ZX Spectrum Game of the Year 2019 Indie Retro News special!

The ZX Spectrum game of the year!! What could it be? Read on to find out!

With the festive season over and being well into a new year (though that said, I still have Christmas cake in my cupboard - true story) I'd say it's time we have a look at some of the best releases for the Spectrum in 2019. The year saw the release of some new developers, some returning and also some sequels to previous game releases. A quick browse through the 2019 Speccy library will have you mightily impressed and amazed in equal measure. When you look at some of the quality in releases and how far some can push the Speccy's limits well, we're looking at mindblowing stuff and things we'd never had dreamed of seeing back in its heyday.

Well, let's get down to some games see what we can see. And play. I've compiled a list of my Top 9 ZX Spectrum games for 2019 - there were so many out there to choose from and it was really hard to whittle down and apologies if your favourite game isn't here. It doesn't mean it's not worthy, it's just there has to be limit and if I covered them all my fingers would wear down from my keyboard, and then where would I be? Hospital probably, I hear you say but enough of that; let's take a look.

Kingpin: Reloaded - A Violent FPS classic remastered & enhanced, coming later this year!


One of the finest games I remember from late 1999 that featured so much graphical violence I was surprised I ever got to play it, was the classic first person shooter Kingpin Life of Crime: a controversal game whereby graphic depiction of violence and heavy use of profanity, gained a lot of media attention even with an 18 certifact slapped on the front of the box! For those of you who never got a chance to play this game, will now get that chance and more. As 3D Realms has just announced the Kingpin : Reloaded edition. A remastered and enhanced version of the crime-themed first-person shooter classic!

Millie and Mollie - Catrap inspired game coming to the C64


Late last year we announced on Indie Retro News that Carleton Handley and Saul Cross was working on a rather lovely game for the C64 called ' Millie and Mollie '; a game which is not only inspired by the late 80's to early 90's game of Catrap, but also features moveable blocks, the swapping of characters to solve puzzles, and the use of time rewinding mechanics to undo your own mistakes. Another game saw the use of rewinding mechanics, was that of the 2008 game 'Braid'.

Project Horizon - Alien blaster announced for the Commodore Amiga gets a cool tease!


Another day and another great news announcement for the Amiga scene, as the previous game we mentioned as 'Project Horizon', has not only been shown off with a brand new HAM6 intro, but also a sneak peek gameplay tease! Yes indeed this game first posted about last year, is an upcoming game that according to the creator Electric Black Sheep, is an Amiga game inspired by basic shooting elements such as Commando, with a mix of Chaos Engine and a dab of Alien Breed.

Synthia in the Cyber Crypt - A C64 platform adventure game created using SEUCK


When it comes to SEUCK developed games they are usually side scrolling action titles, or in the case of most of our write ups.....Shoot em ups. Thankfully 'Synthia in the Cyber Crypt' developed for the latest compo is a bit of a rare breed, as not only was it developed using SEUCK, but instead of the usual type of game, this one is an enhanced platform adventure game with aid of VICE, an Action Replay cartridge (or VICE monitor) and a rather clever programming mind.

Black Sect 2: The Cursed Crypt - PnC remake of the Adventure game La Crypte Des Maudits


If you're looking for something different as a game remake, then it might be worth your time playing the latest release by Brocantygames called ' Black Sect 2: The Cursed Crypt '; a PnC remake of the Adventure game La Crypte Des Maudits, which was originally released way back in 1991 for the Amstrad CPC and published by Lankhor. As noted by the website " The original 1991 version of Black Sect 2, called 'La Crypte Des Maudits' was the successor of the 1990 game 'La Secte Noire', the original 'Black Sect'. Both were done by Lankhor and only released for Amstrad and supported French only. The better known 1993 version of 'Black Sect' was Lankor's own remake of 'La Secte Noire' ".

Bagman - An Arcade classic as an Amiga remake reaches V2C


Another Amiga heads up and no it's not related to STALKER, as we've recently been told that Jotd's work in progress Amiga remake of the 1982 game 'Bagman', has reached version 2C and can be downloaded from the main website below. This game was previously mentioned on IRN, and according to the creator is a GPL remake of the excellent Valadon Automation arcade game, dissambeled so the guard movement is more or less the same, as well as elevators.

Prince of Persia - A brilliant retro gaming classic for the Atari XL/XE looks so much better!


It was only just last month that we announced that the 1989 classic platformer of Prince of Persia by Brøderbund, was not only coming to the Atari XL/XE as a conversion/port by Rensoup, but also  the Intellivision by Matthew Kiehl. Fast forward to this week however and thanks to another heads up by Saberman, we've been told this very difficult game with its well designed levels and extreme danger, has been much improved in the latest WIP 20/01/13 release which can be downloaded below.

STALKER - Unreleased Amiga game gets a more feature packed download


There's something special about unreleased games, games that if they were released during that time probably would've ended up on a shelf full of Amiga games, getting average to glowing reviews in an old Amiga mag straight out of WHSmith or even John Menzies! One such game which was never officially released but did see an early version project tease in 2013, was József Punk and Ferenc Bardos Action platformer of 'STALKER'.

Megacopter: Blades of the Goddess - Action packed blaster inspired by games such as Desert Strike


Before you get too excited this isn't a new helicopter game as a sequel to the classic game of Desert Strike or Jungle Strike, but is in fact a rather cool looking game that does give the impression that it's inspired by those great classics. Titled as 'Megacopter: Blades of the Goddess', you play as a mighty powerful Mega Copter, and must fly around the landscape destroying the Reptoid's and their deadly weaponry.

Virtua Racing on the Pico-8 looks rather cool!


If your gaming youth goes back to the 90's, I'm sure you'll remember the high speed 3D Polygonal racer called ' Virtua Racing '; a game which had its roots at the Arcades and was later ported to home systems such as the Sega Megadrive 32X by SEGA. Well if you do remember that game as well as I do, you'll be interested to know that there is an upto date preview of Virtua Racing, which is being developed by Freds72 for the Pico-8!

LEAP! - A glorious Bounder tribute is teased for the C64


A lot of people who had an Amstrad CPC, Amstrad PCW, ZX Spectrum, MSX or Commodore 64 remember playing the game Bounder; a game released in 1985 by Gremlin Graphics in which the player navigates a variety of courses as a bouncing tennis ball. But did you know a tribute game is currently being developed called ' LEAP! '? Well you do now! Welcome to the latest teased project from Massi L'arrotino, which looks to feature not just great gameplay, but a superb soundtrack too.