The Return of Traxtor

This is a version of my original game for ZX Spectrum 48K (The Return of Traxtor) for the Amstrad CPC 464 (or later).

Game Menu In-game Screen

You can watch some game play footage (spoilers!).


The game can be controlled with the keyboard or a joystick (GX4000 gamepads should work nicely).

Default controls are:

Keyboard Joystick Action
cursor left left move spaceship to the left
cursor right right move spaceship to the right
cursor down fire 2 or space beam a block into the bay
space fire 1 fire the top-most block from the bay

h: pause/resume the game

Default keys can be redefined in the main menu. Select joystick and keyboard again to reset configuration to the default keys.

During the game, press ESC to leave the game and return to the menu.

Game Options

Some aspects of the game can be configured at the game options menu, including:

  • Modes: normal and easy; this adjusts the difficulty of the game.
  • Tiles: classic or alternative; in case you’re using a green monitor or if you have problems to see the colours of the classic tile set.
  • Music: on or off; to disable the background music during the game play.
  • Jukebox: can be used to play all the songs of the game.

How to Play

Use the tractor beam to move blocks into the bay, and fire to throw back the top-most block to the board.

Match 3 or more blocks to destroy them before they reach to your defence line.

Wildcard blocks can be thrown to any block type and they will turn into that type.

There are 25 levels!

Tips & Tricks

  • You can throw more blocks into already exploding blocks and if the colour matches, it’ll score extra (combo).
  • Combos will help you to get faster to the next level.
  • When a block is not attached to the top of the playing area or to another block, it will fall. You can use that to help you to clear the board!
  • When the board is cleared, you’ll get extra bonus points and immediately level up.
  • Every 5 levels, the blocks’ speed will slow down a bit.


Current version is 1.1 (2016-03-05).

Includes a loading screen based on the ZX Spectrum version by Craig Stevenson.

This game is powered by cpcrslib by Artaburu and PSG Player by WYZ.

Return of Traxtor (ZIP file, includes CDT and DSK files)

The source code is available here:

If you don’t have the hardware, you can still play it in an emulator.

Last updated Sep 12, 2023