I was doing some work in TAPClean in order to support the loader used in “Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo” when I noticed this loader appears to be an early version of the one that is referred to as “Ash and Dave”. The substantial difference is the lack of an extra byte within the file header. The post-data sequence also seems to be different and the border flashing is completely different, involving all colours rather than just black and blue.
In order to give these loaders some better context and support in TAPClean (not to mention a better name), I’d be looking for a few more tapes using what I (currently) refer to as the “PAL Developments Tape” loader used in “Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo”. Such tapes might or might not be using the following CBM Data CRC32: $520A2BE1. I would not be surprised if all titles using this loader were by “Digital Design” and/or copyrighted by “PAL Developments”, and distributed by “Hi-Tec Software”. Programmers might include David Saunders and/or Nick Taylor, i.e. the same two who wrote “Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo” (“PAL Developments Tape” loader) and “Jonny Quest” (“Ash and Dave” tape loader) in 1991. I guess the two of them, together with “Ashley Routledge”, might be known as “Digital Design”.
Start digging, please 🙂