A game from Black Mirror's Bandersnatch is playable now with emulator

One of the fictional games from Bandersnatch (opens in new tab), Black Mirror's new interactive episode, is playable on your PC right now—but you'll need a ZX Spectrum emulator to make it work. 

In the episode, main character Stefan pitches a choose-your-own-adventure game to a fictional '80s studio called Tuckersoft. The studio now has its own real-life website (opens in new tab) complete with a brief history page and summaries for all the games it released, including Metl Hedd (opens in new tab) and Pig in a Poke (opens in new tab) (both references to previous Black Mirror episodes).

The one you can actually play is called Nohzdyve, a free-falling game where you avoid hazards and collect eyeballs. The website will tell you that it was "abruptly cancelled", and that "the world will have to wonder what Nohzdyve was like". However, it also teases that an "early version of the game is somewhere out there, waiting to be played for the first time". Sure enough, you can grab it from this direct download link (opens in new tab).

It's a .tap file, so you'll need a ZX Spectrum emulator to play it, such as Fuse (opens in new tab).

For Samuel's thoughts on Bandersnatch (the show, not the fictional game), click here (opens in new tab).

Samuel Horti

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.