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Offline doomlazer

Is this an official Sierra release?
« on: May 18, 2024, 03:52:24 AM »
Anyone know if this is an official release?

https://www.ebay.fr/itm/203625136856?
« Last Edit: May 18, 2024, 04:24:51 PM by doomlazer »



Offline Kawa

Re: Is this an acutal release?
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2024, 04:04:11 AM »
I don't see anything about it on MobyGames. Front art and screenshots on the box seem to match the original release. I don't think could just get a CD jewel case where the grabby thing in the middle that goes through the CD's hole is completely missing, with what looks like the Soft-World logo in its place, if you weren't at least half legit.

I do know that the actual game likely isn't in Japanese at all.

As far as I'm concerned, the jury's out.

Offline doomlazer

Re: Is this an acutal release?
« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2024, 04:15:39 AM »
We know PQ2 was released in Japan, but where there any other Japanese games officially released by Sierra? Obviously, a CD release of an AGI game seams stupid.

Offline Kawa

Re: Is this an acutal release?
« Reply #3 on: May 18, 2024, 04:21:42 AM »
This is not a CD release though. The spindle hole grabby thing in the jewel case is missing because there's floppy disks in there.

Offline doomlazer

Re: Is this an acutal release?
« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2024, 04:27:37 AM »
Edit: so not real I guess

Offline OmerMor

Re: Is this an acutal release?
« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2024, 04:29:45 AM »
These are the Japanese SCI games that I know of:
  • Castle of Dr. Brain (PC-98)
  • King's Quest 5 (FM-Towns)
  • King's Quest 5 (PC-98)
  • Lighthouse (PC)
  • Mixed-Up Mother Goose (FM-Towns)
  • Phantasmagoria 2 (PC)
  • Police Quest 2 (PC-98)
  • Quest for Glory 1 (PC-98)
  • Space Quest 4 (PC-98)

Offline OmerMor

Re: Is this an acutal release?
« Reply #6 on: May 18, 2024, 04:41:47 AM »
So Soft World is a distributor from Taiwan, so not Japanese but Chinese.

Here you can find pictures for many other adventure games with Chinese packages. I don't believe any of them were translated - only their package.

Offline doomlazer

Re: Is this an acutal release?
« Reply #7 on: May 18, 2024, 04:42:25 AM »
A Contra-style insert and the disks are labeled #2 & #3; fake, right?

Were any of the other Japanese releases modified with the animae hair? I mean, have significant changes?
« Last Edit: May 18, 2024, 04:47:37 AM by doomlazer »

Offline doomlazer

Re: Is this an acutal release?
« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2024, 04:50:28 AM »
Threep tells me that the only official SCI translations were German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, Russian and Japanese. There were a bunch of Polish Larry releases, I believe.

Offline Kawa

Re: Is this an acutal release?
« Reply #9 on: May 18, 2024, 04:53:32 AM »
A Contra-style insert and the disks are labeled #2 & #3; fake, right?

You missed the third disk labelled #1 in the other pic. Also, that's Ikari Warriors, and having some advertisements for other things from the same company (Soft World, not Sierra) in the packaging is not that strange.

Offline doomlazer

Re: Is this an acutal release?
« Reply #10 on: May 18, 2024, 05:12:08 AM »
Unofficial though, right?

Offline Kawa

Re: Is this an acutal release?
« Reply #11 on: May 18, 2024, 05:17:41 AM »
Like I said, it must've been a pretty big operation to have CD jewel cases with the company logo where the spindle grabby things should go. That's a custom molding thing! They have that, what seems like a passable print quality for the inserts, custom sleeves for the floppies, and they apparently distributed Ikari Warriors among probably other games, too.

So like I concluded in my first reply, I can't tell.

Offline Threepwang

Re: Is this an acutal release?
« Reply #12 on: May 18, 2024, 06:22:24 AM »
The vendor offers an impressive collection of Asian games, including many Sierra games! There are some very recognizable official Japanese versions, but two other games IBM PC catch my eye: Police Quest 2 and Hoyle Classic Card Games, also with the Soft-World logo. 

Police Quest 2: The Vengeance - Taiwanais Big Jewel Box Edition IBM PC 5,25:
 https://www.ebay.fr/itm/204766916359?itmmeta=01HY5J4DZ7596GCH986965KP13&hash=item2fad0f2f07:g:hD8AAOSwAg5mLMXy

Hoyle Classic Card Games - Asian Big Box Edition PC 5,25:
 https://www.ebay.fr/itm/204259339396?itmmeta=01HY5JM0VXZ2TB96BXTFVJ70PD&hash=item2f8ece2c84:g:D2YAAOSwk4Bj~fGi
« Last Edit: May 18, 2024, 06:47:05 AM by Threepwang »

Offline Threepwang

Re: Is this an acutal release?
« Reply #13 on: May 18, 2024, 08:46:22 AM »
And finally:

Space Quest III: The Pirates of Pestulon - Asian Big Jewel Box Edition PC 5,25:
https://www.ebay.fr/itm/203267844503?itmmeta=01HY5TVX5FFB0NVSC7EW59RYC0&hash=item2f53b52997:g:g1MAAOSwAbtgGtYb

Space Quest III: The Pirates Pestulon - Taiwanese Box Edition IBM PC 5,25:
https://www.ebay.fr/itm/204766912372?itmmeta=01HY5TT0VQ9MXQNTJCFB4J06NP&hash=item2fad0f1f74:g:InsAAOSwJ6hmLMQU

Quest for Glory I - Taiwanais Big Box Edition PC DOS 5,25:
https://www.ebay.fr/itm/204766916359?itmmeta=01HY5J4DZ7596GCH986965KP13&hash=item2fad0f2f07:g:hD8AAOSwAg5mLMXy

Offline doomlazer

Re: Is this an acutal release?
« Reply #14 on: May 18, 2024, 03:16:34 PM »
If only those weren't so expensive. It would be fun to see what's on those disks.


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