>> Monday, October 8, 2007
Apprentice 2 never got beyond the "project idea" stage. A few screenshots were crafted, but nothing ever came of it. Philips Media wasn't interested and SPC themselves didn't feel like financing it at the time (the original Apprentice was a very expensive title, there's several man-years of work in it). The graphics for The Apprentice were done by Luc/Luke Verhulst, who had at this time already left SPC with Arjen to form PixelHazard. SPC might have contracted (part of?) the work to them like they did for Lucky Luke, but this was unclear at the time. I can't remember if a PC or a CD-i release was being targeted (possibly both, but it would have depended on the publisher). The original Apprentice was very expensive (for the time anyway) since there's several man-years of work in it. So its not surprising that nobody wanted to finance the followup and it never went forward...
Needless to say, every CD-i enthusiast will agree The Apprentice is a near perfect platform game, and Marvin may as well be the perfect mascotte for the CD-i system. I was very excited to see these screenshots, although I'm aware these are not actual screenshots. I prefer Lucky Luke because of the visual enhancements they put intro the graphics and the fact it just feels unnatural to play a vertical-scrolling platformer, but the action-packed Apprentice game and all the fun they coded in is definately worth trying and buying for everyone experiencing CD-i.
These screenshots were released by cdidev in 2005 after our continuous talk about his history with CD-i. I will always hope more will show up in the future! Unfortunately the site of cdidev hasn't been updated since!
Thanks to: cdidev