MetroSpec, a ZX Spectrum emulator for Windows Phone, has been updated to version 1.4 (since we last looked at the app). We last covered MetroSpec when it was released to the Windows Phone Store, but soon encountered some issues with the submission process. The paid version was published, while the free, ad-supported version was left behind in the depths of app doom.
The problem appeared to be on Microsoft's end, and while a solution or fix was worked on, MetroSpec lost potential users due to the lack of trial or free version available (we know how badly Windows Phone consumers love their app trials). Luckily things have been resolved finally and we're good to go with announcing both apps together.
MetroSpec supports emulation for both 16K and 48K version of the ZX Spectrum, which is accompanied by full sound and three visual quality settings. A handful of titles are bundled with the app, with the ability to import more via SkyDrive or from a web server. Standard .Z80 and .SNA file formats are supported, as well as .TAP and .TZX type formats. To save space, .ZIP, .RAR, .7z, gzip and tar can be used when loading games.
A number of features are supported, including the ability to save states and transfer said files across to different platforms. Version 1.4 of both the paid and free versions of MetroSpec include improvements to further enhance the experience. For a quick visual walkthrough of the app, check out our previous hands-on with the app below.
You can download MetroSpec from the Windows Phone Store for $0.99 (79p), with a free version available. The ad-supported version is limited to a maximum of 3 Save slots (instead of the full 9), maximum of 2 pinned game tiles, as well as the number of games available to import. Note that on older hardware (Focus, Omnia 7, etc.), MetroSpec may not run smoothly (lower FPS), but this can be solved by disabling sound.
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