Spyro the Dragon – Promo Disc

Posted in ZX Spectrum on April 24, 2015 by drewturpin

Here we have the promo disc of the Spyro the Dragon, which was originally released on the Playstation 1 in 1998. This was the first game in the series of the little purple dragon’s exploits, and was followed by two further sequels on this console. This promo disc rarely turns up on ebay, so pricing it is difficult. I however managed to pick this up for around £5.

Project Zero 2 – Promo Disc

Posted in Playstation 2 on April 12, 2015 by drewturpin

Here we have the promo disc of the Playstation 2 game Project Zero 2: Crimson Butterfly, which was originally released in 2003. Unlike the Project Zero 3 promo, this does not come with an insert sleeve.

Project Zero 2 Promo

The disc itself is in a decent condition and is something that I have been after for a while. I was lucky enough to pick this up for £10 on ebay, but as this disc rarely shows up nowadays then expect to pay £20+ for a copy.

Jet Set Willy II

Posted in Commodore Amiga on March 27, 2015 by drewturpin

The classic Jet Set Willy II, for the Commodore Amiga in 3½ inch disc format. Confusingly the insert is for Jet Set Willy, but the disk is marked and loads as Jet Set Willy II. This error seems to be common for all the releases of this version.

Jet Set Willy Amiga (1)

The Amiga release boasts scrolling rooms, improved graphics and sound over its 8 bit predecessor, however for some reason the room names are omitted from each of the screens. The scrolling screen and lack of room names seems to make this a different sort of platformer than the original single screen classic, and not nearly as good.

Jet Set Willy Amiga (2)

Unfortunately, unlike the Amiga version of Manic Miner, a port of the original game was not included on the disk, which was a great shame. This game does appear relatively frequently on ebay, but expect to pay in the region of about £10 for one.

Resident Evil Code: Veronica X – Sealed

Posted in Playstation 2 on March 20, 2015 by drewturpin

This is the sealed copy disc of Resident Evil Code: Veronica X. This game was originally released on the Sega Dreamcast as Resident Evil Code: Veronica back in 2000. This updated Playstation 2 version, with the added X in the title, was release in 2001.

Resident Evil CVX Sealed

The updates were essentially a “Director’s Cut” which contain an extra nine minutes cut scenes, and some graphical changes. This sealed copy is of the re-released version from 2012. As this release is fairly recent it should be relatively easy to find on ebay, and can be picked up for around £10.

Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence – Promo Discs

Posted in Playstation 2 on March 13, 2015 by drewturpin

Here we have the promo discs of the enhanced version of Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater (titled Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence).

MGS 3 Subsistence Promo (1)

Not only is there an updated version of the original game but also the inclusion of the two classics MSX games Metal Gear and Metal Gear 2:  Solid Snake, for the first time translated into English. The three discs are titled up “Subsistence”, “Persistence” and “Existence”, with the “Existence” disc including new re-cut cinematic scenes.

MGS 3 Subsistence Promo (2)

This particular promo doesn’t appear too often on ebay, so expect to pay in the region of £50 when it does. Also make sure in comes with the very small instruction sheet, as this is not always present.

MGS 3 Subsistence Promo (3)

Silent Hill 4: The Room – Sealed

Posted in Playstation 2 on February 27, 2015 by drewturpin

Here we have a sealed copy of Silent Hill 4: The Room, which unsurprisingly is the fourth game in the franchise and the third to appear on the Playstation 2.

Silent Hill 4 Sealed

The protagonist this time is Henry Townshend who is trying to escape from his apartment. This is a change in the standard Silent Hill game dynamic, and is also the first in the series not to feature the town of Silent Hill in the gameplay. However the game is decent enough and received favourable reviews when it was originally released. This sealed copy is of the re-released version from 2011. As this release is fairly recent it should be relatively easy to find on ebay, and can be picked up for around £10.

Sinclair User Issue 4 – Original “Runway” Artwork

Posted in Books & Magazines, Miscellaneous, ZX Spectrum on February 20, 2015 by drewturpin

Following on from the “Flycatcher” artwork from issue 6 of Sinclair User, I have also managed to pick up this piece of artwork. This original painting by William Scolding was included in issue 4 of Sinclair User, published in July 1982, in an article on machine code.

Plane (2)

This article featured a computer program call “Runway”, hence the illustration of a plane landing.

Plane (3)

A cropped version of this artwork was also used in the 1983 Sinclair Annual, published later in the year, in an article on the growth of software. The painting is on card and covered by a tracing paper overlay for protection.

Plane (4)

The tracing paper has the following sentences written on it in red pen “Sinclair Annual Page 14. Repeat of colour illustration from Sinclair User July. Crop as indicated to 100mm deep. Proof of cropped pic please.”

Plane (1)

This is another ebay purchase, costing me just under £15.

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