ZX Spectrum Recreation Characters
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ZX Spectrum Sport Characters
Updated on August 19, 2014 Martin Allan moreMartin has been a software program developer for a few years. This is combined with a passion for retro machines and recreation,
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Most of us old style players will have fond recollections of many video games for the Sinclair ZX Spectrum (and different retro computers such as the ZX80, ZX81, Oric 1, Oric Atmos, Commodore 16, Commodore 64, Commodore 128, Vic 20, Acorn Atom, Acorn Electon, BBC Micro and Amstrad CPC 464).
From Manic Miner to Manner of the Exploding Fist to Hypersports, these Spectrum video games hold a spot in our hearts and remind us of a golden age in home computing.
These classic video games and the Spectrum computer are rightly heralded all across the globe… however in some cases, the characters within these video games became synonymous with the Sinclair machine.
Characters similar to Miner Willy and Monty Mole are virtually family names (up there with the likes of Pac Man and Mario for us Spectrum gamers)- but solely hardcore Speccy gamers will remember Dynamite Dan, Technician Ted and Cuchulainn.
Here we will have a look at key Spectrum sport characters that still live on virtually thirty years later.
We hope you get pleasure from it…
ZX Spectrum Recreation Characters
Click thumbnail to view full-measurement Cult ZX Spectrum hero, Brian Bloodaxe
The Humorous Brian Bloodaxe
Brian Bloodaxe only had one journey on the ZX Spectrum, and is a lesser recognized character.
He appeared in the wacky platform game, Brian Bloodaxe by The sting software program in 1983 which met with numerous praise.
Viking marauder Brian Bloodaxe had been frozen in slumber earlier than awaking in 1983 (the year that the game was released).
He continued in his original quest to conquer Britain by stealing the Crown Jewels and thus taking the throne.
Brian Bloodaxe featured 100 screens of unusual humour and surreal jokes. It was a playable platform recreation which also allowed our ‘hero’ to collect objects and kill enemies by headbutting them with the horns on his viking helmet.
Unfortunately Brian only ever had one journey, but his cult standing is assured attributable to this novel platform journey.
ZX Spectrum celtic hero Cuchulainn
Cuchulainn appeared in two excellent released by Gargoyle Video games which had been Tir Na Nog in 1984 and the prequel Dun Darach in 1985.
Both Tir Na Nog and Dun Darach were groundbreaking journey video games, and the central character Cuchulainnwas a big and well animated fellow. Avid gamers loved the lavish locations, characters that populated the surroundings and lateral thinking that was required to complete the sport.
Both video games (and the hero) have been so widespread that Psygnosis Software program planned to release re-makes of both titles for the Laptop within the early nineteen nineties – utilising the superior know-how that a Laptop supplied. Unfortunately, bar a few promotional screenshots neither re-imaginings came to fruition.
Cuchulainnremains a favourite as he mostly used brains over brawn to complete duties and progress by means of his adventures. One other launch from Gargoyle games Marsport (which was additionally very talked-about) featured an analogous graphical and enjoying style. This sport was un-associated to the adventures of Cuchulainnbut many discuss with this one because the conclusion of a trilogy.
Dizzy – an unlikely egg shaped hero
An Eggselent Hero
Dizzy appeared in various video games on the ZX Spectrum and became synonymous with the software house Codemasters.
Dizzy was an egg-shaped creature (with boxing gloves on his hands!) and first appeared in 1987 in the budget game of the same identify. At solely £1.99 Dizzy was nice value and he turned a cult character. This prompted Codemasters to launch further games within the arcade journey style featuring our egg-head hero.
Dizzy was positioned into varying situations with puzzles to solve, nasties to keep away from and obstacles to overcome. All the adventures featuring Dizzy had plenty of character and were good and colourful – actually creating a nice atmosphere inside every sport.
The full list of adventures are:
Treasure Island Dizzy
Fantasy World Dizzy
Dizzy, Prince of the Yolk Folk
Crystal Kingdom Dizzy
The Oliver Twins had been answerable for the numerous adventures of Dizzy, and in addition had loads of other games launched by way of Codemasters. Dizzy is still a popular character and featured in other spin-off games which weren’t developed by The Oliver Twins.
While Dizzy was the primary character (being the prince of the ‘yolk folks’!) other characters would take part with his adventures once in a while. Characters reminiscent of Daisy (his girlfriend) and his ‘cool’ buddy Denzil appeared in varied (though not all) video games.
