What was your favourite ZX Spectrum game?

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Are you sure? I don't think I ever played Breakout on the Spectrum, only the ZX81.

Alba, Friday, 28 September 2007 11:43 (7 years ago) Permalink

I've also just seen on Crash that there apparently was a Spectrum game called "Hampstead"

!!!!!

Track down the Cafe Latte's and organic Prosciutto!

This is not so far from the reality. It was a humourous take on the adventure game format. Instead of reaching a wizard's castle or whatever, you had to social climb to the lofty heights of Hampstead.

Alba, Friday, 28 September 2007 11:45 (7 years ago) Permalink

Humorous.

Alba, Friday, 28 September 2007 11:49 (7 years ago) Permalink

See also Torremolinos, the adventure game of package holidays.

Alba, Friday, 28 September 2007 11:50 (7 years ago) Permalink

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horizons:_Software_Starter_Pack

Bubblesort is an implementation of the bubble sort sorting algorithm.

Thrilling stuff... actually I only remember breakout and evolution. The Game of Life is awesome but maybe it went over my 9 year old head.

ledge, Friday, 28 September 2007 11:56 (7 years ago) Permalink

Ah, so you're quite right about Breakout. I must have just had enough of it by the time I got a Spectrum.

I remember thinking Bubblesort ought to be a lot more fun, what with having "bubble" in its name.

Alba, Friday, 28 September 2007 12:01 (7 years ago) Permalink

I remember one of the launch cassetes for the Spectrum was for working out yr biorhythms! Whatever happened to biorhythms?--they were the big thing for a period. Surely due a revival.

Raw Patrick, Friday, 28 September 2007 12:23 (7 years ago) Permalink

I don't know if it's been mentioned in this thread, but you can play emulated Speccy games online at World of Spectrum.

Noodle Vague, Friday, 28 September 2007 12:32 (7 years ago) Permalink

Blimey -- some people are still trying to flog biorhythm programs:

http://www.diplodock.com/Products/Software/DBS2.htm

Alba, Friday, 28 September 2007 12:34 (7 years ago) Permalink

Bomb Jack, Jet Set Willy, Monty Mole , Daley Thompsons Decathlon, Paperboy, Ghosts N Goblins were all great. Horace & The Spiders is the game I wanna play most though. Need to get an emulator.

The memories of buying Crash Magazine every month. :)

pfunkboy, Friday, 28 September 2007 12:44 (7 years ago) Permalink

Is it wrong that I had an ineffable urge to correct Grimly's BASIC syntax up above?

oy! what was wrong with it? apart from it being on one line. oh, and missing the space before the closing quote, i s'pose.

"horizons" is still my core spectrum moment. it was like a portal to another world. i was mesmerised by "foxes and rabbits".

grimly fiendish, Friday, 28 September 2007 13:01 (7 years ago) Permalink

My friend was really stuck on a bit've Monty Mole and I lied and told him I had a poke for infinite lives. He phoned me up, I made up some number Poke 16789726 or whatever and then when it didn't work he got so mad he smashed the casette into pieces. I only told him a few years ago.

Raw Patrick, Friday, 28 September 2007 13:09 (7 years ago) Permalink

i think manic miner (has no-one mentioned this yet? my (acting) boss looked over my shoulder when i had this window open and said MM should win, hands-down) was 35136,0.

There was also something about WRITETYPER, wasn't it?

anatol_merklich, Friday, 28 September 2007 13:31 (7 years ago) Permalink

oy! what was wrong with it? apart from it being on one line. oh, and missing the space before the closing quote, i s'pose.

Given that it was on one line you should have done

10 PRINT "SIMON IS ACE ";:GOTO 10

:-)

Forest Pines Mk2, Friday, 28 September 2007 13:40 (7 years ago) Permalink

I am glad that all these Speccy mags are online now because... well, I have a confession. For ages I read Sinclair User. Even though it's the one of the three I have pretty much no fond memories of, it's the one I spent money on every month. And I only started buying it because I forgot what date Crash was due out, went to the newsagent too early and bought SU instead. Eventually I saw the light they put the price up and I went over to YS though.

Some good free games, mind, but all the mags had their moments in that last-years-of-Spectrum scramble to grab readers by filling them with as many old games as possible every month. Oh, and thank you Crash for awesome reader homebrews (?) Shuriken and Egghead!

