Tag: zx spectrum

Nostalgia is typing everything exactly as you see it printed

Usborne computing have released two new books for children to learn about computers and programming (they are Key Stage 1 level, if that means anything to you). ‘Lift The Flap Computers and Coding‘ and ‘Coding For Beginners Using Scratch‘ may be popular in school libraries in the next year or two, but it’s what Usborne released for free download next to these titles that excites me. The full range of their early 1980s Computer Guides… some of the books that started me programming on the ZX Spectrum. Including the classic ‘Computer Spacegames‘, which was the first of the guidebooks I remember. The full

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LOAD "Google" SCREEN$

Congratulations on landing something memorable for the Google Doodle on the 30th anniversary of the ZX Spectrum, but (a) did we have to share it with St George and (b) given the lack of complexity on show, I suspect the designer was not a master of ZX Spectrum artwork… Yes it follows the rules, but there’s an art to packing in info on a Speccy Screen, and this isn’t quite it.

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The welcome return of Knot in 3D on my computer

A little gem of a game popped into my head while working on another game review – the classic "Tron light bikes but in 3D" that was Knot in 3d on the ZX Spectrum. Published in 1983 this was a graphically stunning game where you navigated a 16x16x16 cube, attempting to trap the enemy craft in the same cube by leaving a Tron like wall behind you. Still a great game, but on having a quick Google, someone has remade it for the PC. It’s a freeware download for Friday, so go grab Counterclockwise, install, and remember that the game

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