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Classic compilations

Post by Darran@Retro Gamer » Thu Jul 18, 2013 9:12 am

What were the best compilations of old? What were the worst? What's your dream selection of games that you'd like to see on a compilation?
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I liked the Ultimate Pack, Magnificent 7, We are the Champions and Soft Aid. I didn't like the triple pack with Typhoon in it.

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Re: Best compilations

Post by joefish » Thu Jul 18, 2013 9:42 am

They Sold a Million.

Not Solid Gold - I bought that because it included Gauntlet and was only £1 more than Gauntlet itself. To this day I still consider it £1 wasted.

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Re: Best compilations

Post by Fishsta » Thu Jul 18, 2013 9:54 am

The Biz! on the Spectrum was one of the best, 3 great games and 1 dodgy one, but that's what compilations were for, squeeze out a few sales of crap games by packaging them with some good ones.

Konami Arcade Classics (also Spectrum) needs a mention, most of the games were good to extremely good, only two duffers in Yie Ar Kung Fu 2 (which was enjoyable for a little while at least) and Jail Break (which was used as a form of torture in interrogations for years, it really is THAT bad.)

Some of the best released compilations were probably Your Sinclair Cover Tapes...

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Re: Classic compilations

Post by Hitman_HalStep » Thu Jul 18, 2013 9:57 am

my brother had (still has) the magnificent seven compilation,i remember playing frankie,short circuit and head over heels from that....ahh memories :D
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Re: Best compilations

Post by adippm82 » Thu Jul 18, 2013 9:59 am

The In Crowd by Ocean was incredible value, and the various 10 Computer Hits packs, and Five Star ones that Beau Jolly did, Computer Classics, also by Beau Jolly was another class one, it had Exolon, Dynamite Dan, Aliens, Cauldron II and Into the Eagles nest.

Then there was Supreme Challenge which had the Sentinel, Starglider, Elite, Tetris and Ace 2, and the super high value 30 Hot Hits.

Beau Jolly did some awesome compilations.

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Re: Classic compilations

Post by Fishsta » Thu Jul 18, 2013 10:02 am

I think we'll all have to admit, though... probably the best compilation of all time was this one:


£20 for 30 games? Inconceivable. Fast loading times, value for money, great games? Enough said.

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Re: Best compilations

Post by batman877 » Thu Jul 18, 2013 10:09 am

Here are a few of my favourites (all 8-bit):

Giants (1988) [U.S Gold]
1. 720 Degrees
2. California Games
3. Gauntlet 2
4. Out Run
5. Rolling Thunder

6 Computer Hits (1985) [Beau Jolly]
1. 3D Starstrike
2. Chuckie Egg
3. Codename Matt
4. The Covenant
5. Jack and the Beanstalk
6. Killer Gorilla

Space Ace (1989) [Gremlin]
1. Cybernoid
2. Exolon
3. North Star
4. Trantor
5. Venom Strikes Back
6. Xevious
7. Zynaps

20 Chart Busters (1988) [Beau Jolly]
1. Agent X2
2. Brian Jacks Superstar Challenge
3. Dan Dare
4. FA Cup Football
5. Formula 1 Simulator
6. Ghostbusters
7. Harvey Headbanger
8. I-Ball
9. Kane
10. LA Swat
11. Ninja Master
12. Ollie And Lissa
13. Park Patrol
14. Rasputin
15. Ricochet
16. Tau-Ceti
17. Thrust
18. War Cars
19. Way of the Exploding Fist
20. Zolyx

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Re: Classic compilations

Post by thebear » Thu Jul 18, 2013 10:13 am

Do 2 games count as a collection?


EDIT: Actually even if do they're ot old

Still my fave compilation tho!
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Re: Classic compilations

Post by Bub&Bob » Thu Jul 18, 2013 10:19 am

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Re: Classic compilations

Post by psj3809 » Thu Jul 18, 2013 10:28 am

Soft Aid for me

The other compilations like 'they sold a million' etc i already had most of those games when those compilations came out. I think latecomers to the Speccy years would have loved those but for us early fans i hardly ever bought any compilations

The one compilation i did was Soft Aid. Looking back the games werent great but it came out in i think about 1984 so to a kid being able to buy a cheap compilation (was it 3.99 ?) was great. And obviously a good cause

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Re: Classic compilations

Post by Prof Mango B Coconut » Thu Jul 18, 2013 10:30 am

I liked Superior's Play it Again Sam compilations, well the early ones at any rate.
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Re: Classic compilations

Post by stvd » Thu Jul 18, 2013 10:44 am

psj3809 wrote:Soft Aid for me
Same here.

The best ever compilation for the Spectrum. I think it cost more than that though. Maybe!!?!? :?

I'd love to say that I bought it to help the starving in Africa but, in truth, if
it didn't have Kokotoni Wilf & Ant Attack I'd have never gone near it. :oops:

I actually liked (almost) every game on it (I remember playing Gilligan's Gold & 3d Tank Duel).
It was if they thought "there's too many great games on this. Let's add Jack and the Beanstalk just to balance it out". :evil:

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Re: Classic compilations

Post by the_hawk » Thu Jul 18, 2013 11:25 am

The Magnificent Seven!

Amazing collection of games, with only Short Circuit letting the side down & even that was fun.

Actually there was a time when Ocean could do no wrong compilation wise, the In crowd was also brilliant, worth it for Target Renegade alone, but also had some other fun stuff too..

Actually the one I have best memories of is We Are the Champions, mainly for IK+, but all 5 games were fun.

Ocean really were the king of compilations.
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Re: Classic compilations

Post by HalcyonDaze00 » Thu Jul 18, 2013 11:28 am

Capcom Generations on the PS1

Sega Mega Drive Ultimate Collection on the 360

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Re: Classic compilations

Post by RetroBob » Thu Jul 18, 2013 12:11 pm

I looker forward to the 'Play It Again Sam' compilations which came out for the BBC Micro and Archimedes systems - it felt like such good value for money!
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