MobyGames now documents over 1500 games for the Sinclair ZX Spectrum system. Designed to be powerful yet affordable, the system was on sale in the UK for nearly a decade, and was also particularly successful in Spain and later in Eastern Europe. Despite (or perhaps because of) the famous colour-attribute problems, the system gained a strong support. Many innovative non-action games were created, including the entire 'arcade adventure' genre.
Famous titles like Head Over Heels, Football Manager and Jet Set Willy originated on the system, as did developers such as Rare, David Perry and Mike Singleton.
Thanks to everybody who's added these games. We don't get all that many Spectrum submissions, it would be nice to see more.
Good work. 6500 games to go ;)
I wonder. Was there any title specifically marketed for the Timex (US Spectrum)?
I've been wondering that myself, the Timex was a fantastic flop so if there were they probably are reasonably rare!
Gameplan says that there were a few game releases for the Timex: 20 on tape and 6 on cartridge.
My first gaming experience was connected with this black box with a rainbow in the corner, a Soviet tape deck recorder called "МАЯК", and a string line consisting just of six symbols - LOAD "".
I thought it was some kind a password to be allowed to play. Mind you, I was a four years old boy back then, with no knowledge of English language at all.
Sadly, I don't remember any games from that period, except for Barbarian and a Bruce Lee game. But I've played it a lot with my brother. And even when I got myself a first PC (386) I burned out it's motherboard by attaching my Spectrum joystick into a keyboard slot, hoping to make some use of this "computer thing" after all.
It was great and intriguing.
Well done, especially to Martin, who seems to have handled the majority of the work himself!
The Spectrum was the first computer I owned, and I had a lot of fun with it :)