My look through all the old Your Spectrum and Your Sinclair magazines continues, in the run up to the ZX Spectrum Next launch (as explained before in my first post about Old Spectrum Mags). Here’s my look at the highlights of Your Spectrum Issue 10 from Dec 1984 / Jan 1985.

All images are taken from the ever-awesome Internet Archive. Here is the full magazine if you want to take a closer look.

It’s great to see the results of Hippodrome Logo competition that was in an earlier issue of Your Spectrum. Pretty good entries from the winners it seems too! Also a nice little mention for the ‘new film’ The Last Starfighter!

Once again, so many classic Spectrum titles in the Top Ten.

There have been loads of mail order adverts in previous issues of Your Spectrum, but most of them looked like they had been typed out on a typewriter and then scanned in. Not very visually interesting. But this is the first one that looks really professional.

Interesting article about the first official mention of the Spectrum+.

I really love these big, sexy, colourful photos of Spectrum hardware. Those microdrives are so cool. I really need to get one.

I always get a bit confused about Kempston and the whole story of the Competition Pro joystick but here’s another great add. I love that BBC Pro Joystick. I really need to add one of them to my collection.

This Zombie picture is surprisingly horrific for Your Spectrum. I certainly would have loved it back in the day though.

One of the things I love about reading old mags is that you get to read what the opinion of something was back in the day. Deus Ex Machina is a ‘game’ that many people didn’t really get when they played it for the first time but in retrospect and looking back on it’s legacy they appreciate it as a ground-breaking piece of entertainment. Very interesting to read this article from when it was launched.

Also interesting to have the first big game to appear in this Joystick Jury feature. Daley Thompson’s Decathlon (although they call it just ‘Daley’s Decathlon’).

Oh, how fantastic were these days, when you could advertise about your Hacking skills. Halcyon days.

Another sexy piece of Spectrum kit!

Another very interesting article about the Spectrum+ launch. It’s great to hear these things straight from the horse’s mouth as it happened, and not just in a history book thirty years later.

Tune in soon for the next thrilling issue of Your Spectrum!