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Back in May last year, I introduced a website called 'Unseen 64,' a cool little place where they post pictures and gameplay details of games that either never saw the light of day, or were changed radically before being released. For some reason hidden deep within the cavernous emptiness of my pre-fabricated heart, details of beta versions and unreleased games captivate me with some kind of morbid fascination, and as such I often check the hallowed pages of Unseen 64 to see if they've added any new Dreamcast screens. And guess what?

They have:

World's Scariest Police Chases: Deadly Pursuit
Played the PSX version to death with my flatmates when I was at University, and it was a pretty decent craic. Especially after several litres of Lidl cider and a couple of tokes on the bong. The unreleased DC version looks like it could've kicked it's ass though - the graphics are way better:



Thunderboats
Thunderboats appears to be an arcade style speedboat racer very much in the vein of Hydro Thunder. Indeed, if you view the promo video, I'm almost certain you can hear the 'engine power down' sound effect used in Midway's blistering racer...



Galleon
Eventually released on the Xbox, Galleon was intended for an earlier Dreamcast launch and in it's original form probably would have garnered the recognition it deserved. As it is, it's just an also-ran Xbox game clogging up bargain bins around the country:



PBA Bowling 2001
Bowling. The real life game, for me, is just a tiresome way of interrupting a good drinking session so why anyone would want to actually play a computerised version is beyond me. Maybe the developers had the same thoughts and duly pulled the plug on PBA Bowling. Grapics look alright though...



Picassio
Picassio is one of the most enigmatic and simultaneously interesting games that was promised but never arrived on the Dreamcast. You were meant to play a sort of lycra-clad cat burglar who broke into museums and stately homes etc to pinch priceless works of art. A bit like Hudson Hawk, only good. Here's a (slightly grainy) video taken from Unseen 64's YouTube page:

8 comments:

Caleb said...

Oh! That last one looked pretty cool!

Picasso. Kind of looks like they got the gameplay right.

Instead we get Industrial Spy. I haven't had a chance to go over that game much but it seems to have some major flaws.

nick944 said...

I never liked PBA Bowling 2001, I couldn't figure out the controls at all. Father K, have you got that copy I sent you working?

Badbrains said...
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Badbrains said...

Looks like Worlds Scariest POlice Chases has COPS syndrome- look at that last screen!

fatherkrishna said...

"Especially after several litres of Lidl cider and a couple of tokes on the bong..." LMAO!

Great post Tom! Ah! what could have been...

No Nick, sad to say I didn't, but Propellor Arena has kept me well entertained!

NebachadnezzaR said...

Damn, I want those games! :'(

Pardon me, I always get like this when I see such promising games that were never released... If only we could find some beta versions...

nick944 said...

@Father K: I would be happy to send you another copy of PBA bowling 2001 for free, once I get a little money. :)

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