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  ZX Spectrum Game ‘HEAD OVER HEELS’ Announced For iOS Devices
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4 th May, 2012 – Lichfield, Staffs, United Kingdom

Following the recent, successful launch of its ‘ Speccy ’ apps on the iTunes App Store, Elite Systems, the long established UK based developer and electronic publisher of games for portable, mobile and other devices has confirmed that Jon Ritman and Bernie Drummond’s seminal ZX Spectrum game, HEAD OVER HEELS is to be released for iOS devices during the weekend of 11 th May, 2012.

Head Over Heels for the ZX Spectrum (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) is one of THE defining games of the 1980s.

The HEAD OVER HEELS: ZX SPECTRUM app will be offered as an in-app purchase from within the ZX Spectrum: Elite Collection / ZX Spectrum: Elite Collection HD apps.

The HEAD OVER HEELS: ZX SPECTRUM app will also available in stand-alone form. It will not include any other ZX Spectrum games but it may include an infinite lives version.

The HEAD OVER HEELS: ZX SPECTRUM app is the near-100% original ZX Spectrum game, as designed by Jon Ritman and Bernie Drummond and published by Ocean Software in 1987 and will be presented - as an officially licenced product - utilizing Elite’s ZX Spectrum: Elite Collection technology.


- portrait and landscape play / display modes

- iDaptive (user-definable, game-specific joystick, keypad & canvass) Controls

- (Google: "Tiny URL 22qh8hl") for more info

- ‘auto save’, on exiting the game

- authentic 'ZX Spectrum' sound

- iCade controller support

Complimentary copies of the Apps will be made available to press and media partners on Wednesday 9 th May, 2012 (or earlier by agreement). A further announcement, including price and release date, will be made at that time and prior to the release of the Apps.

For further information please contact: Steve Wilcox, Elite®

Tel. + 44 (0) 154 326 8826

Mail [email protected]


Twitter @elite_systems

About Head Over Heels: Originally, the working title for the game was Foot and Mouth. Visually, Head Over Heels bears a number of similarities with Ultimate Play The Game's Knight Lore and Alien 8. It uses an isometric engine that is similar to the Filmation technique first developed by Ultimate. Head Over Heels is the second isometric game by Jon Ritman and Bernie Drummond, after the Batman computer game. The game introduces an original concept: the player controls (initially separately) two characters instead of just one. The two characters have different abilities (Head can jump twice as high, control himself in the air, and fire doughnuts  from a hooter to paralyse enemies; while Heels can run twice as fast, climb certain staircases that Head cannot, and carry objects around a room in a bag), which become complementary when the player combines them together after about a sixth of the game. Compared to its predecessors, the game offers unique and revolutionary gameplay, more complex puzzles, and more than 300 rooms to explore. Drummond contributed some famously surreal touches, including robots (controlled by push switches) that bore a remarkable resemblance to the head of Prince Charles on the body of a Dalek. Other surreal touches include enemies with the heads of elephants and staircases made of dogs that teleported themselves away as soon as Head entered the room.

About Jon Ritman: Jon Ritman is a software developer, notable for his work on major 1980s video games, working primarily on games for the ZX Spectrum and Amstrad CPC home computers. His first experience with a computer was at the age of 13, and first computer was a Sinclair ZX81 that he bought in 1981. His first game, Namtir Raiders for the ZX81 gained its name from his surname reversed. He first gained notoriety with his games Bear Bovver and Match Day for the ZX Spectrum. As of March 2007, three of the top twenty games listed at World of Spectrum were written by Ritman, namely Head Over Heels, Batman and Match Day II. Ritman was voted Best Programmer Of The Year at the Golden Joystick Awards.

About Elite®: Elite Systems Ltd was incorporated in England in 1984 and is one of Europe’s most long established developers and publishers of entertainment software.

Tweets ...

Pre-release (with links to press release):

‘HEAD OVER HEELS: ZX SPECTRUM’ for iPhone / Touch  – announced #HeadOverHeels

‘HEAD OVER HEELS: ZX SPECTRUM HD’ for iPad  – announced #HeadOverHeels

On Release (with links to App Store):

‘HEAD OVER HEELS: ZX SPECTRUM HD’ for iPhone / Touch – available weekend of (tbc) #HeadOverHeels

‘HEAD OVER HEELS: ZX SPECTRUM HD’ for iPad – available weekend of (tbc) #HeadOverHeels


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