Elite Systems was a big name in software publishing for 8 and 16-bit home computers in the ’80s and early ’90s. The company is still around today, and it’s still doing what it does best: publishing Spectrum games. Now, though, it’s publishing them for iPhone via its ZX Spectrum Elite Collection app.
The app, which offers nearly 150 Spectrum titles to players, is going freemium for a week starting at noon PT on Thursday. This means you’ll be able to grab the app itself—normally $3 and including 13 bundled games—for free and customize it with collections of six games for $2 each, or certain specific single titles for $1 each.
The app is regularly updated and well-supported by Elite, and has recently passed its 100,000th paying user—pretty good for games that are nearly 30 years old in many cases. The most recent update adds Retina display support for iPhone 4 and fourth-generation iPod touch owners as well as additional games available for in-app purchase.
Grab the package from the App Store—if you want it for free, make sure you wait until after 12 p.m. PT.