The Memotech MTX Series
Memotech MTX Emulation
There are a number of emulators available which allow
Memotech games and other software to run on more modern computers. Most
software emulators require a copy of the original machine's ROMs
which are not in the public domain. The MTX ROM images can be
found on the ROMs page, strictly
speaking, you should already own a copy of
the ROMs, i.e., the corresponding Memotech MTX computer hardware, in order to
legally download the ROMs, although some emulators distribute
them inside the package and the original copyright holder is
long since gone.
MEMU - The Best Emulator of a
Please follow the link to Andy's site to download
[ Most of my
screen shots of games and other MTX software were done using MEMU ]
MEMU is a fully featured emulation of MTX/FDX/SDX
hardware and is undoubtedly the best emulator available, written
and maintained by an ex-Memotech programmer and modern day MTX expert.
MEMU is very powerful and supports a host of command
line options to optimise the running of the emulator,
depending on the hardware being emulated or the software being used. A small penalty
for this flexibility is that you need to specify
the right command line options.
There is are a couple
of solutions to this minor issue :
MEMU Front Ends
Version 0.2 (232MB)
(Includes all files)
Check that the GEMUS MEMU
option points to the location
where you installed MEMU.
essentially a database application which, in it's own
words "is an emulator front-end and database utility.
You can use it to catalogue, browse and play all of your
favourite old games from the golden age of videogaming."
The latest version of GameBase is available from
SourceForge or you can download the
1.3 Setup program from here.
Paul Daniels has created a "GameBase" database for
Memotech which makes loading Memotech games easy - all
of the required command line options are preconfigured
in the MTX GameBase.
Paul has generously allowed me to make his efforts
download here. The GameBase includes screenshots of
most of the MTX software, often showing the required
keys to control the game.
The Version 0.1 download includes only the GameBase
the associated software & games. You need to
download and install both the
Gamebase programs in order to use the Memotech GameBase
This file contains
scans of a number of the original game tape covers which
can be displayed from within the GameBase too. (This
file is a 20MB .rar
The Version 0.2 download includes the games,
application programs, tape covers etc., and is
Python is an open source, high level programming
language, maintained by
The Python Software Foundation (PSF). Available for
a number of platforms, including Linux and Windows, it
can be downloaded from the PSF website
Bill Brendling has created a "MEMU Launcher" in Python
A description of the options available using the
Launcher, along with some specific notes for Microsoft
Windows users, can be found on the
Usage Notes page
Development of the Launcher is now
finished, it supports all of the "standard"
MEMU options, with the exception of the
"advanced" options to create various
"Advanced" users are likely to prefer the command line for
invoking those options anyway.
rest of us, Launcher provides a great "front
end" for MEMU and saves having to use the
powerful, but sometimes cryptic, command
Example Windows config files
NB : You will need to edit the pathnames as
required to suit your MEMU file locations.
Check the ROMs and Disks
|Run a game (.mtx) file
specify the "Run File", e.g.,
|Run CP/M interactively
Andy's System disk as "A" and
his Games disk as "C"
Place the config file(s) in the same location as
the Python file
Alternative Emulators - but you
should really be using MEMU!
the Acorn RISC PC, written by Martin Allcorn, c.1999
can itself be run on these RISC OS emulators :-
and RiscOS 3.70 or 3.71, or
Arculator and RiscOS 3.1 or 3.11
MTXemu Version 1
|Discontinued but functional
The Zip file
contains the Microsoft Windows binary and 12 games
is here for completeness, but you should really be using
|Tandem project to