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
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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!
07-05-2011, 12:39 PM
#21
Joined: Jan 2011
Location: England
Posts: 10,224
Quote:
Originally Posted by drelbs View Post
Tough choice - I love the fact that Spectatulator just went universal, but overall I like the Elite collection, and the fact that they're paying the developers. Thrilled to send moneys to Julian Gallop for another copy of his games! (Wish they'd make a Gallop pack #2 with the remainder of them...)
Reckon there'll be a future Gollop pack for sure. Having rebelstar on my Ipod which i can come back to and resume is brilliant. Love that game. Do you put everyone through the single hole in the wall or go through many different points and meet up near the reactor !

By the way make sure you check out those Spectrum Games Bible books ! I've heard theyre very good and feature over 1500 reviews Okay okay plug over !

Last edited by psj3809; 07-05-2011 at 01:02 PM.
07-05-2011, 01:47 PM
#22
Joined: Jun 2011
Location: Portsmouth, England
Posts: 521
How do the controls compare with Elite?

I found the elite controls really good on the IPOD version. Also (apart from the HD) are there any differences between the IPOD version of Elite and the IPAD version?

Is there such thing as a HD speccy game??? Does the HD version improve the graphics enough to pay the extra 2.99.

I love the idea of playing the Monty games, Wally games and Jet Set Willy !!

Vita Favourites - Walking Dead, Killzone, Borderlands 2, Final Fantasy X, Batman, MInecraft.
IOS favourites - Dead Space, TWAU, Xcom, Shadowrun.
Multiplayer ID - Magnum0ik (use a zero)

07-06-2011, 09:48 AM
#23
Hello, I find out how to add games, but I need some help, how to configure kempston joystick and configure buttons (fire button, additional buttons etc), I think there are some codes to put into config file
07-06-2011, 09:54 AM
#24
Joined: Oct 2010
Location: Belfast N Ireland
Posts: 2,053
I bought the Elite pack just for gollup pack and to be honest it was disappointing. The main game I bought it for was chaos which me and some friends used to play almost constantly and I still love to this day.

I found that emulator crashed before the end of almost every game while on the original Spectrum we used to play it over and over without any crashes or if there was very rarely.

I've taken to playing a remake on my pc instead called chaos groove.

I don't mean to sound bitter, cold, or cruel, but I am, so that's how it comes out
07-06-2011, 10:01 AM
#25
Joined: Jan 2011
Location: England
Posts: 10,224
You should contact Elite and let them know. Havent had any issues with Chaos crashing i must admit
07-08-2011, 10:23 AM
#26
Quote:
Originally Posted by psj3809 View Post
By the way make sure you check out those Spectrum Games Bible books ! I've heard theyre very good and feature over 1500 reviews Okay okay plug over !
Where are these available ? As pdf or printed only ? (I would like to read it on my iPad on travels ;-) )
07-08-2011, 01:58 PM
#27
Joined: Jun 2011
Location: Portsmouth, England
Posts: 521
Quote:
Originally Posted by cistehovado View Post
Hello, I find out how to add games, but I need some help, how to configure kempston joystick and configure buttons (fire button, additional buttons etc), I think there are some codes to put into config file
How do you add the games? - is this something I can ask on here?

Vita Favourites - Walking Dead, Killzone, Borderlands 2, Final Fantasy X, Batman, MInecraft.
IOS favourites - Dead Space, TWAU, Xcom, Shadowrun.
Multiplayer ID - Magnum0ik (use a zero)
07-18-2011, 12:55 AM
#28
For me, it's Spectaculator all the way on iOS.

I've spent a few hours having a play & managed to add a small collection of games I had as a kid & it's great. I'll do my best to share what I understand, but there's a few things I haven't worked out & hope someone here will know the answers.

- Does anyone know how to configure the 'Break/Space' key in the Config.plist file?
- On the same note, other keys, such as 'Caps Shift' or 'Symbol Shift'?
- Does anyone know if it's possible to assign multiple keys to a single button (e.g. Both 'Caps Shift' or 'Symbol Shift' to a single virtual button?

Thanks, Russ.
07-18-2011, 02:00 PM
#29
umm I have the modified plist file here is example code:

Quote:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
<plist version="1.0">
<dict>
<key>gameTitle</key>
<string>sim City</string>
<key>authors</key>
<string>Ian Oliver, Andrew Onions, Graeme Baird</string>
<key>originalPublisher</key>
<string>Realtime Games Software Ltd</string>
<key>currentOwner</key>
<string>Realtime Games Software Ltd</string>
<key>dateReleased</key>
<integer>1984</integer>
<key>infoseekId</key>
<integer>4880</integer>
<key>freeToPlay</key>
<true/>
<key>instructions</key>
<string>Instructions.html</string>
<key>model</key>
<integer>1</integer>
<key>joystickType</key>
<integer>1</integer>
<key>additionalButtons</key>
<string>NONE,NONE,NONE</string> <these are the extra buttons, RGB> <key>mirrorYAxis</key>
<true/>
<key>allowNormalLoading</key>
<true/>
<key>fastLoadingSpeed</key>
<integer>3</integer>
<key>controls</key>
<dict>
<key>thumbPad</key>
<string>Dive, Climb, Bank Left, Bank Right</string> <DO NOT EDIT>
<key>redButton</key> <DO NOT EDIT>
<string>Laser Cannon</string> <DO NOT EDIT>
</dict>
</dict>
</plist>
I edited it from my Sim City tape.
before use delete my edits
Quote:
<DO NOT USE and<these are the extra buttons, RGB>

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07-18-2011, 02:08 PM
#30
How to Add Coustom Games to Spectulator for iOS REV 2


Step 1: Get Spectulator (2.99 USD)


Step 2: get iPhone Explorerr
Step 3: Find ZX spectrum games from a ZX Spectrum
Step 4: Navigate on iPhone Explorer to Apps/Spectulator/Spectulator.app/Gamepacks/
Step 5: once in that folder make a Copy "Dynamite Dan.tzx" to the Desktop
Step 6: on the Dynamite Dan.tzx Folder on the desktop open it and change the Artwork.png to the one of your game, it isnt nessary but it looks better.
Step 7: Say I downloaded SimCity.tzx from My ZX Spectrum, I rename the Dynamite Dan.tzx folder on the Desktop to SimCity.tzx and paste the game you downloaded in the folder , the game needs to be the exact name as the folder.
Step 8: edit the config.plist in notepad(windows) or plist editor(mac) to the details of the game including the controls, See post above.
Step 9: REBOOT THE APP, double tap and press and hold the Spectulator app and tap the - , then open it again.
Step 10:enjoy coustom games on Spectulator for iOS!!

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