Non-MGC finds from April 2015

As Midwest Gaming Classic 2015 ramps down and comes to an end and the daily grind returns to normalcy, but the hunt rolls on and the fun never stops. Finds from the rest of the month of April 2015. An abbreviated list of finds this month, as all my time and effort was dedicated projects to display at MGC, but I was still able to find some cool stuff this month, mostly in Retro PC Big-box fashion. Time to dust off those floppy drives.

SimAnt on 3.5″ floppies. This Ant Colony simulator was designed on the Macintosh but this is the Windows version that I picked up. Didn’t come with the manual, which is too bad since most of it of is basically an encyclopedia about Ants. There was also a Sim Classics CD re-release and a SNES version. Good old Maxis Edutainment.

Next is Dune II The Building of a Legacy, on 4 5.25″ floppies. The previous owner also copied them to 3.5″ floppies, which is handy since those were used more often later, not that I currently have a working drive of either. This RTS game also had a CD re-release and an Amiga and Megadrive version, which was renamed Battle for Arrakis for some reason. He who controls the Spice Floppies, controls the universe.

Conquests of the Longbow: The Legend of Robin Hood on 8(!) 5.25″ floppies. Looks like it also came out on 3.5″ floppies too. Looks like a pretty good Adventure game, designed by the creator of the TV series Jem (and not the awful movie), of all things. Life sure seems to take you on a truly, truly, truly outrageous journey sometimes.

And of course, the Lucasarts Adventure classic Loom, on 6 5.25″ Floppies. Came with the Book of Patterns, the copy protection secret decoder red thingy, and the cassette soundtrack. Pairs well with the CD version I have as well. A wonderful adventure game that I grew up playing (and beat; for it was a fair bit easier than other, still enjoyable, LucasArts Adventure games. For those not that familiar with Loom, I suggest asking a Pirate down at the Scumm Bar.

In other, not bigbox oc game finds, an Atari Flashback 2 was found at Goodwill for $10, coming with the AC adapter and the two flashback controllers. It has of course already been taken apart for the research and development for more efficient cartridge port mods, both in the top and front loading variety, and hopefully a Harmony Cart edition as well (or whichever flashcart is the norm whenever I get around to it), sometime soon.

Not a videogame-centric find, but ZipZaps Mini RC cars! I have a few cars that I picked up from Radioshack a long long time ago so it should be fun to check out this Grand Prix Barrier Wall Kit, especially if you can randomize the layout to design your own tracks, at least to some degree.

Two Thrift Finds posts for the Price of April. How’s that for finds, and how’s that for content. For finds next month, see you then.

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