Yandex Retro Games Battle 2020

Create your own game for the legendary ZX Spectrum computer to win fame, admiration and a cash prize!

Join Yandex Retro Games Battle 2020, our annual competition for retrocomputing fans and experts, with your entry for the ZX Spectrum platform.

Yandex Retro Games Battle 2019

On Friday, December 13, Yandex held an award ceremony in which prizes were awarded.

First place went to the team Zosya Entertainment for its Valley of Rains game, with a score of 185 points.

Second place was awarded to the game Space Monsters Meet the Hardy created by the Mayhem & Conscience team with 168 points.

Third place was taken by Denis Grachyov and the game Yazzie with 162 points.

441 people voted in the audience award category. Games were awarded a score from 1 to 10 points. Valley of Rains received the most points — 1416.

Video of the award ceremony

Valley of Rains

Genre : arcade (shoot ’em up)

Author : ZOSYA entertainment (team)

Description :

My mother is a Water Lily, the most beautiful flower on earth. My father is an Ant, the most powerful creature on earth. The volcano gave me fire. A wagtail gave me blessings for my feats. I set out to bring life back to the Valley of Rains.

1 place — 175 points

1 place — 1416 points

Audience choice

Space Monsters meet THE HARDY

Genre : platform shooter

Author : MAYhEM & CONSCIENCE (team)

Description :

Your task is to find and neutralize the head of the space monsters that lurks in a multi-level maze. There are special elevators to move between the levels. You will first have to find the key for each elevator. But not everything is so straightforward: both are well protected. And in addition to the monsters themselves, you will find many obstacles of varying degrees of complexity: from the completely harmless bubbles that simply block your way to deadly drips that kill the very first time. But the main enemy is time, which is relentlessly diminishing with every second … All you have in your arsenal is a laser gun and your faithful fast feet. Get a move on! And good luck!

2 place — 162 points

2 place — 1298 points


Genre : arcade

Author : Denis Grachyov

Description :

A careless gold seeker wandered into a strange mansion full of traps. You need to help the gold digger collect all the gold while avoiding cunning enemies.

3 place — 155 points

3 place — 1294 points


Genre : racing simulator

Author : ZOSYA entertainment (team)

Description :

Five cars, six stages, three-dimensional tracks, and 360-degree panoramas. Join the championship with 16 competitors in two classes: amateur and professional. Realistic engine sounds, real-life locations, car damage and repair, optional dynamic shadowing, right-hand or left-hand drive – you choose.

4 place — 153 points

4 place — 1282 points

Just a Gal

Genre : racing simulator

Author : ZOSYA entertainment (team)

Description :

Motorcycle racer Maureen Miles competes in the circuit racing world series. The goal of the game is to win the world championship by completing all 24 stages. Rivals differ in strength: the fastest of them will compete for victory in the championship. The game features championship modes, single races, and qualifying rounds. Watch out for false starts and use the slipstream.

5 place — 147 points

12 place — 1058 points

Hunt Buck: Nuclear Defence

Genre : arcade quest

Author : Red Triangle (team)

Description :

While investigating a case of a strange animal attack, agent Hunt Buck once again confronts his long-time nemesis – Professor Reckless. You can help him solve this mystery by communicating with other characters, collecting items, solving logic problems, and shooting at aggressive locals.

6 place — 146 points

6 place — 1256 points

RoboBro Episode 1

Genre : platform

Author : Hippiman & Conscience (team)

Description :

In this game, you need to help Robo complete dangerous levels, overcome difficulties, and at the end of the episode, defeat the boss. To fully immerse yourself in the game, you need to run it on the original ZX Spectrum with a disk drive and TR-DOS or on a local emulator, since the online emulator does not support TR-DOS format, and the game runs in a stripped-down mode (minus sound and menus).

