Archive for June, 2012

24: The Game – Demo

Posted in Playstation 2 on June 29, 2012 by drewturpin

This is one of my more interesting demos (which I believe was a mail pack sent to customers on Sony’s database) as it comes with in an imitation cigar box with a load of extras. The demo disc is even hidden away under a false bottom in the box.

This is another ebay purchase which came in under £5, which included delivery. It is not clear whether I have everything in this package as it doesn’t appear too often on ebay. However from the couple that I have seen this does appear to be the complete version.


Resident Evil – Director’s Cut

Posted in Playstation 1 on June 26, 2012 by drewturpin

The rarest of the Playstation 1 PAL releases of this famous franchise. It appears on ebay fairly regularly and therefore can be picked up for a reasonable price. With delays in the release of Resident Evil 2 this Director’s Cut was released to appease the fans of the first game.

Included is the original game along with an “arranged” version, however there are no new locations but the game does provide different camera angles in certain rooms, objects have been moved as have the placement of some enemy to create a new experience. As an added bonus a playable demo disc of Resident Evil 2 was also included to whet the appetite. This copy was bought from new back in 1997 and is in mint condition.

World Cup 98

Posted in Playstation 1 on June 24, 2012 by drewturpin

So what is special about this Playstation 1 game? This was a very popular title back in the day that turns up on ebay a lot. So is it rare…….? Well yes it is, some of you may have notice the shiny/hologram front inlay which is the only difference between this and the more common release.

This “special edition” was only available through HMV if you pre-ordered the game through them. Apparently there were to be more of these releases from HMV but this is the only one that I am aware of. These don’t come up on ebay very often, but when they do they can be picked up relatively cheaply, so it is worth keeping a look out for them as rare doesn’t have to mean expensive. I think it is a nice and unusual edition to my Playstation collection.

Metal Gear Solid – Promo Discs

Posted in Playstation 1 on June 23, 2012 by drewturpin

What we have here is the Holy Grail of my Metal Gear Solid collection, the promo discs of the original Playstation 1 PAL release. Promos are full version of the game released without disc art and usually with no inserts or manual. These promos were sent out to businesses (e.g. magazines for review) before the game was publicly released.

Metal Gear Solid Promo

To date I have been unable to find any differences in gameplay between this promo and the commercial release, however it is interesting to see that the game is titled “metalgear solid” on the promo discs. I am only aware of two other copies of this promo in existence, making it one of the rarest items for Metal Gear Solid collectors and difficult to put a value on. I pick this up at a local bootsale in 2009 for just 50p and is in a new/mint condition.


Posted in ZX Spectrum on June 21, 2012 by drewturpin

Rocky was listed in the top ten collectible 8 Bit games in issue two of Retro Gamer magazine, so why is it rare?

This boxing game was originally released in Spain and distributed by a company called Armid and later distributed by the more established Dinamic, with Gremlin Graphics licensing the game for the UK market from Dinamic. A preview of the game was printed in Crash magazine (July 1985) under the name Rocky mentioning that a change of name would be likely before release, as the game had nothing to do with the film of the same name. Rocky was renamed “Rocco” for the UK market with minor cosmetic changes being made to the game, cassette and box art. However for whatever reason it would appear that a few games were released by Gremlin Graphic in the UK under the copyright infringing Rocky name, and right here is one of them.


Some people believe that these were limited to review copies sent out to magazines, however my copy has a £7.95 price label on it which seems to indicate different. In addition some magazine did run adverts for the game under the name of Rocky, so it is entirely possible a small number of games got out before being recalled at the request of MGM studios.


I managed to get this game on ebay and was part of a larger auction that contained about 15 ZX Spectrum game. It took a bit of digital manipulation of the photo before I was finally convinced this was the rare version of the game, and I managed to secure the whole bundle for under £10 (inc P&P). When it arrived the game was in excellent condition and even loading up fine into my ZX Spectrum+.

Box and cassette

The game itself was decent enough but not as good “Frank Bruno’s Boxing” which was had much better gameplay. This game doesn’t turn up too much on ebay so is difficult to put a precise value on it, however I would expect to pay £20 upwards for a good copy if you are lucky to find one out there.