[Frequently Asked Questions]
This page last updated on 21 March 1998
If you find an address in here that
doesn't work any more, please let me know - and let me know if you find one
that isn't listed here too!
This list is ordered by the sites' domain names, so don't feel bad if your
site is listed after one you think isn't as good. If anyone thinks my
description of their site is incorrect or unfair, again, let me know.
One thing I have noticed after around three years of monitoring the growth of Spectrum-related
web sites is that an awful lot of people get their net connection and have the bright idea
of making a Speccy web page. Unfortunately, most of them then soon find the multitude of
pages that already exist, and don't bother to update their own early efforts; not even to
remove the usual promises of future greatness. Therefore, this list now
mentions where a page has not been updated for some time. If I've mistakenly
listed your page as being dead, let me know.
If you're after games, emulators or anything Spectrum-related, there are a
number of FTP sites worth visiting, and new ones spring up now and again...
bear in mind that many of the sites containing games are very busy, so you're
better off trying at quieter times (e.g. very late at night in the UK), and
don't use a web browser - use a proper FTP client. This section used to be
considerably larger, but many of the sites no longer existed or no longer
contained the Sinclair-related material that they once had, and have been
removed them from this list.
- ftp.nvg.ntnu.no/pub/sinclair and
THE Speccy FTP sites! In fact, you can probably ignore the rest of them. If you upload
anything to the /pub/sinclair/incoming directory at NVG, make sure you mail Starglider at
email@example.com to tell him what the file is and where the
file should go. You cannot download files from the incoming directory! The getronics site mirrors
is in many ways better than NVG with better organisation etc., but has more limited access at certain
A catalogue of the entire NVG site
has now been created by the prolific Gerard "Far too much free time on my
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- Alexander Walz's Sinclair ZX Spectrum
pages - technical data, BASIC reference, memory management, tips &
tricks and more.
- Malyrule's Hardware Info Site is chock-full of various
bits and pieces on Speccy hardware.
- Pera Putnik's ZX Spectrum Hardware DIY
site contains a couple of hardware projects, and the article he wrote about
Port 254 and Issue 2 and 3 Spectrums for the Technical Information section.
- The Speccy Zone
contains a technical FAQ about the Pentagon and Scorpion, two Russian
variants of the Spectrum, as well as a large number of games, demos and
Spectrum utilities to download.
- Damien Burke's Speccy Nostalgia Trip
contains a copy of the 128K Spectrum manual, and information on the Sinclair
Radio Watch and the ED FB level loader trap, amongst other things.
- The Alternative Rubber Infested Sinclair Archive
(previously known as Sinclair Spectrum Home Pages) - snapshots and technical
articles, and letters from Your Sinclair! Not updated since July 1996.
- Planet Sinclair
(formerly known as Spectrum Forever!) - a descendant of the original
Speccy site. Recently updated and enlarged (now claims to be the biggest Spectrum related WWW site).
- World Wide Ramsoft has a
collection of Speccy technical information (including information on the
+D/Disciple interface), and also utilities, emulators and the Enlight! 97
demos available for download.
- Paul Jenkinson's Spectrum Hardware site. A list
of all the various Speccy peripherals, with many pictures, and even a Speccy Heroes screensaver for
Windows 95 - well worth getting!
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- Harvey Lodder's "Most Wanted"
snapshots request page.
- James Purbrick has
a Java version of the classic Chaos.
- Glyn Harper's ZX Spectrum Emulator page
- basically just links to his FTP site, with around 16Mb of games.
- Steve Jones' Sinclair Spectrum Page
- has a snapshots requests page, though
hasn't been updated since it started from what I can see - apparently due to
worries about copyright violation. Not updated for over a year and a half.
- Francisco Cotrina's Spectrum page
- with details of his snapshots mail server
and some emulators to download. Not updated, except for links, for some time. Didn't respond last
time I tried.
- Andrew Barker's Spectrum Snapshots - another requests page.
Unfortunately, is currently at least temporarily without a home, but may
re-appear soon; Andy's site is home of the VOC file really, and
has the beginnings of a guide to making VOC/TZX files here.
