Retrospecs 4+

Pixelate your pics‪!‬

John Parker

Designed for iPad

    • 4.9 • 81 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



You can now blend pixel artwork with the original images for lots of new effects.

A retro computing / pixel art camera app.

Retrospecs lets you convert images and video clips so they appear as they would on a wide variety of home computers and consoles from the 70's, 80's and 90's.

Simply take a picture (or select one from your photo library) and you can display it as it would appear on over forty systems including the Sinclair ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, IBM PC (DOS, CGA, EGA and VGA), Commodore Amiga, Atari ST, Sega Mega Drive, Nintendo Game Boy and even the original 1984 model Apple Macintosh. If that's not enough you can also create your own custom modes based around four different graphics engines and a wide variety of colour palettes and character fonts. (The free version only contains a limited number of systems/dither modes and the custom editors, video clip processing and animation options aren't available.)

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What’s New

Version 3.0

A little fairy dust.

New bits…
• You can now blend pixel artwork with the original images for lots of new effects.
• Added "Blend in" animation effect.
• Improved animation and video preview/save workflow.
• Increased maximum user palette size to 256 entries.

Bug fixes…
• Fixed a crashing bug that could occur when switching between custom emulations and system presets in the converter.

If you've any problems, or feature suggestions please contact

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
81 Ratings

81 Ratings

Mat1610 ,


My professional digital art career started with a Sinclair ZX81, then the Spectrum, and pretty much everything in between and after. I produced art on the Amiga before Warhol. I now have a digital and traditional professional art studio. I still produce 8 bit art commissions on the original retro systems to get an authentic feel but the results from this little gem are just as gritty and just as great.

Would love to be able to input bespoke text to recreate certain system screens (like images of 10 Print “text”, 20 Goto 10, run, people of a certain age love and appreciate that stuff) but even as is, there is nothing that comes close to giving you the look and feel of the 8-bit heyday unless you spend a lot of time in something like illustrator. That would take hours, this takes seconds.

Absolutely phenomenal, different and regularly updated. Just buy it if 8 and 16 bit nostalgia are your thing. If not, buy it and find out what the real pioneers of home computing looked at in bedrooms around the world back in 1981!

The app is like an interactive art project, used it for years.

ekkoe ,

Incredibly detailed interactive journey down memory lane

Take a trip back to the golden era of computers and recreate the feeling of the imagery you grew up with, by running your photos from the present through a massive range of emulated systems of the past, from Gameboy to IBM CGA, from Atari 2600 to Amiga.

Endlessly fiddle-with-able. Get it.

zennington ,


Nothing else to say but an incredible app.
I really wish they’d increase the amount of video you can encode, it’s very short. Also it really needs a send to Retrospecs extension from photos. And iCloud sync!

In-App Purchases

Unlock everything
Enable all systems, dithers & the editors.

App Privacy

The developer, John Parker, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary based on, for example, the features you use or your age. Learn More

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