>> Monday, August 6, 2007
You just downloaded the CD-i Emulator and you wonder what games are compatible with it. Our "CD-i Emulator Beta Team" tested the Emulator thoroughly and that's how we set up a list of games that work pretty good with this great piece of software. The CD-i Emulator doesn't yet support Digital Video so every game that needs the Digital Video Cartridge does not work for now. But you also have to watch out with the others because of some bugs still present between the game and emulator. Future versions will patch everything eventually, but for now, read on about our experiences which CD-i games play great on your PC. If you still haven't tried out the CD-i Emulator, please check out our tutorial for an easy set-up about how to get the CD-i Emulator running on your computer. In this article you can also read the list of CD-i games that work flawless with CD-i Emulator.
Version 0.5.2 of the CD-i Emulator program does not yet support the MPEG playing functions of any DVC (Digital Video Cartridge) model. It does however support the 1MB memory extension feature of most models. With the CD-i Emulator comes a dummy ROM file so that you can use the extra memory even if you don't actually have a DV cartridge ROM. Some titles can use this even without the MPEG playing function (e.g. The Apprentice).
Please note the upcoming re-release of the Games Index available at The Black Moon Project will feature a thoroughly play-back guide to every CD-i game. I know the links are dead now, but it will all be on its place soon, just watch the announcements here. As long this hasn't been finished (but check for updates!) we keep you busy on these games:
First: A list of games that play flawless. These game are perfectly playable with CD-i Emulator (maybe some minor glitches): The Apprentice, Accelerator, Dimo's Quest, Inca, Link: The Faces of Evil, Pyramid Adventures Episode 1, Solitaire, Steel Machine, Striker Pro, Tic-Tac-Toe, Video Speedway, Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon. Please let us know if you find more games!
I thought the type of BIOS would make a difference regarding the compatibility of CD-i games. But, cdifan sais: "The emulator was originally developed on the 605 ROMs (Mini-MMC hardware), but I don't think that really means much anymore."
Testing Platform: WindowsXP; ROM below
ABC Sports Presents The Palm Springs Open: Video works well, Audio works well, Hangs on course map overview (ROM: 910)
Accelerator: The Vision Factory title screen appears and plays with sound accurately and then remains until an action button is pressed. This leads into the title screen where you must press an action button again to get to the main menu screen. Music appears to play correctly and all options can be selected/viewed. Gameplay runs at the correct speed with music, so it appears this game is fully supported by CD-i Emulator.
Arcade Classics: The only problem i've encountered is with the Galaga game. Keep in mind this is a games compilation all the others work perfectly, for whatever reason CD-i Emulator just doesn't like Galaga at the moment! (ROM: 210/40p (CD-i Emulator Registers ROM CD-i 210 F3))
Battle Ship: Video works well, Very limited sound, Hangs on main menu (Gives Disc Read Error) (ROM: 910)
Burn:Cycle: Not a sausage, complete blackness no audio. (ROM: 210/40p)
Defender of the Crown: No video support, Audio works well, Does not hang, game itself runs correctly (ROM: 910)
Flashback: All the audio plays fine in the bumper, click the mouse button and it moves onto the menu audio. No video is displayed however, not for the bumper or the menu screen just complete blackness. (ROM: 210/40p)
Hotel Mario: The bumper screens run without any problems although you still need to click past the "Philips Interactive Media" one. Sounds and audio seem to be perfect on this time around and the in game gameplay for the first level looks fine although I haven't tested this extensively yet. Only problem is with the introductory animation where the images overlay onto each other. Quite a bizare bug actually it seems to pick and mix different parts of the scene whilst the audio continues as normal!! (ROM: 210/40p)
Kether: The newer version of the game (v3.11) works slightly better, by the way. With the 205/910 bios, it starts playing the introduction sequence after the main menu, but it's still not playable. The older versions hang at the main menu. (Older versions were pressed in the large CD-i boxes.) (ROM: 910)
Lemmings: Same problem with the emulation sticking at the Philips Interactive Media bumper needing a button click to move things along where your presented with the Psygnosis and DMA Design logo. The emulator plays the movie with some distortions again partially overlapping previous scenes like in Hotel Mario except this time the "ALERT" menu pops up a few seconds into the introduction informing me "Your disc may be dirty. We recommend that you remove the disc and clean it. Press a button on your controller to exit ..." (ROM: 210/40p)
Myst: Starts up good. Only the menu does not appear. So after the intro movie i see the cursor, i can move, but nothing appears. (ROM: 490)
Paint School I and II: Video works well initially, but experiences several graphical errors when trying to display any of the paintable screens. Very limited sound (but if you time it right, you can click on the "help" icon and the system will play back every bit of recorded sound for the narrator). Does not hang, game itself runs correctly (ROM: 910)
Plunderball: The Emulator seems quite fussy with this game, just now I played it without any sound issues. Tried it again and I get the same distortion in the right sound channel like a repeating segment of audio. Got the following from debug: "IKAT PORT B => OVERWRITE". This is cotinuously displayed. (ROM: 210/40p)
Rise of the Robots: As long as the game is left alone it plays through the bumpers including the "Philips Interactive Media" one and through the introduction complete with perfect audio playback with Queens Brian May!! If you do try to speed things along by clicking a button the game simply resets the emulator. Introduction movie plays right upto the three minute limit. (ROM: 210/40p)
Secret Mission: Secret Mission plays fine with my 220 F3, but you need to make a fast click as soon as the Microids bumper shows. I tested this title on cdi910a, cdi350a, cdi220b and it does not play! Only on the cdi220c.rom, as long as you click the Philips and the Microids bumpers. (ROM: 220 F3)
Solitaire: Plays perfectly, no obvious difference between this and the hardware player!! Tested only briefly for half a round. (ROM: 210/40p)
Space Ace: Bumper plays just fine and continues without the need to click the mouse button!! Then you get a nice little reminder with junior Ace looking at the screen that reads "UNSUITABLE HARDWARE THIS APPLICATION REQUIRES A DIGITAL VIDEO BOARD AND AN EXTRA MEGABYTE OF MEMORY" what you mean cdifan haven't gotten round to this yet? (ROM: 210/40p)
Super Mario's Wacky Worlds: Sticks at the Philips Media bumper requires a button push as is expected, same for the Novalogic logo then the game seems graphically superb no obvious flaws at the moment, the music also plays fine. Only problem is the sound effects don't work with Mario jumping and taking out Koopas!! (ROM: 210/40p)
Surf City: Bumper plays just fine but hangs after that. The player resets itself... This happens to occur with every Sidewalk title i've tried! (ROM: 490)
Tetris: Intro plays fine, but the menu does not appear... (ROM: 490)
Zenith: plays fine, only the menus and the play-field have a white background, which makes it rather unplayable. Sequences play excellent. (ROM: 490)
Thanks to the CD-i Emulator Testing team! Please help us by testing more! It'll only help cdifan, the author of CD-i Emulator, to make the emulator even better.