Dizzy was an eggsellent character who is effectively remembered by ZX Spectrum avid gamers – and a few of his adventures have been tough to crack. Do you see what I did there 😉
Dynamite Dan In Action
Dynamite Dan starred in two platform sport adventures on the ZX Spectrum. The platform sport style was extremely widespread at the time and both of Dans’ adventures have been big hits.
Because the title suggests, Dynamite Dan was a dab hand with explosives. He first appeared in Mirrorsofts sport Dynamite Dan in 1985, battling in opposition to the evil Dr Blitzen.
Avid gamers cherished this difficult yet addictive adventure a lot that a sequel was released in 1986. Once once more Dan needed to foil one other try at world domination by the identical arch-nemesis.
In both games, explosives were used to further your progress by way of the levels and to overcome the final impediment (such as blowing open a protected).
Each games also featured a large airship that Dan arrived in at the start of the sport, and used to make his escape once the sport had been completed.
Dynamite Dan by no means appeared again after 1986 – however platform sport followers remember both titles with fondness.
ZX Spectrum Character Horace
Horace Goes Skiing
Horace is a fondly remembered character from the ZX Spectrum period. He appeared in three of his personal adventures from 1982 via to 1983 – and later made an look on the Psion three palmtop during the mid nineties.
Horace’s adventures are as follows:
Hungry Horace – appeared in 1982 and was basically a clone of the world well-known pacman. Released by Sinclair themselves on the Spectrum, Horace also made it over to the rival pc the Commodore sixty four. Apparently the C64 version additionally included a degree editor permitting avid gamers to create their own ranges – which could possibly be played on any other machine along with Hungry Horace. Quite a function for the time
Horace goes Skiing – appeared later in 1982. This game may be very well rememebered – and was really two games in a single. Horace first had to cross the street to obtain the ski’s – avoiding the heavy visitors whilst trying to make it to the ski tools store. This section was a clone of the uber widespread Frogger. Once kitted out the game switched to a downhill ski-slalom part the place you needed to guide Horace to the tip of the course. As soon as once more the game was available for the C64 as properly because the Speccy.
Horace and the Spiders – appeared in 1983. The main target modified to a platform model sport with Horace jumping over spiders while climbing a hill. Horace additionally needed to ‘swing’ throughout a bridge utilizing spiders threads before finally battling the spiders by destroying parts of their web. Once once more the game took inspiration from present arcade video games, in this case Pitfall and Space Panic. For some motive the third and last sport solely appeared on the ZX Spectrum
Horace then appeared within the mid nineties in the ‘Mystic Woods’ on the Psion 3.
Horace by no means appeared in his ‘personal’ titles again, however did make a cameo appearance in a ZX Spectrum game of Inspector Gadget.
In 2003 the playstation 2 game Canine Life had a piece that includes a store known as Horace’s Ski Store – a particular tribute to the basic character.
We would not be against Horace showing once more in some type sooner or later in the future…
Hunchback on the ZX Spectrum
Can Hunchback Reach Esmerelda
Hunchback (based on Quasimodo) was an unlikely hero in two platform video games and even one text adventure from Ocean Software. First showing in 1984 in the sport Hunchback, our hero had to leap over obstacles, keep away from flying arrows and fireballs and swing throughout pits to reach a bell which had to be rung. Finally you had to rescue the maiden Esmerelda to complete the sport.
Hunchback II was released a 12 months or so later and was an improvement over the original sport. Regardless of having only seven screens to play through, Hunchback II was a tricky recreation to beat. With the emphasis on timing, a rigorously planned route had for use on each display screen to reach the bell. As soon as once more rescuing Esmerelda on the final display was the key to finishing the game.
Hunchback – The Journey was released in 1986. It was a playable text journey that includes effectively drawn areas and loads of humour. Not one for the seasoned journey gamer (it was probably a little to straightforward) it was still met with a lot of reward and was a big hit.
Quasi never appeared in another game on the Speccy again after 1986, however he does go down as a nicely remembered character.
The bells! The bells….
The cartoon version of Jetman
Jetman must be one of the properly remembered ZX Spectrum recreation characters ever. Jetman first appeared within the traditional Jetpac by Final (play the sport) in 1983.
Jetpac was a very playable and widespread recreation and was even appropriate with the short lived 16K ZX Spectrum.
