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Emulation: What is it?

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An emulator, for example, a Sinclair ZX Spectrum, is a program that replicates the form, functions and methods of other hardware by reproducing it using software. Once you have a working model of the hardware you can then run old software designed for that hardware.

Emulation is not just the science of replicating old computers, there's also the preservation of old games, programs and much more. For many people, it's a nostalgic return to a happy childhood.

If you know of an emulator you think belongs here, please let us know! You can either register & use the 'wishlist/suggestions' forum or the 'contact us' link at the bottom of every page.


To see the list of suggested emulators, click below one of the tabs to the emulated machine you desire, for example, click "Sam Coupe" to see all emulators for the Sam Coupe or click "Commodore" to find a C64 emulator.
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Fuse Emulator

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The "Free Unix Spectrum Emulator" was a emulator aimed at the Unix market. It has since been ported to numerous other formats. FUSE covers a wide array of Spectrum models (inc. Russian clones).

Spectaculator

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Spectaculator, by Jonathon Needle, is NOT shareware. It costs £9.99 after your 30 day trial. Needle's emulator covers a staggering host of Sinclair orientated 8 bits from the 16k to the Russian clones and many hardware addons are covered too (.e.g multiface, etc.) Sadly, Spectaculator for Windows seems to have been forgotten about and it is my experience that it's author does not respond to support emails. You can download Spectaculator from >> THIS LINK <<

Hoxs64

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Written by David Horrocks, Hoxs64 features; A cycle exact emulation, Pixel exact VIC emulation of a C64C (the grey dot bug is not emulated), 1541 floppy disk drive (read and write), Tape player (read only), State save, Debugger, Full screen display. Hoxs64 emulator can be downloaded from >> THIS LINK <<.

CCS64 C64 Emulator

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CCS64 is shareware. This means that the program is free to use and to copy, but if you like it and use it regularly I would appreciate that you would register the program. Registration affords users bonus features within the software. CCS64 emulator can be downloaded from >> THIS LINK <<.

VICE C64 Emulator

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Vice. You can download the manual here. VICE is a program that runs on a Unix, MS-DOS, Win32, OS/2, BeOS, QNX 4.x, QNX 6.x, Amiga, Syllable or Mac OS X machine and executes programs intended for the old 8-bit computers. The current version emulates the C64, the C64DTV, the C128, the VIC20, practically all PET models, the PLUS4 and the CBM-II (aka C610/C510). An extra emulator is provided for C64 expanded with the CMD SuperCPU.

WinApe Amstrad Emulator

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WINAPE accurately emulates the entire range of Amstrad CPC models from the CPC464 to CPC6128+. It has included a fully functional debugger and an assembler. Various and most common formats are supported, even .zip files. WINAPE emulator can be downloaded from >> THIS LINK <<.

Caprice32

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Caprice32 is a software emulator of the Amstrad CPC 8bit home computer series running on Linux and Windows. The emulator faithfully imitates the CPC464, CPC664, and CPC6128 models. By recreating the operations of all hardware components at a low level, the emulator achieves a high degree of compatibility with original CPC software. These programs or games can be run unmodified at real-time or higher speeds, depending on the emulator host environment. Caprice32 can be downloaded from >> GITHUB <<.

ASDC

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ASCD was originally written as a Sam Coupé emulator. Later, ZX Spectrum and ZX Spectrum 128 support was added. The CPU timings aren't 100% perfect, as those computers are different, but here they share the common Z80 CPU emulation core. You can select emulation mode with generic command line switch -zxmode, with specific command line switches -zx, -128 or -sam or in the main menu. Documentation for ASDC is located at >> THIS LINK << (It is worth reading up prior to downloading).

Sim Coupe

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This major update officially adds SDL, Allegro and Pocket PC targets to the previous Win32-only release. There are improvements and additions across the board, giving the most authentic experience yet. You can download SimCoupe at >> THIS LINK <<
 

The Commodore Story Kickstarter

There's absolutely no denying, this is gonna be B*I*G! Not just because it's Commodore but also it will cover the range of home computers including (but definitely not limited to) the Commodore 64 and the Amiga series (so, yes, 8bit and 16bit).
I can't really do justice to the KickStarter here on this page, so instead, I heartily recommend clicking the below link and reading the whole campaign...
 

KickStarter for ZZap! 64 2019 annual

The Commodore 64 was THE home computer to own in the 1980s and early 90s and was only surpassed in popularity by its younger brother, the Commodore Amiga.

ZZap! 64 was the magazine that every 64 owner went to for honest, frank reviews of the games to buy for the system as well in-depth features and ‘cutting-edge’ humour from the likes of Gary Penn and Julian Rignall.

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Rick Dickinson RIP

Only a day after the Spectrum's 36th Birthday, Rick Dickinson has died after battling cancer since 2015.

After graduating from Newcastle...
 

Spectrum Next KickStarter - Smashed!












So, as most of you know, the Kick Starter campaign for the ZX Spectrum Next kicked off at one minute into the 23rd day of April, 2017, officially recognised as the ZX Spectrum's 35th Birthday. Within hours it was at a staggering 10% of it's goal.

Amazingly, within less than two days it was complete.
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Crystal Kingdom Dizzy Remake :)


Who doesn't love a Dizzy adventure? Exactly, no one!

According to Indie Retro News, a remake of the classic 1992 Dizzy game has been...

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