So I’ve started to notice that while Sega CD games are not found as frequently through my favorite hunting grounds (Classifieds, Forums and Games Swaps) as compared to Sega Genesis Games they do appear regularly enough; specially considering how relatively small the Sega CD library is.
This Chuck Rock II Son of Chuck is actually an upgrade for my previous one. There was nothing much wrong with my old version except the manual was missing the back cover. This new one pictured below cost me $50 CAD (~$37 USD) and is in really great condition (found on Kijiji.ca). With any luck I’ll be able to sell the other for close to the same price.
Chuck Rock II, much like the first Chuck Rock, is just an average platformer. Maybe there’s some fun to be had here but I didn’t feel inspired to play it for very long.
The next three games are much more interesting… which is interesting in itself.
None of them are what you typically think of when you think 16-bit retro video games. One is a point and click adventure and the other two are animated Full Motion Video (FMV) Games.
…for the most part I hate FMV games.
The exception are the FMV games that are animated cartoons instead of live action. The Live Action titles reek of poor acting, poor scripts, poor stories and poor gameplay. To some this campy cheese has made these games endearing. But I can’t count myself among them. They just suck.
That’s not to say that the cartoon FMV games are amazing. Man alive, they are pretty dated. But they are playable. And as I’m discovering they’re kinda fun!
Road Avenger cost me $65 USD (~$87 CAD) and Secret of Monkey Island $75 USD (~$100 CAD). Unlike Chuck Rock II (which was priced a bit high) Road Avenger and Secret of Monkey Island cost me a little less than the average listed price at PirceCharting.com. These games I got from a solid member at Sega-16.com who goes by the handle SpaceFlea. Thanks SpaceFlea!
The final pick-up for today is Revenge of the Ninja which I found on Kijiji for $50 CAD (~$37 USD). Revenge of the Ninja and Road Avenger are the two most exciting pick-ups here and both play very much like Dragon’s Lair; which I believe is the game that started the trend of cartoon FMV games.
Of course Revenge of the Ninja and Road Avenger aren’t on Laserdisc like the original format for Dragon’s Lair and it’s painfully obvious how much visual quality is lost playing such games on a Sega CD or Mega CD.
However, the games are very playable and surprisingly fun but I’m not sure how much replay value they’ll hold.
Inside Revenge of the Ninja I found a receipt from July 2012. It would appear that my newly acquired Revenge of the Ninja sold for $10 CAD (~$7.50 USD) 7 years ago. I love seeing this kind of history and not surprisingly someone got a much better deal than I did. looks like 2012 was the time to get into the Sega CD!
Since we don’t yet have access to time travel we each need to decide what these old games are worth to us. I started my retro video game collection in 1998 (starting with the Sega Master System) and over the decades it has always surprised me how popular these old games are for a lot of people. And this popularity is reflected in continually rising prices.
I’d love to hear what you think about the Sega CD. What are your favorite titles? Do you like FVM games?