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ZX Spectrum: Elite Collection

Re-tooled Speccy games market worth in excess of $150,000, apparently.

Elite’s ZX Spectrum Apps include, ‘Jet Set Willy: ZX Spectrum’ for iPhone / iPod Touch:

and ‘Jet Set Willy: ZX Spectrum HD ’for iPad:

They also include ‘ZX Spectrum: Elite Collection’ for iPhone / iPod Touch:

and ‘ZX Spectrum: Elite Collection’ for iPad

Elite MD said, “Both versions of Elite Collection will be updated this coming Friday (18 th March, 2011) when, for the first time they will include ‘Jet Set Willy’ as an in-app purchase.” He continued, “When we announced Elite Collection in September 2010 we said, our goals are:

… to offer access - via mobile and wireless devices - to many of the thousands of fantastic ZX Spectrum games created since 1982…


…to restore some order to the market for ZX Spectrum games and to enable other developers and publishers to offer access to their games by licencing our technology for a modest one off fee.

“We’ve made some measurable progress toward the achievement of those goals and it’s a pleasure to be able to report that Matthew Smith will, deservedly, be a beneficiary of the more orderly market for ZX Spectrum games on iOS devices. However, the theft (copyright infringement) of ZX Spectrum games on other platforms - notably on Android devices and online / PCs - is still very widespread. In concert with our many licencors, we intend to begin to tackle those abuses in the weeks and months ahead and in so doing bring some order to the market for ZX Spectrum games on those platforms too.”

When updated this coming Friday, Elite Collection will include 4 more volumes (#11 through to #14) as in-app purchases, each priced at £1.19/€1.59/US$1.99 and each containing 6 ZX Spectrum games. The new volumes are: 

- Cronosoft Collection Vol. #2, featuring - various

- Odin Collection, featuring - Nodes of Yesod 

- Software Projects Collection Vo2. #1, featuring - Jet Set Willy,

- Stephen Crow Collection, featuring - Starquake, bringing the total number of ZX Spectrum games available (including those available as an in-app purchase) to at least 84.

Other features of the Apps include:

iDaptive (i.e. user-definable, game-specific joystick, keypad & canvas) Controls, an instructional video for which can be found by Googling “Tiny URL 22qh8hl” and here: ‘auto save’ on exiting any game separate infinite-lives version (where available)  

To locate the Apps, just search for “ZX” at the iTunes App Store

Steve Wilcox, Elite®

Tel. + 44 (0) 154 326 8826 Mail Web

About Elite®: Elite Systems Ltd was incorporated in England in 1984 and is one of Europe’s most long established developers and publishers of entertainment software. Later this year, just ahead of the 30th Anniversary of its launch, Elite will be re-launching the Sinclair ZX Spectrum; the re-publishing of Matthew Smith’s signature game ‘Jet Set Willy’ along with the exploration of support for wireless keyboards is all part of the preparation

About ZX Spectrum: The ZX Spectrum is an 8-bit personal home computer released in the UK in 1982 by Sinclair Research Ltd. It sold in excess of 5 million units worldwide. The ZX Spectrum software library currently consists of some 10,000 games.

About Matthew Smith: Matthew Smith (born 1966) is a British computer game programmer. He is best known for his games Manic Miner and Jet Set Willy for the ZX Spectrum, released in 1983 and 1984 respectively. Manic Miner and Jet Set Willy are two of the most famous and popular ZX Spectrum games of all time. Matthew created this game when he was 18 ...  

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