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Retro Game Lab sells reproduced CD-i prototypes

>> Saturday, September 19, 2015

(You thought Interactive Dreams was over?) Years back we found out about Joe Guard, a student project by the guy who later on started DIMA (Creative Media) to develop unique CD-i games like Family Games and Christmas Country. I always found it a missed opprtunity that they didn't develop Joe Guard  as a full game. Joe Guard showed smooth horizontal and vertical scrolling in the same gameplay; that was pretty unique on CD-i. Games like this could have been the Mario of CD-i if it was polished a bit more. Anyway, some websites seem to offer printed and copied versions of the software, like Oldergames did in 2002. I always like the fake boxarts which lives up to my imagination. CD-i could have been so much more!

So sometimes I google some classic CD-i terms to see what pops up, now and then I find something interesting to post here at Interactive Dreams. Today I found Retro Game Lab, possibly existing for years, I don't know. They sell reproduction games and even CD-i games like Super Mario's Wacky World and Voyeur 2. it would be cool to see Microcosm popping up here as well!


The professional CD-i Touch Pad Control Unit

>> Wednesday, February 18, 2015

The CD-i 180/181/182 professional units came with a touch-panel, that works just like the Bamboo tablets to draw on. On top there was a stylus, and it could be connected to the remote control so it becomes 1 unit. Very innovative (mind you, this was developed in the eighties) - Unfortunately, this technology never made it to the consumer versions of CD-i players, but it could have been a great feature to promote CD-i with (drawing pictures, precise control for games...)


Jan Pienkowski's Haunted House: 3rd party support in 1997

Interesting to see that delayed projects made possible by third parties in the high-days of CD-i still came out in 1997. It were only a few, a couple of five, and most of these were published by Philips itself. Welcome Reed Interactive, the (new) software part of Reed Children's Books. I'm not sure if it was set up just for this title, but Reed contracted Media Station (US based software company, strong in interactive storytelling (a Philips Sidewalk Studio rival), with a history of titles produced for Disney and Microsoft.

So Media Station created in 1995 "Haunted House", a CD-i title you might remember. It was published by Reed Interactive in 1997. Again, a delayed project. The CD-i platform is known for its many "delayed projects". Some of them never saw the light of day (Tom & Tim, Discworld), some of them did at the very last moment (The Lost Ride, Creature Shock). We might be lucky that Reed took charge of publishing the title, otherwise Haunted House could easily have been a cancelled project as well.

It seems that Philips Media was only used for the distribution of the title to its channels.

We found an interesting press release:

"May 11, 1995--Reaffirming the company's commitment to providing outstanding interactive family entertainment, Media Station Thursday announced that the company is producing "Haunted House," an interactive adventure based on Jan Piekowski's world renowned pop-up book, for Reed Children's Books. 

Philips Media will distribute "Haunted House" this fall on CD-ROM for the Windows platform and on the CD-i platform in Spring '96. The title will be demonstrated at Media Station's booth, West Hall No. 3524, and Philips Media booth, South Hall No. 1801 at the Electronic Entertainment Expo. 

"We worked closely with Jan Piekowski to capture the ghoulish surprises featured in the bewitching, interactive world of `Haunted House,'" said David Gregory, chairman and chief creative officer of Media Station. "Media Station has brought to life the full creative vision of Jan Piekowski through lavish music and stunning animation, resulting in a fun-filled interactive experience." 

"Jan has been in the forefront of creating involving products for children, long before the computer was a household word," said Sarina Simon, president of Philips Media Home and Family Entertainment. "We are very excited to be associated with Jan as he brings his unique talents to multimedia." 

Players wander through the house and they encounter strange and unexpected creatures, fun-filled games and spooky challenges. Children will be captivated as they seek to unlock the dreaded cellar. 
In the making of "Haunted House," Media Station integrates the value of classic entertainment elements -- charming and lively character development, comprehensive sound design, full musical scores and engaging wit and humor -- with the replayability of innovative interactive treatments and gaming elements. 

Jan Piekowski is one of the world's most famous children's authors and illustrators. Internationally known for his unique and clever children's books, he has written more than 60 books and, with the publishing of "Haunted House," led the resurgence of the pop-up book genre."



Look at this CD-i Demo Unit

Look at this lovely demo pod for CD-i. They had these integrated players in the Evoluon in Eindhoven, and in many public places like libraries and hospitals. It's what I think the latest and last version of the CD-i pod. The main previous version was built with the slogan "Philips Invents for You", the slogan that was used when CD-i was invented. Later in 1993 when "Let's make things better" took over the slogan, slowly they replaced all marketing with new versions. There's a normal CD-i player behind it and a normal CRT screen, which you can easily take out and replace. The controls are integrated with an original Roller Controller, which is still one of the best controller units for kids' hands. Or great to play Chaos Control with.


