View Poll Results: Which ZX Spectrum Emulator do you prefer on iOS
Spectaculator 22 70.97%
ZX Spectrum Elite Collection 9 29.03%
iSpeecy(web app) 0 0%
ZX Nostaliga 1-5 0 0%
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App description: In April 1982, Sir Clive Sinclair launched what was to become one of the most popular home computers ever made - the Sinclair ZX Spectrum.

Spectaculator takes you back to the 1980s - to the golden era of 8-bit gaming!

Play the following 22 officially licensed classic ZX Spectrum games:
- 3D Starstrike by Realtime Games Software
- Auf Wiedersehen Monty by Gremlin Graphics
- Avenger by Gremlin Graphics
- Bounder by Gremlin Graphics
- Cyclone by Vortex Software
- Dark Star by Design Design
- Dynamite Dan by Rod Bowkett/Mirrorsoft
- Forbidden Planet by Design Design
- Halls of the Things by Design Design
- Highway Encounter by Vortex Software
- Jack The Nipper by Gremlin Graphics
- Krackout by Gremlin Graphics
- Jekyll & Hyde by Zenobi Software
- Metabolis by Gremlin Graphics
- Monty On The Run by Gremlin Graphics
- On The Run by Design Design
- Revolution by Vortex Software
- Tau Ceti by Pete Cooke/CRL
- The Way Of The Tiger by Gremlin Graphics
- Albatrossity by Jonathan Cauldwell
- Battery's Not Precluded by Jonathan Cauldwell
- The Fantastic Mister Fruity by Jonathan Cauldwell

... with more available from the in-app shop.

Spectaculator gives you the most authentic ZX Spectrum experience available on your iPhone, iPod and iPad, and comes with lots of additional features:

Universal App - runs on iPhone, iPod and iPad.
Supports iPhone 5 and iPod touch 5th generation screen.
Play in portrait or landscape orientations
Save your game progress (four saved game slots + one iCloud saved game slot per game).
Save your progress to iCloud from one device (e.g. iPod) and load to continue playing on another (e.g. iPad).
Enter pokes (cheats) for infinite lives, shields etc.
Lookup game hints, tips and maps
Play in black and white with TV screen simulation for the ultimate 1980s experience!
Battle to the top of the (Game Center) leaderboards!
Type on a virtual ZX Spectrum keyboard
Use an external Bluetooth keyboard for playing adventure games
Choose authentic cassette loading or fast play
Program in Sinclair BASIC
Enjoy high resolution graphics on Retina screens
Play using an external arcade controller (iCade or iControlPad)

Additional Game Packs
-------------------

The following games packs are available from the in-app shop:

Design Design Games Pack
- 5 Games. Includes Halls of the Things, Dark Star, Forbidden Planet

Gremlin Graphics Vol. 1
- 6 games. Includes Wanted! Monty Mole, Skate Crazy, Thing Bounces Back

Gremlin Graphics Vol. 2
- 6 games. Includes Jack The Nipper II: In Coconut Capers, North Star, Grumpy Gumphrey, Supersleuth

Gremlin Graphics Vol. 3
- 6 games. Includes Switchblade, Trailblazer, Super Scramble Simulator, Percy The Potty Pigeon

Odin Computer Graphics Anthology
- 9 games. Includes Nodes Of Yesod, Robin Of The Wood, Heartland

Realtime Games Pack
- Starstrike II
- 3D Tank Duel

Stephen Crow Anthology (Free!)
1983-2013 Stephen Crow. All rights reserved.
- 5 games. Includes Firelord, Starquake, Wizard's Lair

Vortex Anthology
- 6 games. Includes Alien Highway, Deflektor, T.L.L. (Tornado Low Level)

Zenobi Adventure Pack Vol. 1
- 6 games. Includes Aura-Scope, The Gods of War, Leopold The Minstrel

Zenobi Adventure Pack Vol. 2
- 6 games. Includes The Khangrin Plans, The Krazy Kartoonist Kaper, A Murder Mystery Weekend

Zenobi Adventures Vol. 3
- 5 games. Includes The Apprentice, The Bardic Rite, Jester Quest, Knight Life, Mutiny!

The following single games are available from the in-app shop:
- Carrier Command
- Dynamite Dan II
- Frank N. Stein
- Laser Squad
- Lords Of Chaos
- The Lords Of Midnight
- [NEW!] Bear Bovver
- [NEW!] Doomdark's Revenge
- [NEW!] Everyone's a Wally
- [NEW!] KWAH!
- [NEW!] Redhawk
- [NEW!] Skool Daze

Sciencematthew's comments:
I have stumbled appon a ZX Spectrum emulator twice now (version 1.10 and version 1.0.0) both are easy to load coustom games with iphone explorer it has been pulled once already and I have managed to get both releases, I advise anyone with the money (2.99 US Dollars) to get it, HERE it is worth it!
12-30-2012, 08:03 PM
If you go back a page, a guy suggests it can still be done.
12-31-2012, 03:43 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by PrinceGaz View Post
Yes! The same way as with the version a year ago, by sticking them in the app's
/Library/PrivateDocuments/Purchased Games
folder Worked on my new iPod touch running iOS 6.0.1. It's not like he can highlight that fact in the app's description for obvious reasons

I've only tried running three games so far (out of my 350 or so) but they worked fine.
Yes has anyone else tried this yet?

