Coleco : The Dam Busters


The graphics and images on the boxes were completely different.  Moreover, the Canadian box was thicker than any other box made by Coleco.  It looked like a generic box made by Activision.  Coleco Canada used this type of box because of the large amount of paperwork that came with the cartridge (see below).



The labels on the cases were different as well. The American label was standard, while the Canadian one was black & white and bilingual. Note that this game did not come with an additional French label since the original label had already been in English and French.


Instructions Manuals

The American version included only two booklets (Training Manual & Mission Guide), while the Canadian version had a confidential sleeve that included notes, messages and a map. These were bilingual, which doubled the number of manuals.





Another interesting fact: although there was an overlay for the American version, it didn’t not seem to be the case for the Canadian version.




Introduction Screen

Believe it or not, even the rom of the games was different. The introduction was not the same. In the American version, the first screen had the standard intro with the Colecovision logo, and the second screen was the game selection. However, in the Canadian version, the first screen had the name of the game on the top and the credits at the bottom. The second screen was identical, with game options.

American Screen 1


Canadian Screen 1


American Screen 2

Canadian Screen 2