Happy Christmas!

>> Friday, December 19, 2014

Interactive Dreams wish you a Happy Christmas! We're actually celebrating our 9 years anniversary this month, starting in December 2005. It's been a quiet year for CD-i, but our workhorse is still around and we have some nice updates for you planned in 2015. We even have our hopes that our CD-i Emulator will be updated again (We've even seen Digital Video compatibility, someday it's coming).

Happy Holidays, and keep CD-i alive!

[Picture: Kotaku (printed characters from the CD-i game Link: Faces of Evil (1993)]


Legacy Code: Memes, Dreams, and the Philips CD-I

Hey, this is something new. Apparently, there was a movie about the CD-i in the works. "Legacy Code: Memes, Dreams and the Philips CD-i" was raising 12.000 USD to shoot a movie with interviews of (mainly) voice actors and CD-i insiders (not us). The campaign can be found here:

Unfortunately, the campaign was closed in November already (A pity they didn't look for the CD-i sources on the net like Black Moon...) and they only received 910 USD at the time of writing.

What was supposed to happen:

"I'm making this movie because we've never heard the other side of this story: the people who actually made the CD-I, and those weird Mario and Zelda games. What were their hopes, their dreams? Do they know that these games had inspired a devoted following, not the CD-I, but on YouTube? Legacy Code will tell the story of the Philips CD-I, from the people who were there at the beginning. It will also feature interviews with the cast and crew of its three most notorious games: Link: Faces of Evil, Zelda: Wand of Gamelon, and Hotel Mario. It will examine what paths they all took since then, and how they feel about their involvement in one of the most enduring internet memes of the last ten years. 

This documentary will ask the people involved in the CD-I, and these games, how they feel about all this. Many of them are being asked for the very first time.

Here is a list of CD-I insiders who have expressed interest in being interviewed:

-Marc Graue (Voice of Mario and Luigi in Hotel Mario)
-Bonnie Jean Wilbur (Voice of Zelda in Faces of Evil and Wand of Gamelon)
-Jeffrey Rath (Voice of Link in Faces of Evil and Wand of Gamelon)
-Mark Berry (Voice of Ganon in Faces of Evil and Wand of Gamelon)
-Tony Trippi (Composer for Faces of Evil and Wand of Gamelon)
-Kathy Swain (Effects and Animation on Hotel Mario)
-Terry O'Brien (Effects and Animation on Hotel Mario)
-Igor Razboff (Animation producer for the games)
-Bill Havlicek (Audio producer on Faces of Evil and Wand of Gamelon)
-Keith Lehman (Developer on the "Green Book", the set of standards for all Philips CD-I content)
-Mark Sprague (Spinnaker Software, a key CD-I developer)
-Laura Cohen (President, Philips Interactive, North American Division)
-Dave McElhatten (President, Philips Interactive, Games Division)
-Sarina Simon (President, Philips Interactive, Children's Division)
-Bernard Luskin (President, Philips Interactive, Educational Division)"

Still, it seems some interviews are still going to happen:

"With the campaign over, I would like to update you on the status of Legacy Code.Firstly, I would like to thank everyone who donated to this project. The story of Legacy Code deserves to be shared, and rest assured, I will continue to move forward in telling it. Unfortunately, telling that story as a documentary will not be possible at this time. My funding goal was designed to pay for airfare and local film crews, and without those funds,  I cannot be confident that the final product is something I would be comfortable with sharing. That does not, however, mean Legacy Code is over. Far from it. Here's what's going to happen:

This year, I will be teaming up again with a sponsor to interview FOUR voice actors from the CD-I's most notorious games. In Los Angeles, I will sit down with Mark Graue, voice of Mario and Luigi in Hotel Mario, and Mark Berry, voice of Ganon in the Zelda CD-I games. The interview will be live-streamed to YouTube, and we might incorporate a Reddit AMA so you can ask them questions. If that goes well, we'll do it again in Boston with the voice actors for Zelda and Link. As mentioned above, these interviews will be supported by a video game sponsor, the crowdfunding money will not be used for them.  I will be interviewing the other Philips CD-I insiders, for a multi-part, in-depth blog on the history of the console. It will have insight from all the people I had hopes to interview for the documentary, sharing their stories. The blog will be hosted on a popular game development website (TBA). "

Maybe we'll see the author, Nicholas Bernhard, back soon next year.


