"The Munsters" from Gremlin Graphics?

By Lazzeri

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01-11-2017, 22:19

Hello,

Generation-MSX lists "The Munsters" as an original Gremlin game. But there´s no picture of it anywere - all I can find is the Alternative Software release.

http://www.generation-msx.nl/software/gremlin-graphics/the-m...

Also, checking World of Spectrum it seems that the game indeed wasn´t originaly released by Gremlin but by "Again again software".

http://www.worldofspectrum.org/infoseekid.cgi?id=0003329

The spanish MSX version, by System 4, even have the "Again again" logo in it.

So... I´m starting to believe that there is a mistake and the game was never released by Gremlin Graphics. It seems that the game was indeed released by Again Again on Spectrum, then licensed by System 4 in Spain and re-released for both MSX and Spectrum by Alternative Software.

What do you say? :-?

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By Lazzeri

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01-11-2017, 22:27

There´s more... The small print on the bottom of this ad says that "Tiger Development", "Again Again" and "Alternative Software" are the same thing... Interesting.

http://live.worldofspectrum.org/infoseek/magazines/the-games...

By Lazzeri

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01-11-2017, 22:42

And last but not least... The loading screen (briefly seen here) shows "Again again", and not Gremlin.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azyQoEwnRdw

So... Can the scratch the "Gremlin Graphics release" of The Munsters? :)

By Manuel

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01-11-2017, 23:20

I found a hint in MSX Computer Magazine 31's review "Je zou dit spel enigzins met 'Jack the
Nipper' kunnen vergelijken qua opzet; beide spellen werden overigens door hetzelfde programmeursteam ontwikkeld." which ROUGHLY translates as "You should somewhat compare this game with "Jack the Nipper" regarding how it is setup; both games were developed by the same programmers team, by the way."

But other than that, I could not directly find a reason why someone put "Gremlin Graphics" as developer there. "Again Again Software" isn't related to it?

By Lazzeri

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01-11-2017, 23:57

Hi Manuel!

Found a lot of interesting info browsing WoS...

Manuel wrote:

(...) ROUGHLY translates as "You should somewhat compare this game with "Jack the Nipper" regarding how it is setup; both games were developed by the same programmers team, by the way."

Apparently that´s not true either!

Jack the Nipper was made by Greg A. Holmes, Nick Laa, Peter M. Harrap, John Holmes (link: http://www.worldofspectrum.org/infoseekid.cgi?id=0002564)

Musters was made by Bill Caunt, Peter Hickinson, Mark Edwards (link: http://www.worldofspectrum.org/infoseekid.cgi?id=0003329)

Manuel wrote:

But other than that, I could not directly find a reason why someone put "Gremlin Graphics" as developer there. "Again Again Software" isn't related to it?

Apparently not. The developers listed above called themselves "Teque Software" (that later became Krisalis! They were kind of big back them!). The original publisher was Again Again, who seems to be a brand of Tiger Developmens (http://www.worldofspectrum.org/infoseekpub.cgi?regexp=^Again+Again$).

Those guys (Again Again) only made four games. Two of them were released on MSX: Munsters and Gilbert - Escape from Drill. Both were released on MSX by Alternative Software!

Another interesting info: Checking original release ads, we can see that Gremlin and Again Again were in two different cities.

Gremlin is in Sheffield: http://live.worldofspectrum.org/infoseek/magazines/computer-...
Again Again is in West Yorkshire: http://live.worldofspectrum.org/infoseek/magazines/ace/17#8

So I´m finding hard to believe that there´s a connection between those two.

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