Keypunch Software

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Keypunch Software was an American software distributor from around 1985-1993. The company usually published budget software packages by mail, but also sold their products in some stores. They focused on the home computers of the day, Commodore 64, MS-DOS, Apple II, and Atari 8-bit, and mostly published video games, but also distributed any other software they thought they could sell. The company was notorious for selling software they didn't own, usually by taking existing games that were being distributed as freeware or open source, and modifying them to make them seem like something else. They would usually remove all credits and re-title the games so the original developers wouldn't find out.


My cousin had several Keypunch software bundles for his Tandy 1000, and, although most of the games were pretty awful, we played them a lot because we didn't have many other options. When I was in my 20s, I started making fan Web pages for some of the games they published, and, while researching the games, I discovered that Keypunch had just rebranded older free games. The more I researched the games, the more I discovered that Keypunch was essentially a pirate organization and lost a lot of respect for them.


These are the games made by Keypunch Software that are important to me:


The Keypunch Software logo consists of the Helvetica typeface with negative kerning. The top part is bold, the bottom part is narrow. It was used on pretty much all of their boxes, from 1986-1993.