>> Tuesday, June 5, 2007
Back in the early ninetees Philips was paying millions of dollars to get game licenses to promote the CD-i. This one is probably the most impressive one. For a period the 7th Guest was a PC only game, but in 1993 a CD-i version was born using Digital Video on CD-i. It's pretty amazing how they have constructed this piece of software on the cd-i. Unfortunately the player incompability caused some issues between Philips Software and Philips Hardware. After Philips released the 4xx series it turned out the 7th Guest didn't play on it. It crashes when a puzzle was loaded, something to do with memory locations. While the 2xx series did play it fine. So in 1995, Philips had to rebuild the disc, and a new version came out eventually. This was a little problem as the original Freeland Studio was already shut down. Whoever built a revision of the 7th Guest remains unknown to us, but it's an interesting story. The new version was identified in a video-cd jewelcase, instead of the classic CD-i jewelcase. This one was issued in Europe only. Have you ever had any trouble with the 7th Guest on CD-i? I wonder if ISO's on the Internet can cause the same compatibility issues when playing on different CD-i ROMS!
The 7th Guest is about solving puzzles in the toy house of Mr. Stauff. The graphics are amazing, the puzzles sometimes hard, but very logical and nicely crafted. Very recommended puzzle game. The original version by Philips was introduced to the market in a deluxe big carton box, as you can see in the picture on the top left. Perfect and rare CD-i wannahave :D