My fella has a good eye for rare games and we recently picked up a game - PS1 Formula 1 97 Limited Edition.
He noticed the game because it had a cardboard sleeve, which is unusal, and also when you open the sleeve it makes a 'vroom vroom' noise, the kind you get in novelty birthday cards. The noise is tempermental and fuzzy, but tbh i think it just needs the batteries replacing (if this is possible).
Now after some serious google hunting i managed to find a French site with pictures of the exact same game, and another French forum. I used Google translator on the forum and also the site, and they both mention that these games were never actually sold commercially, but were given away at a Formula 1 competition. This may well be true as there isn't any barcode on the back of the cardboard sleeve, but there is on the actual game itself. I'll paste the translation below:
"This special edition Formula January 1997 was never sold commercially, but it was possible to obtain by competition. One, organized by a British retail chain, was a contest that took place on a driving simulator, the other via the Playstation Magazine English. In the game of the seven differences, what are those between the limited edition and the "core"? First, over-packaging (With a sash) is present in addition to the collector version, and when opened you can hear the sound of an F1 engine through a small speaker hidden .
On the cover, we can see in the foreground, a Jordan F1 and his dummy. In the background, the characteristic nose of Jordan this time on which sat a snake. Finally, it is clear that this is a "Limited Edition". Inside the flap, we can see Giancarlo Fisichella and Ralf Schummacher and the British TV commentators Murray Walker and Martin Brundle. The back of the box is very traditional, if not the view on the model and the fireball. The game is not customized for cons, it is similar to the commercial version. This version is in any case very rare, unknown number of copies, but for any fan of Formula 1 97, it nevertheless remains an essential purchase."
Can anyone help us determine if or how rare this game is and most of all, obviously, if the game is worth anything? I'll paste the French website below with the pics and it is the exact same game and similar condition to the one we own. Oh, and can anyone confirm if the blonde on the front cover is Melinda Messenger? :wink:http://www.vg-museum.com/limited-edition/formula-1-97-limited-edition/
Many Thanks in advance