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My Big Box Collection

I have been into computers since the 80's, and I'm really into Big Box games today, regardless of what computer it's for. I got my first computer games in the late 80's, starting with the Atari 8-bit. I then got an Atari 1040 STe in 1991, followed by a PC a few years later. Here's what I own so far. I've finally added links with pictures to all of my games, so feel free to check them out. If you want to see the computers that I currently own, click here.

Current List

Name Company Year Version Notes
7th Guest, TheVirgin1993MS-DOSGreat interactive spooky mystery game, with tons of puzzles
11th Hour, TheVirgin1995WindowsInteractive sequel to The 7th Guest
Adventure II AtariAge 2021 Atari 8-bit Unofficial homebrew sequel to the Atari 2600 classic
Age of Empires III Microsoft 2005 Windows This box is massive and very heavy!
Albion Blue Byte 1996 MS-DOS Incredible box art, and it's a fantastic game as well!
Ambermoon Thalion 1993 Amiga Even better German-only second game in a canceled CRPG trilogy
Amberstar Thalion 1992 Amiga First game in a canceled CRPG trilogy
Balance Of PowerMindscape1985MS-DOSChris Crawford's legendary strategy classic
Championship Wrestling Epyx 1986 Atari ST Decent wrestling game for the Atari ST
Clowns And BalloonsDatasoft1982Atari 8-bitBreakout-style game where you pop the balloons. Clone of the 1977 Arcade game Circus and Circus Atari on the 2600..
Cohen's TowersDatamost1983Atari 8-BitWhen the boss and music came on, it always remided me of my old landlord when he knocked on the door to collect the rent!
Congo: Descent Into Zinj Viacom New Media 1995 Windows Originally given to me by Richard Ryan from my tae-kwon-do class in the mid-90's. The version I have on display is new and sealed.
Conquests of Camelot: The Search for the Grail Sierra 1989 Atari ST One of my first and favorite Sierra games ever!
CRPG Book, The
Bitmap Books 2019 Book Very definite guide to CRPG's. Over 500 pages, covering games from 1975-2015.
Dangerous Dave: Champion's EditionRomero Games2021Win & MacI have great memories of playing these games with my nephew Sean in the 90's. Signed and numbered by creator John Romero.
Devon Aire in the Hidden Diamond Caper Epyx 1988 Atari ST Pretty cool but hard puzzler with repetitive, catchy music
Dragon's Lair ReadySoft 1990 Atari ST Based on the Don Bluth laserdisc game
DragonflightThalion1990AmigaThis incredible CRPG is the rarer English version
Duke Nukem Forever 2K Games 2011 Windows This is a DVD case, and not a Big Box
Dungeon Master FTL Games 1987 Atari ST Iconic Atari ST version
E.T. Phone Home! Atari 1983 Atari 8-bit Completely different than the Atari 2600 version
Easy Working Tri-Pack The Writer Spinnaker Software 1992 MS-DOS Productivity featuring a word processor, database, and spreadsheet
Family Tree For DummiesANUMAN Interactive S.A.2004WindowsA bit of a stretch to call it Big Box, buy hey, it's in a big box and a CD-ROM is inside. Sealed.
Fight Night Atari 1987 Atari 8-bit On cartridge
Frogger Parker Brothers 1983 Atari 8-bit Cartridge version
Gauntlet II US Gold 1989 Atari ST Pretty cool version with voices, including a great opening theme
God of ThunderSoftware Creations1993MS-DOSThis is far from Big Box, but I'm including it anyway because I love this Zelda clone. Seems like Radio Shack distributed it. Sealed.
Goonies, The Datasoft 1985 Atari 8-bit Fun little classic based on the movie
Grand Prix CircuitAccolade1988C-64I got this game because I've always admired the hottie on the cover lol!
Jingle Disk Hi Tech Expressions 1986 Atari 8-bit Christmas card-maker with a cool story that you can watch with great music
King's Quest
Sierra 1984 IBM PCjr This is the first King's Quest game ever. I finally got it, inaccurate cover and all!
King's Quest II: Romancing the Throne Sierra 1987 Atari ST Super classic
King's Quest III: To Heir Is Human Sierra 1987 Atari ST Hard to list this as Big Box though, since I don't have the box or manual!
King's Quest IV - The Perils of Rosella Sierra 1988 Atari ST One of my first and favorite Sierra games ever!
King's Quest V: Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder! Sierra 1992 MS-DOS CD-ROM version. Got this for Christmas 1994 with the Sound Blaster CD-ROM Discovery Kit!
King's Quest Collection Sierra 2006 Windows Runs best on moderately fast XP machines
Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards Sierra 1987 MS-DOS EGA version
Leisure Suit Larry Collection
Sierra 1997 Windows Includes multiple games and a book
Life & DeathThe Software Toolworks1988MS-DOSVery unique game that I played a lot in the early 90's. You play the role of a doctor. Be careful, your patients lives are in your hands!
Lemmings Psygnosis 1991 MS-DOS Massively addictive cute puzzle game that spawned a ton of sequels
MasterType Lightning Software, Inc. 1981 Apple II Typing program
Microsoft Arcade Microsoft 1993 Windows I played the heck out of this in the mid 90's!
Microsoft Return Of Arcade Microsoft 1996 Windows The sequel, which IMO wasn't as fun as the original
Mr. DigMicrodeal1984Atari 8-bitTotal clone of Universal's Mr. Do! Not Big Box.
Need for Speed Hot Pursuit: EA Crew Edition Electronic Arts 2010 Windows Small box. An unknown amount was given to EA members only. I have 10, 6 of which are sealed.
Neptune's Daughter'sEnglish Software Company1983Atari 8-bitNon-Big Box game that I liked as a teen. Save your daugters, who all happen to be swimming in the nude. Awkward? Nah...
Newsroom, The Springboard Software 1988 Atari 8-bit Massively popular program to create your own newsletters
Omikron: The Nomad Soul
Eidos Interactive 2000 Windows Trapezoid Box
Operation: Cleanstreets Brøderbund 1989 Atari ST The music is forever stuck in my head lol!
Oregon Trail II: 25th Anniversary Limited Edition MECC 1995 Windows Awesome wooden box
Our House: Explore and Learn...The Multimedia Way! Con-Text Systems 1992 MS-DOS Family Circus CD-ROM, sealed
Sierra 1995 Windows Roberta Williams' famous interactive game
Phantasmagoria: A Puzzle of Flesh Sierra 1996 Windows Not a direct sequel, and not from Roberta Williams
Police Quest: SWAT Sierra 1995 Windows Former LAPD Police Chief Daryl F. Gates was a part of this
Q*Bert Parker Brothers 1983 Vic-20 I can't play this because the Commodore Vic 20 is one of the few computers that I don't own
Racing Destruction Set Electronic Arts 1985 Atari 8-bit Box is flat like an LP record. This is the Atari 8-bit version, but it doesn't say it anywhere on the box!
River RaidActivision1983Atari 8-bitCartridge version is new and sealed, but the box is in such bad condition that I will probably open it and try to straighten it out
Roberta Williams Anthology, The Sierra 1996 Windows 14 game collection from the co-founder of Sierra. Amazing collection!
Scavengers of the Mutant World
Interstel 1988 MS-DOS Awesome box art! It intrigued me since first seeing it in a catalog in 1988 as a kid.
Secret Of Monkey Island, TheLucasArts1990MS-DOSThe first in a seriies of many. Unfortunately, it's the later Kixx XL version.
Space Ace ReadySoft 1989 Atari ST Based on the Don Bluth laserdisc game
Spellcasting 101: Sorcerers Get All the Girls Legend Entertainment 1990 MS-DOS Got it for the silly cover
Star Raiders
Atari 1979 Atari 8-bit Revolutionary Atari 8-bit game that defined the computer. Huge box.
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic LucasArts 2003 Windows I can't recall playing this much, but it's supposed to be pretty iconic
Star Wars: Rebel Assault LucasArts 1993 MS-DOS Played this a ton after I got my first CD-ROM for Christmas 1994
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi Death Star Battle Parker Brothers 1983 Atari 8-bit I enjoyed the Atari 2600 version of this game as a kid, and many improvements can be seen here
Suspended: A Cryogenic NightmareInfocom1983C-64Not in the best condition, but it's complete. Comes with a creepy looking mask! So cool to display!
Timeworks Desktop Publisher ST Timeworks 1988 Atari ST This is what I used to print my Zap! newsletter in the early 90's! Sadly, box has water damage on the back.
ZeliardGame Arts1990MS-DOSVery interesting Metroidvania role playing platform game