- Anton Belenki's TimexFun
has a comparision of the graphics from a couple of arcade machines and their
Speccy conversions, as well as a couple of games, icons and links.
- Ben Baylis' Spectrum Stuff
- requested snapshots page and YS Smash Tips! Not updated for some time.
- Cowl Innovations, whoever they may be, have just opened
up the ZX Spectrum site which has a few games
available, plus a selection of emulators (odd choices - bit out of date).
- Darren Noyce's DazSoft Speccy Page has games to
download and a Spectrum disk-magazine (which only runs on the Amiga unfortunately). Annoying advert at
the top of the page too.
- Brown Software's ZX Spectrum Games is just a couple of games.
- Arttu Ylrakkola's 8 Bits Rule! site is
an excellently presented set of stuff including a good number of games, plus info on Imagine, Sir Clive's
life story, fake Speccy screenshots of new PC games and other stuff. Very nice site!
- Gareth Cheshire's Oi! What about the Spectrum?
pages contain promises of things to come...
- Namco has created a new version of the old Formula One game by CRL.
As far as I could tell, it's not actually linked from his home page, so
here's a link to the zip file.
- Novikov Sergei's Speccy World! has
lots of seriously hacked games on it - the Russians are really into
updating Speccy games with extra levels, music and so on. All in
Hobeta format, with a Hobeta converter on there too. Some reviews as
- Cameron Knight's homage to Ultimate (Play the Game)
contains all the games, and (almost) all the inlays from the Stamper brothers
and their friends.
- Blood's Crap Speccy Page
- home of the comp.sys.sinclair crap games
compilation, the Manic Miner editor, a list of snapshots that are currently
not to be found on the net (can you help?) and other stuff.
- A. J. Clark's Spectrum Shrine -
just a few of his favourite games and a copy of WSpecEm.
- Matthew Hambleton's Spectrum Review Daily.
Started out with the ambitious idea of reviewing one game every day. Managed to keep it up for
four days. See what I mean about people starting pages and then forgetting about them? Had
reviewed Kwik Snax, Pacmania, Rodland and Pang (complete with snapshots available from the
page) before he gave up.
- Marek Sedlar's !!!Spectrum Forever!!!
has info, games (mirrored from NVG) and links, plus a great picture of our Clive.
- Stephen Smith, for reasons best known to
himself (and probably involving small furry animals), has knocked up Java Chaos!.
Yes, you too can battle wizards just like in, er, Chaos.
- BBK'S Lair - some snapshots and PC-based emulators,
from Italy's Sinclair Revenge Club.
- John Dow is re-writing Splat!
- Dave Rushall's Pie Cafe
has a few of his old games available for download.
- Ken's Spectrum Corner; link removed
because his pages were just a collection of other people's work available elsewhere.
- Karl O'Brien's 48K Heaven - Speccy Spectacular
- has some games and a copy of Z80 on his page. Updated late in 1996 to give the
whole site a nice new look and some more snapshots.
- Russ Juckes' ZX Spectrum Bit has
a few games, loading screens and a scan of the back cover of the last issue of Your Sinclair.
- Ryan "Ratty" Coleman's Brill Web Site
contains the inlay covers and a very brief descripition of Alien Syndrome
and Arkanoid. Not that 'brill', actually...
- Dave Ealey has been a very busy boy indeed and has hundreds of games described and available
for download at The Spectrum Software Archive. A very nicely done collection, and
well worth a browse if you don't like FTP sites.
- Starglider's ZX Spectrum Page has a bit of Spectrum
history to make you all misty-eyed and a bunch of games to download, including a game of the month
spot complete with a scan of the inlay cover and some info about the game. Starglider now maintains the
NVG Speccy archive too - so if you upload to NVG, make sure you mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Mark Timberlake's Spectrum Heaven
has a couple of emulators (JPP and the Adlib version of
X128) and a small collection of games for download.
- Cameron Lister's Sinclair ZX Spectrum Page
just contains a list of his top 10 arcade and adventure/strategy games.
