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Oldergames CD-i prototypes: Super Fighter, Super Mario, Jack Sprite

>> Monday, December 17, 2007


Now that the Oldergames domain is handed over to the Super Fighter Team, another CD-i era is over which has boosted CD-i attention a lot since 2002. Interactive Dreams takes a look at what Oldergames brought to the CD-i scene. It all started in 2001 when the CD-i scene was owned by The Black Moon Project and CD-i Heaven, Pete Dabbs was busy coding his CD-Ice emulator which eventually never made it happen (Try the new CD-i emulator instead!). Robin Bivins announced that they bought a PC-CD-i development set including a basket of discs and prototypes. Bivins announced to the CD-i scene they were planning to release five games: Plunderball, Jack Sprite: The Crimson Ghost, Go, Space Ranger and Super Mario's Wacky Worlds (SMWW).

Bivins speculated to make a special release of SMWW, but eventually he backed out probably realizing the legal issues. The other games were not trademarked and the developers didn't exist anymore. So these are the only unreleased games which are 'released', although it's been done with just a 'pat on the back', according Bivins. You could guess that Philips would never approve the use of its name on the covers, but in a retro perspective it's a nice touch. They probably just don't care anyway. But it's in no way an 'official release', which makes these games a little obscure. Bivins ensured at the time that the discs were not able to be copied, but in a long thread at Digital Press some fanatic members succeeded anyway after some time. Thanks to them, I was able to play these games.

So, Bivins started a little the hype of Super Mario's Wacky Worlds. There were more valid prototypes, apparently, and I think Spoonman brought the info to the public. We all know SMWW as the most well-known CD-i prototype with high potential, coded by Novalogic. It's all in the pipeline to cover that game here.



Unfortunately, with Super Fighter Team taking over the place, there's no chance of getting new CD-i games of them. Brandon Cobb, the man behind Super Fighter Team, explains: "As of December 14, 2007, the OlderGames name and internet domain (www.oldergames.com) have been acquired by Super Fighter Team. At this time, we have no interest to produce games for CD-based systems; we intend to continue our focus on cartridge-based games. The plan to port Super Fighter to CD-i was cancelled several years ago. At the time (2001?), OlderGames was interested in licensing Super Fighter and paying to produce and publish it for several CD-based consoles including CD-i. Obviously it didn't happen."



Plunderball
This is one of the favorites of Devin and after some hours of playtime I have to agree it's a very clever game. It has a little in common with Breaker, where you shoot the ball through the level. As in Jack Sprite, you're starring in a movie tie-in and you see video scenes of the story all over the game. Plunderball is basically a Pinball game but enhanced with a story mode it translates the pinball boards into space where your ball is a ship flying through space.Lots of bonus places, it's as varying as Pinball can get and I really like the story and how they implemented this with Pinball. Converting two totally different genres into a videogame always makes for a popular game, like in Puzzle Quest recently. From the booklet: "Real Life Space Drama, Pinball Style. The story begins with the kidnapping of a space princess and moves on from there as you hit certain objects on the pinball field."



Jack Sprite: The Crimson Ghost
Out of the four games that Oldergames released on CD-i, in my opinion Jack Sprite is the best. Along with Plunderball, this one is a 'big' game and it's very complete (considering the prototype status). This game was coded by PF Magic, who also brought Max Magic to CD-i. Basically you're watching the movie about the Crimson Ghost with Jack, and from time to time Jack feels the need to help the movie characters. When you agree, push the button and jack will jump into the screen. Some kind of minigame is started and you'll either fight against the bad guys of the movie or you race like in Micro Machines against an opponent, depending on what kind of movie scene you were watching. The racing scene has still some bugs in it, with hang-ups and some visual bugs in it. From the booklet: "Hey Jack! It's Time To Save The World! Perhaps the first game of it's kind ever - Jack Sprite vs The Crimson Ghost is a truly unique blend of FMV U-Direct type play with a twist of Platform Fighting Action! Designed and concieved by Night Trap Creator Mr. Rob Fulop, Jack Sprite is one game that deserves a place in game history. In this game you take on the role of Jack, an inventor who created a piece of machinery that will allow you to teleport into classic Republican Pictures "Crimson Ghost" movies and save the world from the evil hands of the one and only fiend himself!"



Go
Actually this is not really a prototype game but it has been released before as a regional release in Italy. This one is called Go: Special Edition and may be on the agenda of Philips to get a full release instead of a regional one, just like how Shaolin's Road two years after its initial release got a full release as well. The full release of Go didn't see the light of day so in the end this showed up in the basket of Oldergames. It's a very simple board game of Othello, nothing more and nothing less. From the booklet: "Welcome to the game of GO! A game of War, Wits, Wisdom and Strategy. GO has deep roots beginning in Asia many hundreds of years ago. Much older and sophisticated than Othello which was modeled on the principles of GO. This game is nowhere near short of a loyal following with tournaments just about any time and clubs just about anywhere in the world today."



