Collecting Amstrad CPC boxed games

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Collecting Amstrad CPC boxed games

Post by SharkyDave » Mon Aug 12, 2019 11:26 pm

I’m looking to start a collection of games for my 8-bit computer of choice, the Amstrad CPC, and I’m particularly interested in ones where the boxes and particularly the manuals are as collectible if not more so than the games themselves. I have a couple of ideas, such as Starglider, with its poster, novella and play guide, but I was hoping someone here might have some good ideas.

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Re: Collecting Amstrad CPC boxed games

Post by batman877 » Tue Aug 20, 2019 1:07 pm

Nice to see someone else favouring the under-rated Amstrad. The trouble you'll find collecting for the CPC now is the ridiculous prices found on eBay. Car boot sales/retro fairs don't seem to have much Amstrad stuff anymore either.

The quality of the packaging for each game depends on... a) the region your collecting b) tape or disk c) full price or budget.

Off the top of my head, here are a few of my favourite big boxes that are worth looking out for...

Barbarian II (1980s Maria Whittaker anyone?)
Gauntlet: The Deeper Dungeons (interesting plastic folder with lovely artwork, need original Gauntlet to play this expansion)
Heroes of the Lance (huge manual, nice dragon artwork, large rectangle box)
Laser Squad (small cardboard box but great artwork, amazing game)
Licence to Kill (lovely jewel box and film artwork)
Robocop (film artwork and nice poster included)
Star Wars Trilogy (lovely jewel box with stunning artwork of an X-Wing fighter)

There's also plenty of nice compilations, in particular...

The Beau Jolly '6 Computer Hits' series ('10 Computer Hits' if collecting the tape versions)
Coin Op Hits I & II (US Gold, nice and tidy plastic boxes)
Numerous Ocean and/or Domark compilations with lovely artwork

Some of the first disk games released such as 'Sorcery+' and 'Wriggler' have tiny little jewel cases which are quite collectable too.

I'm sure I've missed tons of great stuff, but I hope that helps!

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Re: Collecting Amstrad CPC boxed games

Post by SharkyDave » Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:36 am

Hey! Thanks for the list. That’s exactly the kind of info I was looking for and it gives me a great starting point. I already had Robocop in mind as it’s a favourite of mine. I’m sure I’ll have fun tracking some of these down.

Cheers! You’re a star!

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