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GX 4000 rare games

Post by chinnyhill10 » Fri Oct 12, 2007 4:05 pm

Came across this page earlier

http://www.pcwking.netfirms.com/cartridge.html

As you can see it's a list of GX4000/CPC Plus games including some very rare bootlegged Polish cartidges of games like Gryzor and Spy V Spy.

Some of these games seem to be changing hands for a pretty penny and it's unclear if many of them were even released.

The pirated games are quite interesting as well. Someone in Poland has gone to an awful lot of effort and even used authentic packaging. In fact (on the photos) they look so authentic that you wonder if they are modern fakes of perhaps even official releases?

And why would a company place an advert saying they had Double Dragon on cartridge for sale? http://www.pcwking.netfirms.com/cart3.htm

Perhaps someone at RG should get put on their investigation trousers and try and find out about some of these ultra rare games. Does Chase HQ 2 actually exist for example? Do any of RG's contacts at Ocean know? And who made all those Polish bootlegs of the doomed console (did Amstrad dump thousands of GX4000's on the Polish market creating demand?).

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Post by fgasking » Sun Oct 14, 2007 6:00 am

Apparently Chase HQ2 has been found recently and the guys on the Amstrad scene are currently trying to organise getting a dump of the cartridge for preservation... http://www.cpczone.net/boards/viewtopic ... 0a013a613f
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Post by SirClive » Sun Oct 14, 2007 6:05 am

That actually looks pretty good. Wish I could stumble on something rare like that.
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Post by chinnyhill10 » Sun Oct 14, 2007 7:02 am

fgasking wrote:Apparently Chase HQ2 has been found recently and the guys on the Amstrad scene are currently trying to organise getting a dump of the cartridge for preservation... http://www.cpczone.net/boards/viewtopic ... 0a013a613f
Seen that. I'll believe it when I can actually play it. The screenshots don't look like a proper enchanced cartridge game (and it's not a CPC port as a tape/disc version was never released). There's also alot of faffing around getting it transferred. To put this in perspective, some of the GX4000 cartridges online were taken from my own cartridges which I sent to a guy who transferred them. Pang, Navy Seals and Switchblade IIRC. Although reading the thread I suspect the guy who talks about doing transfers on an Amiga was the guy who copied my cartridges (he had a project running at the time to get as many as possible and I volunteered my carts).

There's just something not quite right somewhere. Why has it taken over 10 years for a commercial release to turn up. How come it was never reviewed? Is it a prototype that escaped? Is it unfinished? The blurry photos might not be doing the graphics justice. Again, a job for RG to find out. They have contacts at Ocean and Amstrad (Amstrad manufacturerd all the cartridges).

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Post by Ritchardo mkII » Sat Nov 03, 2007 4:40 pm

chinnyhill10 wrote:
fgasking wrote: There's just something not quite right somewhere. Why has it taken over 10 years for a commercial release to turn up. How come it was never reviewed? Is it a prototype that escaped? Is it unfinished? The blurry photos might not be doing the graphics justice. Again, a job for RG to find out. They have contacts at Ocean and Amstrad (Amstrad manufacturerd all the cartridges).
Couldn't agree more with regards to something not sitting quite right. I took a fair bit of stick for my sceptical reporting of it on the main page of that site but I was not prepared to come across as appearing to endorse it as a definite discovery only for it to end up on ebay a couple of days later with links back to CPC Zone saying that we were agreeing that this was genuine and the single rarest game out there for the system (as some of my critics appeared to be calling for).

Needless to say we're now six months down the line and no further forward with getting the transfer.

I'm now firmly of the opinion that it's a pile of toot - the guy who claimed to have it (bizarre member name and all) appears to have buggered off. I reckon it was a hoax by one of the lurkers on the board.
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