Astro Blaster: Sinclair ZX Spectrum April Review

Posted by  on April 1, 2021

Astro Blaster: April featured game

I remember playing Astro Blaster many years ago but it became one of those titles that I overlooked in recent times.

Astro Blaster SpectrumWatch out for space potatoes

I’m a member of a Sinclair Spectrum group on Facebook, The Spectrum Group UK, and they set seasonal challenges with a different game each week. The object of the challenge is usually to get the highest score amongst the members taking part. This week the game is Quicksilva’s 1983 title, Astro Blaster. Astro Blaster is a space shooter conversion from the SEGA arcade game of the same name.

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My Top 5 Sinclair ZX Spectrum Games

Posted by  on March 17, 2021

Here’s a quick list of my Top 5 Sinclair ZX Spectrum Games

My first love in retro gaming is no secret. It’s my Sinclair ZX Spectrum. I thought I’d share my Top 5 Sinclair ZX Spectrum Games with the world.

Top 5 Sinclair ZX Spectrum Games

I had my first Spectrum back in 1986 when I was 10 years old. It was the Spectrum +2 with the built-in tape deck, the grey version. Actually, that’s not entirely true. My Dad initially bought me the 128K “Toast Rack” but it fried within 5 minutes of powering it up, consequently I didn’t even get to load a game on it. We returned it to Dixons (that’s a shop we used to have kids) and they had no more of that model in stock; so my Dad got me the +2. It’s the computer that set me off on my path to becoming a geek.

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Solomon’s Key: Sinclair ZX Spectrum February Review

Posted by  on February 2, 2021

Solomon’s Key: February featured game

Solomon’s Key is a single player arcade/strategy platformer conversion from the arcade game of the same name.

Solomon's Key Loading ScreenLoading Screen

The aim of the game is to escape each level by collecting a key to unlock the exit. You are equipped with a magic wand which can be used to create or destroy blocks to help you do this. To reach the key you will need to arrange blocks so you can move yourself around enemies. To stop you reaching your goal there are various enemies roaming around each level. There are fairies to save while attempting to collect your key and reach the exit. You can rescue fairies by collecting the bells. If you think that sounds a little too easy then you should know there is also a time limit for each level so, while you’re working out the best path in your head the timer is ticking down.

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COVID Lockdown: 180 (Mastertronic Added Dimension)

Posted by  on January 11, 2021

The last on my COVID Lockdown retro gaming list is another Spectrum favourite, 180 by Mastertronic.

While we’re in our third lockdown I decided to revisit some old favourites, but with a twist. The plan is to take a look at some of my all time favourite retro games but on a different system. Tonight I played 180 on the Atari XE.

Spectrum 180 cassette

Spectrum version information is taken from the World of Spectrum archive.

180
Usual Version Played Current Version Played
System: Sinclair ZX Spectrum 128K Atari XE
Publisher: M.A.D M.A.D
Release Year: 1986 1986
No. Players: 1-2 (alternating) 1-2 (alternating)
Genre: Sports Sports
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COVID Lockdown: Bomb Jack

Posted by  on January 6, 2021

Continuing with the COVID lockdown retro gaming, today it’s the turn of another Spectrum favourite, Bomb Jack.

While we’re in our third lockdown I decided to revisit some old favourites, but with a twist. The plan is to take a look at some of my all time favourite retro games but on a different system. Today I played Bomb Jack on the Amstrad CPC464.

Spectrum version information is taken from the World of Spectrum archive.

Bomb Jack
Usual Version Played Current Version Played
System: Sinclair ZX Spectrum 48K Amstrad CPC464
Publisher: Elite Systems Ltd. Elite Systems Ltd.
Release Year: 1986 1986
No. Players: 1-2 (alternating)  1-2 (alternating)
Genre: Arcade: Platform Arcade: Platform

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