- Aleksandr Babaylov's ZX Spectrum Software Museum
- a large collection of
snapshots and tapes; a lot of games here, but it can be a slow site and some of the
directories don't actually contain the snapshot itself. Not dead as previously suspected, just
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- Sinclair Spectrum Hall of Fame
- screenshots of classic games. Not updated for some time, but not removed as I'd thought previously.
- Cheats Prosper
- Multiface POKEs - an impressive list of cheats here.
- Philip Gooch's has an alpha version of Lords of Midnight
written in Macromedia Director using the Shockwave plug-in; so PC owners with a modern browser can play
it here, and if you don't fit that category or can't be bothered you can just play the real thing :)
- Arsen Torbarina's
Jet Set Willy Ultimate Fan Page;
covers everything related to the platform game; FAQ, maps, POKEs and cheats, Matthew Smith related stuff,
download service etc. However, the server does not always respond. If you get a host not found error, try
again a few minutes later.
- Zak Jenning's page has screen shots,
games, a Speccy history page and stuff about his impressive collection of Sinclair gear. Pity it moved
from Demon though, now it's at Virgin it's so slow I gave up waiting to see if anything else had
- Ian Preston's Spectrum Adventurer
and Spectrum Adventurer II pages.
Lots of adventure solutions, hints etc. plus a load of snapshots too. A must-visit if you're
an adventure fan! Not just text adventures either; arcade adventures too (e.g. the Dizzy series).
- Conor McCarthy's ZX Spectrum page
- home of the Miner Willy Museum (tours of
Manic Miner etc.), and more broken links than you can shake a stick at - all
very much under construction. Not updated since October 1996.
- Glenn Flood's Spectrum/ZX-81 Cassette Inlay Artwork Page
- Glenn did artwork for some Quicksilva
games, and now has three inlay designs here.
- The Moon Palace
- a home page for the Lords of Midnight saga.
- Tero Turtiainen's Knight Lore Map page;
a map of Knight Lore, oddly enough, and a list of the objects in the game.
- Gerard Sweeney, famed YS hacker,
now has the Hack Attack III homepage
up and running with more POKEs than you'd find in a ten hour long blue movie. If you don't like
frames, you can always visit the Non-frames version.
- Philip Bee's I've Started So I'll Finish
has a large collection of interviews with various Spectrum progammers.
- Ian Armstrong's Dump,
containing a large number of screenshots, inlay texts and scanned copies
of the inlay covers.
- Stephen Smith and Benedikt Heinen's Sinclair Software Database.
Want to know how to play a particular game? What keys to use? What the plot is? All this and more in
a searchable database... a massive piece of work!
- Stephen Smith's Master Speccy page
- lots of stuff including the Spectrum games
database and games FAQ. A must see! Hopefully, now that Stevo has a Demon account, we won't
have to play 'spot the URL' for at least another week... ;)
- Tolkien computer games for the Spectrum
from Fredrik Ekman.
- Peter Thomas' Banyan Tree has
his Chaos Editor and not much else right now, under construction...
- Kev Watkins' Wally Week Webpage is
dedicated to the wonderful Wally series of games from MikroGen.
- The YS Tip Shop Tiptionary
- courtesy of Robert Cooper. Not updated since it was started in late 1995.
- Andy Kavanagh's Jizzy's Spectrum Worship
is basically just a very brief introduction to the Spectrum emulation
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- Arsen Torbarina's TapeFix - a program to make your old Speccy tapes readable once more.
- Tomaz Kac's ZXTape format is a new specification for
holding Spectrum tapes in files. Hopefully to be supported by all future versions of emulators! Not
only is the spec here, but there are utilities to handle ZXTape files and lots of example files to
play with (you can even load them into your real Spectrum if you're into that sort of thing!).
- Claus Jahn and Andy Schraepel's Rainbow page.
This is a program to launch your various Speccy emulators with a chosen snapshot (similar to Martijn van der Heide's SGD) and
view various Spectrum filetypes. Have a wander round Andy's pages, he has more stuff there too, including
Russian Spectrum Emulators.
- Toni Pomar's homepage was home of his emulator,
ZXAM, but now appears to be little more than a 'bye bye Amiga'
page. Bad news for ZXAM fans?