Jetpac was such a classic sport and was so standard the central character of Jetman grew to become standard by default.
Ultimate decided to create a comply with up sport featuring the same character and Lunar Jetman was launched at the top of 1983.
Lunar Jetman was a way more complicated sport than the relatively easy rocket building arcade sport Jetpac and could solely be performed on a 48K Spectrum.
Now you could take Jetman on an adventure throughout a barren alien landscape, flying throughout the floor with his Jetpac and even taking excursions with his lunar-buggy.
Lunar Jetman is also one in all the first video games to help the Currah Microspeech unit, so not solely was Jetman in a brand new journey, the sport also featured speech! All of this amounted to the sport being and impressive piece and an enormous hit – making Jetman much more popular than ever before.
Tim and Chris Stamper had created two traditional video games and one widespread character – and Jetman was not quite finished but.
Jetman was so common that a spoof cartoon featuring the character appeared in the popular Spectrum journal, Crash.
Jetman had an adventure in every monthly situation, and the cartoon was based mostly on humour and silly adventures. To find more info about Stormtrooper check out our webpage. Jetman remained a part of the journal for an excellent couple of years before the strip was finally dropped.
Ultimate had further plans for Jetman, and needed a far grander adventure for him using the additional memory and higher sound capabilities of the ZX Spectrum 128…
Photo voltaic Jetman was developed for the ZX Spectrum 128 and accomplished, however the reception the sport received when it was released for the NES was so negative, that the Spectrum version was by no means put out. Jetman fans have been disappointed – but Ultimate have been reknowned for being perfectionists and refused to release what they deemed an inferior product.
Sadly this was the last ever undertaking with the character and Jetman never noticed the light of day on the ZX Spectrum once more.
No further Jetman games were created, and it’s a disgrace he went out on a little bit of a low. Regardless of this, Jetman stays some of the fondly remembered of all characters that appeared on the ZX Spectrum.
Magic Knight In Action
ZX Spectrum character Magic Knight
Magic Knight was a character that appeared in no less than four video games on the ZX Spectrum. His first look was in a sport referred to as Finders Keepers, which was a price range release from Mastertronic. Despite it is humble roots, Finders Keepers was a popular recreation, and the games hero Magic Knight turned effectively favored.
Magic Knight went on to appear in three other releases which were
These three games were fulfilling graphical adventures, utilizing the famouse ‘Windomation’ menu system to work together with items and characters, fairly than the normal textual content enter.
All three games had been widespread, and other people loved the humour within. The Magic Knight character had an ideal story arc over the sequence, resuing his mates, travelling into the future and so forth.
Magic Knight is a cult game character that plenty of ZX Spectrum gamers will remember.
Miner Willy Begins His Quest…
ZX Spectrum character Miner Willy
Absolutely this is one of the well known game characters for the ZX Spectrum, Miner Willy.
Miner Willy first appeared on the ZX Spectrum within the traditional platform sport Manic Miner. Manic Miner was developed by Matthew Smith who took inspiration from one other recreation known as Miner 2049er.
In Manic Miner, our hero Miner Willy was out prospecting down Surbiton manner, and stumbled upon an ancient and lengthy forgotten mine shaft.
Miner Willy soon discovered evidence of a lost civilisation far superior to our own. This civilisation had used automatons to dig deep into the Earth’s core to supply the essential raw materials for his or her superior trade. Even after all of this elapsed time, the automatons had continued to work, and a vast fortune in uncommon minerals and stones await our intrepid hero.
This first game setup a story for Miner Willy, permitting sequels to be released on the premise that Willy had indeed discovered fortune in the abandoned mine.
Jet Set Willy was the primary sport to comply with Manic Miner. It was a flick display screen platform journey game set in Miner Willy’s mansion. Yep – he had gotten wealthy from his exploits down the mine and now had a big mansion. Both Jet Set Willy and the character turned extremely in style, and gamers everywhere wanted extra.
Jet Set Willy 2 was launched, telling but an additional story of what happened to our beloved character. This installment was a little bit disappointing as it re-used among the screens from Jet Set Willy – it was released rapidly because of demand from avid gamers.
There have been many unofficial video games developed in the world of Miner Willy, fan made remakes and homages – such is the facility of the Miner Willy character.
All in all, Miner Willy is a character that many people remember – and you by no means know, he nonetheless might make an look in one other installment of his adventures. Fingers crossed!
