>> Saturday, August 25, 2007
Space Ranger is a Philips CD-i game that was never officially released and has been gathering dust since the game development project finished. It was a higly anticipated game that, like many other CD-i prototypes, somehow faded into the dark corners of history. Though it appears to have never gone past very Alpha phase Space Ranger even in its young infancy is a very appealing game. OlderGames was proud to bring you this early model of a game that never got to be in 2002. If you like what you see just imagine how great this one could have been if Studio Interactive finished this Steel Machine look-a-like.
Previously unreleased until CGExpo 2002, Space Ranger, which is co-published by Good Deal Games and Older Games. Set in the future, players go on missions to protect Earth from alien intruders. The game is an incomplete alpha-stage release of the first level and contains bugs and glitches, making this release appropriate for those interested in seeing "what could have been."
This game was apparently scheduled to be released from Studio Interactive which appears to be a satellite company from Philips. We know this from some reported catalogue entries of "Space Ranger: Return to Earth" although we know little else about this game. At Classic Gaming EXPO 2002, OlderGames.com released this early prototype game and added Alpha to the games title to make sure it's understood that it's not a complete game. A report of problems and bugs from this prototype: 1. Limited Game Menu access. 2. Early developmental version (some glitches, hang-ups). 3. Repeatedly plays only one single level. Verdict: This is an early developmental release and earns the "Alpha" title given to it by OlderGames.com. The actual title screen has the text "Engineering Test Disc 0.02" indicating an early stage of development. So don't expect a hardcore gaming experience by any means. An interesting release and should only be treated as a curiousity by serious CD-i collectors and gamers alike, at $7.99 can we really argue!!
The title indicates this one supports additional DVC effects, but it's unclear what effects (I'm guessing sound FX, just like with The Apprentice) are included! You can't buy this title via Oldergames anymore, and it's not sure if a re-press is considered. So what is the game about? It offers basically an enhanced gameplay like we know from Steel Machine, a vertically scrolling shooting game. Space ranger, how short it may be, shows some great animation models of the enemy ships, and the movement of your own shuttle goes very smooth. This could have been a very fun shooter. At least it looks like Space Ranger would have been easier to blast through than the insanely difficult Steel Machine levels ;)
Thanks to: Oldergames, The Black Moon Project