Over the last two months, Elite has brought ZX Spectrum: Elite Collection Vols. 1 & 2 [App Store] to the iPhone and iPad. An assortment of '80s ZX Spectrum classics wrapped in an emulation and touchscreen control system, Elite Collection offers iOS gamers a fun taste of the early UK home computing scene.

The studio has recently updated the collection, making Vols. 3 - 6 available as in-app purchases at $.99 for each six-game pack.  The new collections consist of:

Gremlin Collection Vol. #1

  • Skate Crazy
  • Moley Christmas
  • North Star
  • Monty on the Run
  • Wanted! Monty Mole
  • Auf Wiedersehen Monty

Gremlin Collection Vol. #2

  • Super Scramble Simulator
  • Switch Blade
  • Avenger
  • Krakout
  • Jack the Nipper
  • Jack the Nipper II

Vortex Collection Vol. #1

  • Android One
  • Tornado Low Level
  • Highway Encounter
  • Deflektor
  • H.A.T.E.
  • Scuba Dive

Software Projects Collection Vol. #1

  • Astronut
  • Manic Miner
  • Ometron
  • Orion
  • Thrusta
  • Tribble Trubble

As of the previous update (mid-November), the system features what Elite calls iDaptive controls. A user-definable controls system, iDaptive controls allow the size and placement of each game's control buttons and/or sticks to be customized as per the user's preference.

Elite indicates that an additional four six-game collections (Vols. 7 - 10) will be available for ZX Spectrum: Elite Collection as in-app purchases, within a month.

  • sigh

    damn. wish the C64 emulator would get nice updates like this

    • TKO

      When C64 was as young as this it got *several* updates in a similar fashion. And now it's got many of the A-list games (Last Ninja, Armalyte, Bruce Lee, International Karate, Nebulus (Tower Toppler), Super Pipeline, Wizball, etc..), I think it's alright if they spend a bit of time concentrating on the release of iAmiga now.

      In the last big update they did they spent a lot of time getting the controls like the punters wanted, and adding extra controls for multi-button games. What exactly do you think they haven't been doing well enough?

      • Car1os

        The controls are rubbish for the C64 emu is the made issue which still hasn't been resolved. Secondly compared to these speccy packs the games are too expensive esp. since most are unplayable. I hope they eventually fix it, but do doubt it since its been so long.

      • sigh

        $1.99 for space taxi! Unacceptable

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JLKOP3DIDCAOXNRA3NUL4BGRPI DC

    The video shows Donkey Kong. Is that actually available in one of the game packs?

    • Mike_011972

      The game in the video is Chuckie Egg which comes with the emulator. It's a classic Spectrum game and I spent ages playing the game when I was a kid. One of the best Spectrum platforms ever (if not the best).

    • Chris

      Chuckie Egg is better than Donkey Kong in my book. Sad that these absolute classics are not recognised around the world.

      If you want to play it at it's best you should get a Speccy emulator for your desktop (like Fuse) and play it there, as it's a very fast game. The best bit is in level 9 or so when the duck comes out of its cage and starts chasing you around.

      The BBC version is even marginally better than the Spectrum.

      • Thmm

        Marginally better? The BBC and very similar Amstrad versions make the Spectrum feel unplayable.

  • Sunstitute79

    I wish they would release The Great Escape.

  • Anonymous

    What's the game in the header?! I've been looking for it for years!

  • Vanamonde

    Manic Miner is the game in the header.

    Scuba Dive was a Durrel game and not a Vortex game.

  • Anonymous

    Awesome update. However, for users of the HD version, these same packs cost $1.99 each. 🙁

  • Mike_011972

    I've bought this for the iPhone and iPad, but does this mean I have to pay on both to get the game packs? If so, then forget it. It's a bit poor having to buy the same app twice (which I've done a few times), but I'm not going to buy the same packs twice and why should the iPad version be more if it's just extra roms for the emulator? If it's an emulator then doesn't both versions use the same ROM / game data?
    This emulator has lost my support because of this.

  • Stan Winstone

    The iDaptive system is quite sweet- wish all games had this...

  • Guest
  • TKO

    Well, since I never had a Spectrum back in the day (I had a C64), and I was always going over to my mates place to be playing half of these titles, I'm happy to be paying a dollar per pack. That's not too bad, expecially compared the C64 emulator's $1 or $2 per *game*. Seriously, too poor to be paying $2.00 for six games on both iPod and iPad? How did you afford the iDevice in the first place?

    • Mike_011972

      That wasn't my point. My point was why does it cost more because your downloading on an iPad when it SHOULD be the same data as on the iPhone version.
      I don't mind paying $1 or $2 for the game packs, but I do find it greedy that they charge extra just because your playing it on a bigger iDevice.
      You already paid extra for the APP because it's on the iPad, which is fair enough as it involved extra work over the iPhone version, but what's the extra cost for when its the same data?

  • henderson101

    Manic Miner FTW!