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One of our members informed me about a portuguese company named CITI who developed quite a few titles on CD-i in cooperation with Philips Media. Philips was known for taking attention in local CD-i releases a lot, and every country in Europe has their own share of exclusive CD-i titles. It was the first time I heard about CITI, which is short for "Centro de Investigacao para Tecnologias Interactivas". Started in 1991, CITI was brought to life thanks to the "interactive dreams" of Philips for CD-i. Granted, we're not talking about games here, this was Philips' core business for use with their Family Entertainment brand including "The Great Art Series" and "City Portraits" which were funded by Philips in a lot of countries. The keyword here is Edutainment. I'll highlight the catalogue they offered in their portfolio and see if there's anything special.

1993: First they introduced the portuguese attribution of "City Portraits", with "Lisboa" a sort of enhanced Photo-CD should promote this beautiful city. Second: A presentation ordered by the Commissariat of Expo 98 in four languages (Portuguese, Korean, French and English). For use during the Exposition of Tajong in Korea (Nice road for CD-i in the far east!). Last, CITI produced a disc about the insides of the strategy advertising executive “Hour of Summer” for Renault, the car brand. this was distributed to all employees of Renault in 1993.

1994: An edition to "The Great Art Series" was released with "The Baroque", carried through the Program IMPACT 2, of the DGXIII of the European Union; This record gained a price of the "Jury Möbius Multimédia", in 1995. Second: A CD-i of the "Direcção de Serviços de Scientific Informação and Technique" presentation, of the Ministry of Jobs and the Social Security, dedicated to the "Fair of the Technological Modernization of the Portuguese Public Administration";

Third: IPPAR ("Instituto Português do Património Arquitectónico e Arqueológico"), CD-i about the "Portuguese Institute of the Architectural and Archaeological Património", the State secretary of Culture, especially made for the "Fair of the Book of Lisbon". Fourth: Karaoke of the Portuguese Popular Music, a CD-i integrated in the international catalogue of Philips Interactive Media Systems, “Karaoke Classics”;

1995: CITI issued the CD-IN Multimedia Magazine to promote CD-i in Portugal, together with Philips Media Ibérica. I wonder if this is about the original CD-i Magazine of Portugal; maybe you know the answer? Let me know, I'd like to make some scans of the inside papers, and I count these regional magazines to be pretty rare: at least I've never seen one. It would be great if we could add these issues as a PDF file in the Press index, where you can already find the dutch editions of CD-i magazine!

They also produced a nice Music CD-i about Pedro Abrunhosa (a famous portuguese singer), "Talvez" is about his music (from "Viagens") including digital video.

1996: CDi for the Ecological Park of Lisbon, in order of the City council of Lisbon for the new installation of the Park of Monsanto; Like many companies, CITI moved away from CD-i and concentrated its new products on CD-ROM and the internet... The biggest reason for that is ofcourse Philips stopped the money flow to fund these titles. When all these projects were in fact funded by Philips, I can imagine the loads of money the CD-i format had caused! Nowadays these titles are real collector items and due to the fact they have only been released in Portugal it won't be easy to get hold of a copy.

If you browse the website of CITI you can also find a few videos of these CD-i projects. I highly thank you all for your contributions, and let us create the biggest "regional CD-i exclusives" index, just like our previous French CD-i exclusives thanks to Le Monde du CD-i. (We have more about CITI to post in the following weeks.)

Credits: CITI, Carlos Correia

3 reacties:

Gert-Jan,  April 30, 2007 at 7:37 AM  

nice pictures, i have to hunt them down to complete my collection :D - But you didn't tell anywhere if they are any special... are they worth hunting?

Bas April 30, 2007 at 8:22 PM  

I liked the interface of Abrunhosa and there's definately dome innovation in this one. However, I'm not a fan of his music, and that should be the main reason to buy this (Just like with Peter gabriel's XPlora). I don't own the other titles and according to our contact at CITI the educational value is high but the entertaining factor is low. So make your own choice, it's just a matter of taste. I'd like to express our source of this material is 100% CITI. Thanks for reading, Gert-Jan!

Anonymous,  May 1, 2007 at 9:01 AM  

nice to see something different than game-titles. I enjoyed the art serie on CD-i a lot, with a great ambient mood setting of classical music and beautiful paintings. Something I've never seen to watch on television... You'll see, CD-i is more than games! --Renee

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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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