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First post, by NovaCN

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The other day I was at my local Goodwill and found this sealed big box. As the "10 for $20" label indicates, it's a compilation pack of 10 games (technically 19 since one of the included games is itself a compilation pack) published by Electronic Arts. From what I can gather by examining it, it was released in 2000, but I can't find anything more than that. Searches on Google, eBay, and the retro PC game sites I know of have turned up no information, and even looking up its ISBN gets no results.
The box is sealed so I'm a bit hesitant to open it. Still, I'm curious, and I assumed that if anyone had a chance of knowing anything about obscure budget compilation packs of old PC games, it would be the community here at VOGONS. Pictures below.

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Reply 1 of 5, by Jorpho

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Wow, the whole Ultima collection.

It looks very similar to the "Top Ten Pack" which underwent several different iterations, including "Top Ten Red" and "Top Ten Blue".
https://www.amazon.in/Electronic-Arts-Top-Ten … k/dp/B00005V3TJ
https://www.amazon.com/Electronic-Arts-Top-Te … D/dp/B00005V3TI

Note that searching for "Top 10 Pack" is much less likely to bring up results than "Top Ten Pack". In fact, https://www.google.com/search?q="electr ... "&tbm=isch will show you a lot more, including a "10 for $10".

and even looking up its ISBN gets no results.

Odd. I thought ISBN numbers related exclusively to books.

My Top 10 Red has an ISBN ending in 3325-3, so presumably this compilation predates the Red and Blue.

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Reply 2 of 5, by NovaCN

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Jorpho wrote on 2021-02-19, 03:02:

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Interesting! I've never seen any of these compilations before. Would be nice if I could find this specific one, maybe find out if it's worth something sealed (probably not) or if I should just tear it open to play the games.
I was surprised when I saw it had the whole Ultima Collection, too. What a wild inclusion.

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Reply 3 of 5, by Jo22

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Jorpho wrote on 2021-02-19, 03:02:
Wow, the whole Ultima collection. […]
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Wow, the whole Ultima collection.

It looks very similar to the "Top Ten Pack" which underwent several different iterations, including "Top Ten Red" and "Top Ten Blue".
https://www.amazon.in/Electronic-Arts-Top-Ten … k/dp/B00005V3TJ
https://www.amazon.com/Electronic-Arts-Top-Te … D/dp/B00005V3TI

Note that searching for "Top 10 Pack" is must less likely to bring up results than "Top Ten Pack". In fact, https://www.google.com/search?q="electr ... "&tbm=isch will show you a lot more, including a "10 for $10".

and even looking up its ISBN gets no results.

Odd. I thought ISBN numbers related exclusively to books.

My Top 10 Red has an ISBN ending in 3325-3, so presumably this compilation predates the Red and Blue.

I'm not completely sure, but I believe the newer ISBN-13 (?) equals the EAN..
Anyway, I'm a pre-ISBN type of person. My grandmother used to have many books without ISBNs. 😅
So I grew up with looking for title, author, publisher whenever I needed a certain book.

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Reply 4 of 5, by megatron-uk

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Interesting that they show Sim City classic on the front of the box, but its clearly Sim City 2000 in the screenshot on the back.

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Reply 5 of 5, by NovaCN

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megatron-uk wrote on 2021-02-19, 13:41:

Interesting that they show Sim City classic on the front of the box, but its clearly Sim City 2000 in the screenshot on the back.

I just noticed that earlier. I don't even know which of the two is included here since the box is still sealed. Demonstrates just how little effort went into these budget compilations, I suppose.

Update: Curiosity got the better of me and I opened it. It's Sim City Classic. The Ultima Collection is also the only game in here with a dedicated manual (plus yes, the Atlas is also inside) while the others are all reduced to sharing a single "Installation Guide" book.

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