You can generally find the Portuguese and Spanish variants of “Truck Rally” quite easy, but the U.K variant definitely belongs in the top of the most rare titles for the Playstation.
“2 Games: TOCA World Touring Cars/Jonah Lomu Rugby” is probably the most rare “2 Games” compilation of them all. It was released in Australia and New Zealand exclusively.
The German variant of the game “5 Star Racing” comes in a big cardboard box. It is a rare item and I have been after it for quite a long time. I am extra happy that the copy I found is still sealed.
This is the U.K variant of the Phoenix game “Robin Hood: The Siege”. Usually there are some German copies to find on ebay, but the U.K variant has become pretty rare nowadays.
This is the most common variant of the “All Star Action” big box versions. The blue cardboard box has Dutch text on its back, while the game itself is the U.K variant. This makes me believe that it was sold in both the U.K and the Benelux countries.
The German variant of the “All Star Action” big box version, is much more uncommon than the Dutch/U.K blue variant, but about equal in rarity in comparison to the European variant I think.
The yellow, oversized cardboard box that contains the game is still sealed.
“Quiz Show” is a really rare Italian exclusive release. I searched this game every day for a couple of months before it finally appeared on ebay.
Here we have the red German cardboard box version of “Family Games Compendium”. It is a lot more uncommon than the black German variant, but not necessary very expensive. This copy is new and sealed.
The U.K variant of “Yetisports World Tour” is one of those budget games that has become really hard to find lately. There are usually a couple of French variants to find at ebay, but you will seldom see the English one. I am predicting that this game is going to be very sought after in the near future, which will increase the value alot. So if you find a copy, buy it immediately while it is still quite cheap.
The big box version of “All Star Racing” is very uncommon.
Unlike the other big box games, this one has a cardboard sleeve that covers the cardboard box. The game is the multi-language variant.
This is the black German big box version of the game “Family Games Compendium”. It is the most common one of the three known variants. You can find this on ebay quite often and should not be especially expensive.
This is a very rare French variant of the “All Star Action” big box version.
Unlike the other “All Star Action” big box variants (Dutch/U.K, German and European), this one has a sleeve instead of a box with a cap. In the design it looks similar to the also blue coloured Dutch/U.K variant, but has a few differences. For example, the French variant says “12 STAR GAMES” in yellow letters on the front cover, while the Dutch/U.K one says “12 PS ONE GAMES” in red letters.
You are looking at a complete set of unlicensed PAL games for Playstation 1. Well, actually only two of the titles could be defined as real games, since three of them are screensavers and one is a visually enhanced CD player with a mini game.
The text “FOR PLAYSTATION 2 & PSONE” is printed on the front covers, but since the games works on a Playstation 1 console, they are technically Playstation 1 titles. Playstation 2 is backward compatible, so it will play all Playstation 1 games, but Playstation 1 can never play a Playstation 2 game.
“Fun+Learn1ing – Volume 1” (educational game)
“Fun+Learn1ing – Volume 2” (educational game)
“Feeding Frenzy” (screensaver with predator theme)
“Virtual Aquarium” (screensaver with aquarium, space and lava lamp theme)
“Virtual Fireplace” (screensaver with fireplace, space and disco theme)
“DSP – Music Revelation” (except for the disc with the visually enhanced CD player, a music CD is included with soundtracks from various video games)
These titles are very hard to find.
This is the very uncommon New Zealand/Australian variant of the Phoenix game “Buttsubushi”. It is the only known version with English text on the cover and in the instruction booklet. Just like many releases from New Zealand/Australia, the case has the same shape and size as the ones for music-CDs.
There also exists a much more common German variant of this game.
This is a quite uncommon Portuguese variant of “Tomb Raider”. The game comes in a blue cardboard sleeve which is advertising some kind of competition, held by the Portuguese publisher Ecofilmes in the early 2000s.
Several different games was released in this way, but not many copies seems to have survived and could therefore be quite hard to find nowadays.
“Animal Football”, a budget title from Phoenix, is one of the more rare games released to Playstation 1. Since the interest for these obscure titles has increased lately you can expect to pay quite alot money to get a complete copy of this game.
“Detective Mouse” is another uncommon release from Phoenix. It is often listed as one of the more rare titles for Playstation 1 and has therefore became quite expensive lately.
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 exists an even more rare French release of this edition as well.
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…
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, while “Mortal Kombat 3” came in a normal music-CD case.
“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.
This game is easy in the top 20 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.
These two games, “Contra – Legacy of War” and “Heart of Darkness”, 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!
This is the well known HMV edition of “World Cup 98”. The difference between this and the original release is the shiny, holographic front cover. There was only one way to get your hands on this edition at the time and that was to pre-order it through the U.K media store company HMV.
It is listed quite often on ebay and should not be very expensive to grab.
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” 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.
This is a sealed copy of the German exclusive game “7 Shoot Games”. It comes in a big cardboard box, similar to the ones old PC-games were packed in.
The game is quite uncommon but can be grabbed pretty cheap when it turns up on ebay. Overall this is a really good looking collectors item, well worth the money if your purpose is to display it.