Train2Game News ZX Spectrum A Visual Compendium

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Bitmap Book’s third highly anticipated ode to classic gaming has arrived; introducing the ZX Spectrum: A Visual Compendium.

A brand new book that explores the visual side of the ZX Spectrum and its games; and it is now available (with Worldwide shipping) exclusively at Europe’s Number One Retro Gaming Destination,  FunstockRetro.co.uk

“It really is a thing of beauty. The ZX Spectrum has some of the most iconic imagery in video gaming history and this book brings that together masterfully. From the sheer volume of images and pages (304!) to the variety, it’s a fascinating read and something anyone with even the slightest interest in either the ZX Spectrum, or retro gaming in general would be thrilled to own. I can’t recommend this enough!” – quoted Andy Pearson, General Manager at FunstockRetro.co.uk

With over 300 pages and printed lithographically to the highest possible print standards; the ZX Spectrum: Visual Compendium is the ideal companion to anyone’s Spectrum collection.

Expertly crafted by veteran graphic designer and life long fan, Sam Dyer (founder of Bitmap Books) has put this together masterfully. Previous works of Sam Dyer also include the Commodore Amiga: A Visual Commpendium and Commodore 64: A Visual Commpendium; both of which are also available through Funstock.

Train2Game News ZX Spectrum Android app

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Recreated ZX Spectrum – App Now Available for Android Phones & Tablets. Roadmap Announced.

To coincide with today’s release of the Android app Elite, the 1980s publisher behind the recreated device, has released information about how it’s expected to be used along with a roadmap outlining how the Recreated ZX Spectrum will be enhanced through further apps and firmware updates.

A survey of more than 275 users revealed that only 44% expected using the recreated device solely or primarily for playing ZX Spectrum games, whilst 49% placed equal or greater importance on its use as a keyboard for use with phones, tablets, Macs, PCs and connected TVs.

Further apps are currently in development for the recreated device, one for the soon to be released 4th generation Apple TV, the other for Android TV. Both of the forthcoming apps will include Chuckie Egg, Sinclair BASIC and a huge game bundle. When available, the apps will enable games and applications to be played on connected TVs using the Recreated ZX Spectrum – without the need for an intermediate device such as a phone or a tablet.

Through firmware updates additional keyboard functionality will be added in response user feedback. Several additional features have already been identified, including a simpler method of accessing CRTL functions. Updating the recreated device’s firmware couldn’t be simpler:

– connect the recreated device’s 5V DC port to a Mac / PC
– go to the published web address
– follow the on-screen instructions. It’ll only take moments.

About the Recreated ZX Spectrum http://sinclair.recreatedzxspectrum.com/ataglance1.php

Train2Game News Recreated ZX Spectrum launched

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The Recreated ZX Spectrum, the only authorised full-size recreation of the 5-million selling 1980s personal computer, launches today.

Built to the same dimensions and featuring the same 40 rubber keys, the recreated device mimics the look and feel of the original Sinclair ZX Spectrum to an uncanny degree and allows for the first time ever Spectrum games to be played authentically on any screen – tablet, phone or computer.

50 classic Speccy games, including Manic Miner, Jet Set Willy and Chuckie Egg, are bundled with the device at launch, with hundreds more available to download by the end of the year. For those who fancy writing their own games, Spectrum Basic is included too.

But the retro device isn’t just the perfect way to enjoy classics from a golden age in computer and video game history, it can also be used as a standard keyboard either wired or Bluetooth, allowing you to write emails or type documents quickly on your phone, tablet or computer with added retro chic.

It’s also the only keyboard that allows modern fast-twitch action games to played on iOS devices. Even Apple’s own keyboard can’t do this.

All the games and Spectrum Basic are included in an app that runs on your phone, tablet or computer. The app will be continually updated with new games and features, which means that the device is continually evolving.

Powered for hours by just two AA batteries, and featuring totally wireless connectivity, the retro device is truly portable allowing you to play wherever, whenever and on whatever screen you want.

