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The ZX Spectrum is a line of 8-bit personal computers from British company Sinclair Research.

Its hardware was nothing to write home about. In fact, it suffered from a graphical quirk called "attribute clash" that limited its colors in a bizarre way (every 8x8 pixel area could contain only two colors) and made its games look primitive when compared to other machines of its day. Nonetheless, its extremely low cost (less than half the price of a Commodore 64) made it hugely successful in the United Kingdom; it was also very popular in the Eastern Bloc and in Brazil, in the form of unlicensed clones. Consequently, the Spectrum amassed a rather vast gaming library.

The listEdit

Box Art Title Genre Description
Astro Marine Corps ZX cover Astro Marine Corps Platformer An obscure Spanish run-and-gun with very impressive graphics: colorful stages, parallax scrolling, and almost no attribute clash in sight!
Castlevania Spectral Interlude ZX title screen Castlevania: Spectral Interlude Action-adventure No, this is not an official Castlevania, but a fangame by a Russian demoscene team. It started as a "demake" of Simon's Quest, but after a while they decided to make it something more interesting, an entirely new quest. The graphics and sound are pretty good by ZX standards, especially the music.

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Dan Dare 3 ZX cover Dan Dare III: The Escape Platformer While the whole series is well-regarded, the third Dan Dare game is especially praised for its graphics that work around the ZX's attribute clash pretty well. Developed by Dave Perry and Nick Bruty, the same duo who would later do Earthworm Jim.


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