The classic ZX Spectrum platform game, which was created by Matthew Smith in 1983, is available as an Xbox Live Indie Game today (June 21), one week ahead of its planned release.
Copyright: Microsoft GamesThe Xbox 360 port features full-screen and bordered-display modes, optional pixel filtering, auto-save, authentic Spectrum sounds and an infinite-lives option.
> Download Manic Miner from the Xbox Marketplace
Elite managing director Steve Wilcox said that the release of Manic Miner 360 is the next step in bringing Spectrum games to a new audience, before hinting at more to come.
"The release of Manic Miner 360 as an Xbox Live Indie Game is the next exciting step in bringing classic ZX Spectrum games to a new audience, via new devices and platforms, and in the process restoring some order to the market.
"We began doing this some 18 months ago with our ZX Spectrum: Elite Collection apps for iOS devices and in the intervening period there have been more than 100,000 paid instances.
"Assuming a positive reception and a successful launch, we'd expect to see Manic Miner 360 followed by more classic ZX Spectrum games."
The game's sequel Jet Set Willy was released in 1984.
Both Manic Miner and Jet Set Willy can be downloaded for iOS devices for £1.49.
> Retro Corner: 'Jet Set Willy' (Spectrum)
Watch Manic Miner gameplay footage below: