Pick-Ups – Dune Battle for Arrakis and No Escape

Over the years I’ve occasionally seen Dune: Battle for Arrakis being sold for about $50 CAD (~$38 USD). I had always passed it up because the condition of the ones I’ve encountered didn’t live up to the asking price.

More recently I’ve noticed that Dune has been creeping up in price. GameValueNow lists a complete copy averages for about $118 CAD (~$90 USD) while Dune on PriceCharting comes in slightly less at $110 CAD (~$84 USD).

So when I saw Dune: Battle for Arrakis on my local classified for $75 CAD (~$57 USD) I felt it was time. Or risk this game climbing out of reach.

My new Dune for the Sega Genesis is complete and in excellent condition. Maybe there is some very mild sun-fade on the cover? It’s hard to be sure. I’ve looked online and every photo I see of the physical case also look a bit subdued and they do not have a deep red on the Genesis banner. Does anyone out there have a copy with a cover as vibrant as the game manual?

I use to play Dune on the PC a lot back in the day and it’s a really great Real Time Strategy (RTS) game. Very similar to Command & Conquer. Yes, the game is a little bit awkward using the Sega Genesis gamepad vs. a mouse and keyboard but I was surprised at how well it does work. The game is a real treat and very addictive!

Next up is No Escape for the Sega Genesis. Whatever money I may have saved on Dune I certainly lost on No Escape.

I don’t know what happened but for some reason I just forgot to look up what No Escape typically sells for. The average between Pricecharting and GameValueNow put No Escape at $36 CAD (~$27 USD) and I paid $80 CAD (~$60 USD).

I think I managed to distract myself because No Escape is a game I didn’t know existed. I’d never seen or heard of it before. So I was bit over excited to check out something new. It would have helped a lot if the game was any good. It is not. The controls are slow, clunky and cumbersome. No Escape offers no help on how to do the things you need to do. The manual does go into a lot of detail but it doesn’t make up for poor design. No Escape will likely just sit on the shelf for a very long time.

If you ever see a complete No Escape for $20 CAD go for it if you like to collect. Otherwise I feel it’s not worth the money or the effort.

OK, some good and some bad and the Genesis Collection grows a little bit.

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