ANOTHER TRIBUTE TO ZX SPECTRUM ...
A Swedish gateway to ZX SPECTRUM
ALMOST ALL PUBLISHED GAMES ARE AVAILABLE ON THE WEB AS WELL AS LOADS OF EMULATORS FOR DIFFERENT COMPUTERS AND PLATFORMS (+ AN AMAZINGLY ACTIVE NEWSGROUP). YOU CAN VIRTUALLY PLAY ALL THE GAMES THAT WERE RELEASED FOR ZX SPECTRUM FOR FREE (THAT OF COURSE INCLUDES THE SWEDISH GAMES THAT I'VE INCLUDED HERE) !
Special thanks goes to NVG ( Netverksgruppa of the University of Trondheim, Norway) and Arnt Gulbrandsen since...It wasn't really until 1994-ish (when the FTP site NVG was brought to life and the newsgroup comp.sys.sinclair was formed) that the Spectrum emulation scene set off big time.
For more info please check out the COPYRIGHT link at the great "WOS - World Of Spectrum" site !
The second wave by Stefan Andersson
"In a humble attempt to document ZX Spectrum in Sweden (Autumn 1998)"
| SWEDISH SINCLAIR MAGAZINES |
There were quite a few Swedish home computer magazines but non entirely focused on sinclair computers and most of them had a very short life span.The most eager ZX Spectrum writer in Swedish magazines were as far as I remeber Clas Kristiansson (aka Attle Barktunga) that also wrote a few Swedish quilled adventures. As well as worked as a ZX Spectrum editor on the JOYSTICK cassette magazine.
Two big ones covering ZX Spectrum:
"Allt om hemdatorer" and "Svenska hemdator nytt/hacking" (site by Clas Kristiansson)
Two of the last "computer magazines" covering ZX Spectrum in Sweden were YOUR HACKER, letter magazine by "DATAPIRATERNA"" and JOYSTICK, cassette/letter magazine that covered quite a few different computers with Jan Törnqvist as "klubbmästare".
English ones were available such as Sinclair Users and Your Sinclair.
| SOME SWEDISH SINCLAIR RETAILERS |
- BECKMAN innovation AB , Agent for sinclair computer products in Sweden.
- KM DATA in Vetlanda , Selling ZX Spectrum software as well as utillity hardware (ZX microdrives, ZX interface I, Joystick interfaces and keyboards).
- Chara Electronic HB (Hans P Eckert), Agent for the Kempston disk operating system (KDOS) which made it possible to connect ZX Spectrum to any standard 3" or 5.25" discdrive. Upto 4 individual drives could be connected (double density).
| IMPORTANT SWEDISH SINCLAIR BOOKS |
I cannot recall that there were any commercial Swedish ZX Spectrum games released on broad base by any software house in Sweden. However a few adventures were developped under a software label called XCELLENT SOFTWARE (GOLDWOOD, GIZE, DE VISES STEN, Herrgården, Knäckebröhult as well as THE ARTIST).
| SWEDISH SPECTRUM SOFTWARE HOUSES|
XCellent was the software label for AB Datorer & Son owned by Bo Jangeborg, Clas Kristiansson and some other people. It's now called Softwave AB and is entirely owned by Bo Jangeborg.
| FAMOUS SWEDISH SPECTRUM PROGRAMMERS |
The most and probably only famous Swedish ZX Spectrum programmer was Bo Jangeborg with games like Fairlight I and II as well as The Artist. His Fairlight game made it to the number 1 spot on the UK game sales list.
The adventures/games below are all well done and written by Swedes (mainly taken from JOYSTICK cassettes) and you can download and play them using a ZX Spectrum emulator.
The adventures below were mainly created by...
| SPECTRUM ADVENTURES IN ENGLISH |
Pong - sort of a maze game (enhanced by Ronny Nordqvist) Biljard - a cool pool game by Birger Larsson (former JOYSTICK editor as well) Jackpot - a slot machine game by Ronny Nordqvist Kubtrubbel - a rubiks cube game by Anders Lindqvist Meteorite - The Swedish version by Birger Larsson Pustman - a GREAT Swedish Pacman clone (probably by Birger Larsson) The Artist - a XCELLENT paint program by Bo Jangeborg Shoot 'em down - an arcade game by Bo Jangeborg Hanois torn - the classic Towers of Hanoi by Clas Kristiansson Solitaire - a board game by Stefan Andersson
| SPECTRUM ADVENTURES IN SWEDISH |
| ENTIRE SPECTRUM JOYSTICK CASSETTES |
- JOYSTICK nr 12/1986 -Contents: V-A, Herrgarden, Plockman, Yatzy...
- JOYSTICK nr 2/1987 -Contents: Rally, Brook, A-Gen, Zzzap, Q-Tappen...
- JOYSTICK nr 4/1987 -Contents: Gize, Biljard, Tank Battle, X-File, Dis-assembler...
| ZX SPECTRUM EMULATORS/TOOLS|
If you want to play ZX Spectrum games then useone of the following emulators (among others):If you want to transfer your old ZX Spectrum tapes then try (it's simple):
- The Spectrum Tape Loader (homepage, freeware)- a ZX Spectrum cassette to emulator format converter .I used this program to transfer my old JOYSTICK cassettes...(all you need is a PC with a soundcard,the old spectrum-tape cord, a decent tape player and your old speccy tapes).
| MAIN SINCLAIR CYBER LINKS|
There are loads of great sites out there, try for instance:
The Spectrum Webring site by Stefan Andersson
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