The ZX Spectrum Next almost certainly doesn’t get enough attention in a world of Evercades, C64 Minis, and Odroids. Yet the 2017 machine has been a huge success, reviving the fan community and getting a bunch of games into the deal.
For example, the beautiful adventure games from Magnetic Scrolls have been remastered and rereleased primarily on the ZX Spectrum Next. The latest in the series is Wonderland, originally released in 1990.
Wonderland is a huge game featuring over 100 location images with many of them animated and it was originally only released for 16/32-bit systems. For the first time you can now enjoy Wonderland on an 8-bit computer. Due to the complexity of the game, parts of the Magnetic Scrolls interpreter for Spectrum Next had to be rewritten in Z80 assembly to improve the response time.
The Magnetic Scrolls Compilation has been updated to include Wonderland and is now complete. A big thank you to John Blythe for updating the beautiful cover! The other games in the compilation have also been updated with performance improvements and bug fixes.
Ever imagined a game released on MS-DOS, Acorn Archimedes, Amiga, and Atari ST could look so stunning on a Spectrum? All seven Magnetic Scrolls games have now been ported to the ZX Spectrum Next by Strange Games. You can download Wonderland for ZX Spectrum Next from GitLab. Meanwhile, the full Magnetic Scrolls Compilation is also on GitLab.
To learn more about the ZX Spectrum Next visit www.specnext.com.
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