Friday, December 31, 2010

The festive Willy Beamish post

Well, dear readers and retro gamers, there is something I must confess. I've always believed Willy Beamish to be the ultimate New Year's Eve game and still feel nostalgic when it comes to this amazing point-and-clicker (especially when it's combined with 50s music). Why? It's a big story really, so I guess I will link to this auction for The Adventures of Willy Beamish instead. It's the complete boxed PC (5.25" floppy) version that even includes the hintbook. Seller only ships within the US. Oh, and if you grab this one for less than 30-35$, be sure you've made an excellent buy.

As for the game itself, well, it was developed by Dynamix and published by Sierra in 1991 and was thus visually stunning, smart, polished and relatively difficult. The game still remains excellent fun and them cartoon graphics really aged gracefully. Read more about Willy Beamish here, here and here.

Oh, and a happy 2011 everyone! Expect many exciting Retro Treasures excitements for said shiny new year, but more on these in a few days. 

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Bomberman Wars (Saturn)

A little something for your Sega Saturn: Bomberman Wars (at Play Asia). It's an obscure little offering that was released in 1998. Play it and let us know how the thing works.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Television Tennis by Executive Games

Television Tennis by Executive Games is one of the most obscure Pong machines I've ever encountered, and, though probably a rarity, a console that shouldn't be too expensive to grab. Have a look/bid at the thing via this Television Tennis auction. Seller ships worldwide.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Cannon Fodder for the Amiga

Merry Christmas everyone and here's a beautiful boxed copy of the glorious Cannon Fodder (Amiga) to help you fulfill your dirty consumerist needs. Seller ships worldwide. Mind you, this is a true Sensible Software masterpiece that effortlessly combines RTS mechanics with frenetic action, beautiful graphics, an anti-war message and amazing level design.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Texas Instruments TI99/4A

Back in 1981 when your truly was really -really- young Texas Instruments released its early 16-bit computer: the TI99/4A; the follow up to the not particularly successful TI99/4 that improved on its graphics capabilities, added more than a few extras and shipped with a proper high quality keyboard. Having owned this wonderful machine for over 25 years, I just can't recommend it enough.

This TI99/4A bundle currently up for auction, seems like a great way to start your TI collection. You'll be getting the computer, 14 cartridges, 2 joysticks, the power cord, the RF adapter, the rare(-ish) Speech Synthesizer and quite a few manuals. Seller ships worldwide.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

V-Tetris (Virtual Boy)

This will be a very straightforward post indeed. If you own a Nintendo Virtual Boy and care for a good retro puzzle game and/or a good version of Tetris you should grab V-Tetris from Play Asia. It's cheap and supposedly good.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

R-Type (ZX Spectrum)

R-Type for the ZX Spectrum might have sounded like an overtly ambitious arcade conversion, but it -shockingly- turned out quite fantastic. The graphics are some of the best the Speccy had seen, the gameplay is pacey and faithful to the original and it even comes in a lovely, relatively rare big box. It's lovely and you can grab it here. Seller ships only within Europe.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Felix Dev System (Atari Jaguar)

I absolutely love discovering true rarities and this Felix Development System definitely qualifies as one. The Felix is a development system for the Atari Jaguar, and is incredibly rare as it was one of the first dev kits released for the console. Seller ships worldwide.

Automata's PIMANIA (ZX Spectrum)

This my dear retro-heads is one of the most unique pieces of software ever unleashed, and was quite obviously something that could only appear on the Speccy. Automata's Pimania (1982) is a surreal and downright obscure puzzle game masquerading as a text-adventure form that will really tax your brain. Grab it via this Pimania auction. Seller ships worldwide.

You can grab the game for use with an emulator and play it online thanks to the World of Spectrum, but you should first have a look here.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Commodore Amiga CD32

I'm this close to bidding on this rather brilliant Amiga CD32 bundle for it, err, is quite brilliant and can conveniently be shipped to N. and S. America, Europe, Asia and Australia. It contains a boxed CD32 console, eight games, some CDTV discs, demo discs and one -ahem- backup disc filled with games. 

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

PocketStation Crystal

The PocketStation, just like the Dreamcast VMU, was a very interesting idea on paper, that more or less flopped and thus never made it outside Japan. Shockingly though it does work with US and European versions of the console. The machine is a glorified memory card that -sporting a LCD screen and facebuttons- can play a variety of mini-games. Happily, there is one PocketStation Crystal still available over at Play-Asia.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Shockwave (Unreleased - C64/C128)

Unreleased games for the C64/C128 and most other 80s micros are always intriguing and Shockwave, the 1987 Commodore 64 unreleased game by The Edge, seems one of the most interesting specimens. This Shockwave auction will get you a disk apparently sporting the unreleased code of the game complete with a developer's note with instructions. Seller ships to N. and S. America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Atari Lynx II Lot

Most readers of this blog should be aware of the rather disturbing fact that I absolutely love the Atari Lynx (and it doesn't even know I exist). I actually own three of the things and almost 30 games and really feel it still is a great though not particularly portable console. This Atari Lynx II  auction seems like a great place to start. The console comes with four games, the multiplayer allowing ComLynx Cable, the External Battery Pack, the official Screen Visor, a car charger, a carrying case and the -essential- power adapter. Seller ships worldwide. 

Monday, December 6, 2010

A boxed GameBoy collection

Well, this GameBoy auction is rarer than you'd think. Then again, besides the new and factory sealed original GameBoy, you'll also be getting the equally factory sealed Game Boy 4 Player Adapter, the Game Boy Rechargeable Batter Pack, Game Boy Printer, a Game Boy Color and the Game Boy Cleaning Kit. Seller ships only within the US.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Shiny Acorn A3000

The Archimedes A3000 is a beautiful 16-bit machine and one of the most powerful home micros of its time. What's more you can actually bid on a lovely A3000 on eBay. Seller ships only to UK addresses, but I guess that does make sense, as the computer comes complete with a 14" monitor, a mouse and an excellent selection of boxed and rather classic games that includes Flashback, Lemmings and Chuck Rock.

Friday, December 3, 2010

A Famicom with a Keyboard

What you see above and can grab via eBay is a proper Japanese Famicom with a lovely Famicom Keyboard and two joypads. Apparently the thing has never been tested, but as the seller allows for returns this shouldn't be a problem. Oh, and the bundle can be shipped worldwide too.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Monkey Island Bounty Pack(s)

The Monkey Island Bounty Pack, the excellent compilation of the first three Monkey Island games in a huge and rich box, might be relatively rare, but it does seem that has a few copies of the thing left. I suggest you all have a look.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Impressive Infocom Collection

A starting bid of 2,500$ is rather steep but the jaw dropping Infocom Collection that has appeared on eBay might just be worth it. It is after all huge, sports over a dozen rare games, 50 or so Infocom titles in a variety of version, a copy of Starship Titanic, the relatively recent Zork games by Activision, a selection of Invisiclues, 10 sealed copies of the C64 version of Zork I, more games, more rarities and those hard to find choose-your-own-adventure books Infocom published. Oh, and the auction page is filled with beautiful photos of everything on offer. Seller ships worldwide.