Category: Sinclair News

VITNO Preview: Forest Escape – A Knight’s Quest for the ZX Spectrum

It was only last year when long time retro gaming enthusiast Craig Hackney (aka IrataHack) released his debut ZX Spectrum gaming title, Castle Escape. Featuring a small and courageous knight called Wee, Castle Escape saw you take control of Wee as he tried to escape a haunted castle filled with deadly inhabitants while collecting gold coins along the way. Well…

Virgíl’s Purgatory ZX 2.0

Virgil’s Purgatory ZX is a metroidvania exploration action platformer. The game is available for ZX Spectrum or MSX, .tap and .rom formats. You can run these files on any good emulator or better still, real hardware. Virgíl’s Purgatory has been updated to version 2.0 on the ZX Spectrum. Lot’s of new changes in place, much more than just bug fixes,…

Planeta Sinclair has announced the nominees for the 2022 Game of The Year

After having announced the judging panel (here), Planeta Sinclair posted the list of all games that will run for “best of” in different categories, including the most important: GOTY. To elect the nominees, first, the judges had to go through a list of 130 names and vote for five favourites (10 for GOTY). The result of this list is what…

“Lost Games” – Four games for the ZX-Spectrum recovered from 1983

Lost Games is a compilation of 4 games, resurrected from tape, that Andy “Cosmium” Beale wrote in 1983. You might remember Cosmium when he released the excellent Quadron a few years ago. Although they didn’t make the cut with the publishers at the time, Cosmium thinks these compiled BASIC 16K games were quite fun for the era, and he decided to…

Special Bundle celebrates ZX Spectrum’s 40th Birthday with amazing games and all for charity!

To celebrate ZX Spectrum’s 40th birthday, Quantum Sheep reached out to some awesome Spectrum game developers who have very generously agreed to participate in the Game Bundle with all proceeds destined for charity. The bundle is hosted on itch.io using the “pay what you want” price (above $10.00) and gives you access to 30+ games for the ZX Spectrum. The…

A different BASIC contest for the ZX Spectrum can land you a ZX-Uno!

The Planeta Sinclair blog and the Arca Lusitana archive present: 2022 Pascalated BASIC Contest! This contest invites any interested to write a program in ZX Spectrum BASIC using a more structured approach than the usual BASIC from the 80s offered at the time. In a nutshell, no GOTOs are allowed! The idea came from the fact that when the ZX Spectrum Next was launched, it…

2021 Planeta Sinclair Game of the Year Results – Lots of “AAA” games to play on the ZX Spectrum!

I am a bit late on this, but I couldn’t let it pass unreported here. On January 29th, the great Portuguese website Planeta Sinclair held an online event in which they announced the results of the 2021 GOTY. Last night I watched the show and was very happy to see many quality games being made for the ZX Spectrum, and…

To end this year off in a bang, Bitnamic will release three games for the ZX Spectrum

Bitnamic, through its European branch, Teknamic, is releasing three new games for the ZX Spectrum in the very last day of the year. The first one is a relaunch. Published as a “Cover Tape” in issue 88 of the Crash magazine, “Countdown to the Death” is the result of the efforts of two young Brazilians: Mario de Paula Leite Gouvea,…

The contest “Yandex Retro Games Battle v3” is now multi-platform!

Yandex Retro Games Battle is a game development contest, organized by the Yandex Museum that brought to life amazing games for the ZX Spectrum, like Marsmare: Alienation and White Jaguar. If released in the 80s, these games would have made the developers rich folks and the blockbusters of the time look not so incredible as our memory tells us! This…

Espectro Magazine #6 available now

Espectro Magazine is a printed Portuguese-language magazine about the ZX Spectrum. Published quarterly, the magazine now reaches its 6th issue. The publication is a bit late but the editors promise to catch up! Main features: Everything about the mysterious Timex prototype Homage to the Timex’s pioneers that passed away in 2020 Christmas games special, selected by the magazine editors Review,…