Who remembers Special Reserve?

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Who remembers Special Reserve?

Post by JackBurton-Me » Sun Mar 23, 2008 12:00 pm

The were a game mail order company who had tantalising adverts in many of the magazines in the early 90s. You had to become a member to order stuff from them. My dad finally let me join and order Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis and I still remember the day it turned up, the same day it was released. I RAN home from school!

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Post by Demonblaze » Sun Mar 23, 2008 12:02 pm

I remember them, they're ads always had a white backdrop, and were always located on the very first or last page (other side of the cover). I also remember when they stopped stocking Amiga games *weeps*.
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Post by thl » Sun Mar 23, 2008 12:10 pm

I remember came across with those mail order section while reading few issues of Sega Power magazine. It also included Sonic and Tails cuddly toys.

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Post by rossi46 » Sun Mar 23, 2008 12:17 pm

Special Reserve and Gameplay had similar ads inside the covers of the mags I used to get. They always appeared to be much cheaper than high street retailers.
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Post by Sabreman » Sun Mar 23, 2008 12:21 pm

Yeah. Had a very exotic feel, even though they were just up the road from me :lol:

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Post by sebadude » Sun Mar 23, 2008 12:28 pm

Does anybody remember a mail-order place called Software City?

I remember I ordered 'The Dizzy Collection' and its' sequel from there. Seriously, the anticipation of those games arriving back then was incredible!

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Post by mikeb » Sun Mar 23, 2008 12:33 pm

Always thought it was a stupid name. Sounds like some sort of dodgy porn vending company...

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Post by EvilArmourKing » Sun Mar 23, 2008 1:01 pm

Didn't Special Reserve feature a character called Numnutz? Or is my memory playing games?

If it's the one I remember, it was always featured heavily in Mean Machines SEGA, and they were one of the first to have the Megadrive and Altered Beast pack for £189.99

Will have to check my old mag collection when I get home.
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Post by Gareth » Sun Mar 23, 2008 3:55 pm

I remember these guys. Back in the day I'd buy my games from Gameplay but having waited 6 weeks for Panzer Dragoon for the Saturn, calling every couple of days and each time getting the same guy on the phone telling me that it had been sent "yesterday" (must have been 1 guy running it out of his garage then I suppose), I cancelled that order and moved over to Special Reserve.

Never had any problems with Special Reserve and spent a lot with them over the years.

I even posted on their forums, on which they would give a Game-a-day prize for the best games review.

They went out of business a couple of years back, failing to make enough money on games with the prices continuously falling with increasing competition.

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Post by C=Style » Sun Mar 23, 2008 4:32 pm

I remember Special Reserve, I used to be a member and you get this magazine called NRG every few months. They done some great deals on games, I remember buying quite a few Amiga games, joysticks, Megadrive stuff etc.
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Post by SexyWayne » Sun Mar 23, 2008 9:29 pm

sebadude wrote:Does anybody remember a mail-order place called Software City?

I remember I ordered 'The Dizzy Collection' and its' sequel from there. Seriously, the anticipation of those games arriving back then was incredible!
WOW!! now thats a blast from the past, used to spend a lot of saturday mornings in that place, the store itself was a great little place, plenty of systems running, and when you picked out your game they always gave you the option to try before you buy, ah memories, shame they closed down near the end of the amiga era, shops like game/gamestation etc. took the majority of their business away

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Post by sebadude » Mon Mar 24, 2008 8:08 am

Wow I didn't know they had a retail shop - I thought it was all mail-order.

I also remember when one of the newsagents' in town used to sell C64 and Speccy games... I'd go in on a Sunday and could buy a £1.99 game, or if I'd saved up, I'd push the boat out and go for a £2.99 game or even an extra-special £3.99er!

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Post by SexyWayne » Mon Mar 24, 2008 9:03 am

it was actually one of the only places in wolverhampton that sold c64 games on disk and cartridge, all the other big retailers like boots, wh smiths etc only carried tapes

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Post by Steve1977 » Mon Mar 24, 2008 12:58 pm

I was always amazed how cheap their games were! Never used em mind apart from when i needed a few things for my PC - did anyone ever use their Reddies? hehe

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Post by retrogarden » Mon Mar 24, 2008 2:24 pm

Yeah, I remember they used to be about £5-£10 cheaper per game, but the membership fee was what stopped me buying them.

How much was membership?
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