T H E   T Y P E   F A N T A S T I C
( T T F n )
The Sinclair magazine type-in programs archive
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SPOT logo
SPOT Enterprises *
cartoon Website designed by
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SPOT Enterprises *
"Wizard" cartoon
by Hunt Emerson
ZX80/81Spectrum, QL, SAM Coupé
Big KBig K
(none in Computer Choice)Computer Choice
(none in Computer Gamer)Computer Gamer
Computer & Video GamesComputer & Video Games
(none in Games Computing)Games Computing
Home Computing WeeklyHome Computing Weekly
Micro AdventurerMicro Adventurer
Personal Computer GamesPersonal Computer Games
Personal Computer NewsPersonal Computer News
Popular Computing WeeklyPopular Computing Weekly
(none in Sinclair Answers)Sinclair Answers
Sinclair ProgramsSinclair Programs
Sinclair ProjectsSinclair Projects
Sinclair UserSinclair User
Syntax ZX80(none in Syntax ZX80)
Your ComputerYour Computer
(none in Your Spectrum)Your Spectrum
(none in Your Sinclair)Your Sinclair
ZX ComputingZX Computing
Odds & EndsOdds & Ends
The above links are to pages with the programs listed in alphabetical order by title.
A separate Magazine Issue Lists page links to pages with the programs listed in magazine issue #/date order.
Julian Goodchild's
 Hall of Fame 
Jason Grimblood's
 Hall of Mystery 
This site is an index and archive of the type-in programming articles and readers' programs for the Sinclair Research range of computers published during the 1980s-early 1990s in those magazines listed above. Thanks to Michael Bruhn for organising the original version of this archive at Desert Island Disks.
This site currently lists 4,675 programs, 2,540 of which are available here. At the top of each index page there's some issue statistics, and a note on which issues of the title are covered and any missing issues for which information is still needed.

The last TTFn update was on 12th October 2023

(see the "What's Typed In, Doc?" page for details)
Well, enjoy checking through these lists and trying out these programs. If you have any of the programs in the lists which are not yet archived here, then please send them to me: withinthehills@gmail.com . Previous contributors are listed in the Hall of Good Eggs.


If there's any particular type-ins not on file which you'd like to see - and they're in a magazine which is on the Available Issues List - then send me a request and I'll probably type them up sometime.


  • To make entering Spectrum programs much easier, I'd suggest using an external text editor for typing them in (eg. I use Power Edit - it's old, but good) and then use my TXT2Emu program to load them into the emulator. TXT2Emu uses the native ROM's syntax & editor routines for checking & correcting the programs as they are loaded. Full instructions are included in the program listing (Z80 assembler).
  • Highlighted entries in the listings are:
    • Excellent Examples in Wonderful White
    • Interesting Items in Admirable Aqua
    • Spooky Specimens in Ghastly Gray
  • Main titles listed in strikethrough have a listing in the magazine which is either incomplete, partly illegible or garbled; so it's impractical to get a working version.
  • Main titles listed in italics indicate a reprinted listing (either a correction or a duplicate) which is not counted in the totals.
  • Most programs are consolidated into monthly archives, so selecting any particular program will usually retrieve an archive containing all the available programs from that month's issue (or issues, in the case of the weekly magazines) of the respective publication.
  • Program file names use the form: CCYYMMWIIIPPP followed by the program title; where:
    CC=magazine, YY=year, MM=month, W=week, III=issue, PPP=page; eg. PW83034012008Escape.z80
  • You'll need an emulator to run the programs in these files. Check my Links page for some suggestions, or the Emulators page at World of Spectrum.
Each list consists of these columns:
  • Program Title (with a separate Article Title underneath if it was different)
  • Author
  • Issue Date (character string)
  • Page Number
  • File Type: (eg.) SNA, TAP, Z80 for Spectrum (TAP preferred); P for ZX81; MDV for QL
  • Computer Type: 80=ZX80, 81=ZX81, SP=Spectrum, QL=QL, SC=SAM Coupé
  • Program Type: A=Adventure, B=Business, D=Domestic, E=Educational, G=Game, U=Utility
  • Language: B=Basic, C=machine code, D=Basic+m/code, F=Forth
  • Information? N=no, P=yes, in program file, Y=yes, in separate text file; indicates if instructions are included.
  • Issue Date (reverse numeric YYMM - for sorting)
The Author, Issue Date, Page Number, File & Computer Type fields may contain multiple values.


The column data in each row are each terminated with a TAB character, so the rows can be copied from any of the tables, the HTML tags stripped off, and the data loaded easily into a spreadsheet or database program, if so desired. (The Program Title and Article Title columns are separately delimited, so there's eleven columns in all.)
The Type Fantastic (TTFn)
is a SPOT Enterprises * Production from: Jim Grimwood, Weardale, England
See my YrUA? and SPOT*On sites for loads of other Spectrum-related stuff.
These pages were prepared with the FlexED HTML editor from Infoflex Pty Ltd. (Spanderific!)
Have a look in Spot's Pourri for some Spectrum programs which you probably won't find anywhere else - and some which you might not want to find anyway ...
* (SPOT Enterprises has no existence beyond the author's imagination. "Hey, I made it up!")