Friday, 31 July 2015

ZX Spectrum Book

31st July 2015, Doncaster, UK
Europe's Number One Retro Gaming Destination,, will be handling exclusive worldwide distribution of 'Sinclair ZX Spectrum: A Visual Compendium'.

Sinclair ZX Spectrum: a visual compendium will focus on the visual side of the computer; from in-game pixel art to game maps to box artwork, the book will be crammed full of beautiful high-resolution, full-colour pixel art and photography. The ZX Spectrum is a true British icon and at the time boasted cutting-edge product design. This unique and iconic image is something that will be captured; the ultimate aim is to produce a book which proudly pays homage to this classic home computer.
Each spread in the book will focus on a different game, each represented with a striking visual, along with short reviews, developer quotes, and behind-the-scenes trivia. Contributors to the book include Ste Pickford (Binary Designs), Bob Pape (R-Type/Rampage), John Heap (Denton Designs), Julian Gollop (Laser Squad), Matthew Smith (Manic Miner/Jet Set Willy), Steve Turner (Graftgold), David Darling (Codemasters) along with many other developers and journalists. 

Contributors / Foreword
The text will be edited and overseen by industry legend Steve Jarratt, a veteran computer games journalist who has edited countless best-selling publications including Crash, Commodore Format, Amiga Format, Total!, and EDGE. The foreword will be written by ex-Binary Design graphic artist Ste Pickford, one half of the legendary duo The Pickford Bros., who made their name creating the artwork and designing classic games such as Zub, Glider Rider, Amaurote, 180 and Feud. 

Where to get it
The book, titled "Sinclair ZX Spectrum: A Visual Compendium" by Bitmap Books is available to pre-order now, exclusively at

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

New shmup released for the Speccy!

Stormfinch - a bicolour shooter.

10 levels, 9 bosses, level completed every 1000 points, a whopping 64 different attack waves.  End of game sequence.