Many years ago a game called Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders was released on the PC. Here is a screenshot of the PC version of the game:


A 256 colour version was released on the FM Towns machine for the Japanese market:


As well as better graphics, the game also had all the characters with anime style eyes:


However, I have come across screenshots and videos of an English version of the FM Towns game (without the anime eyes). For example:


I cannot work out if the English version is an unofficial modded version or a legitimate release.

Does anyone know if the 256 colour, English, non-anime version was a "real" release of the game?

RE: GOG release

I can see that an English 256 colour was released by GOG in Mar 2015:

GOG Release News

But there are earlier sources such as this 2008 video on youtube:

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    Seems like the Gog release, searching google with the image lead me to wiki which mentioned the gog's release. – Jonathan Drapeau Sep 10 '15 at 19:55
  • @JonathanDrapeau - I updated info at the bottom of the question. In short, there are sources of the English 256 colour version several years before the GOG release. – user101016 Sep 10 '15 at 20:22

It turns out that both versions of the game are part of the same FM Towns release. When you launch the game you are given a choice of whether to play in English or Japanese.

FM Towns Language Menu

Note that the third option is a collection of demos (common at the time for LucasArts releases).

I assume that the GOG release is based on the English language version of this FM Towns release.

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