1989 Imagine Software
Platforms: Atari ST and Commodore Amiga
I never played the SNK arcade, but remember seeing the terrible Commodore 64 conversion by Sentient Software and wondering just how it got past quality control at Ocean Software at the time.
Also in production though were conversions for the Commodore Amiga and Atari ST platforms. It seems that these were being arranged by Ocean France, and the work was subcontracted out to a team called Prestasoft, which only seemed to have the one game to its name – Expressing.
Apart from adverts, nothing much was mentioned or shown of the conversions at all, especially in the UK press. It would be the French press which would see exclusive screenshots of at least the Atari ST edition.
It looked pretty decent at least from the static shots that were shown, but the game would then subsequently disappear, with unconfirmed rumours that the game may have been simply abandoned. If that is the case, then that is a real waste of what potentially could have been a solid conversion.
Just who were Prestasoft, and who could have been the developer? Well, a common name attached to them seems to be musician Patrick Sigwalt, so that could well be a starting point to find out more about the company, and ultimately about this intriguing arcade conversion.
What of the Amiga edition? In comparison, there seems to be nothing shown in the press at the time, apart from the adverts themselves. It is very likely that it would have been nothing more than a straight port of the ST conversion, but this is just a guess at this early stage.
Check out the screens below and magazine articles (in French). With thanks to Ross Sillifant for some of the provided scans and heads up about the title.