Crash Magazine

Crash was a magazine dedicated to the ZX Spectrum home computer. It was published from 1984 to 1991 by Newsfield Publications Ltd until their liquidation, and then until 1992 by Europress. Crash was initially launched in 1983 by Roger Kean, Oliver Frey and Franco Frey as a mail order software catalogue that included several pages of reviews. It then launched as a magazine in February 1984, maintaining its focus squarely on Spectrum gaming (unlike its competitors, which tended to feature more serious technical coverage). Kean and the Frey brothers would continue to be involved with the magazine throughout its lifetime.

I have linked to the archive which can be found at:

I have also made the archives downloadable from here:

Issues 01-20, Issues 21-40, Issues 41-60, Issues 61-80 and Issues 81-98.

To look at an issue, click on one below.

Crash magazine issue 1.


Crash magazine issue 2.


Crash magazine issue 3.






Spectrum favourites of mine

I never owned a spectrum until late 2000’s but always loved to play at friends houses after school.  At one time or another I owned many home computers like VIC20, Amstrad, ZX81, APPLE II, C64, C64 II, SX64 Portable, Amiga 500,500+,600 & 1200, Spectrum 48k.  Hooked by the age of 14.  The only machine I have now is a signed Spectrum 48k (Matthew Smith of Manic Minor fame) with some signed games.

Manic Miner

In 1983 Matthew Smith and published by Bug-Byte released the well known classic of Manic Miner for the ZX Spectrum. Although it was later released again by Software Projects, it was the first game in the willy series and was inspired by the Atari 800 game ‘Miner 2049’.









Jetpac is an arcade-style shooter video game developed and published by Ultimate Play the Game and released for the ZX Spectrum and VIC-20 in 1983, and on the BBC Micro in 1984. The game is the first instalment in the Jetman series, and is the first game to be released by the Ultimate company, who were later known as Rare. The game follows Jetman as he must rebuild his rocket in order to explore different planets, while simultaneously defending himself from hostile aliens.

Because I love playing this game so much, I decided to write the Jetman Galactic series of games.

For a full description of JetPac, please visit the following wiki page.