- Craig Rothwell has ported Jet Set Willy to the PC.
- Thomas Ahn Kolbeck Kjaer's x128 for OS/2 page.
Yes, it's James' x128, running native under OS/2.
- Andy's Page has a great
version of Manic Miner for the PC, a preview version of Jet Set Willy,
some games, and a graphics ripping utility.
- Ian Collier's xz80 homepage
- home of xz80, believe it or not, and also has some +3 oddities
to amuse you.
- Warm Silence Software
- the producers of Z80Em. Or go direct to
to get straight to the Z80Em info.
- Andrew Broad's Spectrum Page
has a complete descripition of the room format for Manic Miner, as
well as his own updated Manic Miner 4.
- Richard Carlsson's home page
- author of Speccylator, a Speccy emulator for
the Amiga. You'll find a mention of it right at the bottom of his page.
- Delta 4 now have a web site, and rather good it is too.
Wander round Fergus' domain and marvel at the amount of substances he must have taken in order
to write such weirdness. Site thankfully not removed as had been thought.
have written several Acorn ARM Spectrum-related utilities.
- Igor Eged's Spectrum page has
plenty of info about TR-DOS file conversion and he has several utitities for dealing with
this sort of stuff.
- Random's ChaOs Files
has a whole load of Russian Spectrum emulators and utilities to download.
- Marat Fayzullin's home page
- author of emulators for the MSX, NES,
Colecovision, Game Boy etc. and at least one Spectrum-related utility
(Butcher). Spectrum material not updated for some time; even links to the very
old text-only version of the FAQ as maintained by Marat some time ago.
- Ozzy's Computer Emulation Page
contains ZX-Base, a Win95 database program for organising your spectrum
programs, and a few links.
- Philip Kendall's Speccy page which
has some FAQs, a Head Over Heels walkthrough, a Lemmings level designer and a snapshot convertor which can handle the z80 v3 to z80 v2 conversion.
- Dominic Morris's Speccy Page
has DiSCDOS, a utility to read +D and Disciple discs on a +3, and
Slowdos, the same thing for MS-DOS disks.
- Rui Ribeiro's WSpecEm homepage.
It shouldn't tax your imagination too much to work out what's here :).
- Adam Davidson & Andrew Pollard's JAVA Spectrum Emulator, complete
with numerous snapshots to show it off. Well worth a look!
- Erik Kunze's XZX home page. Erik also now
does a CD full of emulators and snapshots etc.
- Pedro Salaz's Sinclair home page
- home of the Sinclair v3.00 emulator.
- James McKay's X128 - Spectrum Emulator
- home of x128, the DOS, UNIX and OS/2 Speccy
- Martijn van der Heide's World of ZX-Spectrum
is rapidly becoming the one-stop shop for all things Spectrum-related,
including an HTML front-end to the World of Spectrum FTP site,
the biggest Spectrum FTP site, the Spectrum Games Database, a PC program to catalog
your snapshot and tape collection and launch JPP, Z80,
x128, Warajevo or WSpecEm
to run a particular snapshot or tape. A very well done program, and it's free
(and now fully Win95 compatible), Martijn's own Complete Opus Discovery
ShadowROM v2.2 Disassembly, Taper, another gem which allows conversion between
various tape formats (including .TZX), and allows them to be written to tape,
and search engines to search both WoS and NVG by program name.
- Guillaume Genty's Homepage
(also available in English)
is the home of out2ym, a utility to convert the music from the .OUT
files producted by Z80 to .YM format.
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|SPECCY-RELATED SEARCH ENGINES
Note: generic web search engines no longer listed here. There are so many now!
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- Fish 3
- a Speccy e-zine. Not updated since November 1995.
- Your Sinclair
- parts of some of the later issues up on the web courtesy of
Simon Cooke, YS's tech tips editor for those issues. And he can have my YS badge for
a million quid ;)
- Crash issue 1
at least; from Robert Hazelby. Not updated since November 1996.
- The Your Sinclair Rock'n'Roll Years
from Nick Humphries has news, reviews, screenshots and cover scans covering
- Barry Plewa's Emulate! was on the web, but currently it's back to being text-only.