Overview map of Zelda's Adventure CD-i

>> Monday, October 20, 2014

One of the most ambitious CD-i games is Zelda's Adventure, in my opinion a great mysterious adventure that requires a lot of exploring and thinking (which lots of people do not appreciate); Zelda's Adventure gave me the biggest adventure feeling of all CD-i games I played. A goog overview map was always lacking and I was surprised to see some fellow CD-i gamers made one:

I agree that Zelda's Adventure might be a 'broken' game: Some clues are simply missing and there is quite some 'trial and error' in the game. The atmosphere is great and it's a big adventure you can take. I'd love to make a more detailed version of this, but unfortunately that will be something on the long term...

[Thanks, Dadaph]


Games 0-F

3rd Degree - PF Magic
7th Guest, The - Philips Freeland Studios
Accelerator - SPC/Vision
Adventure of the Space Ship Beagle, The - Denshi Media Services
Affaire Morlov, L' - Titus
Alfapet - Adatek
Alice in Wonderland - Spinnaker
Alien Gate - SPC Vision
Alien Odyssee - Argonaut
Aliens Interactive CD-i - Dark Vision Interactive
Ange et le Demon, L' - Smart Move
Apprentice, The - SPC Vision
Apprentice 2, The - Marvin's Revenge - SPC Vision
Arcade Classics - Philips ADS / Namco
Asterix - Caesar’s Challenge - Infogrames
Atlantis - The Last Resort - PRL Redhill (Philips ADS)
Axis and Allies - CapDisc
Backgammon - CapDisc
Battle Chess - Accent Media (for Interplay)
Battleship - CapDisc
Big Bang Show - Infogrames
BMP Puzzle - Circle (for ZYX)
Brain Dead 13 - Readysoft
Burn:Cycle - Trip Media
Caesar's World of Boxing - Philips POV
Caesar's World of Gambling - CD-I Systems
Cartoon Academy - Bits Corporation
CD-i mit der Maus - SPC Vision
CD Shoot - Eaglevision Interactive Productions
Change Angels Kick-off - HMO
Chaos Control - Infogrames
Christmas Country - Creative Media
Christmas Country - The Lost Levels - Creative Media
Christmas Crisis - DIMA
Clue - 3T Productions
Clue 2 - The mysteries continue - 3T Productions
Connect Four - CapDisc
Creature Shock - Argonaut (for Virgin)
Crime Patrol - CapDisc
Crow, The - Philips POV
Cyber Soldier Sharaku - Japan Interactive media
Dame was Loaded, The - Beam Software
Dark Castle - Philips POV
Dead End - Cryo
Defender of the Crown - Philips POV
Deja Vu - Icom Simulations
Deja Vu 2: Lost in Las Vegas - Icom Simulations
Demolition Man - Virgin Interactive Entertainment
Demon Driver - Haiku Studios
Discworld - Teeny Weeny Games
Dimo's Quest - SPC Vision
Domino - Wigant Interactive Media
Down in the Dumps - Haiku Studios
Dragon's Lair - Superclub / INTL CDI
Dragon's Lair 2- Time Warp - Superclub / INTL CDI
Drug wars - Crime Patrol II - CapDisc
Dungeons & Dragons - PF Magic
Earth Command - Visionary Media
Effacer - CapDisc
Escape from Cybercity - Fathom Pictures
Evidence - Microids
Falco & Donjon & The Sword of Inoxybur - BMi / Zephyr Studio
Family Games I - DIMA
Family Games II - Junk Food Jive - DIMA
Felix the Cat - Philips Sidewalk Studio
Flashback - Delphine/Tiertex (for US Gold)
Flinstones Wacky Inventions - Philips Funhouse
Fort Boyard: The Challenge - Microids
Frog Feast - Rastersoft

