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Now featuring music from the exceptionally talented DJ Hoffman!


The year is 2021 and thanks to AGD; lots of really helpful folk on the internet and his son Nate, Dave Sloan has fulfilled a decades long dream of making a game on the ZX Spectrum, Manic Mulholland.

After some supportive comments and general good feeling about the game, Dave longs to go back to the 80s, to a time when he was more creative, imaginative and had way more free time, so he can give his younger self the tools to make some fun little Speccy platform games.

Dave being Dave however, gets a little bit obsessive about this notion & sets about building a time machine, once again with the help of Nate & some useful online guides.  The fabric of time is not something to be trifled with however and  Dave being Dave, the time machine goes a little wonky.

Owing to a misunderstanding relating to the metric system or something, on the first test run Dave & Nate get sucked into the time vortex.

For reasons unknown the only thing that will save the father & son team is collecting 42 MacGuffinanium crystals.

This is where you come in, can you save our intrepid duo and prevent an irreparable tear in the space-time continuum? There's only one way to find out!!!

What folk have been saying about Forward to the Past:

"I really like Forward To The Past; it makes me come over all nostalgic for the types of games I used to play as a teenager — The Pyramid being one of them and a firm favourite of mine. The game is colourful, charming...so what is not to like!" - Crash: Overall score 75%

"One hell of a game. The cute sprites, the varied enemies behaviour, the tricks in every map and sheer playability. I am enjoying it a lot ...one of the cosiest games in 2021." - f-a, World of Spectrum

"Oozing with playability" -  Hi7ch, Twitch Gaming

* Watch a run-through here: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/1142018046?t=00h24m07s

* Read a lovely review of the game on Planeta Sinclair here:   https://planetasinclair.blogspot.com/2021/08/forward-to-past.html

Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars
(2 total ratings)
Tags8-Bit, Homebrew, Retro, ZX Spectrum


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It was a pleasure to speak with you at Play Glasgow! I picked up a cassette but I'm glad to be able to grab the digital files. This game in particular has me hooked! Excellent work!

That's fantastic!  Thank you so much for that, it means an awful lot.  Play Glasgow was a great experience & it was lovely to chat to folk about retro & our wee games.  Thanks again!


very good

Thank you! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ‘





"Its like a combination of Manic Miner and Jet Pac!" - HitchOnTwitch

Love this game dude, as I said on my stream. Perfect Spectrum game.

Haha brilliant!  Cheers so much for taking it for a spin, really enjoyed watching that earlier.

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This is another triumph for Sloansoft! I think my favourite screen is Big Pete....

Haha. Thank you very much! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ‘


Love it!

Thank you very much. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ‘


Great game !

Thank you! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ‘