Archive for June, 2013

Resident Evil 1 & 2 – Controller

Posted in Playstation 1 on June 28, 2013 by drewturpin

Here we have a controller that was release by ASCII for the Playstation 1 versions of the Resident Evil series. This controller was release around the same time as Resident Evil 2, hence the very recognisable image on the front of the box.

Resident Evil Controller (1)

However the instructions inform you as well as working for Resident Evil 2 it is also compatible with Resident Evil 1 and Resident Evil 1 Director’s Cut. In fact there is no reason why this controller can’t be used with Resident Evil 3 as well. Included is the box the controller came in, as well as the multi-language instruction manual and registration card.

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Having tried out this controller it does take a bit of getting use to, however with some practice it becomes a useful peripheral.  Unusually all the shoulders buttons are now located in the middle of the controller above the Start and Select buttons.

Resident Evil Controller (2)

The right hand side includes a “Gun Grip” with trigger, which has “Resident Evil” printed on the handle.

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Locating a controller to buy shouldn’t prove too hard, however finding one boxed with instructions and registration card might prove much more difficult. I paid £15 (inclusive of postage and packing) for this controller from an ebay auction, and this also included a mint copy of the Platinum version of Resident Evil 2. This is a great price for both items and was probably down to the item description not specifying that the controller was the ASCII’s Resident Evil type. Expect to pay over £10 for the controller on its own and over £20 if you are lucky to find a boxed one complete with instructions and registration card. Also be aware that postage for this item would normally be relatively high, so pay attention to any delivery costs.



Posted in ZX Spectrum on June 21, 2013 by drewturpin

Elite was a ground breaking game back in 1984 when it was originally release for the BBC Micro by Acornsoft. The ZX Spectrum was fortunate enough to have a superb conversion released in the following year by Firebird, and this copy is complete.

Elite (1)

Included in this sturdy box is the “The Dark Wheel” novella written by Robert Holdstock, which provides an excellent introduction to the world of Elite.

Elite (2)

Also included are a “Space Trader’s Flight Training” manual, a keyboard overlay for use with the original ZX Spectrum, a ZX Spectrum+ keyboard guide with a quick key control guide on the reverse , ship identification poster and an “Elite” membership application card for those that obtained an Elite status in the game.

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Lastly we have the “Lenslok” (and guidance notes on how to use it) which was an anti-piracy device. This involved holding the lens up to the TV screen to unscramble a sequence of pixels into a legible two character code which was needed to start the game.

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Good luck in hunting down a complete copy of this game as most of the ones I have seen are incomplete, so make sure all the items listed above are included. Expect to pay about £20 for a complete version, more if everything is in a good condition.

“How to Win at Pac-Man” book

Posted in Books & Magazines on June 14, 2013 by drewturpin

This book, published by Penguin in 1982, provides strategies to achieve high scores in the most famous of arcade games. This 32 pages guide is comprehensive, and also covers the Atari 2600 version of Pac-Man as well as the arcade version of Ms Pac-Man.

How to Win and Pac-Man (1)

Originally selling for 95 pence, you should be able to pick up a copy for around £10. This copy was a bootsale bargain at just 10 pence.

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Resident Evil – Game Guide Book

Posted in Playstation 1 on June 7, 2013 by drewturpin

This is a game guide for the Playstation version of Resident Evil and, as you can see from the cover, is “totally unauthorized”. This small paperback guide, published by Brady Games, is of a particularly lower quality from the glossy guides we see nowadays. The paper quality is poor meaning the black and white screen shots are not the best and the page layout leaves a lot to be desired.

Resident Evil Guide (1)

However the guide itself is very well written which is probably why Brady Games were subsequently given the official license to produce future guides for the series. It is an interesting addition to my Resident Evil collection, and does not appear too often on ebay, however Amazon does have a few copies selling for around £10. This copy was picked up at a local bootsale for just ten pence.

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