CD-i Games Index G-M

Go - CapDisc
Golden Oldies - SPC Vision
Golden Oldies II - SPC Vision
Golgo 13 - Japan Interactive Media
Great day at the races, A - CD-I Racing, Dove Films, Total Vision
Guignols de l'Info, Les - Canal+ Multimedia / INTL CDI
Heart of Darkness - Amazing Studio (for Virgin)
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The - Philips Kaleidoscope
Holland Casino CD-i - HMO
Hotel Mario - Philips Fantasy Factory
Inca - Coktel Vision
Inca 2 - Coktel Vision
International Tennis Open - Infogrames
Jack Sprite vs. The Crimson Ghost - PF Magic
Jeopardy - Accent Media
Jigsaw - Novalogic
Joe Guard - DIMA
John Dark: Psychic Eye - CapDisc
Joker's Wild!, The - Accent Media
Joker's Wild Jr., The - Accent Media
Kether - Infogrames
Kingdom - The far reaches - CapDisc
Kingdom 2 - Shadoan - CapDisc
Labyrinth of Crete - Philips Funhouse
Laser Lords - Spinnaker
Last Bounty Hunter, The - CapDisc
Legend of the Fort - Microids
Lemmings - DMA Design / Psygnosis
Lettergreep - Wigant Interactive Media
Lingo - SPC Vision
Link - The faces of evil - Animation Magic
Lion King, The - Virgin Interactive Entertainment
Litil Divil - Gremlin Graphics
Litil Divil 2: Limbo Years - Gremlin Graphics
Lords of the rising sun - Philips POV
Lost Eden - Cryo (for Virgin)
Lost Ride, The - Formula (Lost Boys)
Lucky Luke - The video game - SPC Vision
Mad Dog McCree - CapDisc
Mad Dog McCree II: The lost gold - CapDisc
Magic Eraser - Circle (for ZYX)
Mah-Jong - Japan Interactive Media
Making the Grade - 3T Productions
Man Before Man - Cryo
Marco Polo - Infogrames
Mario Takes America - CIGAM
Master Labyrinth - AVM AG/HQ
Mega Maze - CapDisc
Memory Works, The - Compact Disc Incorporated
Merlin's Apprentice - Philips Funhouse
Microcosm - Philips Freeland Studios
Micro Machines - Codemasters
Monty Python's Invasion from the Planet Skyron - Daedalus CD-i Productions
Mutant Rampage - Body Slam - Animation Magic
Myst - Sunsoft (for Cyan)
Mystic Midway - Rest in pieces - Philips POV
Mystic Midway 2 - Phantom Express - Philips POV

Compact Disc Interactive

Compact Disc Interactive

Games N-Z

Name that tune - Philips Fantasy Factory
New Day - Bits Corporation
NFL Hall of Fame Football - Philips POV
Othello - HMO
Pac Panic - Philips ADS / Namco
Palm Springs Open - ABC Sports / Fathom Pictures
Pool - SPC Vision
Pinball - CapDisc
Plunderball - ISG Productions
Power Hitter - ABC Sports / Fathom Pictures
Power Match - Two's Company
Pursue - BEPL
Pyramid Adventures - Compact Disc Incorporated
RAMRaid - PRL Redhill
Return To Cybercity - Fathom Pictures
Riddle of the Maze, The - Fathom Pictures
Riqa - Bits Corporation
Rise of the Robots - Mirage Technologies
Sargon Chess - Spinnaker
Scotland Yard Interactive - AVM AG/HQ
Secret Mission - Microids
Secret Name of Ra, The
Shaolin's Road - Infogrames
Skate Dude - Viridis
Smurfen, De - De Telesmurf - Infogrames
Solar Crusade - Infogrames
Solitaire - BEPL
Space Ace - Superclub / INTL CDI
Space Ranger - Studio Interactive
Special Operations Squadron - SPC Vision
Sport Freaks - SPC Vision
Star Trek - Philips POV
Star Wars: Rebel Assault - LucasArts
Steel Machine - SPC Vision
Striker Pro - Rage
Strip Poker Live - Greenpig Production
Strip Poker Pro - Interactive Pictures
Super Fighter - The Super Fighter Team / C&E
Super Mario's Wacky Worlds - NovaLogic
Surf City - Philips Sidewalk Studios
Tangram - Eaglevision Interactive Productions
Taco's Toyroom Troopers - Creative Media
Tankdoodle - Creative Media
Tetris - Philips POV
Tetsuo Gaiden - Creative Media
Text Tiles
Thieves' World - Electronic Arts
Tic-tac-toe - BEPL
Tox Runner - ISG Productions
Treasures of Oz - Philips Kaleidoscope
Ultra CD-i Soccer - Krisalis
Uncover featuring Tatjana - SPC Vision
Uninvited - Icom Simulations
Video Speedway - ISG Productions
Vinnie the Pinguin - Pandemonium Labs
Voyeur - Philips POV
Voyeur 2 - Philips POV
Whack-a-Bubble - Creative Media
What's it worth - Marshall Cavendish Multimedia / Spice
Who shot Johnny Rock? - CapDisc
Wordplay - BEPL
World Cup Golf - US Gold
Zaak Sam, De - Toneelschool NL
Zelda - The wand of Gamelon - Animation Magic
Zelda's Adventure - Viridis
Zenith - Radarsoft
Zombie Dinos From The Planet Zeltoid - Philips POV

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