Monty Mole In Action on the ZX Spectrum
Monty Mole had been a popular character on the Commodore 64 and made the transition to the ZX Spectrum in 1984. Gremlin Graphics launched the primary recreation in the sequence which was Wanted: Monty Mole.
Monty Mole was a right away star – the game had even been talked about on tv resulting from the sport taking place in coal mines (the miners strike in the UK was large information on the time).
Monty Mole was a briliant platform sport and was put alongside the likes of Manic Miner. The recognition of the character was such that four more games can be launched featuring our coal mining mole hero.
His adventures linked together story sensible and he featured in:
Wished: Monty Mole
Monty is innocent – the place our hero should escape from prison with the assistance from his good friend Sam Stoat
Monty on the run – where Monty must make it to a ship and sail over to France and away from the British law
Auf Wiedersehen Monty – the place our mole should gather enough money to purchase a Greek island
Impossamole – now our ‘Super’ Monty must steal treasure for a non-too friendly alien. Slighty bizarre!
He also made an look in Moley Christmas – a cowl tape for your Sinclair magazine in 1987.
The Monty video games are true classics in 8-bit gaming and Monty Mole is traditional character. We would not be surprised if he made another look somewhere.
The Saboteur In Motion on the ZX Spectrum
ZX Spectrum Recreation Character Saboteur
Ahhh the Saboteur.
Durell’s glorious arcade adventure had you as one of the coolest characters of the 8-bit period; the dressed in black stealthy and deadly Saboteur.
Not solely might you kill guards and attack dogs with one blow you had been also a master of stealth and infilitration with the ability to sneak round your surroundings silently, stealing pc software and flying a helicopter to safety!
The Saboteur was an awesome character in an excellent and original game that mixed beat em up motion with exploration and technique properly. The enemy warehouse that you just needed to infiltrate had the right ‘gloomy’ feel to it and the underground subway was quite superior at the time!
It’s a disgrace that he only acquired one adventure, however no less than his sister acquired in on the act in Saboteur II.
Oh – and I am satisfied that the Saboteur is definitely Sam Fishers father!
Sabre Man In Action on the ZX Spectrum
ZX Spectrum character Sabreman
Sabreman is probably the most famous characters from one of the famous software program houses, Final play the sport. Sabreman was recognisable along with his khaki outfit and pith helmet, likening him to an Indian Jones fashion adventurer. He has appeared in fairly a few games on the ZX Spectrum such as:
Sabre Wulf the place Sabreman had to escape a large jungle maze by amassing 4 items of an amulet, while avoiding the deadly ‘wulf’. Finding all four pieces granted entry to:
Underwurlde where Sabreman had to seek out three weapons to defeat three guardians of a series of underground caves. There have been 3 ways to exit the sport, every one resulting in one in all the following sequels (clever stuff from Final)
Knight Lore the place Sabreman arrived at Lore Castle to try to find a cure to his lycanthropy affliction.
Pentagram where Sabreman begins a quest to find a pentagram, utilizing his new found talents in wizardry
Mire Mare would have been the final game however was never launched
Sabreman was standard becaue he was the main character in 4 top of the range games. This reputation was additionally helped by his nice story arc over the video games, with the character starting as an everyday swashbuckling adventurer (Sabre Wulf) before being troubled with werewolf tendencies (Knight Lore) and blessed with magic (Pentagram). Sabreman was a great character in an ideal series of video games.
Sabreman continues to be fashionable to at the present time and has made cameo appearances in other video games and recently appeared on the game Boy. There are rumours of yet extra adventures for our intrepid hero.
Movie Noir Detective Sam Cruise
Our Man Sam on the ZX Spectrum
Sam Cruise is perhaps one of the ZX Spectrum’s lesser known characters. He only appeared one time in Microsphere’s wonderful noiresque detective game, Contact Sam Cruise.
Sam Cruise appeared late in 1986 and his journey was a tricky nut to crack. Taking the perfect from Bogart, the sport oozed movie noir atmosphere and intrigue. With little in the way in which of clues to go on you had to solve the case of the Bali Budgie (not quite the Maltese Falcon eh ) after taking a name from a sultry dame named Lana.
As a non-public detective you had to earn money, keep away from heavies and go to numerous places to finish the case. Nothing had ever been created on the ZX Spectrum in this mould earlier than – and Sam Cruise followers clamoured for further circumstances to unravel. Sadly, Sam never made another appearance, and his creator Dave Reidy by no means developed one other title for the Spectrum.
