Disruptor German Cardboard Sleeve Edition

This is a really rare edition of the game “Disruptor”.

It is the normal German double case variant, equipped with an extra cardboard sleeve that features a teddy bear and ratings from magazines as box art.

There is supposed to be a French release of this edition as well, but I have never seen any pictures of it, so I am not sure it exists.

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Cindy’s Fashion World

Here we have “Cindy’s Fashion World”, considered by many to be the most rare standard PAL title for the Playstation.

I was lucky and paid about £1 for a mint copy. However, when I tested it on both a SCPH-9002 and a SCPH-7002 machine, it was very buggy. The intro played just fine, sound and picture was totally perfect. But when I got to the main menu, the screen went black. I was able to push buttons and move around with the D-pad and some sounds were heard. Somtimes glimpses of pictures and frames were visible as well.

Despite the mint condition, I thought the disc was damaged in some way and started to look for another copy. I finally found one and had to pay about £30 this time…

Imagine my suprise when that copy had the exact same issue! I was very confused and picked up my SCPH-5502 unit to try it there instead. Here, one of the games could not even get past the Playstation start up intro in the first few tries. When it finally did, it worked perfectly and so did the other copy. I then tried the games on a Playstation 2 console and they both worked flawlessly..

Very strange problem. I have never experienced this with any other Playstation game.

So now you might wonder: “After going through all this trouble, is the game any good?” The answer to that question is hidden in the fact that this is a low budget title from Phoenix…

Games With Cardboard Cases

These four games are the only standard Playstation 1 titles that were released in cardboard cases.

“Tekken”, “Total NBA `97” and “Warhawk” were also released in normal jewel cases, but I have never seen “Mortal Kombat 3” in any other variant.

“Total NBA `97” is a bit different from the others. It has blue as basic colour and a piece of basketball rubber glued to the front cover.

None of these games are particularly rare or will cost you much money.

Herkules

This game is easy in the top of the most rare Playstation 1 standard releases. “Herkules” is one of those cheap “Cartoon Film, Jigsaw Puzzle and Colouring Book”  Phoenix titles and will probably only interest the obscure game collector or the ones who are going for a full PAL set.

Fortunately, when the game finally turns up for sale, it will cost you almost nothing.

Contra – Legacy of War and Heart of Darkness 3D Glasses

These two games are not particularly rare, especially not “Heart of Darkness” which is a very common title.

The interesting thing about them is that they were the only Playstation 1 releases that came with 3D glasses in the case. So make sure that they are included if you are going to buy these titles!

Tintin – Destination Adventure

This is “Tintin – Destination Adventure”, the U.K variant. It is considered to be one of the more hard to get standard PAL releases.

I have lately seen this go for crazy high prices on ebay and I have heard of people paying as much as £400 for it. But as you can see, the U.K variant is the exact same as the Swedish variant and here in Sweden the game is actually pretty common. Unfortunately, the hype over this game being very rare has forced up the prices in Sweden as well, so you can expect to pay about £100-£150 for it on tradera.se nowadays.

Blue´s Clues: Blue´s Big Musical

“Blue´s Clues: Blue´s Big Musical” is a New Zealand/Australian exclusive release and one of the most rare standard PAL games.

It has a music-CD sized case with “Playstation” carved on the border and the Playstation hologram sticker on the front.

This game can be quite tricky to track down as a complete copy, but it will probably not cost you a fortune when you do.