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>> Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Yes I like to fool around with some cover art for CD-Imagine, but it's nothing compared to Nintendo fanatics (to name one way) creating the most beautiful fan-art. I never came across anyone who was into creating some cd-i related art. Again, the whole cd-i base is too small and of anything we have too few; still I was surprised to see the excellent pictures of tgnrogue, a CDinteractive member since forever. He is specifically interested in games like Escape from Cybercity and Lords of the Rising Sun, but I've seen also Mutant Rampage, Inca, The Crow and Burn:Cycle. The fan-art thing is just like the homebrew scene: CD-i is unknown but also a difficult platform. I think 2005 was a pretty nice year with some CDinteractive members trying to produce simple games. One of the most famous homebrew games is Frog Feast that Charles Doty (the producer of Rastersoft, his company) tried to convert to a lot of classic consoles including CD-i.

Unfortunately, in the end the CD-i developments seem to have stopped and we can't expect anything soon. At the moment the website is down and there are no announcements anywhere. The same story with Superfighter, which was announced to CD-i a few years back, but in the end it was all empty hope.

The advantage of simple fan-art is that anyone can create it and it's far more easy than to write some 'simple' software. The only real home-brew CD-i software is ofcourse the excellent CD-i Emulator, which will see new developments in 2007. That's exciting, yes! In the meantime, I wanted to post a few of tgnrogue's pictures to show my interest and I hope more people are creative enough to add some stuff to the CD-i library. The more, the better ;)

Frog Feast was published by Oldergames, another known company who brought us four excellent CD-i prototypes games. It is believed Oldergames obtained the software when he bought his CD-i development systems. It's a shame the legality of his 'License' has never cleared up: I still don't believe he was allowed to use the Philips brand on his products. On the other hand, Philips probably didn't mind the attention of Oldergames which boosted the CD-i interest a lot. Jack Sprite, Plunderball, Go and Space Ranger are worth buying! Ofcourse, this is no homebrew whatsoever; Oldergames made us believe they were into new CD-i developments (I'm talking about 2004/2005), unfortunately we've spotted his total CD-i development equipment on eBay, so any hope on this was lost forever.

I hope in the future CD-i homebrew will exist a little, we all know Terratron was investing his time to get people enthusiast for this, but again, also Terratron left the CD-i scene. Maybe its the fate of the subject, the older it gets, the less people are interested to invest their time in.

5 reacties:

Phil February 13, 2007 at 11:55 PM  

Does anyone here have the ability to build CD-i titles? I am currently developing a game and want to create versions for as many platforms as possible. So far I think I can cater for Mac, Linux, Windows, Amiga, Morph OS, DVD, Wii, DS and PSP in some form or another. It would be great to add CD-i to the list!!



Bas February 14, 2007 at 9:05 AM  

I think for those who tried to write a single program on CD-i, have found a lot of problems. Cd-i seems to be a difficult platform to develop for! My best advice would be CD-i fan, the author of CD-i emulator. You can contact him by visiting his website: - I hope this will help you!

Phil February 18, 2007 at 7:58 PM  

Many thanks - I've got my hands full trying to port to the Amiga at the moment, but I shall certainly look into this!

Peter,  February 19, 2007 at 4:07 PM  

In a post of Sega-16 Forums, CMA Death Adder (from Super Fighter Team) spoke about his problems with OlderGames:

When I requested an initial production run of 600 copies, they responded, "We'll never sell even 300 copies of this game. And, we'll be stuck with unsold copies for... what... a year, or more? You don't understand. We've been in this business for several years, and you haven't." I could do nothing but argue, because I knew that Beggar Prince would easily sell 600 copies. And, here we are about to sell through a total of 900. I wasn't being cocky when I suggested 600 copies to be produced; I was being confident.

Bas February 21, 2007 at 9:14 AM  

Nice, I've never seen that. It doesn't say anything about the CD-i, however, because the Super Fighter team wanted to do a multi-platform release, right? In the end, did anything happen out of these plans?

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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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