Oh yes, much love to all the Horaces, the Dizzy games (even though every single one I couldn't complete even with a walkthrough/map because there was always one last coin that wasn't where the map said it was), Manic Miner and JSW (though I spent longer playing JSW 2 - same game, added space levels, quite a cheap knockoff sequel I suppose with Matthew Smith not involved, but I liked the new areas), er... what else did I spend ages on? Rainbow Islands, Artic's 16k Galaxians, Bruce Lee, but I guess there were better formats for all those.

I gave up on the Speccy in 1991 when within a few months a) I bought Monkey Island for the PC and b) there was an advert in YS for PC Format and I decided the PC was THE FUTURE. A life of already-ancient Sierra games and roguelikes, pissing about in Fractint and POVray, and having to fight with autoexec.bat trying to free enough memory without losing Soundblaster drivers awaited. Woo.

a passing spacecadet, Friday, 28 September 2007 14:17 (7 years ago) Permalink

Heh:

Pashmina, Friday, 28 September 2007 14:20 (7 years ago) Permalink

Jet Set Willy 2 was one of my biggest disappointments. Maybe I'll play it on an emulator tonight.

At school we decided Matthew Smith was gay bcz there was a picture of him not wearing socks in some mag.

Raw Patrick, Friday, 28 September 2007 14:32 (7 years ago) Permalink

Alba, Friday, 28 September 2007 14:44 (7 years ago) Permalink

I s'pose JSW2 would be a huge disappointment if you'd already got fairly far through JSW1, as you'd have to get halfway across the map just to find some new bits, and if you want to complete it you'd have to do the whole of JSW1 again and then the new bits (it may even have to be in that order, too). But I hadn't really played JSW1 that exhaustively; I played it a bunch at friends' houses, and I'd got a dodgy tape of it that almost never loaded, so when I got 2 being able to explore and spend hours hunched over it drawing tatty little maps at my own leisure was mostly new to me.

Pretty rare for me to want to be any older now, but this thread makes me wish I had been for the Spectrum thing, as there are lots of games here which sound interesting and a lot more cerebral/unusual than my picks, but at the time I was too impatient for that kind of game. (Now I'm even more impatient, any familiar 80s game in an emulator just makes me save the game every screen because I'm way too lazy to start from more than 30 seconds ago every time, and any unfamiliar one gets given up on after about ten minutes because I can't be bothered to learn what to do or squint at the little monochrome graphics)

a passing spacecadet, Friday, 28 September 2007 15:08 (7 years ago) Permalink

xpost

i loved JSW2. there's a shitload of arcana about it out there on the web -- derek rowson explaining how it grew out of the amstrad version, and how they came up with some of the rooms (the whole sewer/holt road thing was a big joke about the flat a load of software projects programmers had in liverpool). in fact, here it is:

http://www.jdawiseman.com/papers/games/jsw2/jsw2-programmer-comments.html

http://www.jdawiseman.com/papers/games/jsw2/jsw2-index.html

writetyper

depending on the version of MM (and JSW) you had, you could stand in a certain place in a certain room and type this (or something like it) and then use the number keys to teleport about ... at least, that's how it worked in JSW. except i could never get it to, so used a poke instead ... crash or YS once carried a COMPLETE JSW POKE LIST which brought me so much joy i thought i'd explode.

basic syntax

of course; you could use a colon to separate commands! although surely it's bad practice to have 10 GOTO 10 :)

grimly fiendish, Friday, 28 September 2007 15:09 (7 years ago) Permalink

Pretty rare for me to want to be any older now, but this thread makes me wish I had been for the Spectrum thing

how old are you, out of interest? i'm 32, and i think i caught the whole spectrum thing at just about exactly the right time -- although i was lucky/privileged enough to be able to get into it at a very early age (ie seven or eight).

grimly fiendish, Friday, 28 September 2007 15:10 (7 years ago) Permalink

> There was also something about WRITETYPER, wasn't it?

type in writetyper (or, in manic miner, matthew smith's telephone number. 6031765? something like that) and then hold down number keys denoting the required screen in binary. this almost always ended up with you jumping into a screen full of spikes or falling to your death from the crows nest. (xpost)

(curses, got the last digit wrong, is a nine. and is driving licence rather than telephone number)

i still remember the day underwurlde was delivered. played it 12 hours straight. nice looping arc for the weapons and a dodgy automatic jump if you got too close to the edge of anything.

