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Indien dans la Ville: The Videogame

>> Sunday, May 6, 2007

Lots of DVD's nowadays include small interactive games, as complicated as the DVD software allows for it. It's a nice treat to promote the video and it expands the value of the package. A decade earlier, CD-i would have been even more perfect to include promotional games with video cd's. Every movie had to be pressed on two CD's, and there are only very few titles that make clever use of this space. Like we exposed in our TF1 visit a few weeks back we were eagerly waiting for some visual material of the promised game that was included on the second VideoCD disc. Thankfully this caused an acceleration in our contact road and after the preview Le Monde du CD-i published we will follow with our opinion of some never-before-seen action games on CD-i.

Un Indien dans la Ville shows the importance of "pans" for the native people, and it takes for an act of love when a pan is given to a girl. This theme is implemented in the game as well: The concept is about catching enough pans to offer to Charlotte; one of the main characters of the movie and game. You are Mimi-Siku, the little indian in the big city (hence the title, only in french). When you start the title (Disc 2, that is) you are offered two choices, to watch the second part of the movie or to play the game. The game is only available in french language and that's why you'll only find this game in the original french version of this title. Well, the digital video is nicely built in the intro movie, accessible by clicking "Baboune" in the main menu of the game. The menu consists of windows in the same style as the old Microsoft Windows version: it gives the presentation an original look.

By starting a new game Charlotte will appear who explains you the main purpose: Collect as much pans as possible. You'll enter the main overview map from which you can enter the various mini-games:

1. The Ghost Train: In this game you're in a rail car just like you were in Mystic Midway: Phantom Express. Using the CD-i controller you can move to the left and right to avoid upcoming obstacles. Meanwhile you'll have to catch the pans. After a few minutes the rail track comes to the end of the tunnel. The animations are on par with Philips'own Mystic Midway graphics, so expect nothing more nothing less.

2. Panic on Eiffel Tower: This is a small platform game that plays a little like Donkey Kong. You start on the bottom floor and you work your way up to the top by using elevators (like in Hotel Mario). Scattered around are pans which you have to collect as well. There are guards walking around who shouldn't catch you, otherwise its game-over for you. From the top barrels of paint are thrown down but it's not hard to reach the third floor. The animation is a little poor and the game is over pretty quick, but the sweet attention to the movie gives it a nice touch.

3. Attention to Crocodiles: Here you have to cross a river by jumping on the backs of crocodiles. It's exactly the same gameplay as in Frogger, the ultimate classic in these type of games. The crocodiles are in three lines and dive from time to time so you have to jump around, collect pans, avoid from falling into the water and so on. You receive one pan every time you reach the other side. It's over quickly, but the game is responsive enough to entertain you!

4. The Rapids from Lipo-Lipo: You are in a canoe floating around and from top-view you have to avoid trunks, rocks and crocodiles. Again, you have to collect pans which are around everywhere. This game definately offers the most action and fun of the total package! But while playing these games I have to admit the fun is limited to a fast experience of all these little games. You can't compare it with games like Family Games, which basically is about the same sort of collection of mini-games, only Family Games has been worked out with much more perfection than "Un Indien dans la Ville".

5. Good appetite Maitika: This is the biggest game without a doubt, with different stages to complete (increasing in difficulty). Maitika the Spider wants to eat flies and you have to shoot the flies using your 'snorkel'. Located in the house, you poison the flies which are everywhere in the rooms. When you have killed 10 flies, you win. The next levels (total of five) are more difficult and require more flies to catch. There's also a time limit which is challenging you to the max!

The cartoony graphics are definately on its place and TF1 did a good job in extending the movie with this collection of mini-games. As an extra, they are very welcome, but when you think of the Game Boy version which offers basically the same games, it's too short and blant to call it a real game. I appreciated the audio commentary of Stephan and Charlotte although my french language is not perfect. If you don't understand french, you can still play the games as the objectoves are pretty clear, but you miss most of the storyline and fun when you don't. Don't expect a full-fletched CD-i game here, but it's worth mentioning as a succeeded extra to the original movie.

Thanks to: Le Monde du CD-i

3 reacties:

Patrick,  May 7, 2007 at 9:08 AM  

I guess this is no videocd, right? Otherwise how can you choose between the game and the video! Do you know which year it was issued?

Anonymous,  August 6, 2007 at 7:48 PM  

I also have this vcd but I can't access the game. How come? Are there more versions?

Anonymous,  December 31, 2009 at 10:02 AM  

I was highly surprised to find this game, thanks man! I wish more video cd's were having stuff like this

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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
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Arcade Classics - Philips ADS / Namco
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Axis and Allies - CapDisc
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Big Bang Show - Infogrames
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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
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Crime Patrol - CapDisc
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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
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Dragon's Lair 2- Time Warp - Superclub / INTL CDI
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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

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Go - CapDisc
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Golgo 13 - Japan Interactive Media
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Heart of Darkness - Amazing Studio (for Virgin)
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Jack Sprite vs. The Crimson Ghost - PF Magic
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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
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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
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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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