I first saw the game on my mates Atari ST and was utterly wowed. I only had a Spectrum +3, but it was eventually available on that platform. It took me a long, long time to save up enough pocket money, ask my parents nicely to write a cheque for the mail-order (remember those?) - and I believe it was cashed even before it actually became available. It took FOREVER to arrive!
Eventually the day came, arrived home from school to find a big beige Jiffy Bag on my +3. Inside was a lovely blue box, and I remember the 3" disc (no case for it though), audio tape, BIG manual. I remember reading through the manual before I even booted the game, and even then I was still confused. I played that thing for ages
I admit to being initially disappointed it didn't look nearly as good as the 16 bit version, and everything took forever, but it was still a fantastic game. It was soo good in fact - I saved up through the rest of that year and most of the next, and my Dad helped me along to get an Amiga 500, and then we played it on that
The Spectrum version was very impressive, looking back. To fit all that into an 8 bit, 128k machine in 3d was a huge achievement. The little dinky-dink noises of the Virus bomb, and the Arro-Arro message sound will stay with me forever.
The remake is very good, you can tell it's Carrier Command. There's a few niggles to sort out in the snagging process, but I am sure it will get there.