Nice find! Well worth $20 (Canadian or otherwise). :-)
I'll let other, more qualified, people talk about design and easter egg issues, but in the meantime you can always go to http://www.digitpress.com
and invest in the latest edition of The Digital Press Collector's Guide, an indispensable resource for both the beginning and expert collector and gamer.
The "DP Guide" is full of easter eggs, rarities, suggestions, as well as great stories and reviews of all games, whether for the ColecoVision or any of the other "classic" home videogame systems.
I have played pretty much all of the games you just got and liked most of them, especially Centipede, Mr. Do!, Pepper II (awesome!), Venture. You also scored Q*bert's Qubes which is considered quite a rarity for the CV, plus it's a great game.
My suggestion? Get the DPG and learn more about the CV, and then use either eBay or one of the many trading forums to trade games with other collectors. Here are all of my CV faves:
Colecovision (15 games) - Cabbage Patch Kids: Adventures In The Park (unnerving as it may seem, I actually found this game quite enjoyable!), Carnival (more pipes?!?), Centipede (fully does justice to the original game), Frenzy (heh-heh-heh!; a great Berzerk clone), H.E.R.O. (an excellent version!), Looping (darn; crashed again!), Mr. Do! (come and get me!), Mr. Do!'s Castle (a game that requires thought as well as skill), Nova Blast (Defender with style!), Omega Race (superb control!), Pepper II (rules!), Space Panic (C64's Hektik done even better!), Squish 'Em Featuring Sam ("money, money, money!"), Venture (Winky, my boy...), WarGames (an interesting Missile Command variant).
I've copied this email to Jon Legg, a good friend of mine and an expert on the CV, so feel free to email Jon for more detailed info.
Take care and...nice find! ;-)
In an email dated Wed, 2 2 2005 5:38:18 am GMT, "Tony R." <ttony_at@...
>I just bought my first ColecoVision at a 2nd hand store for $20
>(Canadian) complete with the games listed below.
>I'm a lot more familiar with the Atari 2600 I've had since 1984. I
>knew Coleco exited but don't remember seeing one at the stores and
>probably why I never wanted one. The unit's more bulkier than Atari
>VCS, lacks difficulty switches etc, and for some reason has the
>power supply outside. Of course if it were inside the Coleco Vision
>itself would have to be even bigger. The graphics and sounds are
>more advance that Atari VCS. Was that the reason for having to build
>it this way?
>Anyway, here's a list of games that came with it.
>I'm curious to know the rarity and any easter eggs in each.
>BLACKJACK / POKER (Ken Uston's)
>BUCK ROGERS - planet of zoom
>LOGIC LEVELS (Fisher-Price) by Frieda Lekkerker inc. '84
>MOON SWEEPER '83
>STAR TREK - strategic operations simulator ('83 Sega Enterprise inc.)
>STAR WARS '83
>SMURF - rescue in Gargamel's Castle
>WAR-ROOM (by RoSHa Harris 1982 Hap Consumer Elec.)
>ZAXXON (The Official Zaxxon)