Spectrum Sabre Wulf microdrive

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Spectrum Sabre Wulf microdrive

Post by Lardo Boffin » Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:39 am

Hi all

Has anyone seen one of these before? I happened across a microdrive cart of Sabre Wulf. I cannot find any information about it - the seller got it from a toy seller in Germany apprently.

I was wondering if it maybe was a demo / proof of concept / marketing item? I don’t have a microdrive so have not tested it.

The print quality is superb so if it is homebrew it is impressive.
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ZX81 iss 1 (bugged ROM, kludge fix, normal)
Iss 3 with ZXVid, another in nearly perfect box
TS 1000 iss 3, ZXPand AY, ZX8-CCB & ZX-KDLX
TS 1500
TS 2000
Spectrum 16k (iss 1 s/n 1499)
Spectrum 48k
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Re: Spectrum Sabre Wulf microdrive

Post by RWAP » Fri Jun 15, 2018 6:27 am

I seem to recall that someone was making these (and other microdrive versions of Speccy games) and selling them on ebay some years ago.

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Re: Spectrum Sabre Wulf microdrive

Post by Lardo Boffin » Fri Jun 15, 2018 8:14 am

Thanks. They must have had access to a pretty good printer.
And a good solicitor! I’m pretty sure Rare still enforce their copyrights?
ZX81 iss 1 (bugged ROM, kludge fix, normal)
Iss 3 with ZXVid, another in nearly perfect box
TS 1000 iss 3, ZXPand AY, ZX8-CCB & ZX-KDLX
TS 1500
TS 2000
Spectrum 16k (iss 1 s/n 1499)
Spectrum 48k
Toastrack + DIVMMC future

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Re: Spectrum Sabre Wulf microdrive

Post by 1024MAK » Fri Jun 15, 2018 10:56 am

Rare do still decline to allow ZX Spectrum titles to be distributed free of charge. So the only legal way to get hold of them is by buying (or being given) an original cassette tape or Interface 2 cartridge (not to be confused with a microdrive cartridge).

There is a whole thread about Ultimate games on microdrives somewhere within the World of Spectrum forums.

Personally, unless the game comes with receipt, the box and all the game documentation, I would be very suspicious, as I don't think any commercial game was released in the shops on a microdrive cartridge.

The other thing to note, is that with an interface 1 fitted to a ZX Spectrum, the extended system variables and microdrive work areas mean there is less memory available for programs. For the later Ultimate games, they often used nearly all the available RAM space and designed the games to load from tape (often using special loaders), so it's not necessarily easy to make a microdrive version without hacking the game code a fair bit.

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Re: Spectrum Sabre Wulf microdrive

Post by 1024MAK » Fri Jun 15, 2018 11:15 am


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Re: Spectrum Sabre Wulf microdrive

Post by Lardo Boffin » Fri Jun 15, 2018 12:06 pm

So, fake as Jordan’s t.... Unlike said lady and her dodgy cosmetic surgery it does look nice on my shelf (next to the big box version) and didn’t cost a lot.

Still a very impressive print job.
ZX81 iss 1 (bugged ROM, kludge fix, normal)
Iss 3 with ZXVid, another in nearly perfect box
TS 1000 iss 3, ZXPand AY, ZX8-CCB & ZX-KDLX
TS 1500
TS 2000
Spectrum 16k (iss 1 s/n 1499)
Spectrum 48k
Toastrack + DIVMMC future

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