COLLECTORS CORNER #5
Softek software - New revised edition
|Time now for a look at the software house
Softek. One of my favourites this ! Back when I only had
a handful of tapes I owned Draculas Revenge. A
great game that had me on the edge of my seat as the
nasty vampires chased me around and there was no daylight
to shine through the windows to get rid of them. Run, run
away ! Ahem....
Softek cassettes underwent a bit of a change. First their titles had nice sci-fi pictures with yellow letters and a logo, also in yellow with sort of 3D lines moving away from the letters.
At some point they decided on a more vibrant, colourful logo.
Its basically the same one but with gold fronts to the letters and an added red diamond behind. The words Masters of the Game finishing off the new look. They also changed the titles from yellow to orange (as in Draculas Revenge, on the right.
It certainly stands out more !
|Then the Atmos arrived ! As we have seen , the black
and red chappie altered many designs. Softek added a red
stripe on the spine with the word Atmos across it, as in
the Acherons Rage tape in the middle of
the above image.
As you can see they decided at this point to make the title variegated from the original yellow to orange, which stands out all the more.
Now heres the thing. Softek went back and redesigned the older tapes with the new livery. Take a look at this !
|I though at the time that this was the
biggest difference found on an Oric cassette . Since then
we've found bigger changes and more variations.
Now the thing is Im not sure how many of these Softek titles changed. This was the first one, (going by the serial number ORG1).
ORG2 is Super Meteors, which is in the yellow livery on my version. It must have been redone.
ORG3 is Acherons Rage, and my version is the Atmos version so I suspect that should have come in yellow.
ORG4 is Draculas Revenge. Mine is the Oric 1 version but this is orange, as above. It may not have changed at all, or there may be a slight change for an Atmos version. Please let us know what yours is like.
|Finally I thought Id show the
cassettes themselves. Softek originally used black
cassettes with black labels using the yellow ink. I guess
they must have decided to cut costs a bit and print the
text directly onto the cassette so white ones were used
Atmos cassettes should be white and Oric-1 versions black. (Note however that the Atmos cassette reads for "48K Oric1" Draculas Revenge has the newer colour scheme, but as it is for the Oric-1 it has the back cassette.
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