We thought it’d be fun to research some of those rare and valuable PlayStation 1 games, whilst out of reach for most of us. Some of you may already own a few of these titles.
How many rare PS1 games?
There were around 1300 games released for the PS1. Most of those games went on to sell thousands of copies. Some sold a few thousand and even fewer sold less than a few hundred. The games that had low sales numbers are rare and some of them are worth a small fortune.
The second hand PS1 game market is fast paced so be quick if you want to cash in! Likewise, if you want to hold out for a rare game they do come down in price occasionally.
So let’s take a look at 5 of the most rare and valuable ps1 games.
Rarest and Most Valuable Playstation 1 Games
First up on the list is probably the most expensive game that I’ll cover today. I’d never heard of it before doing my research for this article. A few of these games are really obscure and others are highly collectible.
Cindy’s Fashion World
A mint copy of Cindy’s Fashion World will set you back around £600 ($787). That’s one hell of a price for a game that I’d never heard of. The price point is partly due to that obscurity, there where only a few thousand made. It’s also partly due to it being by a small games publisher called Phoenix. They also put out Dalmatians 2 and Dinosaurs.
Cindy’s Fashion World is known to be a little bit rubbish and a bit buggy. We’ve read stories online of it refusing to play on a lot of Playstation 1 consoles for no apparent reason.
If you did want to buy it, it’s available on CEX! Don’t though, it’s definitely not worth it.
This first person survival horror game was released in 1998. The publisher is none other than the legends over at Konami. It’s got some really good reviews and the authors of those reviews suggest that the game is actually pretty scary.
At the time, the game sold very few copies which explains the rarity of it today. It’s quite cheap considering the first game on the list. So if you wanted to start your Rare PS1 game collection this would be a good starting point.
An ordinary copy will set you back around £25 ($32) but a mint copy will cost you around £100 ($131).
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
Now, if you haven’t heard of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night you need to carry on reading!
Another one from legendary publisher Konami. Expect to pay over £300 ($393) for a mint copy. This game will crop up on the majority of “greatest ps1 games of all times” lists. This game was a NES original, it came to the Playstation 1 in 1997 and was every bit as good as the original.
The goal of the game is for you to uncover all the mysteries inside Castlevania. Castelvania just so happens to be Dracula’s castle.
Take control of the world’s strongest man, Herkules. Well, you can if you have £250 ($327) to splash on a Playstation One game. This version, spelt Herkules (not a typo) is another game by Phoenix. So don’t confuse this game with the Disney version. The game is pretty terrible as it’s basically a digital colouring book and jigsaw puzzle.
It’s probably in the top 15 rarest PS1 standard release games. So it really only appeals the most hardcore of black label collectors. I have seen some copies sell for as low as £25 ($32) so it depends on where you are buying it from and if you are willing to wait for the price to drop a little bit.
LSD: Dream Emulator
First of all, I’m surprised this game hasn’t been banned. The game, a type of exploration game was publishing by Asmik Ace Entertainment in 1998. As you can expect it was met with some sort of speculation and controversy. According to Wikipedia:
That sounds like a great idea if not a little ahead of it’s time. The game will set you back around £250 ($327) if you want a mint copy. I’d pass on this one though as according to online reports, it’s fairly rubbish.
Rare PS1 Games F.A.Q’s
It’s normally due to how scarce it is and the number of copies sold. The lower the number the rarer the game.
You can buy rare Playstation games from CEX, Ebay or other online platforms.
You can. We’d recommend trying Ebay for more exposure or trying CEX, they will offer you a fixed price. CEX are safer due to being a company but often offer a lower than market value price.
Usually mint, unopened games are worth the most.