ZX Spectrum Reviews

Welcome to the ZXSR REST API.

Getting started

The ZXSR site has now changed from a traditional website into a REST API that any developer can plug into. Eventually the site may be converted back into a traditional site, as it was pre-2018, but this will not happen for the forseeable future. The REST API will always remain in place regardless.

To get started is very straightforward. The API accepts Infoseek ID's only, which do not have to be formatted with leading zeros, and will return some basic details of the title along with all reviews currently allocated to it. For example, to search for Knight Lore, which is Infoseek ID 0009366 simply use the URL:

http://www.zxspectrumreviews.co.uk/api/title/9366.

And dependent on your flavour of browser the above link will return in either XML or JSON. Using the same URL in Postman will return JSON.

There is some API documentation available here.

Acknowledgements

The ZXSR data would be in no way complete without the invaluable input from many contributors to the ZX Spectrum scene. It's about time ZXSR acknowledged the efforts of these amazing people. My heartfelt thanks go to the following:

  • Peter Jones for the Spectrum Computing website. An invaluable resource for making sure titles are allocated to the correct magazine issues and other data.
  • Lee Fogarty for the World Of Spectrum website. Another amazing resource used for data confirmation.
  • Einar Saukas, author of the stupendous ZXDB, for incalculable contributions to updating and tidying the ZXSR data and giving me the inspiration to do so.
  • Mort, the original scanner of the Crash magazines that provided the inspiration for putting the full text of all reviews into ZXSR.
  • Ken D who's incredible work of OCR'ing an unbelievable amount of magazines made the whole transcripting process a heck of a lot less painful than it was originally.
  • Matthew Wilson of Crash Online who all those years ago provided the inspiration for starting ZXSR.
  • Nick Humphries, formerly of YSRNRY, who's sadly missed from the scene but another who provided a huge amount of inspiration to start ZXSR.


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