yardley‘s post to win a Nintendo Classic Mini. The challenge was to name as many classic games featuring the characters in the image as possible (below). The person with the most correct answers wins.

Game Smart Yardley's competition

At first I thought I’d have a go just for myself. I could see a whole bunch of characters on there I recognised instantly and some characters that resided deep in the darkest pits of my memories going back 30 years. I started noting them down and by the time I finished I decided I might as well take a shot at the prize. I’m glad I did because I won.

Thank you guys at Game Smart Yardley and thank you to my niece for tagging me in the first place. If it’s any consolation to my fellow competitors, all this shows is I’m an old gaming nerd who can’t remember his own phone number but still remembers a character from a game he played in 1986.

Pokemon Go to Pokemon Stop

Posted by  on July 17, 2016

I’ve never played Pokemon…

Yep, that’s right, I’ve never played Pokemon before. It’s one of those games that just didn’t appeal to me, that is until…

Pokemon Go

The fascination people seem to have with this game intrigued me and curiosity got the better of me so I jumped in head first. I downloaded the game late Wednesday evening using one of the server tricks to allow my iPhone to download from the U.S. Apple store.
The game itself seemed simple enough and I got stuck in. Everything was going great until the weekend when a wild ERROR appeared!

Pokemon Go Error


OK, the servers were apparently subjected to a DDoS attack on Saturday and, having worked in I.T. for nigh on twenty years, I can sympathise with the poor suckers (@PokemonGoApp on Twitter) having to get this sorted.
It’s now Sunday and my Pokemon gaming today has gone as follows: –

  • Tried to login, crashed
  • Success, logged in
  • Ooh, caught Voltorb, crashed and lost Voltorb
  • Caught Venomoth, crashed and lost Venemoth
  • Caught several others, crashed and lost them
  • Just sat there with the game open, crashed
  • Tried to buy an item in the shop, crashed
  • Used incense, got 7 minutes in and crashed. When I finally managed to get back in I had just over 1 minute left of incense.
  • Walked out on to my drive to catch a Pokemon in the street, froze, had to end app.

Now, like I said, I’d never played Pokemon before but I was at least familiar enough with the game to know why it is so popular but, had I not been familiar, this experience would have really put me off. I’m just glad I got a few days enjoyment out of it before the hassle of constant server crashes.
I’ll stick with it and ride out the server crashes because on the whole it’s quite enjoyable and makes my trips here and there more tolerable.