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8 emulators listed:

[Icarus] [KGB] [Speculator '97] [Speccylator] [Spectrum] [ZXAM] [ZX-Spectrum] [ZX Spectrum Emulator]

Icarus Spectrum Emulator v1.0

  1. Emulates 48K Spectrum (presumably), interface 1 & Microdrives.
  2. Loads its own format of snapshots (more info welcome).
  3. Saves its own format of snapshots.
  4. No real tape support.
  5. Requirements? Old, so probably just a basic A500.
  6. Slow.
  7. Freeware?
  8. Fully multitasking.
  9. Microdrive emulation using standard Amiga disks.
  10. More information on this one welcome; any Amiga owners fancy downloading it, trying it out and letting me know the results?
  11. Available from http://www.cybercity.dk/users/ccc14241/icarus10.dms.

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KGB v1.3

  1. Emulates 48K Spectrum, cursor joystick (with cursor keys) and Kempston joystick (with Amiga joyport 2).
  2. Loads .ZX snapshots.
  3. Saves .ZX snapshots.
  4. Loads/saves from/to real tapes via a sound-digitiser.
  5. Requires monochrome or colour.
  6. Speed not known.
  7. Freeware?
  8. Has a pitch-compensated mode, that transposes the sound two octaves up (handy on slow Amigas).
  9. Doesn't multitask. Isn't completely compatible with ZX-Spectrum; several games don't work, e.g. Chronos, Starstrike II.
  10. Version 2.0 is due soon, with more snapshot formats supported, better real tape support, better speed, multitasking, Microdrive emulation and some bugfixes.
  11. Available from the KGB support BBS' homepage: http://www.cybercity.dk/users/ccc14241/home.html and ftp://ftp.nvg.ntnu.no/pub/sinclair/emulators/spectrum/amiga/kgb-1.3.lha.

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Speculator '97 (William James)

  1. Emulates 48k Spectrum. Can load in some 128k .Z80 files (ie 48k games with 128k music). Supports +D disks. Kempston Joystick.
  2. Loadable formats: ZX82, KGB, Z80, ZX, SP, SNA.
  3. Saves custom ZX82 snapshot.
  4. Can load in normal files through serial port interface.
  5. Kickstart 2.04 and 68020 or higher required.
  6. On an A1200 with a 25Mhz MC68030 Viper card + 32Bit Fast RAM, Speculator will run at around the 100% mark; seems faster than ZXAM on some games.
  7. Shareware - £10.
  8. Fastest of the Amiga emulators. Lots of support utilities. Multitasks.
  9. Emulation is buggy and downright weird in places (Poking 23659,0 in BASIC doesn't lock up Speccy like it would on real Speccy). No .TAP support. Only saves in custom format.
  10. The great hope of Amiga Spectrum Emulation at the moment (what with the ZXAM development halted for quite a while).
  11. Available from Aminet. Can't remember the exact path 'pub/Aminet/misc/emu/....'

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Speccylator v1.0 (Richard Carlsson)

  1. Emulates 48K Spectrum, Kempston joystick.
  2. Loads .SNA snapshots, no tape support.
  3. Saves .SNA snapshots, no tape support.
  4. No real tape support.
  5. Requires just any Amiga with Kickstart 2.0 and around 435Kb of free memory.
  6. 'Faster than most' - except Peter McGavin's Spectrum on a 68000-based Amiga.
  7. Freeware.
  8. Fully multitasking, nice graphical interface, better sound than Peter McGavin's Spectrum. Can dump Spectrum screen to an IFF ILBM file. Preferences can be set globally and for individual snapshots. Better Z80 emulation than ZXAM. Full BCD flags emulation.
  9. No particular bad points, unless you count lack of features - e.g. no file support.
  10. The idea behind the project was to create a Z80 emulation kernel that could run on any 68000 machine, i.e. not using any Amiga specifics. The Z80 emulator kernel can therefore be used for an emulator on any other 68000-based machine, e.g. the Atari ST. Recently updated (September 1996), with Kempston joystick emulation the next thing on the author's to-do list.
  11. Available from author's homepage.

