>> Thursday, April 5, 2007
2004 was the starting year of the ambitious Frog Feast project of Charles Doty. An old wish to create games for retro 16 bit and 32 bit platforms finally materialized. Thanks to this, Philips CD-i was among the list of platforms Frog Feast was going to get a conversion of. Projects like this always cost more time than expected and obscure formats were delayed, due to technical difficulties. Interactive Dreams investigates the trail of development and has a look if and when Frog Feast CD-i will see the light of day.
In 2005, demos of Frog Feast were running on 15 different platforms, including CD-i. Also Neo Geo CD, Sega CD, Atari Jaguar and a possible 3DO version were shown. Charles even set up his own development studio: Rastersoft. All the code has been produced from scratch, and the cover art goes well with the in-game visuals. It’s a big technical achievement, and a CD-i version would mean the first new CD-i game since 1999 – The year when the last (new) CD-i game was published: Solar Crusade. The game is going to be published by Oldergames, just like the other Oldergames releases including Plunderball.
What is Frog Feast about? I’ve tried a preview version, but it wasn’t complete and in the main game there is nothing to do; no food to eat, just jump around and stick your tongue out. It looks to be a lot of fun, if there were some bugs to eat and score to accumulate!
The start screen is the actual play screen, when I press "A" all the words disappear and two frogs appear and you can then move around, jump, and stick your tongue out. The frogs can hop around in little hops, go in the water, jump to another lily pad and do a big jump and stick their sticky tongue out at the same time. The little hops look realistic and the big jumps look cool too.
Since 2005, news about the CD-i version was scarce, but after some digging small bits of interesting info reached our news section: Charles: “I'll be receiving a beta version of the CD-i emulator this weekend (at the earliest). This will speed up development of the CD-i version. I've already paid the registration fee for this excellent piece of software. The CD-i version will be resumed at this point." (September 2005). "The CD-i version has seen a few improvements. I started adding sprite support to the game. The game also runs the same code as the other versions, so once sprites, joystick input, sound, and music is finished, the game will be playable." (July 2006).
Le Monde du CD-i yesterday published the news Oldergames said about the progress of Frog Feast CD-i: "One thing I did want to mention is I believe Frog Feast is still coming for the CD-i" . However, only six weeks ago Charles Doty returned my email and as far as the CD-i version goes it seems it's still up in the air, whether it will land in the garbage or in the new games section at The Black Moon Project is unknown. My impression was that he is burned out on making the same game for all those systems, and the CD-i version is far down the list, and thus undone.
A quote from Charles Doty: "I've taken an extended vacation from Frog Feast. I'm not sure if I will get back around to finishing it up. Maybe I need to take a month or two, and wrap up a few of the versions... " (February 2007)