[PS1] Yetisports World Tour (U.K Variant)

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.

[PS1] All Star Action (French Variant)

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.

[PS1] Unlicensed PAL Games

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.

[PS1] Cindy’s Fashion World (U.K Variant)

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…

[PS1] 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, 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.

[PS1] Herkules (U.K Variant)

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.

[PS1] Games With 3D Glasses

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!

[PS1] World Cup 98 (HMV Edition)

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.

[PS1] Tintin – Destination Adventure (U.K/Swedish Variant)

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.

[PS1] 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.

[PS1] 7 Shoot Games

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.