koogs, Friday, 28 September 2007 15:10 (7 years ago) Permalink

(correction: it's not derrick rowson interviewed above, actually: it's some other dude. but still.)

grimly fiendish, Friday, 28 September 2007 15:11 (7 years ago) Permalink

underwurlde: i HATED that. i borrowed it off a friend and gave it back the next day. so, so frustrating.

grimly fiendish, Friday, 28 September 2007 15:12 (7 years ago) Permalink

although surely it's bad practice to have 10 GOTO 10 :)

Back in 1983 it was a bad thing, but on a modern emulator you can execute an infinite loop in under five seconds. Honest. ;-)

(geek jokes r us)

Forest Pines Mk2, Friday, 28 September 2007 15:18 (7 years ago) Permalink

Underwurlde was totally infuriating, though the concept was pretty great, and I got pretty heavily into it for a while. I once spent a whole day playing it, NEARLY got to the end, but got knocked off by some kind of flying thing BASTARD.

Pashmina, Friday, 28 September 2007 15:21 (7 years ago) Permalink

BASTARD. God.

Pashmina, Friday, 28 September 2007 15:21 (7 years ago) Permalink

:)

grimly fiendish, Friday, 28 September 2007 15:25 (7 years ago) Permalink

I got my spectrum 48k at Xmas 1984. A year after everyone in my then Primary 7 class got theirs. I had to wait a whole year, it was torture!
I forget when I got my Spectrum 128k+ WITH TAPE MACHINE BUILT IN!!

My 2 most played games would've been Match Day (or Match Day II) and Graham Gooch Cricket. There was a football manager simulator too that I forget the name of that I loved to play.
Manic Miner was great too. My joystick never recovered from Daley Thompson 1 & 2.

What was that label that sold all the games for £2.99? Spellbound was a cracking game for that price.

pfunkboy, Friday, 28 September 2007 15:25 (7 years ago) Permalink

Graham Gooch Cricket

arcane fact: you had to type LOAD "" CODE to run it.

i used to know how to do that trick; ie fool the header file into thinking the first block of basic was actually machine code.

What was that label that sold all the games for £2.99? Spellbound was a cracking game for that price

mastertronic, and derivatives thereof ... spellbound was on a "new" £2.99 label as opposed to the normal £1.99 one ... MAD, that was it. "mastertronic added dimension".

nb: i write all this shit as fact, because it's how i remember it. i might be wrong about some of it. it worries me how much i can recall.

grimly fiendish, Friday, 28 September 2007 15:28 (7 years ago) Permalink

Firebird was another cheap label. Booty on Firebird was a cracker.

Best Mastertronic game I had was Millipede.

Alba, Friday, 28 September 2007 15:33 (7 years ago) Permalink

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spellbound_(computer_game)

xposts damn you grimly.

pfunkboy, Friday, 28 September 2007 15:36 (7 years ago) Permalink

Was it Firebird that was owned by BT? Something-bird, at any rate.

Forest Pines Mk2, Friday, 28 September 2007 15:36 (7 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, that's right. Knew it was owned by someone big but couldn't think who.

Alba, Friday, 28 September 2007 15:38 (7 years ago) Permalink

grimly, I'm 27. Five years older sounds about perfect, actually. There was a Spectrum around the house for as long as I remember (so yes, I was lucky and privileged too) and a fair chunk of my birthday money would go on whichever budget games had the most enticing inlay (i.e. lots of Ricochet rereleases and Mastertronic games here too, then plenty of Codemasters), but by the time I was old enough to start taking it really seriously and keep up with new releases 8-bit was dying.

I'd forgotten how GREAT the cartography room in JSW 2 is! There's a page about it on grimly's link but I spent a while being puzzled and then delighted by it so I won't spoil it myself.

I think it was Firebird. They had some good games but I resented them for some adventure game which I couldn't get past the first few screens of despite using all the items in every possible location. (xpost)

a passing spacecadet, Friday, 28 September 2007 15:39 (7 years ago) Permalink

I'd forgotten how GREAT the cartography room in JSW 2 is

it was originally there for debugging! and that's all i'll say about it ;)

there was firebird and (?) rainbird or something, which did full-price "grown-up" games, but not for very long.

grimly fiendish, Friday, 28 September 2007 16:20 (7 years ago) Permalink

"See also Torremolinos, the adventure game of package holidays."

