During my first retro revival some 15 years ago, I amassed quite a few old games, but sadly I’ve sold most of them after a couple of years. I’ve covered a few of those in the “Stuff I regret selling” series of posts. Ideally, I would like to own most of them again, but prices have more than doubled, tripled or even quadrupled over the years. So I just can’t justify spending such large amounts of money on most of those games. I’ve set myself the restriction that I only want to purchase those games that I actually have played back in the days and/or have some nice goodies in the box. So games like Pinball Fantasies or Projectyle don’t really qualify, because the manual doesn’t really add a lot to the experience. Games like Pirates!, Beneath a Steel Sky, Mega-Lo-Mania and Ultima VIII do, because there’s a lot of nice reading of manuals and referring to maps to be done.
I’ve been actively looking for Pirates! and Wings for the Amiga, but prices are just too high. I’ve had both of those games 15 years ago. Especially Wings is hard to justify, because there’s not a lot of goodies inside the box. So instead of paying huge amounts of money on the old game, I’ve decided to spent quite a lot of money on the new Remastered game. I never backed the Kickstarter campaign years ago, because I wasn’t very into that back then. And I’m glad I didn’t because it has been hard on backers. But now, I’ve purchased the Limited Kickstarter Edition nr. 152 of 200 from DragonBox.de. It comes with the following goodies:
- a manual that looks like the original Amiga one
- a printed copy of the ingame journal
- an empty USB stick with the Wings logo printed on it (2 GB)
- three postcards
- two posters
I might do the same for Pirates!, because complete boxes of the SVGA DOS version of the game aren’t very expensive.
I’ve also looked into Toki for the PS4 and Putty Squad. While I’m very tempted to get Toki, I think I’ll leave Putty Squad for what it is. I don’t really like the game, although I loved the original Putty on the Amiga. It was actually one of two games that I wanted to play from day one and have bought in a physical boxed copy. Sadly, it got stolen or else I might still have it. I did buy it again during my first retro revival, but also sold it again a few years later…