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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. 

Software Products

Scuba Dive

Scuba Dive
1983
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Manufacturer : Durell Software
Type : Software - Game

Dam Buster

Dam Buster
1983
Dam Buster is a side-view single screen action game about the 614 RAF bombing squadron in World War II.

Manufacturer : Camsoft
Type : Software - Game

Harrier Attack

Harrier Attack
1983
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Manufacturer : Durell Softwares
Type : Software - Game

Harrier Attack

Harrier Attack
1983
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Manufacturer : Durell Software
Type : Software - Game

Mineshaft

Mineshaft
1984
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Manufacturer : Durell Software
Type : Software - Game

Durell Big 4

Durell Big 4
1984
On the Spectrum, Durell produced some of the finest and best selling games on the system, this compilation was one of the most successful, containing four of their best titles, Combat Lynx is a comba...

Manufacturer : Durell Software
Type : Software - Game

Combat Lynx

Combat Lynx
1984
On the Spectrum, Durell produced some of the finest and best selling games on the system, this compilation was one of the most successful, containing four of their best titles, Combat Lynx is a comba.

Manufacturer : Durell Software
Type : Software - Game

Turbo Esprit

Turbo Esprit
1985
On the Spectrum, Durell produced some of the finest and best selling games on the system, this compilation was one of the most successful, containing four of their best titles, Combat Lynx is a comba.

Manufacturer : Durell Software
Type : Software - Game

Operation Hormuz

Operation Hormuz
1989
Harrier Jump Jet arcade action, as you take control of the craft to destroy targets around the middle east.

Manufacturer : Alternative
Type : Software - Game


 

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