Gaming Book Review - Sinclair ZX Spectrum: A Visual Compendium

Book Review – Sinclair ZX Spectrum: A Visual Compendium

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Following on from my reviews of the Commodore 64: A Visual Compendium and the Commodore Amiga: A Visual Compendium comes the next nostalgia trip with another iconic home computer, the Sinclair ZX Spectrum:

This visual compendium is an instant trip back in time to celebrate one of the truly majestic pioneering marvels of early home computing in the Sinclair ZX Spectrum. Released back in April 1982 and brought a leap forward in colour graphics which was perfectly embodied by the now recognisable rainbow stripes. It would go on to create a fleet of Sinclair as memory size increased.

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This compendium features over 120 classic ZX Spectrum games, showcasing the visuals and graphics that made both the games and the computer that is engraved in the memories of all who used it. Every page is just full of memory flashback inducing images which bring each game to life once more. The amount of care and attention to detail is evident with each turn page.

What makes this book a must for any fan of the ZX Spectrum is the exceptional extras included from entries from the very developers, artists and publishers of the game’s featured. To see images from the games are amazing but to have the very people responsible for creating them sharing their memories of the ZX Spectrum and what it was like to program for it, enhances each entry.

Of course the Star of the book is the ZX Spectrum itself, and the compendium also looks into its impact on home computing but also how the machine came to be by speaking with its designer Rick Dickinson, taking the reader through its development and history. Learning about the impact it had on not just the British home computing era but for a whole generation of young computer enthusiasts that even today pay homage to this iconic computer.

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Once again Bitmap Books has put together the perfect tribute to another historic home computing icon. The passion for it leaps off each page and is no better way to remember and celebrate what the Sinclair ZX Spectrum achieved back in a time where home computing was only just becoming affordable and allowed a whole generation of artists, game designers and users to experience something truly great. This visual compendium will make the perfect gift for any retro gaming fan but is an absolute must coffee table book for those who like me, relished the ZX Spectrum and owe a lot of our passion for computing and gaming to it.

*A copy of the book was supplied for review purposes, Sinclair ZX Spectrum: A Visual Compendium is currently available from Funstockgames For £27.99

Sean McCarthy
Freelance writer but also a Gamer, Gooner, Jedi, Whovian, Spartan, Son of Batman, Assassin and Legend. Can be found playing on PS4 and Xbox One Twitter @CockneyCharmer

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