Now that I’ve been spending more time playing games on my Atari 8bit machines I’m also keeping an eye out on potential bargains.
Game cartridges are what I keep an eye out for as many titles for the system were later released in that format for the XE series machines. Unfortunately they also seem to hold their value too (and then some)… especially boxed copies.
So much to my surprise I found two games going cheap on eBay I couldn’t help myself. When they are more than a quarter the price of similar items you jump on them quickly. 🙂
The first of my finds is Accolade’s Hardball! from 1985 which as the title implies is a baseball game. Though it doesn’t have any license or player rosters to prop it up the game is a surprising attempt to get the feel of the game with the pitcher view closely mimicking the angles used on live broadcasts.
At the time when it was first released I wasn’t much of a fan of games the were more simulation oriented and even less so for a sport whose following is not as high profile as others in Australia. But I always remembered magazine reviews of the time and the impressive screenshots with them.
The second game I found was Final Legacy (1984) from Atari, a game that gives me the impression of a take on Beach-Head or Raid over Moscow formula by breaking the overall game down into simpler minigames. I had never heard of this one until recently so was really curious about it.
The box is still shrink wrapped which is a surprise… hoping it’s not a sign of the game’s quality. I’m sure there’s plenty of discussion about trying to keep the game’s value but I’ll be opening that sucker and checking it out. A game not played just seems a waste.
With these games getting older and harder to find it’s pretty cool I found a couple of bargains. If they turn out to be of good quality it might just give me incentive to hunt for more in the future. Fingers crossed I’ll have them soon! 🙂