Below is my wishlist of Big Box games and misc. items, with some notes. If anyone has any of these and wants to sell, please let me know.

Name Company Year Version Notes
Akalabeth: World of Doom Richard Garriott 1979 Apple II AKA Ultima 0, it is extremely unlikely that I ever find one
Alone in the Dark Infogames 1992 MS-DOS One of the first modern survival horror games ever
Castles of Dr. Creep, TheBroderbund
1984C-64This scary puzzler sure looks amazing, and hard too!
Challenge GolfOn-Line Entertainment Limited1991Atari STThe first game that I was given for the Atari ST, by none other than Tim Duarte
Commander Keen in Goodbye, Galaxy id Software 1991 MS-DOS Want more than almost anything!
I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream Cyberdreams 1995 MS-DOS I want this one just for the title alone!
Lazy JonesTerminal Software1984C-64Unique little "game within a game." Great theme song too!
Jill of the Jungle Epic MegaGames 1994 MS-DOS I played this game a lot when it was new. Love the box art!
Jordan vs Bird One on One Electronic Arts 1988 Any The amazing sequel!
Julius Erving Larry Bird One-On-One Electronic Arts 1983 Any The basketball game that started it all!
Little Computer PeopleActivision1985AnyUnique little game that's inside of a three-story house. Unfortunately, it's expensive.
Softporn Adventure On-Line Systems 1981 Any Just for the cover alone I must have this!
Star Wars: TIE Fighter LucasArts 1994 MS-DOS You play on the side of The Empire. How cool is that?
Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? Brøderbund 1985 MS-DOS Always liked this game
Wizard and the Princess On-Line Systems 1980 Apple II This game can be considered a prelude to the King's Quest series
Wizardry: Proving Grounds of the Mad Overlord Sir-Tech 1980 Apple II The very first Wizardry game

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Last updated on Wednesday, April 24, 2024