Space Ranger
Space Ranger has a lot of potential but in the current state it's a rather worthless game. It only shows you what ISG was able to get right on CD-i, some kind of shooter like Steel Machine. In this demo, there are no enemies or anything interesting so you're done with it real fast. It could have been a nice shooter if Philips had the money to invest in these CD-i projects a little earlier. From the booklet: "This game plays one level only and is not complete by any means whatsoever. This is an Alpha Stage CD-i game and contains bugs. This title is for the TRUE CD-i Collector!"

1 reacties:

Mart,  December 18, 2007 at 9:09 AM  

technically those four oldergames titles are not unreleased anymore... although it's on a CDR with doubtful rights! And what about Frog Feast, that's also thanks to Oldergames, right! It is a pity they stopped, I hope Knurdz will be something but until now I'm not impressed.

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Games 0-F

3rd Degree - PF Magic
7th Guest, The - Philips Freeland Studios
Accelerator - SPC/Vision
Adventure of the Space Ship Beagle, The - Denshi Media Services
Affaire Morlov, L' - Titus
Alfapet - Adatek
Alice in Wonderland - Spinnaker
Alien Gate - SPC Vision
Alien Odyssee - Argonaut
Aliens Interactive CD-i - Dark Vision Interactive
Ange et le Demon, L' - Smart Move
Apprentice, The - SPC Vision
Apprentice 2, The - Marvin's Revenge - SPC Vision
Arcade Classics - Philips ADS / Namco
Asterix - Caesar’s Challenge - Infogrames
Atlantis - The Last Resort - PRL Redhill (Philips ADS)
Axis and Allies - CapDisc
Backgammon - CapDisc
Battle Chess - Accent Media (for Interplay)
Battleship - CapDisc
Big Bang Show - Infogrames
BMP Puzzle - Circle (for ZYX)
Brain Dead 13 - Readysoft
Burn:Cycle - Trip Media
Caesar's World of Boxing - Philips POV
Caesar's World of Gambling - CD-I Systems
Cartoon Academy - Bits Corporation
CD-i mit der Maus - SPC Vision
CD Shoot - Eaglevision Interactive Productions
Change Angels Kick-off - HMO
Chaos Control - Infogrames
Christmas Country - Creative Media
Christmas Country - The Lost Levels - Creative Media
Christmas Crisis - DIMA
Clue - 3T Productions
Clue 2 - The mysteries continue - 3T Productions
Connect Four - CapDisc
Creature Shock - Argonaut (for Virgin)
Crime Patrol - CapDisc
Crow, The - Philips POV
Cyber Soldier Sharaku - Japan Interactive media
Dame was Loaded, The - Beam Software
Dark Castle - Philips POV
Dead End - Cryo
Defender of the Crown - Philips POV
Deja Vu - Icom Simulations
Deja Vu 2: Lost in Las Vegas - Icom Simulations
Demolition Man - Virgin Interactive Entertainment
Demon Driver - Haiku Studios
Discworld - Teeny Weeny Games
Dimo's Quest - SPC Vision
Domino - Wigant Interactive Media
Down in the Dumps - Haiku Studios
Dragon's Lair - Superclub / INTL CDI
Dragon's Lair 2- Time Warp - Superclub / INTL CDI
Drug wars - Crime Patrol II - CapDisc
Dungeons & Dragons - PF Magic
Earth Command - Visionary Media
Effacer - CapDisc
Escape from Cybercity - Fathom Pictures
Evidence - Microids
Falco & Donjon & The Sword of Inoxybur - BMi / Zephyr Studio
Family Games I - DIMA
Family Games II - Junk Food Jive - DIMA
Felix the Cat - Philips Sidewalk Studio
Flashback - Delphine/Tiertex (for US Gold)
Flinstones Wacky Inventions - Philips Funhouse
Fort Boyard: The Challenge - Microids
Frog Feast - Rastersoft