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Spectrum v1.7 (Peter McGavin)

  1. Emulates 48K Spectrum, cursor joystick (with cursor keys) and Kempston joystick (with Amiga joyport 2).
  2. Loads .SNA snapshots and tape files from separate .header and .bytes files on Amiga disks.
  3. Saves .SNA snapshots and tape files to separate .header and .bytes files on Amiga disks.
  4. Load/saves Spectrum files from/to tapes through a sound-digitiser.
  5. Works on any OCS, ECS or AGA Amiga from 68000 to 68060 with Kickstart 1.2 and up.
  6. Is reasonably fast on 68030/25MHz, but slow on 68000/7.14MHz machines. At least 68020/14MHz (A1200) and FAST RAM are recommended. Not as fast as ZXAM.
  7. Freeware?
  8. Multitasks.
  9. Colour palette is a bit strange.
  10. Very old, and not supported any more.
  11. Available from HENSA.

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ZXAM v2.0 (Toni Pomar)

  1. Emulates 48K Spectrum, Kempston, Sinclair II and Cursor joysticks. Also emulates the 128K's AY-8910 sound chip, so 128K-enhanced games that use only the sound chip and not the extra RAM often work and give better sound.
  2. Loads .SNA and .SP snapshots. Can also apparently load just about any format of snapshot via Rexx scripts. Loads tape files from disk.
  3. Saves .SNA (and .SP?) snapshots. Can apparently save just about any format of snapshot via Rexx scripts. Saves tape files to disk.
  4. Real tape support via a custom tape interface (diagram and instructions to make this are supplied).
  5. Kickstart 2.04 and 68020 or higher required.
  6. Apparently 'impressive' on an A1200.
  7. Shareware.
  8. Runs in a window on Workbench screen, on a separate draggable screen, or in exclusive mode. Automatic speed adjustment for fast machines. Can save snapshots to a real tape for loading on a real Spectrum. Can load PowerPacked snapshots if you have the powerpacker.library in the LIBS: drawer.
  9. At least 38 games (including Chronos and Starstrike II) do not work; so emulation obviously isn't perfected.
  10. Author is working on fixing problems that cause those games not to work, along with a built-in debugger, full 128K emulation and tape loading via sound samples, but he's in the army until November 1997 so don't expect anything until after then. There is a thing called the ZX Poke Guide which is not an emulator but instead it's an AmigaGuide by Richard Koerber full of POKEs (about 677 games). It uses the ARexx port of ZXAM to make the pokes and run/stop the emulator from the AmigaGuide itself. Gerard Sweeney has brought another such program to my attention; Hack Attack III which has around 400 more games than the ZX Poke Guide, 90% of which have been tested by the author ('Rastan'). It is also apparently easier to add more pokes to HA3 than to ZXPG.
  11. Available from author's homepage as well as the 'misc' directory on AmiNet. The ZX Poke Guide (v2.0) can also be found there, e.g. here and Hack Attack III here.

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ZX-Spectrum v5.0 (Jeroen Kwast)

  1. Emulates 48K/80K/128K Spectrum, interface 1, Opus, Specdrum, Currah uSpeech.
  2. Loads .SNA and .Z80 snapshots, .TZX tape files and a proprietary snapshot format also.
  3. Saves .SNA and .Z80 snapshots, .TZX tape files and a proprietary snapshot format also.
  4. Real tape support?
  5. Requires 2
  6. 25 MHZ 68030 := 48K 100%, 33 MHZ 68030 := 48K 132%, 7 MHZ 68000 := 48K 32%.
  7. Freeware?
  8. Good points?
  9. Bad points?
  10. 128K emulation code finally fixed, new release due soon probably.
  11. Available from?

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ZX Spectrum Emulator v0.10 (A.Schifano & V.Gervasi)

  1. Emulates 48K Spectrum, presumably, and Kempston joystick.
  2. Loads snapshots (type unknown) and from tape (AmigaDOS files).
  3. Presumably saves snapshots and to AmigaDOS files.
  4. Real tape support via a tape interface.
  5. Requires any Amiga.
  6. Speed? Has three video modes; monochrome, where you choose the overall PAPER and INK colour for the screen; colour 1 with limited updates of the screen and colour 2 with full updates (slower).
  7. Appears to be a commercial product. The demo does not include tape support or snapshot support, and resets after a certain amount of time.
  8. Good points?
  9. Spectrum ROM doesn't come with the emulator; apparently Amstrad denied permission (perhaps because this is a commercial product). A hacked version of the demo does include it, illegally.
  10. Information here comes from a brief Readme file in a hacked demo version of the emulator. More information welcome.
  11. Available from DigiMail in Italy:
    Digimail Srl
    Via Coronelli 10
    20146 Milano
    Phone: ++39-2-427621
    Fax: ++39-2-427768

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