Frontier Miscellaneous

This page contains a number of miscellaneous items, all related in some way to Frontier Elite 2 or Frontier First Encounters

Frontier: First Encounters - Advert

These are scans of both sides of an advertising sheet for the US version of First Encounters, prior to its release in 1995

Frontier: Elite 2 - Advert

This is a scan of a two-page advert for Frontier Elite 2, which appeared in the April 1994 edition of Amiga Format magazine. Although this was some six months after the game's actual release, it allowed the ad to include the high review scores which FE2 generally attracted

Frontier - Boxed Games

Frontier Elite 2 versions (clockwise from top left)
FE2 IBM PC, FE2 Commodore Amiga, FE2 Portuguese version, FE2 Atari ST

First Encounters versions (clockwise from top left)
FFE UK version, FFE French version, FFE Italian version, FFE US version, FFE German version

Frontier - Various Languages

For years I believed that Frontier First Encounters was only released in three languages - English, French & German. Until, that is, I came across an Italian version of the game, with the printed material also produced in that language.
Click the picture for a much bigger version...

There were several variations on the English language release of FFE. Click on the picture above left to see the back of the box for the French version, above right for the German version and below left for the Italian version

Frontier Elite 2 was released in several languages but the game itself sometimes didn't get translated. An example of this is the Portuguese version, with written material in that language but the game still in English
Feast your eyes on the pictures or click here for the manual in pdf

Frontier Artwork

To my knowledge there are few examples of the Frontier box artwork without the Gametek/Konami logos and CU Amiga quote included, as well as the 'David Braben Presents' at the top. The image to the left, which opens a larger version when clicked on, shows the basic artwork unadorned

Frontier Elite II t-shirt

When Frontier: Elite II was released in 1993 there was a card included within the pack which offered the player the opportunity to purchase a Frontier t-shirt. The card is pictured left and shows that the shirt was available in one size only - Extra Large - for the sum of 9.99

This is the t-shirt itself, showing the familiar Frontier logo on the black cotton material. It is a good quality garment.

Frontier Elite II mug

This may seem unimportant at first, but a Commander needs to be alert at all times when in space. What better way to achieve this than by sipping coffee from a genuine Frontier Elite mug?

Frontier pint glass

Once safely landed at a port, it is always a good idea to unwind and ease the stresses associated with space travel. This pint glass pronotes a brand of lager rather than the Frontier Elite Universe but can, of course, be used to contain the cold beverage of your choice.

Remember, drinking alcohol whilst flying your spaceship is a capital offence in the Empire!

Click on each of the images below to read the complete 6-page review of Frontier Elite 2 in the November 1993 edition of The One Amiga magazine
The overall rating was a healthy 96%, with the lowest score being reserved for the sound, which also occurred in other reviews of the game.

The November 1993 edition of CU Amiga magazine featured a coverdisk which included a rolling demo of Frontier Elite 2. This was exactly the same as the opening sequence of the full game, but did not respond to any keyboard or controller input from the user.
This edition of CU Amiga also contained a five-page review of the game by Tony Dillon, who awarded FE2 an overall rating of 97%. The last sentence of the review appears on the front of the Frontier box.

Secrets of Frontier Elite book

Secrets of Frontier Elite by Tony Dillon was published in 1994 by Bruce Smith books. The book was slightly expensive for the time, retailing at £9.95 but ran to over 100 pages of excellent coverage of the game. Included were tips for getting rich quickly, improving your Elite rating and reviews of every ship and item of equipment available. Every aspect of the game was covered in unprecedented detail. The only flaw in the book was a reference to a secret ship called the Mirage, which the book stated could be obtained by travelling to the edge of the galaxy and satisfying a number of requisits regarding Elite rating and Imperial rank. In fact, as the name suggests, the Mirage did not exist and was merely a hoax which emerged soon after the game's release

Budget FFE release

In the mid-1990s Denmark-based Euro Power Pack A/S re-released budget games around Europe under the "Platin" label. One such re-release was Frontier First Encounters, as shown in the pictures here. This consisted of the CD version of the game - thus incorporating the FMV - a floppy disk containing patch v1.05 and a spartan typed sheet detailing the keyboard controls. This is the version which was released in Germany, distributed by the TFV Group and it is worth noting that the patch version is not the latest.