Emulate! has games, technical stuff, reviews, chart listings,
and much more. The plain text version is available from
not the latest issue by the looks of things) and
Unfortunately, Barry seems to have given up writing Emulate!; certainly a few months back he was
to be seen getting rid of a load of his Speccy gear, which is bad news at least.
- Classix magazine is an A5 paper fanzine
that appears every four months and costs £1.20. Alex Waddington
is the author and has the following to say about it:
"It is dedicated to retro Speccy
gaming and has been going just over a year. We have regular writers such as
Andy Davis from Alchemist Research and seek to provide a lively mix of
features, news and tips. We have a light-hearted tone, with the whole 'zine
being produced on a PC using speccy screenshots to liven things up a bit!".
Alex's postal address is:
15 Drummond Road,
Cheques should be made payable to J Waddington. I haven't seen an issue myself so I can't
say if it's any good.
- Format magazine is another paper magazine.
The following is taken from a posting made on the newsgroup by the people behind Format and implies
no recommendation from myself as I've not seen a single issue myself:
If you own a Spectrum (48K, +, 128K, +2, +3), a SAM (Coupe or Elite) then
FORMAT is the magazine for you. Published monthly since 1987 it is the
longest running mag of its type. Packed full of articles on programming
and the like it is a must for every Spectrum or SAM owner.
Available by subscription for just £12 per year (going up to £15 very
soon so hurry your order through) - overseas customers please email for
Send name and address with cheque/postal order for £12 to:
34, Bourton Road,
Phone 01452-412572 (UK)
Bob Brenchley of Format is also after writers for
the magazine, so give him a shout if you think you can write articles on any subject related
to the Spectrum or SAM Coupe.
- There is also Alchemist News, a tape-based Spectrum magazine. Past issues can
be found on NVG: ftp.nvg.ntnu.no/pub/sinclair/snaps/discmag/alchnews/
and you are best off reading one of them for more information, or
heading to their web pages.
is a paper-based SAM and Speccy magazine, edited by Stewart Skardon
and Mark Sturdy. The cost is
£1.50 for one issue, or £8 for 6. Apparently, if you mention comp.sys.sinclair
when ordering issue 20 (December '97), you can that issue for £1. Send
cheques payable to 'Crashed Magazine' to
Pear Tree Cottage,
Again, I haven't actually seen an issue, so I can't comment on it.
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- Joseph Aron has a Win95 Startup screen
at his site available for download; this one is a 128K version,
unlike John Elliots's and Damien Burke's,
which are both 48K versions.
- ZX Spectrum Danmark - can't
say my Dutch is up to much, but it appears to be just links.
- Claus Jahn's Spectrum pages
contain some screenshots, various stuff on his Speccy collection, links and so on plus information about
SpecPic (now known as Rainbow, see section on emulator/utility/game authors, above), and
ZX-Edit, a Spectrum-friendly editor for DOS.
- Thomas Scherrer-Tangen's Z80 CPU Official Support Page
has some technical information on the Z80.
- Johan Andersson's page
- not much there; he had planned to dedicated the page to Speccy programmers and hackers and
include sections like Peek 'n Pokes, Z80 instructions and timings, and more, but this has not
happened from what I can see. Not updated since he started it several months ago.
- Spectrum Appreciation Society.
Windows version of Advanced Lawnmower Simulator and a selection of sound samples from
- Sinclair Pages
- all in Spanish and all very unfinished looking. Not updated for some time, and now
the front page has disappeared, leaving only a directory for you to randomly pick files from.
- 8 Bit Universe. Under construction when I looked at the
beginning of 1996, and in the same state in January 1997, so it's probably never going to get
updated now. Currently there are two German Spectrum adverts there (here and here).
- Andy Dansby's Sinclair ZX Spectrum page
has a collection of various things, including instructions for Hisoft Basic
and Hisoft C, some stuff about editing maps in Ant Attack and Rebelstar,
information on PSUs for various Sinclair machines, a list of TR-DOS and
Beta Disk commands, and the +2A/+3 technical manual.
- Sinclair ZX Spectrum Flyer
- some old advertising bumph. Not updated for some time.
