TX-1696 is out and available to purchase NOW!

Hey all, A short but sweet post to let you know that you can go buy this beautiful game & the soundtrack on download or physical!

I’ve separated the shop out from LuckyRedFish.com. https://technoshedsoftware.com/ is there as a store front only and allows you to buy:

Physical Edition of TX-1696,
Download & PrintEdition of TX-1696,
Download of Soundtrack for TX-1696,
Vinyl preorder of soundtrack for TX-1696.

For international (outside UK) buyers:
We’ve done 2 things to help:

1. We’ve created an ebay store which is enrolled in the Global Shipping program. This means customs and international post are handled for us. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/204783735812
2. We’ve added all the artwork to the download – so Download and print means that with a little effort you have everything you need to create your own physical copy.

LuckyRedFish.com will remain as a portal to all things TX-1696 – reviews comments and tips will all be posted there – including yours I hope!

Thanks again for your patience,

Rich, Bret and Patricia (The TX-Team!)


TX-1696 Demo

Lucky Red Fish is proud to announce the public release of the demo of TX-1696.

You can download the digital copy here.



We are currently working on the last level which should be quite special all going well, but we want to keep that under our hats for now. You can order a copy of the full game here.

The TX-1696 DEMO

Star date 1696, The Taris Xavia has been sent out into deep unknown space after a signal was intercepted on TOI 700e, the only known human inhabited planet to exist.

After intercepting the strange alien signal, you are met by hostile lifeforms that are determined to obliterate you. Your onboard computer deciphers the signal and shows the alien creatures intentions. Humans must die. you pull out of warp and get ready to use your powerful elite experimental weapon systems to take out the massive threat that awaits.

Good luck commander the human race depends on you.

TX-1696 pushes the Spectrum Next to its limits and features massive boss baddies, horizontal and vertical play areas, masses of highly detailed sprites on screen and loads of weapon pickups with a unique weapon selection system.

The Team

We also get a taste of some fantastic techno style music from Richard Faulkner aka A man in his Techno shed

The games graphics and code have been produced by Patricia Curtis who has worked on some huge titles like the conversion of Xenon 2 for the Amiga CDTV and Megadrive!.

Bret Pritchard of BAPSTARCADE YouTube and Twitch retro gaming shows has been testing and honing the gameplay down to the perfect retro gaming experience.

TX-1696 is the ultimate Spectrum Next game that you need for your collection

Enjoy the TX-1696 Team

What a Gamer Said about the TX-1696 demo


TX-1696 supports gamepads and Keyboard controls only


  • A = back (front menu)
  • B = Fire (hold for beam)
  • C / (circle) = Weapons selection, you shoot the weapon’s case to open it, it will display a (?) then press and hold button C to select the weapons using the direction arrows. Once you have selected you weapon of choice simply fly into your selection.

Tested with

  • Kempston
  • Sega mega drive style pad
  • PlayStation 4 pad using an 8bitDo Bluetooth device


  • Space = fire
  • Z/enter = weapon select
  • X = back
  • H = paused
  • P/cursor right = right
  • O/cursor left = left
  • Q/cursor up = up
  • A/cursor down = down

Tested on

  • System/Next 22.09
  • NextZXOS 2.07k
  • Core 3.01.10
  • Firmware 1.43

Also on

  • CSpect V2.19.2.1
    please note this game does not run in 60htz.

The game does work with Auto fire however to get the best enjoyment out of it use the beam option.