CD-i Games Index G-M

Go - CapDisc
Golden Oldies - SPC Vision
Golden Oldies II - SPC Vision
Golgo 13 - Japan Interactive Media
Great day at the races, A - CD-I Racing, Dove Films, Total Vision
Guignols de l'Info, Les - Canal+ Multimedia / INTL CDI
Heart of Darkness - Amazing Studio (for Virgin)
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The - Philips Kaleidoscope
Holland Casino CD-i - HMO
Hotel Mario - Philips Fantasy Factory
Inca - Coktel Vision
Inca 2 - Coktel Vision
International Tennis Open - Infogrames
Jack Sprite vs. The Crimson Ghost - PF Magic
Jeopardy - Accent Media
Jigsaw - Novalogic
Joe Guard - DIMA
John Dark: Psychic Eye - CapDisc
Joker's Wild!, The - Accent Media
Joker's Wild Jr., The - Accent Media
Kether - Infogrames
Kingdom - The far reaches - CapDisc
Kingdom 2 - Shadoan - CapDisc
Labyrinth of Crete - Philips Funhouse
Laser Lords - Spinnaker
Last Bounty Hunter, The - CapDisc
Legend of the Fort - Microids
Lemmings - DMA Design / Psygnosis
Lettergreep - Wigant Interactive Media
Lingo - SPC Vision
Link - The faces of evil - Animation Magic
Lion King, The - Virgin Interactive Entertainment
Litil Divil - Gremlin Graphics
Litil Divil 2: Limbo Years - Gremlin Graphics
Lords of the rising sun - Philips POV
Lost Eden - Cryo (for Virgin)
Lost Ride, The - Formula (Lost Boys)
Lucky Luke - The video game - SPC Vision
Mad Dog McCree - CapDisc
Mad Dog McCree II: The lost gold - CapDisc
Magic Eraser - Circle (for ZYX)
Mah-Jong - Japan Interactive Media
Making the Grade - 3T Productions
Man Before Man - Cryo
Marco Polo - Infogrames
Mario Takes America - CIGAM
Master Labyrinth - AVM AG/HQ
Mega Maze - CapDisc
Memory Works, The - Compact Disc Incorporated
Merlin's Apprentice - Philips Funhouse
Microcosm - Philips Freeland Studios
Micro Machines - Codemasters
Monty Python's Invasion from the Planet Skyron - Daedalus CD-i Productions
Mutant Rampage - Body Slam - Animation Magic
Myst - Sunsoft (for Cyan)
Mystic Midway - Rest in pieces - Philips POV
Mystic Midway 2 - Phantom Express - Philips POV

Compact Disc Interactive

Compact Disc Interactive

Games N-Z

Name that tune - Philips Fantasy Factory
New Day - Bits Corporation
NFL Hall of Fame Football - Philips POV
Othello - HMO
Pac Panic - Philips ADS / Namco
Palm Springs Open - ABC Sports / Fathom Pictures
Pool - SPC Vision
Pinball - CapDisc
Plunderball - ISG Productions
Power Hitter - ABC Sports / Fathom Pictures
Power Match - Two's Company
Pursue - BEPL
Pyramid Adventures - Compact Disc Incorporated
RAMRaid - PRL Redhill
Return To Cybercity - Fathom Pictures
Riddle of the Maze, The - Fathom Pictures
Riqa - Bits Corporation
Rise of the Robots - Mirage Technologies
Sargon Chess - Spinnaker
Scotland Yard Interactive - AVM AG/HQ
Secret Mission - Microids
Secret Name of Ra, The
Shaolin's Road - Infogrames
Skate Dude - Viridis
Smurfen, De - De Telesmurf - Infogrames
Solar Crusade - Infogrames
Solitaire - BEPL
Space Ace - Superclub / INTL CDI
Space Ranger - Studio Interactive
Special Operations Squadron - SPC Vision
Sport Freaks - SPC Vision
Star Trek - Philips POV
Star Wars: Rebel Assault - LucasArts
Steel Machine - SPC Vision
Striker Pro - Rage
Strip Poker Live - Greenpig Production
Strip Poker Pro - Interactive Pictures
Super Fighter - The Super Fighter Team / C&E
Super Mario's Wacky Worlds - NovaLogic
Surf City - Philips Sidewalk Studios
Tangram - Eaglevision Interactive Productions
Taco's Toyroom Troopers - Creative Media
Tankdoodle - Creative Media
Tetris - Philips POV
Tetsuo Gaiden - Creative Media
Text Tiles
Thieves' World - Electronic Arts
Tic-tac-toe - BEPL
Tox Runner - ISG Productions
Treasures of Oz - Philips Kaleidoscope
Ultra CD-i Soccer - Krisalis
Uncover featuring Tatjana - SPC Vision
Uninvited - Icom Simulations
Video Speedway - ISG Productions
Vinnie the Pinguin - Pandemonium Labs
Voyeur - Philips POV
Voyeur 2 - Philips POV
Whack-a-Bubble - Creative Media
What's it worth - Marshall Cavendish Multimedia / Spice
Who shot Johnny Rock? - CapDisc
Wordplay - BEPL
World Cup Golf - US Gold
Zaak Sam, De - Toneelschool NL
Zelda - The wand of Gamelon - Animation Magic
Zelda's Adventure - Viridis
Zenith - Radarsoft
Zombie Dinos From The Planet Zeltoid - Philips POV

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