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Same great game without the color clash. The ZX Spectrum Next is the NEXT evolutionary step for the ZX Spectrum. This version of Castle Escape runs exclusively on the ZX Spectrum Next, for the ZX Spectrum 48K-128K version, click here.


Wee Knight must escape the haunted castle collecting gold coins and dodging the castles deadly inhabitants as he goes. Due to the enormous weight of his armor, Wee Knight cannot jump very high unless he consumes the magenta eggs found within the castle. But beware, the anti-gravity effects of the eggs do not last long leaving Wee Knight at risk of missing out on the castles many treasures. Prolong life by collecting the hearts and don’t let Wee Knight fall too far or he'll be crushed by the weight of his own armor.

User Controls

  • Default Keys (can be redefined)
    • O - Left
    • P - Right
    • M - Jump
  • Joysticks
    • Kempston


  • All coins are collectable!
    • But you may need magenta eggs to reach them.
  • Points are also scored for collecting eggs and hearts!
  • Patience will help you sneak under the spiders.
    • Jumping over them is possible, but difficult.
  • Rats have a predictable behavior.
    • You can jump over them without eggs but it requires cat like reflexes.


  • The high-score table is auto-saved
  • Game engine: All hand coded ;)


Castle Escape for the ZX Spectrum Next includes the following enhancements:

  • No color attribute clash
  • More colorful sprites and tiles
  • More sprite animation frames
  • It's just more, more, more...


Design & Coding - IrataHack, Graphics - CarniviusCrayon, Fonts - DamienG, Levels Designed with Tiled by IrataHack, Music - Rich 'Tufty' Hollins, MmcM, rnR T.A.D., Sound Effects - Shiru, IrataHack

Updated 14 days ago
Release date Nov 24, 2022
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(1 total ratings)
Made withTiled, GIMP
Tags2D, 8-Bit, Homebrew, Pixel Art, Retro, spectrum-next, zx-spectrum-next
Average sessionA few minutes
InputsKeyboard, Joystick


Buy Now$4.99 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $4.99 USD. You will get access to the following files:

castle-escape-zx-spectrum-next-release.zip 379 kB
Version 10
CastleEscape_Xmas.nex 321 kB

Download demo

CastleEscape_Demo.nex 321 kB

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Hope you enjoy this tribute to your talents...

Thanks for giving it a try. Glad you enjoyed it.

Bought it and loving it. Huge kudos on the stylistic choice of maintaining the primary Speccy palette in-game but bringing in smooth sprites and eliminating colour clash (in fact I'm probably in the minority but I'd probably have preferred that the sprites were also "retro" coloured, but I'm weird :D) Please more like this!!

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Awesome game !! Please more games with nex extension.