>> Friday, August 17, 2007
Devin pinned Charles Doty down for a brief interview all about the game, why coding for CD-i kicks ass and hopefully bring a little spark to CD-i Homebrew! In a matter of weeks the CD-i scene was truly humbled by Charles Dotys efforts bringing his multi-platform game Frog Feast to our little black box of tricks. Following years of on/off development with the programmer Charles Doty teasing us through his RasterSoft Blog, Frog Feast was finally finished and released in time for the 2007 Classic Gaming Expo held in Las Vegas at the end of July. Frog Feast is based upon 'Frog Bog', a game created by Mattel for the Intellivision and later appeared on the Atari 2600, inspirationally called 'Frogs and Flies'! As a two-player game, Frog Feast ticks all the right boxes with simplistic accessable gameplay and maddeningly addictive. Everything a CD-i game should be!
Interactive Dreams selected some teaser parts of the interview which you can find right here! Charles Doty, the developer of Frog Feast, gives away some details behind the scenes: "The CD-i was one of a group of CD based systems that seemed feasible to release software on; producing CDs is cheaper and easier than cartridges. I contacted OlderGames a very long time ago and started work on Neo Geo and Sega CD versions of Super Fighter. These didn't progress very far; as I didn't really have the project experience to pull off a game of this size. Once Frog Feast started to progress I contacted R.W. about marketing the game. The CD-i community has been really supportive of the game. The coverage on forums, websites and blogs is very impressive. I've received e-mails or private messages from a lot of people supporting the game. It's been a really positive experience and definitely fed the ego!
Devin: "You mentioned on the RasterSoft blog after waxing lyrical about the CD-i version that 'I'll be back'. Can we finally expect the legend of PONG on CD-i or maybe something even better?"
Charles: "I think I'll pass on the PONG game. I want to do a fairly complex game next. The big problem with Frog Feast is that it appeals mainly to die hard fans of 'Frog Bog' ('Frogs and Flies') or die hard fans of the systems. A more complex game should appeal to more people."
Click here to read the full interview!
Charles Doty was interviewed by Devin. To see more of Frog Feast try the demo available from RasterSoft, under the Philips CD-i section. Alternatively you can dive straight in and buy a copy from OlderGames at the following link. As always more information is available from the Black Moon Games Archive on Frog Feasts game page.