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First-person puzzler The Spectrum Retreat is out today

First-person puzzle games with vague Portal inspirations are common enough, but The Spectrum Retreat looks to be an especially polished and stylish take on the sub-genre. Thematically, it's about escaping from a creepy sci-fi hotel staffed by faceless robots with the aid of a mysterious benefactor on the phone. Mechanically, it's about stealing and using colours, and it's out today. Below, a rather sinister launch trailer.

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Free Loaders: Make A Spaceship Out Of Pirate Pieces

I was planning to focus this week's round-up of free games on a watercolour-based walking simulator with lots of flamingos, until I saw that Alice had already coochy-cooed over it. And now I have to write about another spaceship game. A bloody spaceship game in which you have to salvage the pieces of your enemy and click them onto your blocky, Frankenstein vessel and then…

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Happy St. Spectrum’s Day!

As it is only appropriate for the entire internet to point out, the ZX Spectrum is 30th years old today. (If you don't count the ZX81, which apparently we don't.) And so it further seems only appropriate to write a nostalgic piece remembering that rubber-keyed lovely. Except, well, I was four. And my memories of being four are mostly about Mr Men books. I remember…

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Gaming Made Me: Frankie Goes To Hollywood

A true one-of-a-kind in the latest in our series of highly subjective retrospectives on landmark computer games. This week, writer Paul Dean looks at bizarre, ambitious Spectrum game/band spin-off Frankie Goes To Hollywood - a game of pop music, terraced houses, sperm, Nazi bombers, Reagan spitting at Gorbachev and murder most foul. Confused? Relax, don't do it, when you want to comment angrily. I had…

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Spec-chums unite!

At which point our Americans readers think we've all started speaking Mongolian, but bear with us. Eurogamer have recently started covering Retro games, and they've done enough of the Spectrum to do a round-up post linking to reviews of 50 (count 'em!) great spectrum games. Kristan introduces it like so... "The thing is - and I loved the Spectrum for years - it was almost…

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