The ZX Spectrum is an 8-bit personal home computer released in the UK in 1982 by Sinclair Research Ltd. It went on to be released as eight different models, ranging from the entry level model with 16 KB RAM to the ZX Spectrum +3 with 128 KB RAM and built in
floppy disk drive in 1987. Together they sold in excess of 5 million units worldwide.
As each character square on the Spectrum was only able to contain two colours, this resulted in the famous Spectrum ‘colour clash’, which many saw as a downside to the computer but now seems to add to it’s charm!
I seem to remember writing a few programs and games for the machine, but the only one I have any record of is the Music Maker program which was featured in magazine ‘Home Computing Weekly’ and can be found elsewhere on this site.
Some of my favourite games were released on the Spectrum and the machine still has a large following on the retro scene today. I have been working on recreating some of the Spectrum’s classic games for the PC and these are freely available to download rom this site. All I ask in return is that you let me know via the feedback form on my homepage what you think (I’m not offended by criticism!), which your favourites are and if you happen to find any bugs in the programs. Unfortunately, bugs are bound to crop up occasionally as, though I try and playtest them thoroughly, there’s only usually me testing them before they get put up on the website. Any suggestions for future remakes are also welcome.
Having drawn the above Sinclair Spectrum for a game I was making I decided, for no other reason but to amuse myself, to draw some other versions of famous Sinclair computers. These drawings can be downloaded in various formats here