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News posted by webmaster
Friday 1st June 2001
GAMES OF THE MONTH UPDATED
ZX Specticle's regular monthly feature 'Games Of The Month' has been updated and features four new mini-reviews for June. Making guest reviewing appearances this month are Darren Pearcy, Zedex82 (Matt) and Paulo Teixeira. - Thanks guys!
 
News posted by webmaster
Wednesday 23rd May 2001
SIMON BUTLER INTERVIEW POSTED
Posted interview with industry veteran graphic artist Simon Butler who worked for the original Imagine, Denton Designs and Ocean Software amongst others. Many thanks to Andy Swann (SCEE) for his help in locating Simon.

INTERVIEW HERE
 
News posted by webmaster
Monday 7th May 2001
JET-SET-WILLY GRAPHICAL REMIX
Check out the Jet-Set-Willy (Sunday Afternoon Graphical Remix) which can be downloaded from the link below.

DOWNLOAD
 
News posted by webmaster
Tuesday 1st May 2001
GAMES OF THE MONTH UPDATED
ZX Specticle's regular monthly feature 'Games Of The Month' has been updated and features four new mini-reviews for May.
 
News posted by webmaster
Tuesday 24th April 2001
ZX SPECTICLE GETS NEW LOOK

Although the old site has served me well for the first few months of ZX Specticle's life. I was getting a little bored with the old format and decided to give it all a lick of paint. Still very much work in progress as not all content has been transferred over as yet. Hope you like it. 

 
News posted by webmaster
Monday 23rd April 2001
Z80 STEALTH v0.452 RELEASED

Kirill Kolpakov's DOS based Spectrum emulator ZX Stealth has seen a update to v0.452. This has been added to the ZX Emulators page.

 
News posted by webmaster
Sunday 22nd April 2001
ZX SPECTICLE WINS EYE SITE AWARD

ZX Specticle today recieved confirmation that the site has been awarded an Eye Site Award for the year 2001. Awarded for continued recognition and support of the classic gamer and computer enthusiast, the Eye Site Award has been running since 1998.

 

 

   
  Hello and welcome to ZX Specticle.
The ZX Spectrum was the first computer system that I ever owned and although I've owned many computer and games consoles since, It's the good old Speccy that I feel the most nostalgic.

ZX Specticle is my humble tribute to Sir Clive Sinclair's little masterpiece and I hope you enjoy the site as much as I have had building it. 
   
  GAMES OF THE MONTH (JUNE - JULY 2001)
   
 

KNIGHTLORE
Written by:
A.C.G.
Published:
1984
Publisher:
Ultimate
Genre:
Arcade Adventure
Knight Lore oozes with quality and atmosphere. You play Sabre Man in his third outing, following Sabre Wulf and Underwurlde. Burdened with the curse of the werewulf, Sabre Man travels to the castle of the wizard Melkhior, in the hope of finding a cure. He must deposit the objects shown above Melkhior's cauldron into it, so that the spell may be broken. The castle and it's grounds are displayed in glorious 3D isometric graphics, the first of their type. Both the castle interior and woods are depicted superbly and atmospherically. As the sun sets each night, Sabreman undergoes the transformation into the werewulf. He has 40 days and nights to complete his quest. A labyrinth of traps and tests challenges the player, and the game has that 'one more go' quality. Way ahead of its time, Knight Lore spawned dozens of clones, and is one of the few games I go back to on a regular basis.  DISTRIBUTION DENIED

Review By - Daren Pearcy
 
 

JACK THE NIPPER 2 IN COCONUT CAPERS
Written by:
Greg Holmes, David Pridmore, Ben Daglish
Published:
1987
Publisher:
Gremlin Graphics

Genre:
Platform

Introduction:
Jack is a very naughty baby and he loves to be bad to everyone! His parents go crazy trying to take care of him, and babysitters won't even accept the job! So, you can imagine how rude this little pest is!  Well, one day, the Nipper family decided to take an exotic trip around the world. Obviously, Jack, the infant, was present! Suddenly, while crossing the Amazon Jungle, the crazy baby jumped off the plane (holding tight to his special bag), and fell right into it! Hysterical, papa Nipper went after him with only one thing in mind - punish his son for his latest, craziest and most dangerous actions to date!

The Game:
After falling in the midst's of the Amazon jungle, Jack soon learns how to survive in a "world" he knows nothing about! And no better way to survive than making use of his own evil ways. We control Jack across a large amount of screens, through an incredible ride of adventure, dangers and crazy things to do! During the game, we can find coconuts (used to get rid of the jungle enemies), such as natives, birds, crocodiles, scorpions  and many other annoying creatures. Plus, we can climb ladders, ropes, jump from branches to branches, go into secret passages, gather/use objects and much more in a gigantic jungle world.

The objective for the player is to instruct Jack to do as many bad things as possible, turning him into the most terrible baby on Earth! There is also a “naughty'o'meter" indicating how much trouble we have caused to others and, if it raises to maximum, the game will end successfully. Of course, papa Nipper is after us somewhere in the jungle, but anyway... is he in trouble or do we have to give him a "hand"? The game does lack from a good musical soundtrack and the in-game sound is poor, but this is compensated with excellent graphics (with perspective-like effects), fabulous playability, really nice animations and a top-fun adventure. A platform/adventure game that will forever remain considered a old Speccy classic! Certainly, one of the best games from Gremlin Graphics!

[Download]

Review By - Paulo Teixeira

 
 

WHEELIE
Written by:
Unknown
Published:
1983
Publisher
Microsphere
Genre:
Driving
One of the best early Spectrum releases. Everybody who had a speccy in the early days, to have a copy of Wheelie was a must. The excitement of riding a motorbike through the seemingly endless caverns in your search for the Ghost rider. Leaping buses, riding under hedgehogs and avoiding those life threatening dead ends. Just when you thought your quest was over when you eventually found the Ghost rider. The race was then on, race him back to the beginning. If the unfortunate happened and the Ghost rider caught you, it was GAME OVER.

Microsphere defiantly hit on a winner with Wheelie. It managed to keep you glued to the keyboard for hours. It is a deserved winner in any top 10 Speccy Games list.

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Review By - zedex82 (Matt)

 
 

CYBERUN
Written by:
A.C.G 
Published:
1985
Publisher:
Ultimate
Genre:
Shoot-Em-Up
Anyone who played Rare's fantastic Nintendo Entertainment System game Solar Jetman would feel right at home with Cyberun. The game design also includes gravitational and inertia effects very reminiscent to those pioneered in the much earlier BBC classic Thrust. You start with a ship with very little maneuverability and firepower but as you progress through the game your ship is enhanced via the collection of ship power ups. The idea of the game is to find and collect enough of these power ups along with the necessary fuel in order to escape the gravitational pull of the planet. Another great and somewhat underrated game from the Ultimate stable. DISTRIBUTION DENIED

Review By - Darren (With 2R's)
 

 

 



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