Durell Software

 Though not nearly as prolific as other software houses of the 1980's, Durell were memorable for a few reason's.

Based in Taunton in Somerset, the games produced by Durell were most prominent on the big three computers of the day, Spectrum, C64 and Amstrad, although not confined to them completely, they also made an Acorn exclusive, and dabbled with a release for C16/Plus 4, however their early success was on the Tangerine Oric.

The two main programmers were Mike Richardson and Clive Townsend.

One feature of note for the Durell games was that they came on a bright blue cassette, this was to help combat piracy, which was rife on the home micros, the inlay would offer a £100 reward for information leading to any arrests.

List of games:

  • Galaxy 5 (1983) Oric
  • Lunar Lander / Asteroids (1983) Oric
  • Starfighter (1983) Oric
  • Scuba Dive (1983) Spectrum, Oric
  • Harrier Attack (1983) Spectrum, Oric, Amstrad 464
  • Jungle Trouble (1983) Spectrum
  • Lunar Landing (1984)
  • Combat Lynx (1984) Spectrum, BBC, Amstrad, C64
  • Mineshaft (1984) BBC, Electron
  • Critical Mass (1985) Spectrum, Amstrad, C64
  • Saboteur (1985) Spectrum, C64, C16, Commodore Plus 4, Amstrad
  • Deep Strike (1986) Spectrum, C64, Amstrad
  • Fat Worm Blows A Sparky (1986) Spectrum
  • Thanatos (1986) Spectrum, Amstrad C64
  • Turbo Esprit (1986) Spectrum, Amstrad, C64
  • Chain Reaction (1986) Released 1987 by Elite
  • Saboteur II - Avenging Angel (1987) Spectrum, Amstrad,C64
  • Sigma 7 (1987) Spectrum, C64, Amstrad
  • Spitfire (1989) Spectrum, Commodore 64 (Released by Elite)
  • Death Pit (Unreleased officially) Spectrum

Rather unusually Durell still exists, they now make administration and accounting software for independant financial advisors. 


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