Described by some as the “perfect Christmas present for dad this year”, the Recreated ZX Spectrum is the brainchild of one of the original pioneers of 8-bit gaming, Elite Systems, responsible for bringing arcade classics such as Commando, Paperboy and Bomb Jack to the original ZX Spectrum back in the 80s.

If you want to see it in action an entertaining 4-minute video introducing the device has been released today too.

And for those who want even more info, an 18-minute operating guide video intended to show new owners clearly and simply how to get the most from their new recreated device is available too.

The Recreated ZX Spectrum is available directly from Elite’s website www.recreatedzxspectrum.com or from its network of resellers. It has a recommended retail price of £99.

Train2Game News ZX Spectrum VEGA available soon

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Europe’s Number One Retro Gaming Destination are proud to announce that the Sinclair ZX Spectrum VEGA will release on the 24th August 2015.

It will ship with 1,000 (yes, ONE THOUSAND) built-in games and connects to your TV via simple AV cable.

Packed with 1,000 built-in games, the list includes several ‘Perfect Ten’ (rated by Retro Gamer Magazine) classics such as ‘Knight’s Lore’ and ‘Back To Skool’ as well as hundreds upon hundreds of classics. See the full list here: ZX Spectrum VEGA game list. Any of your favourites missing? – the VEGA also supports SD cards, so you can easily add more games yourself.

About the Sinclair ZX Spectrum VEGA:

The Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega is a new low cost games computer based on Sir Clive’s hugely successful Spectrum products of the early 1980s.

    Over 1,000 built-in officially licensed ZX Spectrum games

    Supported by Sir Clive Sinclair

    Simple ‘Plug and Play’ system

    Developed by former ZX Spectrum Developer, Chris Smith

    Allows you to play almost any ZX Spectrum game via its micro SD Card slot.

    Well-known retro gaming sites carry tens of thousands of titles that you can legally download

    Can play games you yourself have programmed

    Improves on the original – no more waiting for a game to load via tape

    Comes complete with ready-mapped buttons for all included games, as well as the option of using the in-built virtual keyboard

    Connects to both your TV’s USB port (for power) and its video/audio inputs (for the signal) no other cables are needed

    Includes a selection of games such as classics that will keep long-term fans happy and newly-written games that will introduce a whole new generation to the wonderful world of the Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega

    Is designed and manufactured in the UK – the home of the original ZX Spectrum revolution

    Is rated by PEGI as suitable for all adults and children aged seven and upwards

    SD card compatible, so if there’s a specific gaming missing from this list, you can easily add it using an SD card

The console is available for pre-order now at:  www.funstockretro.co.uk

Train2Game News: Derp Studios release Spectrum style game

DerpmanTrain2Game Student Studio, Derp Studios, has released a game on Windows 8! Derpman and the Code Monkey conundrum.

The game is an endless runner, similar to Temple Run and Subway Surfers, where you must run, jump, slide and attack the Code Monkeys that are attacking you to get as much score as you can get. It has a good nostalgia trip for those slightly older gamers among us who remember playing the ZX Spectrum as the graphics and soundtrack are made in that style.

The game was created in a single week for an online event known as a Speccy Jam. The rules of the jam were simple, create a game in the style of a ZX spectrum, simple yet different!

The studio has recently been creating a series of comics, in what little spare time they have, known as Derpman which is a parody series of your favourite superheroes. Following on from the comic series it seemed a logical step to create a game on the bumbling green clad hero.

Chris Ledger, CEO of Derp Studios said “The team really enjoyed Speccy Jam, one of the most fun jams we’ve participated in so we’ll definitely be up for the next one!  The time limit was a week and we worked virtually.  Everyone performed really well!  We’re hoping to get our candidate on all the major mobile stores as soon as possible for all to play!”

The game is out now on the Windows 8 mobile store and downloadable for your PC. If you wish to find out more about the studio or read the comics that lead to this game you can visit www.derpstudios.com

Congratulations on the games release guys.