12-31-2012, 02:09 PM
Got it to work. Thanks guys. Now to get the joystick to show up lol. Is there a standard config.plist that could be used for most games and just change certain things for the game you want. Sorry for the question as new to all this.
12-31-2012, 02:24 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by yelever View Post
Got it to work. Thanks guys. Now to get the joystick to show up lol. Is there a standard config.plist that could be used for most games and just change certain things for the game you want. Sorry for the question as new to all this.
This post should have the information you need.

Quote:
Originally Posted by NickFalk View Post
Squids!?

Worst idea ever!
12-31-2012, 02:29 PM
Tried that and still can't get the joystick to show up. Totally confusing lol
12-31-2012, 03:29 PM
OK managed to get the joystick to show up and the fire button to work but nothing else. Here's my config

<key>gameTitle</key>
<string>Bomb Jack</string>
<key>authors</key>
<string>Paul Holmes</string>
<key>originalPublisher</key>
<string>Design Design Software</string>
<key>dateReleased</key>
<integer>1986</integer>
<key>infoseekId</key>
<integer>1263</integer>
<key>prerenderedIcon</key>
<true/>
<key>instructions</key>
<string>Instructions.html</string>
<key>addendum</key>
<string>Addendum.html</string>
<key>model</key>
<integer>2</integer>
<key>joystickType</key>
<integer>1</integer>
<key>mirrorYAxis</key>
<false/>
<key>rotateThumbPad</key>
<integer>0</integer>
<key>axesLock</key>
<integer>0</integer>
<key>transparentKeyboard</key>
<false/>
<key>useSystemKeyboard</key>
<false/>
<key>stickyShiftKeys</key>
<false/>
<key>rowWhenKeyboardVisible</key>
<integer>16</integer>
<key>keyJoyMappings</key>
<string>O,K,Z,X,BREAK SPACE</string>
<key>additionalButtons</key>
<string>A,Q,1</string>
<key>analogueThumbPad</key>
<true/>
<key>allowNormalLoading</key>
<false/>
<key>fastLoadingSpeed</key>
<integer>3</integer>
<key>controls</key>
<dict>
<key>joystickTypeOverride</key>
<string>Kempston</string>
<key>thumbPad</key>
<string>Up, down, left, right</string>
<key>redButton</key>
<string>Jump</string>
</dict>
</dict>
</plist>
12-31-2012, 03:36 PM
Got it working I changed <key>analogueThumbPad</key>
<true/> to false and all is good
12-31-2012, 07:21 PM
Joined: Feb 2010
Location: NCC 1701 A
Posts: 2,205
Quote:
Originally Posted by yellowknife View Post
Yes has anyone else tried this yet?
got it working too, in my iPhone 4 with iOS 6.0.1
01-02-2013, 11:27 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gwarmaxx View Post
got it working too, in my iPhone 4 with iOS 6.0.1
Good to hear that it worked for others too. It was just trial and error really. I could no longer drop games into where I had been putting them, so I looked at the other folders for somewhere which might be more receptive

Unfortunately there is no way (on unjailbroken devices) I know of to remove the games still under the Spectaculator.app folder.

Quote:
Originally Posted by yelever View Post
Got it working I changed <key>analogueThumbPad</key>
<true/> to false and all is good
Note that the setting

<key>analogueThumbPad</key>
<true/>

should only be used with games specifically designed for an analogue joystick. No original games that I know of will work with this. The versions of Dark Star and Forbidden Planet originally published by Design Design included with Spectaculator 3.0.0 are recently re-compiled versions using the original source-code modified to accept analogue joystick input. Unless you have something explicitly designed to use it, set it to 'false' (or omit the 'analogueThumbPad' key altogether).

Also note that

<key>joystickTypeOverride</key>
<string>Play with your stick</string>

found in the

<key>Controls</key>
<dict>
...
</dict>

section, has no effect on the input controls used by the emulator. All it does when specified is replace the text shown above the list of controls in the game info.

So if you were using

<key>joystickType</key>
<integer>1</integer>

that would change the normally displayed
Controls: Kempston Joystick
to
Play with your stick


Might be useful when using the Cursor joystick option as with the dot-matrix printer-paper effect wasting space at the side of the screen, the default 'Controls: Cursor (AGF or Protek)' no longer fits Presumably that will be named something shorter in v3.0.1 whenever that is released. Also handy if you would prefer the name displayed to match exactly what the game calls it (such as 'Controls: Sinclair Port 1' or 'Controls: Protek joystick', for instance).

Last edited by PrinceGaz; 01-02-2013 at 11:38 AM.
01-02-2013, 01:24 PM
Joined: Feb 2010
Location: NCC 1701 A
Posts: 2,205
Quote:
Originally Posted by PrinceGaz View Post
Good to hear that it worked for others too. It was just trial and error really. I could no longer drop games into where I had been putting them, so I looked at the other folders for somewhere which might be more receptive

Unfortunately there is no way (on unjailbroken devices) I know of to remove the games still under the Spectaculator.app folder.
have you tried to drop them in /Library/PrivateDocuments/Purchased Games... folder?

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