Jun 04 2008
Here’s a sample of my Spectrum games collection. For collectors, larger scans are available.
A conversion of the arcade classic.
An absolute gem from Imagine,
wave after wave of Galaxian’s inspired shoot-em-up goodness.
This game was pretty good, I seem to remember playing it for quite a while. A bit Scramble I think.
Daley Thompson’s Decathlon
The original joystick-waggler. Surely Ocean could have been king of the publisher hill, if only they had bought a joystick manufacturer. I personally broke at least three on this game.
Codemasters Spectrum Summary
Here, it seems, they had already begun to run out of different ways to say ‘Ninja’. Oriental Hero sufficed I guess. Who would have guessed that British Telecom would get an entertainment software division, that would go on to publish Stunt Car Racer?
Ninja Scooter Simulator
Now come on. Changing your name to Silverbird can’t hide this. Who came up with a game idea based on Ninjas and scooters anyway? And who called it Ninja Scooter Simulator? Doh!
The Great Escape
In case you can’t read the text here.
“Unquestionably the best arcade adventure this year”.
“An essential purchase …..months of varied and interesting play”.
I wonder if they had Breakout in the Cooler?
Just put this one on here for comic relief, really. Whenever Codemasters start to get too big for their boots, I’ll email this pic to them.
Frank Brunos Boxing
Now I heard a lot about this game, but never played it. From the back though, a couple of the fighters look remarkably similar to those in Punch-Out, the Nintendo boxing arcade game.
Another Silverbird classic.
The Never-Ending Story
Ocean plunder those film licences again. I wonder if Limahl had anything to do with the soundtrack for the game as well?
Those soccer mad poms would buy anything!
Some of the earliest producers for the Spectrum, they started off with utilities on the machine I think
Mastertronic managed to last well into the Amiga days – small wonder when they shamelessly rip off Pac-Man.
“Aim of the Game – Eat the dots but beware of the chasing ghosts.”
I didn’t remember Atari ever calling themselves Atarisoft!?
Must have been their computer division.
Another very early developer. Artic produced a lot of the early games on the machine.
Yie Ar Kung Fu
Konami brought out this classic on both the Spectrum & C64 and it excelled on both formats. How could a game this good fail?
“I just can’t put it down!…. the variety of moves is fantastic and the game play is explosive!…. All the features of the coin op hit…. Fist devotees will love it.”
Horace Goes Skiing
This was the game that came with my 16k Spectrum. I played it and played it and then, goddamit I played it some more. Melbourne House went on to produce the Hobbit and Way of the Exploding Fist.
Horace is a very early example of a licensed character. He had a whole series of games. And look at him – sort of a two-legged head!
Grand Prix Simulator
Codemasters liked their explosive speech bubbles, I’ll give ‘em that.
Now I’m sure there’s some trivia about Hewson Consultants – the founder of Graftgold?
Formula 1 Simulator
I tell you what, that cover is absolutely great! If we ever play games that look like that, I’ll be very happy. If you bought the game on what the cover had to offer, you’d be sorely disappointed, look at the screenshots!
My all time favourite game for the Spectrum. Jetpac was like Defender but you were trying to build your space ship at the same time. Fiendishly difficult at times, the intertia was superb though allowing you to ‘bounce-turn’ and the like.
Lunar Jetman – the sequel was good, but it needed a 48k Spectrum, so I could only play it at a mates house.
Super Stunt Man
This actually looks quite good, I’ll have to have a go
Music by David Whittaker as well! Cool.