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Spectaculator, ZX Spectrum Emulator

By Jonathan Needle

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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

What's New in Version 6.1.0

• iOS Game Controller support
• Added an additional 24 licensed games:
    - Wheelie
    - Rex

    - Magic Knight Anthology
        • Finders Keepers
        • Spellbound
        • Knight Tyme
        • Stormbringer

    - Alternative Software Pack 1
        • Skool Daze
        • Dead Or Alive
        • River Rescue
        • Eliminator
        • Gun Boat
        • Hideous

    - Alternative Software Pack 2
        • Back to Skool
        • Confusion
        • Turbo Bike
        • Revolver
        • Slug
        • Combat Zone

    - Alternative Software Pack 3
        • Pheenix
        • Punch and Judy
        • The Big Sleaze
        • Excalibur
        • Hysteria
        • Mad Flunky


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Customer Reviews

BEST on the App Store

Spectaculator is an absolute gem in the App Store. It's a great emulator, has some fantastic features (Worldwide leaderboards for games of the 80's. Thank you). The games list is growing, the come complete with manuals & links to POKES that you can use & best of all, they're done so with agreement from the original devs.

There's something genuinely cool about playing games from my youth on my phone & I'll keep on supporting this App as long as it goes back to the people that gave me those memories.

Jonathan Needle supports the original game developers so when you buy games in Spectaculator, YOU support those devs too.

There was another emulator on the App Store with bad morals & almost zero support for the original devs. This is definitely one to support.

I would still like the ability to sort game based on years, publisher, genre & other 'tags' such as play count so I don't forget to look back over my list. But that's just a thing for the people that know how to get the most out of the App.

Other than that, couldn't ask for more.


Works well, added Skooldaze recently and more games. Needs keyboard support but that's an Apple issue that they need to really address.


Just get it now!!!!!!!!

Spectaculator, ZX Spectrum Emulator
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • £2.49
  • Category: Games
  • Updated:
  • Version: 6.1.0
  • Size: 23.6 MB
  • Language: English
  • Developer:
Rated 9+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Horror/Fear Themes
  • Infrequent/Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence

Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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Top In-App Purchases

  1. Skool Daze£0.79
  2. Realtime Games Pack£0.79
  3. The Lords Of Midnight£0.79
  4. Odin Anthology£1.49
  5. Carrier Command£0.79
  6. Magic Knight Anthology£1.49
  7. Dynamite Dan 2£0.79
  8. Frank N. Stein£0.79
  9. Design Design Anthology£1.49
  10. Wheelie£0.79