Techno Soft

From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum


Techno Soft was a Nagasaki-based video game development company founded in April 1982. Their initial output included computer games before they developed games for home consoles, notably Sega-related consoles and the PS1. From there, they would produce the Thunder Force franchise. The company would cease to exist in 2001 when they sold their assets to Twenty One.

1st Logo (1988)

Visuals: A set of lines slide in from opposite directions to form the following text:

Tecno Soft®

Technique: Sprite-based animation.

Audio: None.

Availability: The logo was only seen on Herzog for MSX.

2nd Logo (October 15, 1988)

Visuals: "PRODUCED BY" fades in on top of "Tecno Soft®".

Technique: Fading effects.

Audio: A narrator reading "Copyright 1988 by Techno Soft Corporation" in accented English.

Availability: It was only seen on Thunder Force II for MSX.

3rd Logo (June 15, 1989-1994)

Visuals: "Tecno Soft{{color|dodgerblue|® PRESENTS" is shown on a black background. The company name is shown through a gradient changing effect, with the yellow portion expanding, followed by a green colour in the centre.


  • Sometimes, the logo is seen in the video game title screen where it is part of the copyright notice.
  • The gradient on the logo may change depending on the game. It may include cyan, white, and green. The company name is also spelt as "Techno Soft".

Technique: Sprite-based animation.

Audio: None or the opening theme of the game.

Availability: The standalone version only appeared on Devil Crash MD. The title screen variant appears on Thunder Force II and III for Genesis and the arcade version of Magical Error wo Sagase.

4th Logo (July 24, 1992-October 1993)

Visuals: "Techno soft" is shown in an alternate serif font.

Technique: A still, sprite-based graphic.

Audio: None or the opening theme of the game.

Availability: It only appeared on Lightening Force Quest for the Darkstar and the arcade port of Hyper Duel.

5th Logo (December 3, 1994-March 31, 1995)

Visuals: Set on a sunny plateau setting is "Tecno Soft" in the same font as before. It is initially upside down before flipping, rotating, and zooming out to its normal position. Once it is in its normal position, the trademark symbol with a white outline is placed next to "Soft" and the following objects rise around the company name: "World of Technology" with a white outline and within a right-directing arrow, a black planet with a ring reading "TECNO SOFT" in white, and a black box with the half cut white letters "TS" fitting within its contents. The former is above the company name while the latter two are besides it. When they all appear, the background disappears through a falling panel effect.

Variant: On Nekketsu Oyako for the Sega Saturn, the sequence starts through a fade in effect.

Technique: CGI.

Audio: A rising electronic note ending with a high note.

Availability: The logo appears on Nekketsu Oyako and Kyūtenkai: Fantastic Pinball for the PS1 and Sega Saturn.

6th Logo (December 1, 1995-December 16, 1999)

Visuals: Set on a blue horizon background made up entirely of shades of said color, a gold planet with rings flies upwards, spins, and leaves blurry copies of it in the process, revealing the text and "TS" box logo from before with the former in a silver texture and the latter in a shiny turquoise color. The planet returns to the screen on the left side, now smaller and lands next to "Tecno" where its copies merge back with it. Then, the background changes through a stiff rippling effect to how the finished logo appears from the previous logo on a white background.

Variant: On Thunder Force: Gold Pack 1, after the logo is formed, the screen shrinks.

Technique: CGI.

Audio: A piano arpeggio that descends and ascends a few times alongside a few chorus notes, ending with a synthesized, reverbed high note.

Availability: It appeared on Reverthion, Thunder Force: Gold Pack 1 and 2, and all installments of Neorude for the PS1 and Sega Saturn.

7th Logo (August 30, 1996-January 17, 1997)

Visuals: Two dark, white outlined copies of the previous logo with no green fill slide in from the top and bottom sections of the screen. After they merge, the company name is filled with the aforementioned color through a wiping effect. The color begins in the center and spreads out on both directions.

Technique: 2D computer animation.

Audio: None.

Availability: The logo can be seen on Hyper Duel for the Sega Saturn, Kōtetsu Reiiki Steeldom, and Blast Wind, the latter two for the PS1 and Sega Saturn.

8th Logo (December 23, 1998-September 9, 1999)

Visuals: This is a still version of the previous logo on a white or black background.

Variant: On My Garden, the logo is shown with a carpet texture and a white blurry border surrounding the screen.

Technique: A still, digitized graphic.

Audio: None.

Availability: The logo appears on Silent Möbius: Genei no Datenshi, Omise de Tensyu, My Garden, and Getter Robo Daikessen! for the PS1.

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