Zynaps: ZX Spectrum


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The ZX Spectrum is an 8-bit personal home computer released in the UK in 1982 by Sinclair Research Ltd, which sold in excess of 5 million units worldwide. More than 10,000 games were released for the ZX Spectrum.

Zynaps for the ZX Spectrum (one of fewer than 200 ZX Spectrum games being re-released as a Windows 8 app) is one of THE defining games of the 1980s.

The Zynaps: ZX Spectrum app is the near-100% original ZX Spectrum game, as developed by John Cumming, Dominic Robinson, Stephen J. Crow, Steve Turner, John M. Phillips and published by Hewson in 1987 and is brought to you - as an officially licenced product - utilizing our ZX Spectrum: Elite Collection HD technology.

About Zynaps: Zynaps is a side-scrolling shoot 'em up video game - Dominic Robinson and Steve Turner had also worked together on the ZX Spectrum version of Uridium.

Game-play Zynapse: The game begins with our hero escaping in Scorpion fighter from an alien space station out into deep space. Battle continues through asteroid storms to a nearby planet from where, eqipped with weaponry and hyperspace units taken from many destroyed alien craft, he sets out in search of the secret alien stronghold. After many terrifying battles fought throughout the solar system our hero discovers the location of the alien base and the final conflict can begin.

During play the fire button fire weapons or when held down activates the fuel scoop. Some weapons require the fire button to be held down before they will fire.


The MK1 Scorpion is supplied with a wide range of sophisticated equipment and weaponry powered by an internally mounted fuel scoop.

Propulsion: The main drive units can be operated at four power levels ranging from low power for delicate control in tight spaces, to maximum setting for high speed combat in deep space.


Pulse lasers: Ideal for heavy duty alien blasting. These wing mounted lasers also have four power settings.

Plasma Bombs: Two independant bomb throwers provide awesome destructive power against ground based targets.

Homing missiles: These self propelled missiles carry scaled down planet bursting warheads and, once locked onto target, will destroy almost any large alien craft.

Seeker missiles: The ultimate in intelligent weaponry. Seeker missiles carry automatic target acquisition circuitry designed to lock onto any target they are able to destroy.


This provides the power to activate the Scorpion's main systems. To activate a piece of eqipment (weapons, propulsion etc) collect sufficient fuel to highlight desired eqipment in the WEAPONRY ACTIVATION INDICATOR, then collect one more piece of fuel with the scoop in ACTIVATION mode. To go into activation mode hold down the fire button until the ship changes from yellow to blue and keep it depressed while picking up the fuel. The new equipment will be activated, or its power setting increased and the indicator reset to position one - Speedup.

The Weaponry Activation Indicator displays, in order:

SPEEDUP Increase Speed
FIREPOWER Increase laser power
BOMBS Activate bomb thrower
MISSILES Enable missile targeting
SEEKER Enable seeker missile


The opposition in Zynaps comes in five dangerous varieties:

Spacecraft: Small flying craft can usually be destroyed with one hit from a laser, bomb or seeker missile. Honing missiles cannot lock-on.

Ground Installations: Dangerous planet-bound defence installations require multiple laser hits or a single bomb or seeker missile to destroy them.

Alien Command Ships: Large flying craft, heavily armed and well protected. These can be destroyed with multiple laser hits or homing missiles.

Natural Hazards: Consist largely of asteroids and other flying debris - keep well clear!

Warning: Alien craft are known to well armed with a variety of missiles, homing missiles and mines!


Points are awarded for blasting individual aliens and special bonuses for destroying complete formations of more dangerous aliens.

Bonus lives are awarded at 10,000 points and every 20,000 thereafter.


25 frames per second.
High resolution multicoloured scrolling graphics.
3 dimensional parallax starfield.
Myriad of sprites.

About Elite®: Elite Systems Ltd was incorporated in England in 1984.
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