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ZX Spectrum: Elite Collection Review

By , on October 5, 2010

ZX Spectrum: Elite Collection
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4 out of 5


  • Six classic titles for the price of one; and more on the way!
  • Customized controls for landscape and portrait orientation.


  • Lacks incentives for modern gamers to try it out.


ZX Spectrum: Elite Collection is a great way for nostalgic gamers from the 80s to pick up a few classics and maybe even remind them of why they became life-long gamers in the first place.

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The ZX Spectrum was 1982's major rival to that of the Commodore 64. Those of you who have seen my earlier reviews may know I was not in the ZX camp, but I hold no grudge against the beastly home computer and in fact the opportunity to play some classic titles on Elite System's latest release, 'ZX Spectrum: Elite Collection' was a fascinating insight in to the past.

Much like similar console emulating titles, each of the games feature a unique control scheme that's adapted to fit in landscape or portrait orientations - with the former being semi-transparent to make life easier. The addition of tiny angled buttons helps immensely in titles that require quick taps between two directions and thanks to comprehensive help menus players can familiarize themselves with the controls ahead of time.

The emulation itself is quite solid, with smooth frame-rates and clear audio emulation that may not wow some, but much like the graphics it was a different era and things were more functional than fancy. Oh and while you're at it, check out the awesome vocal audio in Chuckie Egg - it's the stuff of nightmares! ;)

Elite Systems has promised to keep their updates to a regular schedule, planning considerably far in to the future after securing agreements with major publishers from the time. While ZX Spectrum: Elite Collection may not appeal to those who aren't already fans of nostalgic gaming, it's a great bargain for those who are and at its 'fixed' price there's no reason not to give it a whirl.


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FalloutNewVegas 7 years, 8 months ago

I don't really buy retro games unless they have upped the audio and visuals(not any graphic enhancements just fixes the glitches that cannot be removed when playing older consoles but can with the idevices) and added preferably a 'modern' version(like bubble bobble) but still keeping a original version for nostalgia on older gamers. And wow the audio is really...strange....just as bad as the intellevision 'voice synthesis module'. Just write Intellevision B-17 bomber and sound how disturbing yet funny it is.