Brief Overview of the Computer[edit | edit source]
Originally dubbed the "ZX81 Colour" and "ZX82", the machine was later renamed the "ZX Spectrum" by Sinclair to highlight the machine's colour display, compared with the black-and-white of its predecessor, the Sinclair ZX81. It is affectionately known as the "Speccy" by its fan following.
The Spectrum was among the first mainstream audience home computers in the UK, similar in significance to the Commodore 64 in the USA; the C64 was the main rival to the Spectrum in the UK market during the early 1980s. The introduction of the ZX Spectrum led to a boom of companies producing software and hardware for it.
Planning of the "ZX Spectrum+" started in June 1984, and was released in October the same year. This 48 KB Spectrum (development code-name "TB") introduced a new Sinclair QL-style case with a much needed injection-moulded keyboard and a reset button. Some games were developed for this model as well.
Fighting Fantasy Conversions[edit | edit source]
A number of conversions for this platform were created. Puffin Books published the first three books on this platform in 1984. The first conversion, which was of The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, was an arcade-style game, whereas the conversions of The Citadel of Chaos and The Forest of Doom were along the lines of "adventure" games. The publisher Adventure Soft (UK) entered into an agreement from 1985 for a number of other "adventure" style conversions. They came with graphics, unlike the conversions for the BBC Micro and Acorn Electron which were text only versions, with no graphics.