Contact Sam Cruise was an excellent recreation featuring a wonderful character – one that undoubtedly goes down as a cult traditional.
Ted In Motion on the ZX Spectrum
Technician Ted (Ted Blewitt) was an overworked fellow who worked in ‘The Chip Factory’. He first appeared in the excellent recreation of the identical identify by Hewson Consultants early in 1985.
Technician Ted took the platform arcade adventure style to new ranges – the game was powerful however highly playable and featured excellent animation and music. Ted was a popular little (literaly – he was solely two character blocks excessive!) game character and the game was a smash hit.
He then appeared within the revamped ‘Technician Ted – the megamix’ which was released for the Spectrum 128. This model featured re-vamped areas, further rooms to discover and enhanced music and sound effects. The megamix was one other advantageous outing for Ted.
Ted appeared for the final time in ‘Costa Capers’ the place he was now abroad enjoying a nicely deserved break from the grind. Unfortunately the ultimate sport did not do the character justice and no try to boost the graphics or sound results was made. After two glorious adventures Ted Blewitt went out on a slight low…
Thanatos The Destroyer
Thanatos in action on the ZX Spectrum
Thanatos (The Destroyer) only appeared in a single journey – however should stand out as one of the vital unusual characters ever to grace a pc recreation. Durell software launched the game of the same identify for the ZX Spectrum late in 1986 and it was an enormous hit.
Thanatos was a dragon (or wyvern if you want to get technical) who was mainly a superb guy (even with the title The Destroyer!). You controlled this giant and properly drawn sprite across a medieval parallax scrolling landscape, battling with mystical creatures and evil knights.
Thanatos was a lovely recreation and was one thing completely different from the norm when it got here out. An enhanced version featuring better music and sound effects was developed a yr or so later for the ZX Spectrum 128. It is a shame that Thanatos has by no means appeared since, maybe Mike Richardson can give us another adventure that includes Thanatos in the future…. We hope so.
Wally Week on the ZX Spectrum
Wally Week Must Wake up
ZX Spectrum character Wally Week
Wally Week was an everyday man who first appeared in the sport Automania by Mikrogen. On this sport Wally Week labored on a manufacturing line for automobiles – and worked hard to earn a decent living. Like loads of us, Wally Week was an everyman – and was the star of an excellent platform recreation.
Wally Week next appeared in Pyjamarama, and on this unusual sport it was up to us to wake our hero from a somewhat bizarre nightmare. Poor old Wally was quick asleep and required the participant to regulate him (inside his dream) and wonder woman t shirt dress 44 collect objects, resolve puzzles and in some way wind his alarm clock in time for him to wake up. Pyjamarama was one other fulfilling platform recreation that elevated Wally Week to cult standing. You did not need him to sleep in and miss a day at work did you
Everyone’s a Wally launched us to the rest of the Week family, together with his spouse Wilma and his younger son, Herbert. In yet one more wonderful puzzle and platform game, Wally and the gang have been brought to life with good humour and loads of characterisation. This recreation was so fashionable it spawned a spin-off recreation, Herbert’s Dummy Run.
Wally Week was common due his working class image and the fact that the games he starred in have been very, superb, and likewise somewhat bit ‘off the wall’. Wally Week video games occupied a unique niche within the platform recreation style.
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So far as I do know solely Miner Willy and Dizzy made it onto the 16-bit machines such as the Commodore Amiga and Atari ST.
In actual fact there are fairly a few amiga games that function each characters corresponding to Jet Set Willy II, Dizzy Magicworld, Dizzy Fantasyland and Dizzy Panic.
I wonder what the longer term holds for these characters.
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sendingDean 5 years ago
The place is Skool Daze one of the best recreation ever
sarah singleton 6 years in the past
God seeing all these video games brings again alot of memorys,However what happened to the game referred to as C5 Clive when your in a c5 and you’ve got to jump over things and accumulate stuff that was ace.
xist 7 years in the past
Loving your work! 😀
The music from the 128k version of Knight Tyme was a factor of magnificence.
Not a foul shout Eklipse! Maybe those saboteuring types shall be added on to the listing…
Eklipse 7 years in the past
Rattling you for not putting Saboteur and his sister Nina from Saboteur II to the checklist!