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Collecting Amstrad CPC boxed games

Posted: Mon Aug 12, 2019 7:26 pm
by SharkyDave
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.

Re: Collecting Amstrad CPC boxed games

Posted: Tue Aug 20, 2019 9:07 am
by batman877
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!

Re: Collecting Amstrad CPC boxed games

Posted: Wed Aug 21, 2019 6:36 am
by SharkyDave
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!

Re: Collecting Amstrad CPC boxed games

Posted: Sat Aug 24, 2019 5:10 am
by batman877
No problem. I should have also mentioned two games with soundtrack cassettes... ‘Out Run’ and ‘Xenophobe’ (full price versions).

‘R-Type’ had some amazing artwork on the big box version too.

‘Rick Dangerous’ and ‘Sacred Armour of Antiriad’ both had a comic books inside.

Re: Collecting Amstrad CPC boxed games

Posted: Sat Aug 24, 2019 12:35 pm
by silvergunner
Teenage mutant hero turtles
Turtles coin-op
Bart vs space mutants
Final fight
Game over 2
Captain Blood
Lemmings

These are some nice boxes. Most also come with some extras if complete.

Re: Collecting Amstrad CPC boxed games

Posted: Tue Aug 27, 2019 3:11 pm
by TheAlex
Most of my Amstrad games are in a plastic case, but the following are boxed if I remember rightly:
Galaxy Force (I think this came with a poster).
Flimbo's Quest.
Chase H.Q.

I'll have a longer think. I can't remember the others...

Re: Collecting Amstrad CPC boxed games

Posted: Tue Sep 03, 2019 7:35 am
by SharkyDave
Cool responses, guys. More stuff to scour eBay for!

Re: Collecting Amstrad CPC boxed games

Posted: Sat Oct 12, 2019 7:10 am
by BarbaricAvatar
Driller, Dark Side and Total Eclipse were all available in DVD box sized cardboard boxes. They all had very smart manuals and Driller came with a 3D map which you could create:

http://www.deblauweschicht.nl/retrogami ... er_map.jpg

The cardboard boxes for Lotus Esprit Turbo Challenge and Nigel Mansell's World Championship didn't really have anything special about them, they were just larger for... reasons. The large plastic cases i think were for Disk games. My copies of Gauntlet TDD and They Sold a Million were both disks and both in those plastic folders.