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‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’ has a hidden video game you can play

Emulators to the rescue.

 

Joseph Knoop

Internet Culture

Published Dec 30, 2018   Updated May 20, 2021, 10:32 pm CDT

Inside the world of Bandersnatch, the latest installment of Netflix’s Black Mirror series, there are lots of cool-seeming retro video games, which makes sense, given the plot. While there’s not a lot in the plot we’d like to bring into the real world, some enterprising viewers found that Nohzdyve, one of the games from the movie, is available to play—with the right equipment.

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Bandersnatch fans managed to find a fake “fansite” of Tuckersoft, the video game company seen in the film, where they could download a number of files, including Nohzdyve, which the character Colin Ritman created.

Twitter user @SimonWad described how he downloaded Nohzdyve as a .tap file, which one can use to run a ZX Spectrum game console emulator.

A little configuring, and @SimonWad managed to run Nohzdyve on their emulator, even going so far as to beat their son in a friendly competition.

Even better, Matt Westcott, the creator of this particular easter egg, turned up on Twitter to speak about how he created the game.

“The version seen on-screen is in fact a cunningly-crafted video mockup, right down to the authentic-looking colour clash – I was tasked with turning that 20 seconds or so of footage into the real game,” Westcott tweeted.

Westcott evidently didn’t even know he was making something for an interactive Black Mirror installment until the first leaks got out.

You can check out a full listing of all the Bandersnatch endings, or take a look at how the internet is reacting to some of the movie’s tough choices.

Netflix has confirmed that a fifth season of Black Mirror is on the way, but there’s no set release date.

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*First Published: Dec 30, 2018, 5:36 pm CST