Zak first and second release

Discussion in 'Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders' started by ichich56, Mar 5, 2018.

  1. ichich56

    ichich56 New Member

    I saw this video on youtube.

    It is showing the first release.
    What does the matching box look like? I only know the enhanced version. At least my screenshots on the boxes show all the pictures of the enhanced version.

  2. omar

    omar Member

    Edited this post to prevent any confusion.

    The only noteworthy information here are the graphic options for the second version:
    VGA/MCGA mode
    EGA mode
    CGA mode
    Hercules mode
    Tandy 16-color mode
    Last edited: Mar 6, 2018
  3. ichich56

    ichich56 New Member

    I have both versions (the first one only in digital form)
    The first release is around 326kb and the second one 890kb (only the lfl files)
  4. omar

    omar Member

    Last edited: Mar 6, 2018
  5. ichich56

    ichich56 New Member

    I think so. Thats why i asked here.
  6. omar

    omar Member

    Looking over my docs, I'm only finding 2 documented versions of the USA box (with various stickers over the label and ISBN).

    Box type: G-LF2-02
    IBM 256K Ram printed label.
    Used for IBM and Commandor 64 releases (also intended for Apple according to the manual).

    This IBM version supports:
    MCGA mode
    EGA mode
    CGA mode
    Hercules mode
    Tandy 16-color mode
    CGA black-and-white mode

    Box type: BD-LF2-02
    Amiga 512K printed label.
    Used for IBM (later), Amiga and Atari ST releases.

    Even the some what later "Free Hint Book Enclosed" appears to use this box.

    Some easy ways to spot the differences between the IBM releases on low resolution photos is:
    * Amount of floppies (earlier uses 2x 5.25" and 1x 3.5", later uses 3x 5.25" and/or 2x 3.5")
    * Color of logo on manual (earlier used dark, while the later light).
    * The in game graphics on the back.

    But like I said, I'm no expert on the Zak McKracken games, but looking over my documents this is all the information I have about the boxes.
  7. jacuzi

    jacuzi Moderator Staff Member

    Actually the first Zak box would the IBM box as that is the only label that is printed on the box. C64, Atari and Amiga were sticker labels put on IBM
  8. omar

    omar Member

    Here is a picture of my CIB copy of the IBM USA release, first box type if it helps:

    Don't know why my mind found it so impossible that the IBM box was released first... :)
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2018
  9. ichich56

    ichich56 New Member

    Thank you very much. That helped a lot.

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