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Sinclair

Sinclair

Welcome to the Sinclair section here at SoreThumb Retro Games. We stock a large selection of games, accessories and systems. Sinclair released the ZX80 in 1980, followed by the ZX81 in 1982. Finally the Spectrum model that everyone knows and loves, the ZX Spectrum followed in the same year as the ZX81. The distinctive rubbers key were gone for the redesigned ZX Spectrum+ while in 1986 the Spectrum 128K was released with increased memory and sound capabilities.

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  1. Nigel Mansell's Grand Prix  ( ZX Spectrum) (  48k / 128k )

    Nigel Mansell's Grand Prix ( ZX Spectrum) ( 48k / 128k )

    £1.00

    Nigel Mansell's first licensed computer game recreates all 16 Formula 1 circuits of the time, viewed from behind the car but with a full cockpit-type view below. This is important because the game is very much a simulation rather than an action game. Before each race you have to do three qualifying laps, and only make the grid if you are fast enough to meet the pre-defined qualifying limit. The races can be between 5 and 20 laps, or at full length if you prefer - fortunately a half-finished season can be saved to cassette or disk. F1 cars of this era have turbo boosts, and this is available in the game to provide a quick blast of extra speed, which is useful for overtaking but can cause the turbo or the engine itself to be overstressed, as well as using fuel more quickly (pitstops are for tires but not fuel, again in keeping with the era's real Formula 1 rules). Learn More
  2. The Magic Roundabout  ( ZX Spectrum) (  48k / )

    The Magic Roundabout ( ZX Spectrum) ( 48k / )

    £5.00

    The Magic Roundabout ( ZX Spectrum) ( 48k / ) Learn More
  3. Cylu ( ZX Spectrum) (  48k / )

    Cylu ( ZX Spectrum) ( 48k / )

    £1.00

    If you are to be honored with the leadership of the Ostan race, you must explore a virtual reality world, collect the 24 objects which have been hidden within, and bring them all back to the base. Cylu is viewed isometrically, and primarily consists of solving puzzles along the lines of many Ultimate Play the Game titles. Only five objects can be carried at a time, which means the route involves a lot of back-tracking. This is slightly lessened once you find some of the teleport bays, and the key to operate them. There are 32 numbered forcefields around the game, and these must be deactivated by finding the appropriate silicon chip. Your droid requires regular re-fueling, either from canisters located in the early sections of the game, or from the RFL unit you can pick up later. Learn More
  4. Ghost Hunters ( ZX Spectrum) (  48k /  128k )

    Ghost Hunters ( ZX Spectrum) ( 48k / 128k )

    £1.50

    Hunk Studbuckle's brother Chuck answered the call to go to Nightmare Mansion and rid it off the ghouls and ghosts that inhabit the place. That was three days ago and nothing has been heard since. It's now up to Hunk to go into the mansion and rescue his brother. Hunk is equipped with a Sub-Compact Anti-Matter Phantom Splatterer to help get rid of the evil spirits. When Hunk enters a room his Terrormeter rises causing his Macho Energy to decrease. The spirits must be destroyed or Hunk needs to leave the room before his energy disappears. Magic potions are scattered around to replenish any lost energy. Ghost Hunters is a flick screen platform game. Hunk is controlled with the joystick, while holding down the fire button controls the sight of his gun. In a two player game, player one controls Hunk while player two controls the sight of the gun. As well as the main playing area, also seen on screen is a Macho Energy bar, a Terrormeter and your score. Learn More
  5. 3D Starfighter ( ZX Spectrum) (  48k /  128k )

    3D Starfighter ( ZX Spectrum) ( 48k / 128k )

    £1.00

    A one player shooter game published by Codemasters in 1988, developed by Oliver Twins, Learn More
  6. Dizzy Down the Rapids ( ZX Spectrum) (  48k /  128k )

    Dizzy Down the Rapids ( ZX Spectrum) ( 48k / 128k )

    £1.75

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    Full title Dizzy Down the Rapids Year of release 1991 Publisher Code Masters Ltd (UK) Author(s) Paul Griffiths, Michael A. Sanderson, Allister Brimble Machine type ZX Spectrum 48K/128K Number of players 2 - turn based Controls Kempston, Interface 2 and Keyboard Type Arcade: Action Learn More
  7. The Designer's Pencil  ( ZX Spectrum) (  48k /  128k )

    The Designer's Pencil ( ZX Spectrum) ( 48k / 128k )

    £3.00

    Platform : ZX Spectrum Format : Cassette Publisher : Activision Date : 1984 Learn More
  8. Action Biker  ( ZX Spectrum) (  48k /  )

    Action Biker ( ZX Spectrum) ( 48k / )

    £1.50

    Action Biker was commercially tied-in with the KP Skips potato snack range, and features its Clumsy Colin mascot prominently. The task is to rescue Marti, who is trapped in one of the 150 houses which make up the forced-perspective 3D world of roads and buildings in the game. Colin is on his trusty bike, which must avoid oil slicks, other traffic and contact with walls, but can pick up Skips for an energy boost. Many of the buildings you can enter have nothing of interest, but many have upgrades for the bike. The most important of these are the headlamps you need so as to see into the darkest area of the game world. Learn More
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    Buggy Boy ( ZX Spectrum) ( 48k / 128k )

    £1.00

    Buggy Boy is a race game, but not just an ordinary race game. There are five different routes, offroad, north, east, west, south. The offroad course loops around back to the start, the others are long runs with a distinct beginning and ending. You must complete each leg before the time runs out. Along the way you can pick up all kinds of bonuses. The colored flags are 30 points each, collect all colors in the order as indicated at the top of the screen to get 1000 bonus points. There are several gates the give you 100, 250 or 500 points, and a time gate. Drive through a time gate to collect it, you receive two seconds extra time upon completing a leg. Occasionally there will be a soccer ball on the road, hit it and it will fly away and you get 2000 points. There are bridges and tunnels, be careful not to fall off the bridge into the water or crash into the tunnel wall. There also are obstacles like boulders, logs and fences. If you hit them it will cost you valuable seconds off your leg time. But if you hit a log or small stone just right, the buggy will ride on two wheels until you hit something again. Learn More
  10. Dragon-Ninja  ( ZX Spectrum) (  48k / 128k )

    Dragon-Ninja ( ZX Spectrum) ( 48k / 128k )

    £1.00

    This six-level action game was converted from a Data East coin-op. The gameplay involving beating a succession of guys to complete the level, then an end-of-level bad guy. The action takes place on two different levels of the screen, which can be jumped across or navigated using ladders. Moves such as punches and kicks are on offer. The control method makes jumping sideways quite tricky. Learn More

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