Video: Modern games inspired by the ZX Spectrum

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Recently I've been playing a preview build of Downwell, an upcoming vertical platformer for PC and Mobile that has gorgeous ZX Spectrum-inspired graphics. Having spent my earliest gaming years as a die-hard Spec-chum, it makes me kind of sad that, while many indie developers love to emulate the look and sound of retro games, modern titles that pay tribute to the 128k era are few and far between.

Although these games may be a rarity, there are a few titles out there that nostalgia-seekers like myself can play right now on current gen platforms. Games like I am Level and Rock Boshers DX fuse the aesthetics of the past with gameplay mechanics of today, and you can see them in action alongside Downwell in the video below.

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Ian Higton

Ian Higton

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Ian is a video producer, keen streamer, virtual survivalist and retro connoisseur. He lives in the West Midlands with his ZX Spectrum collection and a troublesome cat.

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