Alba - do you remember "Urban Upstart"? The adventure game about yobbery? It was the only adventure game I finished, and I figured it all out myself. It's must be a time capsule now.....the only game where you could get your head kicked in, in a skin'ead styleeee....

And for those of you who found Underwurlde frustrating, what about Bugaboo? The only people I know who completed it did it by fluke. They could never repeat it.

That's another sub-genre of Spectrum games - the impossible ones. Like the third screen of Hunchback (swinging over the fire) - damn near impossible.

PhilK, Friday, 28 September 2007 19:15 (7 years ago) Permalink

I have a feeling you could get your head kicked in by yobs in Hampstead! No, don't remember Urban Upstart. I'm not sure I ever finished any adventure game. Maybe The Hobbit.

Alba, Friday, 28 September 2007 20:00 (7 years ago) Permalink

Alba - do you remember "Urban Upstart"? The adventure game about yobbery? It was the only adventure game I finished, and I figured it all out myself. It's must be a time capsule now.....the only game where you could get your head kicked in, in a skin'ead styleeee....

GOD DAMN i loved that game. i *nearly* completed it. got to the plane, got in, tried to fly ... FORGOT TO READ THE FUCKING HANDBOOK and crashed.

actually one of the most evocative and wonderful games of all time. even the time it took to render the graphics -- and the freaky hum my shit telly made displaying the rain scenes -- was evocative of the aesthetic brutalism of the time. the most early-80s game ever.

> LISTEN

[plays frank sinatra]

... that was it, wasn't it? in the chip shop?

http://www.vgmuseum.com/images/01/Urban%20Upstart%203.gif

grimly fiendish, Friday, 28 September 2007 22:01 (7 years ago) Permalink

arse, too much BEER:

grimly fiendish, Friday, 28 September 2007 22:01 (7 years ago) Permalink

grimly fiendish, Friday, 28 September 2007 22:07 (7 years ago) Permalink

grimly fiendish, Friday, 28 September 2007 22:08 (7 years ago) Permalink

i'm settling on this.

dude went on to do "tau ceti". which i never played.

grimly fiendish, Friday, 28 September 2007 22:09 (7 years ago) Permalink

For ages I read Sinclair User.

I am not alone woohoo! Started early enough that not all covers were just copies of exciting promo material they'd been sent. Can any of us remember the name of the ROCK BAND that adorned the cover on one occasion, who used the Speccy in their music making? (Also, Gordo Greatbelly. Crap conceit w/ knowingly dim fantasy story taking up 1/3 of column, but useful hints.)

nb: i write all this shit as fact, because it's how i remember it. i might be wrong about some of it. it worries me how much i can recall.

Yes yes me too. This means nothing except that what we remember is the actual TRUTH.

Age disclosure subthread: 38, and I also feel I got an Spectrum at exactly the right time. Then again, I spurn all editions without rubber keys and/or > 48K as "compromising the dream" or something.

Obligatory game mention: Maziacs!

"You need(ed) some sustenance!"

I have a horrible feeling I'll spend far too much time this weekend hitting the emulatz0rs oh noes.

anatol_merklich, Friday, 28 September 2007 22:45 (7 years ago) Permalink

clarifyin: without rubber keys and/or with >48K = not a nactual Spectrum.

anatol_merklich, Friday, 28 September 2007 22:49 (7 years ago) Permalink

you sinclair user readers need to be punched in the throat :)

DG, Friday, 28 September 2007 22:51 (7 years ago) Permalink

Can any of us remember the name of the ROCK BAND that adorned the cover on one occasion, who used the Speccy in their music making?

All the SU covers are here:
http://www.sincuser.f9.co.uk/covers.htm
I think you mean issue 26 from May 1984:
http://www.sincuser.f9.co.uk/026/index.htm

And looking at some of those covers reminds me of a disturbing fact: my dad looks like Clive Sinclair, if he was bald - and ginger...

snoball, Friday, 28 September 2007 22:59 (7 years ago) Permalink

Oh blimey. That is not a rock band. I remember that issue.

Sinclair User had another cover around that time with some equally baffling "Mersey Beat: The knives are out" line.

Alba, Friday, 28 September 2007 23:07 (7 years ago) Permalink

Actually it may have been on some even crappier mag I had.

What is Mark Radcliffe doing on the front of Sinclair user no.30?

Alba, Friday, 28 September 2007 23:12 (7 years ago) Permalink

!!

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Alba, Friday, 28 September 2007 23:17 (7 years ago) Permalink


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