ZX Spectrum

Yandex Retro Games Battle v3

Develop a game for a legendary platform and have it evaluated by a jury led by cult game creators John Romero (DOOM, Quake) and the Oliver Twins (Dizzy). We'll publish all the games on Yandex.Games and give cash prizes to the developers with the most impressive projects.

This is the third game dev competition that the Yandex Museum is holding. This time, the list of platforms has been expanded. It now includes:

  • Amstrad CPC 464/6128
  • Atari 8-bit
  • BBC Micro/Master
  • Commodore 64
  • MSX/MSX2
  • TRS-80 CoCo
  • ZX Spectrum 48K/128K
  • RU
  • EN
  • PT
  • ES


Games in any genre are eligible to compete. The main rule is that they must run on original computers from the list.

Games also must not:

  • Use additional peripherals (except a joystick and mouse)
  • Infringe on other people's copyrights
  • Participate in other competitions and exhibitions

You can send us materials about your game during the development process, and we'll publish them either on our Instagram or on idpixel.ru.

The competition results will be announced on December 17, 2022. The jury will evaluate games on their graphics, game play, game design (out of 10 points each), and sound (out of 5 points). The total of the three scores will determine the three winners.

The Audience Choice Award will go to the winner of the popular vote, which opens on November 21, 2022.

Amstrad CPC 464/6128
Atari XL/XE
BBC Micro/Master
Commodore 64
TRS-80 CoCo
ZX Spectrum 48K/128K


First place prizeSecond place prizeThird place prizeAudience place prize


Simon BatlerSimon Batler
Simon Batler

One of the original pixel pushers from the 1980's, graphic artist for Ocean Software. 37 years on and still working in game development with more than 300 titles under his belt. Indie titles are his passion but also likes the occasional AAA game.

John RomeroJohn Romero
John Romero

Programmer, game designer, co-founder of id Software, co-creator of Wolfenstein 3D, DOOM, Quake and a whole first-person shooter genre.

Yuri MatveevYuri Matveev
Yuri Matveev

Editor-in-chief of the Spectrofon magazine in the '90. Scriptwriter and composer for the Star Heritage game. Currently, head of Step Studio.

El Mundo del SpectrumEl Mundo del Spectrum
El Mundo del Spectrum

Is a Spanish media (website, podcast, video, books, etc) about Spectrum born in 1996. The staff, Alejandro Ibáñez, Javier Ortiz, Jesús Martínez del Vas (photo) and Juan Francisco Torres, spread information about the past, present and future of the most wonderful machine in history: the Spectrum. Winners of Yandex Retro Games Battle 2019

Mikhail SudakovMikhail Sudakov
Mikhail Sudakov

Formerly journalist at Game.EXE, currently editor-in-chief of the KG-Portal.ru and Idpixel.ru websites. Producer of Castlevania: Spectral Interlude for ZX Spectrum. Has the largest collection of licensed games for the ZX Spectrum in Russia.

Roman MindlinRoman Mindlin
Roman Mindlin

Has been working in back office automation at Yandex since 2018. Co-organiser of the demo festival Chaos Constructions. Retro computer collector.

Mark R. JonesMark R. Jones
Mark R. Jones

Mark worked at the world famous Ocean Software back in the 80s. More recently he is involved in the retro gaming community and helps restore and preserve game artwork. Last year he worked on the graphics for a free ZX Spectrum conversion of the Univeral arcade game 'Mr. Do'.

The Oliver TwinsThe Oliver Twins
The Oliver Twins

Andrew Nicholas Oliver and Philip Edward Oliver are legendary game designers, creators of Dizzy character and game series of the same name, as well as lots of other games.