- Spectrumania! from
Manuel Millán; info, links and snapshot requests in English and Spanish. Frames only though...
- Nick Savoiu has a list of links on his Sinclair ZX Spectrum Switchboard
that haven't been updated for some time, and has an animated 'busy' cursor for Windows 95/NT
on this page which is quite
well done and worth a go; co-author of WinXZX.
- Homage to the Sinclair ZX Spectrum;
an eloquent homage to the ol' Speccy from a true fan!
- John Garner's Spectrum PD/User Groups page.
- The ZX Spectrum Russian Museum is,
er, all in Russian so I haven't a clue what's there really :) Certainly a good number of hacked games to be
found, some demos and Russian emulators too. Explore!
- ZX Spectrum Graphics - some nice Speccy graphics,
presented using a Java applet for some reason, which turns it into a bogged-down slideshow at
the best of times. However, it does at least enable you to see the graphics come onto the screen
in the same manner as they do when loading a SCREEN$ from tape!
- Maksim Uustalu's ZX Spectrum Rules!. All rather chaotic looking here,
but there would appear to be some games to be had and some links to follow.
- The Sinclair section of Pete's Classic 8-bit Computers Page
has some pictures and some links.
- Visit Enrico Tedeschi's Old Radio Digital World,
where, among all the old radio stuff, you'll find much on Sinclair memorabilia and details of his
book, Sinclair Archaelogy.
- Special Reserve's Retro Corner
is just a quick explanation of what a Speccy is, and some links.
- Ben Supper's Sinclair Links Page.
A few links (oddly enough) plus his explanation of the .ZXS tape file format.
- Nick Wittering's Manic Spectrum Mine; link removed - most of his site consisted only of
a large chunk of this page ripped off uncredited despite complaints being made to him. Twerp.
- Damian Audley's Speccy Page
- mostly links for Mac emulators etc. Looks like he's back to maintaining this page now after
a good few months without any updates.
- The Trading Post
has a large number of Spectrum parts for sale, as well as the +2 and +3
- Paul Monaghan's ZX Spectrum Inc.
pages contain copies of ZX32, WSpecEm
and other utilites for download.
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| NEWS GROUPS
If you don't have Usenet access, comp.sys.sinclair has a mailing list mirror:
Send mail to email@example.com with the following in the BODY of the message:
subscribe sincnews firstname.lastname@example.org
Don't put anything else in the body of the message.
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The channels #spectrum and #sinclair are now officially registered with
DALnet; here are some DALnet servers:
liberator.dal.net (UK) (port 7000)
irc.dal.net (USA) (port 6667)
igc.dal.net (USA) (port 6667)
If you are interested, please email Theo Develegas
(his IRC nick is _Wind_), so that he can fix some online meetings (though we haven't heard
from Theo in some time so he may have moved on).
Additionally, in Poland the the #z80 channel can be found on the following servers
(default port), and you'll usually find someone about between 12:00 and 16:00 CET:
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- Greek Spectrum Club
Seem a little crazy but then again we all must be to be playing with Speccies in this day
- Independent Eight Bit Association (IEBA)
Not purely a Sinclair group, their main project is an 8-bit directory, which
aims to list clubs, magazines, repairers, suppliers, etc for all 8-bit
machines. For more information, send your address to the publicity officer,
Brian Watson, or
39, High Street,
- Long Island Sinclair Timex Users Group
This is a very active user group that supports all the Sinclair and
Timex computers in the USA. They still publish a monthly newsletter, have
monthly meetings and give technical support to Sinclair and Timex users.
For further information and a sample newsletter contact:
Long Island Sinclair Timex Users Group (L.I.S.T.)
c/o Robert Glider
69 Jefferson Place
Massapequa, N.Y. 11581
Alternatively, e-mail Fred Stern
or Bob Malloy.
- Spectrum Profi Club in Germany.
- Spectrum User Club
This is also the page of the company SINTECH, who are one
of the few companies left that sell Spectrum software on
tape/disk at original prices! They also sell new/used Spectrum hardware.
They are about to join forces with Spectrum Profi Club.
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