>> Tuesday, May 29, 2007
About a year ago we presented you a world exclusive preview to the only CD-i prototype of Microcosm ever found. Numerous people have asked me to share the game but please stop that, it is not in my right to spread CD-i software. However, I've uploaded the low-res movies of the game to YouTube so everyone can again enjoy all the graphics available in this very early version. Remember to read our preview here and I'll have a look on some high-res material, because I'm sure we got some but due to some file transfers I have to check our back-ups ;) Enjoy the videos and imagine how this would have been the best version of Microcosm on all consoles! The graphics are much better than even Solar Crusade and this game was created five years earlier, it's really astonishing to see how Philips Freeland Studios was able to convert the graphics to high CD-i standards.
After starting the CD-i disc, you'll enter the language selection screen, and after that the main menu is shown. Every movie starts with this menu, and all clickable sections are recorded by a manual camera. So, this is low-res stuff, but it'll give an impression of what Microcosm CD-i had to offer more than just the one demo video provided with the official Philips game Preview Disc from 1995. Let us start with the Credits scene, which is just about the video because in this version the credits still had to be entered:
Next comes the Introduction, which shows the Microcosm logo and beautiful rendered FMV graphics. Don't forget to check out the statement of the original Philips developer of Microcosm CD-i.
Last but not least: This is in-game material, and what else can be better to show the actual game by showing in-game scenes? Ofcourse, Microcosm CD-i was based on pre-rendered material, but it's unbelievable what Philips was able to get out of CD-i, already in 1994!
If you want to know about Microcosm CD-i, don't hesitate to ask :D
BTW: The top image I kindly borrowed from the excellent Past to Present website, more of this soon.