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TF1 Enterprises: French CD-i exclusives

>> Monday, March 12, 2007

Over 15 months ago we were informed about another french CD-i title exclusive. This time french broadcasting company TF1 was in the middle of the attention, offering insight information about TF1 Enterprises, who produced "Le Journal Interactif 1994 and 1995". The US equivalent was called "All the news and views" and Holland got "Alles over 1994 & 1995". Interactive Dreams tracks down the source and even uncovers the CD-i game behind "Un Indien dans la Ville".

Originally the interview was held by "Le Monde du CD-i", but until now never came back on the subject. So, we took the logical step by contacting TF1 ourselves and hereby revisit the CD-i developments by TF1.

French broadcasting company TF1 had a seperate multimedia division: TF1 Enterprises. Olivier Raoul was the project leader behind “Le Journal Interactif 1994”, “Le Journal Interactif 1995” and a regional french game “Un Indien dans la Ville” (The movie in english was called "Little Indian, Big City"), derived from the TF1 movie with the same name. CD-i was very popular with new innovative marketing ideas to bring the product to the livingroom. With CD-ROM, the way how TF1 published their multimedia titles before, this was not possible, the mainstream people were not reached and it was not user-friendly. In addition Philips funded the CD-i with a lot of projects, so the choice for CD-i was born really fast. Philips offered help how to develop for CD-i (a word that sounds new to me!), this was totally different with CD-ROM.

The Full motion Video was a good way to present the TF1 feeling. In the end, TF1 is a broadcasting company and FMV was the ultimate way to share their products. CD-i was meant for the mass, Philips even had the ambition sell 200.000 CD-i players in France alone and over 2 million units worldwide.

Philips Media France and TF1 signed a deal to produce low-priced bundles exclusively for the French people. For Philips it was a great way to promote its Digital Video capabilities. After the 1994 version of "Le Journal" they produced a follow-up in 1995. This was mainly due to the contract, but the titles were also profitable enough to develop. TF1 realized the Journal titles were easily to produce, with almost no costs, because the material was already available. The engine was supported by Philips so the title was done within three months.

The material was originally filmed by reporter Henri Chambon, whose contacts were broad enough for a total view on the news in France in 1994 and 1995. The limitation of one reporter was due to copyrights (money) so it happened certain small news aspects didn't reach the disc content!

With Philips stepping out of the CD-i business in 1996, there was no option for "Le Journal Interactif 1996". TF1 didn't want to carry the costs so stepped away from CD-i (a little contradiction I believe because the costs were very low; it looks like a change in strategy). The Multimedia division put its money in Titus, instead of producing more CD-i titles via TF1 Enterprises. In 1996, TF1 owned 7% of Titus. And with this another CD-i secret is uncovered: Now I know who was behind the french game "L'Affair Morlov": TF1. TF1 funded the adventure game which was developed at CPIO, and was supposed to be a french title only. Philips wasn't available to publish the title anymore, and Titus demanded a broader release to cover costs. We've got new names to contact! Unfortunately the english translations didn't go without troubles, and the final release of the Morlov Affair is one with some differences between the french and english adaptions.

While "TF1 Enterprises" was responsible for multimedia programs on CD-i, the sister company "TF1 Video" was also in co-operation with Philips Media France to produce Video-CD's for Philips. It was Thierry Lhermitte who opted for a game license of "Indien dans la Ville". The video was already on two discs and a lot of disc space was left behind. The game version was stored in the second disc of the Video-CD version. At the same time the game was released on the Nintendo Gameboy. This was of higher interest because the Gameboy was far more popular. The development was carried out by IDP. The game is about Mimi-Siku, and offers small platform action.

With thanks to TF1 (Our source prefers to stay anonymous) and thanks to "Le Monde du CD-i" for additional information, you can read here the complete interview with Olivier Raoul. Interactive Dreams will also receive a copy from the disc anytime soon, and we will post our experiences whenever possible.

6 reacties:

Devin,  March 12, 2007 at 9:06 AM  

Great insight! Do you know if the GameBoy version was a French only release?

Bas March 12, 2007 at 11:16 AM  

I do know that outside of France the title was transformed in "Little Indian, Big City" and I reckon the console games would go the same way. While not water-proof, Google didn't show me anything of the latter. But a confirmation? definately no.

Anonymous,  March 16, 2007 at 11:46 AM  

have you received this game?

Bas March 23, 2007 at 6:16 AM  

you'll have to wait a little longer!

Bas March 30, 2007 at 7:09 PM  

Nice, a copy of the disc has arrived and our test panel is doing its job ;) - Meanwhile, Le Monde du CD-i has posted their experiences with the game and we'll follow soon!

Anonymous,  April 25, 2007 at 9:19 AM  

Goog job Bas, I've only seen this now. Hope you like the game. Regards, T.

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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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