Time really flies, doesn't it? To think thirty years ago many of us were preparing a cup of tea whilst the ZX Spectrum (very noisily) loaded up the likes of Atic Atc, Jet Pac and Manic Miner is quite sobering. Countless games we enjoy today owe a lot to Sinclair's powerhouse, so much so we should all join together and celebrate the Spectrum's 30th.
Whether you were a proud owner of a rubber keyed ZX Spectrum upon release, a late adopter with the revised gamer friendly +2 or +3 models, or even exploring the 8-bit computer for the first time, it's rather amazing seeing how well some of the classics have held up.
Manic Miner and Jet Set Willy are often hailed as the must play titles, but with over ten thousand games on offer there is more than enough to be enjoying than just two stand out releases. The more seasoned gamers here on RetroCollect will fondly recall their time on the likes of Wheelie, Trashman, the stunning port of R-Type, the wealth of isometric platformers such as Head Over Heels, and the somewhat realistic school 'em up- Skool Daze.
While the ZX Spectrum has long been missing from the shelves of Tandy and Dixons, enthusiasts have been keeping the system alive with a regular supply of homebrew releases and new hardware. Fantastic development studios such as Little Shop of Pixels and The Mojon Twins have released some stunning titles such as Gloop Troop and Maritrini, Freelance Monster Slayer. On the hardware side of things, the divIDE has brought the ability to quickly load tape images from compact flash cards, bringing the once painfully slow load times down to a split second.
But enough praise from ourselves. What are your memories with the rubber keys, the noisy tape loading, the wealth of classic titles, and the most iconic British home computer of all time?
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