7 place — 141 points

13 place — 1047 points

Ernesto`s Adventures

Genre : roguelike puzzle

Author : Outsiders & NedoPC (team)

Description :

In a small mountain settlement, local residents are being terrorized by monsters from nearby caves: vegetable gardens are trampled, water is spilled, and pets are stolen. But among the people there is a braveheart named Ernesto. He decided that he could come to an agreement with Maraken, the cave king, so the monsters' spirit would no longer come to the village. Ernesto gathered his shoulder bag, put on his father's armor, and set off to the dark caves. His path will be difficult – the caves are teeming with monsters and traps. No one knows what awaits him, how the cave king will receive him, and whether it will be possible to come to an agreement.

8 place — 137 points

15 place — 937 points

The Order of Sleeping Dragon

Genre : RPG

Author : Drunken Fly (team)

Description :

For centuries, a mysterious order has kept its secrets. But times are hard, and it's time to open all the maps. The hero, a simple country fellow, tries to survive, seek his revenge and free the world from epic evil — and free the golden chests of their contents. In small villages and a big city, in dense forests and across scorched lands – evil minions and aggressive monsters try to prevent him from achieving his goals. However, our hero, who is no stranger to foul play, treachery and the loss of all hope, is equipped with a sword, a healing cheese, and secret knowledge – he can overcome all these trials. Or maybe not.

9 place — 129 points

11 place — 1098 points

Automated Cave Explorer

Genre : arcade puzzle

Author : Alexey Borisov

Description :

After the demise of humanity, the automated archaeological station continues its work. This time, its main task is to extract four artifacts from bunkers covered with stones. To open a passageway to the next floor, you need to collect crystals with energy stored in them.

10 place — 127 points

9 place — 1171 points

Quest For Elements

Genre : platform

Author : Anatoly Kuris

Description :

You are an astronaut who has arrived on a distant planet to gather as many elements of life as possible. These elements are necessary for humanity to survive in the distant future. Your mission is to go from the landing site to a point with an energy beacon, from where you will travel back to Earth. While collecting the elements of life, be careful to avoid coming into contact with the local deadly flora and fauna. Also, try not to jump from a great height — landing from high altitudes can be fatal.

11 place — 119 points

5 place — 1270 points


Genre : platform puzzle

Author : Vyacheslav Tretyak

Description :

A platform game with multiple characters where the action takes place in a zoo. Switch between heroes and interact with them to get to the necessary endpoints.

12 place — 117 points

8 place — 1200 points

Mantra Kill

Genre : platform

Author : Denis Radiontsev

Description :

Ning wakes up in a cave in the mountains of China and meets the sage Lao Tzu. Together with our hero, you will plunge into the horrors of dark caves and strive to find a way out. Who are you and what lengths are you willing to go to get out of this endless nightmare? Who you will be at the end of the road is up to you.

13 place — 115 points

10 place — 1146 points


Genre : arcade

Author : Andrey Efimov

Description :

Robo-stalker has to turn on the teleportation machine and collect the parts for the navigation board, moving from room to room. Moving robots and stationary guns will confront him.

14 place — 103 points

14 place — 972 points

Alone in dark maze

Genre : maze

Author : Dmitry Krapivin

Description :

You find yourself in a dark maze. To get out of it, you need to find a special artifact. There are a lot of doors and keys in the maze — they will help you move forwards. But in order to do this, you need to overcome eight monsters, and an encounter with them costs a life. Hint: a bubble will help fight off monsters.

15 place — 101 points

16 place — 922 points

Sochi Nights

Genre : adventure, racing simulator

Author : SGL Team (team)

Description :

After an unusual discovery, our hero sets off on a road trip from Moscow to Sochi. The game is set against a background of local Russian locations, combining top-down and racing game mechanics.

16 place — 75 points

18 place — 775 points

Little Mouse Adventure

Genre : text quest

Author : Vladislav Bauer

Description :

A small but very brave mouse was caught by a boy and put in a cage. You need to help the mouse escape the cage, but be careful – there is a wily cat nearby!

17 place — 73 points

17 place — 801 points

Interceptor 2020

Genre : space shooter

Author : Ilya Prokhorov

Description :

Pilot a spaceship and fight with alien invaders.

18 place — 71 points

19 place — 664 points